Review added 20/06/2017 23:17 by Anna MasonJust had a fabulous take away from Maliks, we are so pleased that they are back open for business and can't wait for the opportunity to eat in again. We have really missed their food and lovely team. Great to have them back.
Review added 09/02/2015 13:11 by anonAs a regular visitor to Maliks, I recommended the Sunday buffet to my parents to visit with friends. My mum is a Coeliac so often struggles when dining out.
Review added 10/11/2014 17:12 by anonWent to Malkis last week on the off chance, had a great meal with fantastic service, I will not be leaving so long until the next time, thanks Malik
Review added 27/10/2014 14:07 by anonOverpriced and arrogant attitude to customers,
Review added 27/09/2014 14:11 by Nick BHad another fab evening at Maliks in Cookham. Superb food as always and a lovely welcome. Tandoori doesn't get better than this and you can see why this place is always so busy - a testament in itself. Well done Malik and team.
Review added 23/09/2014 17:40 by anonUsed to frequent Maliks when it first opened and it was great. Been back twice this year and I will not be bothering again. I had lamb Dansak, supposed to be a sweet and sour, spicy dish. It wasn't spicy or sour just really sweet with only a couple of bits of meat. My companion had chicken Jalfrazi. Tastelessness was disguised by loads of raw chillies. The soft shell crab was creamy and tasteless. Very expensive for what it was and we both had upset tums the next day.
Review added 15/03/2014 08:28 by JamesThe food is generally very good at Maliks but the management/timing of the restaurant is very poor at the moment. For the second time in a couple of weeks now I had been given guidance on a takeway being ready in 30 minutes only to turn up and have to wait another 25. Its not that hard to manage these things or if its too busy don't take the orders if you cannot fulfil them. The was even one person who came in and the order was lost altogether.
Review added 10/03/2014 16:14 by HarryWent here for a friend’s birthday (didn’t want to after past experience, but went with majority). A shame this place hasn’t improved, it’s still got awful service and rude staff. Malik himself seems very authoritarian, almost bullying towards customers. The food is ok, but for an 'evening' out with people I would go elsewhere
Review added 09/03/2014 18:48 by Anna MAnother fantastic evening in Maliks on Thursday. The food was really tasty, such lovely flavours in every dish and service was as usual excellent, especially given how busy the restaurant was. Can't wait for our next time eating in!
Review added 10/02/2014 15:10 by CharlotteWe had a wonderful meal there on Saturday evening. The starters are amazing, don't skip them! Yes it's a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for.
Review added 07/02/2014 20:41 by anonHad lunch here to see if it had improved as have had many poor experiences in the past. It hasn't changed, curry was tasteless and expensive
Review added 01/01/2014 17:03 by AshrafExcellent food, excellent atmosphere and excellent price. Read an article in ok magazine some time ago so decided would give it a try when my next visit to Heathrow.
Review added 21/12/2013 19:57 by JonI was first introduced to Maliks through my parents over 15 years ago and to this day I have never been disappointed. The food is exceptional and I always look forward to eating here. We are always welcomed by friendly staff and treated well throughout our meal. Being a local and living in the area for the past 25 years or so, I honestly do not know anyone who is disappointed after a meal here. Try it for yourself and Im sure you will agree.
Review added 16/12/2013 11:51 by BenThe food and service at Maliks restaurant is nothing short of outstanding. I have been eating at Maliks for around 15 years and will continue to do so as the food and service just gets better and better. It's no wonder that the whole restaurant is full every time I go and celebrities from near and far return time after time. Quite simply Maliks is one of the best restaurants in this country and you won't ever be disappointed if you choose to eat there
Review added 15/12/2013 15:34 by SamExceptional curry every time we come here (which is at least monthly).
Review added 15/12/2013 11:41 by DanThe reviews on this website are interesting to say the least and unfortunately seem to have degraded into petty-mindedness with people using the forum to disparage Maliks in order to promote their blatant agenda to popularize the Cookham Tandoori. Being a local its amusing to a degree, however for anyone genuinely using this site to find a restaurant it does not represent a fair or balanced view and hence I’m motivated to do my bit to set the record straight.
Review added 13/12/2013 19:33 by Mark MasonYet another outstanding take away from Maliks which can only be beaten by eating in their restaurant. The food is truly exceptional, I often joke with friends that it is the best in the South of England if not the country. It is a busy place with a lot going on but the guys work their hardest to make sure everyone is looked after. My only issue with Maliks is I am boring when ordering and hardly ever stray from my favourite dishes of the last 10 years.
Review added 05/12/2013 23:13 by AnnaThis evening we had another excellent meal at Maliks. I have never left a review but felt it necessary given the recent feedback which seems to be heavily weighted to another local restaurant. We regularly eat at Maliks, at least 1 take away a week and when we can eat out (babysitter permitting) it is usually at Maliks. The food is exceptional and the staff are lovely. I would not hesitate to recommend eating here and have friends who are now curry converts after sampling the delicious food.
Review added 03/12/2013 15:03 by MarkVote with your feet; walk across the road, better food, and much better service and less expensive, say no more.
Review added 03/12/2013 12:43 by anonToo big for their boots.
Review added 03/12/2013 11:00 by anonGone badly downhill again. 2 hours wait for main course with not a hint of an apology. I can't see that the extension will improve matters. As a 7 year resident of the village, I have to say that sadly I've reached the end of my tether with Maliks. Such a shame.
Review added 20/11/2013 23:03 by anonI thought the promotion was excellent value and so it has proved. There was no mention of Maliks during the entire pitch. And your point is?
Review added 20/11/2013 08:27 by anonCookham Tandoori promoters were conducting a door to door marketing campaign at the same time as the previous 3 bad reviews were posted.
Review added 19/11/2013 11:02 by Carl PiercyWe decided to give Maliks a try after being Cookham Tandoori regulars for a number of years.
Review added 15/11/2013 20:06 by MontpellierAgree
Review added 15/11/2013 13:39 by PottersonAfter visiting Spice Merchants and sampling the great customer service and first class food, it has made us realise how low the standards have dropped at Maliks. Their customer service is poor and the food isn't up to what you would expect. I think they are trying to ride an a rather ageing reputation. Try Spice Merchants - we did!
Review added 20/12/2012 08:06 by Christine JMy husband and I have dined at Malik's on numerous occasions, (as a couple and with family or friends) and have never, ever been disappointed. The food, cooked freshly to order, has always been superb and the staff could not have been be more attentive and obliging - during the course of the year, Malik's suffered a significant turnover of staff and new staff members naturally took time to settle into the role of delivering Malik's high standards of service - his new team are now fully 'in the groove' and everything runs like clockwork! Malik himself is, an excellent host, and always takes a little time to recognise returning guests. In addition, he clearly takes a great pride in his business and is very responsive to any comments.
Review added 07/12/2012 18:10 by Jason AllenI have eaten curries all around the world and by far Maliks is the best.
Review added 03/12/2012 13:56 by David Cuin-WoodI probably go to this place at least thirty times each year to pick up a takeaway; normally I stay there far too long having a quick drink whilst, ostensibly, waiting for the food. This very bad habit of mine is well into its 6th year since I moved into the village from Cookham Rise.
Review added 01/12/2012 20:57 by SusanUnfortunately I did not read the reviews about this place before I went and now I wish I had. Myself and my family were visiting Cookham and thought this looked like a lovely place to have dinner. Unfortunatleythis was not the case. The food was overshadowed by the rude, aggressive and threatening staff. I would not have paid but only did as I was afraid they would hit my husband. This place is giving your delightful village a bad reputation.
Review added 21/10/2012 17:12 by anonGet a takeaway once a week when late back from work and the guys at maliks are always a friendly bunch, food is great, lamb dansak is amazing
Review added 07/10/2012 17:58 by anonWe went for our Wedding Anniversary. Food good but was very rushed. Service was not good at all. Our bottle of wine was out of reach and we kept having to ask for a top up. Tables where far too close together and we felt we where eating with complete stangers. Also as the couple where so close their perfume (which was not nice at all)was so strong we could not finish our meal. Would I go again. No never.
Review added 03/09/2012 15:37 by anonA group of 8 of us ate here last Friday night and we had a great time. The food was excellent, as was the service.
Review added 19/08/2012 21:39 by Ben (Cookham Resident)Terrific night on Friday night - lamb madras was fantastic and our friends from out of town rated the cuisine highly. The complimentary bottle of red was also well received!
Review added 19/08/2012 21:14 by Cookham residentI had a fantastic evening at Malik's on Friday, with fantastic food, service and a friendly visit from Malik himself. I can highly recommend the Tandoori mixed grill and the chicken dansak. We eat there about once a week or fortnight and have not been disappointed.
Review added 17/08/2012 21:22 by VisitorCannot believe how rude the owner is. Stopped in the car park (which was empty to run across to pick up a take away from the Chinese across the road) came back to the owner shouting abuse and f***ing this and that. I tried to say, why are you shouting and swearing, sorry if this is something that annoys, you need only say and it won't happen again, but couldn't get a word in above his abuse. Also pointed out we are local and would be coming to visit his restaurant in the near future. He just got more angry and more aggressive and asked me what I'm going to do about it - he was definitely pitching for a fight. His staff came out which scared my wife but she couldn't see the embarrassment on their faces and they were surely there to stop their boss going to far. He swore at and about my wife when she came out to try and calm him down. We have now called the police and they are going to have words about his public disorder with him. When the police feed back to us we shall decide whether to make formal allegations which should result in an arrest, given the witnesses we have. We shan't be going to his restaurant in the future and many of my family that have been, will not be going again. We shall also ensure that everyone we meet in our local area knows about the owner's behaviour. I can safely say that such a lack of respect for his regular customer base will be his best punishment.
Review added 30/04/2012 17:06 by mark hiltoni used to work with Mr Malik.
Review added 29/04/2012 11:55 by anonPoor service, waiters ignored us when asking for a jug of water, but got it after 5 attempts. Long wait between starter and main. Waiters not very organised.
Review added 03/04/2012 14:12 by anonWent here for dinner with my wife at the weekend, the food wasn't to bad actually (by no means the best Indian food though). But the service was so abrupt and rude it spoit the evening and almost left my wife in tears. They rushed us through, brought out our main courses with the starters and refused to take them back so we were stuck with 7 dishes on a tiny table of two to eat our way through.
Review added 15/03/2012 20:49 by anonA group of 10 of us booked and visited Maliks in January. As we all work locally we went early and were the first in the restaurant. The waiter was clearly irritated that we wouldn't conform to his recommendation for ordering and when one of our party tried to help was told in no uncertain terms to keep quiet. The food was very good but the surly service spoiled an otherwise enjoyable evening. I had heard mixed reviews before visiting Maliks and unfortunately my experience vindicated the poor ones which are all to do with the service and not the food.
Review added 23/02/2012 08:02 by David CuinWent yesterday to collect a takeaway. Food was excellent. All the staff were courteous with the guests (I was able to observe this whilst having gratis beer). Malik himself was charming as always.
Review added 21/02/2012 17:33 by TarquinThere is on overall theme on the reviews of poor service here. Indeed I once experienced aggressive service from a waiter who tried to give me a main course whilst still eating a starter. He said it had to be put on the table as the kitchen was full!
Review added 17/02/2012 23:27 by jean woodsMy husband and I stopped going to Maliks for a very long time as we found that the food was not as good as it used to be. We decided to give it another try and went there about 6-8 weeks ago where we ordered takewaway. The food was out of this world. The old flavour was back it was a dream. Then again my husband and I decided to have another takeaway on the 17/2/12. Every dish tasted the same. We ordered chicken bhuna, aloo gobi, mushroom bhaji and it all tasted the same. What has happened at Maliks. Has the chef left because the food is not of the same standard. We have been going to Maliks for nearly 15years or more. I'm afraid that if he doesn't get his old chef back my husband and I will go elswhere for our curry and so will a lot of his customers. Please sort this out Mr Malik.
Review added 28/01/2012 16:37 by anonSimply the best curry house! We went on a Tuesday night and it was full - always a good sign. The food is cooked individually to order and is delicious. Great venue and staff really friendly too. Thank you!
Review added 14/12/2011 00:10 by Dr SandersOutstanding and delicious! Cookham's culinary treasure.
Review added 08/12/2011 12:53 by New to the areaOnly ordered takeaway and always been looked after. Very happy to go back
Review added 11/11/2011 08:06 by SteveWhen to Maliks last weekend with my wife, the food was ok, nothing exciting though. The service however was awful, the staff just can't be bothered with anyone who isn't famous or spending hundreds of pounds.
Review added 21/09/2011 00:32 by TelPeople seem to keep comparing Maliks with the Cookham Tandoori so I thought I would put my tuppence worth in as I've been to both.
Review added 17/09/2011 10:53 by Christine JannettaHaving read some fantastic reviews related to Malik's in various National newspapers and in a few National magazines, we were nervous that our expectations were too high and our personal experiences may prove disappointing. Thankfully, our initial expectations were not only realised but in time, have been exceeded as we've become regular patrons of this simply fabulous restaurant.
Review added 08/09/2011 12:32 by RichardMy wife and I went to Maliks last night for our Wedding Anniversary. I rang the restaurant earlier in the day to say I would like to reserve a table and was greeted with "name" "time" "contact number" in a fairly unfriendly manner. I mentioned that it was for a Wedding Anniversary and they responded with "we will make a note on the booking"....and the conversation ended.
Review added 08/08/2011 19:53 by Debbie and SallyLast Friday night, I went to Maliks for an evening out with my friend Sally. Both of us have been to Maliks before and love the atmosphere of the beautiful old building and have always found the food to be good quality. We had a pleasant evening chatting and eating (only spoilt slightly by unsmiling, not overly friendly waiters) but we were determined to enjoy out evening out regardless. As Sally had to leave to pick her daughter up, we asked for the bill. In total, it came to £58.30 which included the service charge which was automatically added on. Both of us were paying by cash and between us, we left a total of £60. Thinking no more of it and as Sally had to go, we left our table saying our goodbyes to the waiters as we left. Sally drove off more or less immediately but I sat in Malik’s car park for about 5 minutes or so answering a text message on my phone. As I was about to drive away, one of the waiters appeared at the side of me gesturing to me. I opened my car window thinking we must have left something behind in the restaurant but to my surprise, the waiter asked if we had paid. Taken aback, I said we had absolutely paid and described how we had paid – ie cash left on the table. He then asked me to wait in my car. As other dinner guest were trying to also leave the car park, I had to move and parked further down the road. I got out of my car and walked back into the restaurant.
Review added 02/08/2011 01:10 by kennanhi i am kennan a resident of cookham vill. my famly really likes indian food and maliks food the best food i ever had. but recently a few days ago i have been there and i was so so embarrassed because of their management.it was 10 pm when me and my wife went there one of the staff came to the passage and told me we are going to close if you can give your order very soon we said ok. i did not know his name but he was tall and fat less hair also.who took our order he was also rude but i got his name as i think a reguler customer called him MAZ .by the way food was excellent as always. mr maliks should change the fat guy and maz for his business.....
Review added 17/05/2011 12:18 by SimonMaliks is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants i have ever attended. I often take my family to Maliks and have always found the staff especially welcoming. The food is exceptional and Malik is a great host. I whole heartedly recommend this establishment to anyone. Look forward to my next visit!
Review added 16/05/2011 17:04 by RichardI was enjoying a fantastic dinner (as always) at Malik's restaurant in Cookham last Friday when our meal was disrupted by the behaviour of certain other anonymous members of the public!
Review added 16/05/2011 15:57 by RicardoLove Malik's. Always have done, always will do.
Review added 16/05/2011 14:07 by LuisaAnon!!!!
Review added 16/05/2011 12:00 by anonbest curry ive ever had! amazing staff and atmosphere!
Review added 16/05/2011 11:27 by KellyAlways have an amazing meal at Maliks. been there several times and the service is absolutley fine despite what certain people say. Especially as it is a smaller kitchen, if your food does take a little longer - at least you know it is fresh!
Review added 16/05/2011 09:37 by TatianaI support what have been already said: "Malik´s is a first class restaurant and Malik himself is a first class host - the awards, the celebrities and most importantly, the legions of loyal customers are testament to this".
Review added 15/05/2011 23:04 by DanWow that´s some cheek, and very brave of you anon.
Review added 14/05/2011 13:14 by anonWent there with friends Last night. The rudest people I have ever come across!
Review added 26/04/2011 11:15 by anonvery good food!
Review added 06/04/2011 22:30 by Natasha LThis is a response to Mr "ex detective" Tim G/ Lynda.
Review added 14/03/2011 13:50 by Robert HarrisAfter a very poor experience in December 2009 I vowed I'd never go to Malik's again. Nevertheless I joined a group of friends there last Friday the 11th. It was OK but not great, the constant procession of people passing by the bar was annoying, I believe they were collecting take-aways. The service was a bit slow, the food was acceptable but not outstanding. The small bottles of beer were expensive but the bill was not outrageous.
Review added 16/01/2011 20:40 by TIM G/LyndaNB TWO REVIEWS MERGED AS FROM SAME IP
Review added 10/01/2011 14:49 by AdamI went to Maliks the weekend just gone for dinner with my son and daughter-in-law to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. I can only say I wish I had never stepped foot in that place! We were ignored at the door on a cold January night for nearly 10 minutes and then had to wait another 20 minutes for our table, despite the fact we had booked for 8pm we sat down at nearly 8:30. Everything took forever to arrive and out of 4 starters only 1 was correct. The chicken in my main course was uncooked and raw. When we asked to see the manager to complain he told us he had lots of celebrated customers and didn’t need the likes of us in there complaining. We refused to pay for any of the food as it was disgusting; we were told very forcefully to pay the drinks bill and leave. My wife felt so intimated she nearly called the police as we were shown the door.
Review added 28/12/2010 16:59 by Natashas LWent to Maliks for a birthday treat last night. This is a restaurant that is resting on its past laurels. The service was appalling (and it wasn't even too busy). We were there for half an hour before we were given our drinks (one of which was a simple glass of water) and our menus. The waiter serving us walked off mid-sentence when we spoke to him. We were largely ignored and had to leave our table to go and find the waiter several times to order more drinks etc. The food was ok - but I'll still be going to Spice Merchant/ Cookham Tandoori across the road in future (food and service are infinitely much better).
Review added 06/12/2010 11:00 by anonHad a fantastic take away on Friday, bright individual flavours and kept up the standard I've come to expect from this great place.
Review added 23/11/2010 17:46 by martinwish these sad people would stop writing crap about Maliks food and staff,,you wont stop us customers going we actually eat there unlike some of the people leaving reviews,,i eat there some times twice a week even though ive moved out a bit,after i read the bad comments i thought perhaps i should go more often im glad i did,,well done Malik you"ve got a great eating house spotless,and as for being expensive !! perhaps Mcdonalds would be better suited for those who think that way.
Review added 08/11/2010 08:09 by David CuinWent to Maliks after the fireworks to collect takeaway. Gratis drink as usual. No sign of aggressive or rude behaviour anywhere.
Review added 05/11/2010 10:58 by anonAvoid. Very poor service, average food and a very unpleasant aggressive manager.
Review added 14/10/2010 17:39 by John Cooperrecenlty been to maliks sadly but had to say both the service and food has been rubbish firstly the price is too high, secondly the service is terrible on top of that they have a service charge also i have been hearing great reviews about shaahs just i been reccomended by friends that i should try shaahs so i think i am going to give that a try this weekend.
Review added 14/09/2010 13:02 by WTVisited on Sat 11.09.10 – Difficult review to write because the experience varied so much, we had a great evening and although there were problems that I’d normally complain vocally about it didn’t seem to matter.
Review added 07/09/2010 18:29 by AdamI went to this place with my wife and mother and father in law to celebrate my wifes birthday. It was so disappointing, after hearing so many good things a few years ago it was awful! The main courses took nearly 1 hour to arrive and my chicken was cold in the middle. When we complained we were told it would take another 30 minutes to replace it, by this time it was gone 10pm. After asking for it to be taken off the bill we were told that this is how indian food is served?! At this point we paid and were told to leave the premises quickly and by Malik that they do not need people like us in his establishment.
Review added 30/08/2010 09:46 by anonHad a meal last night, very dissapointing. Heard they were raided this week and found illegal immigrants working there.I think they must have found the chef to be the illegal one as food was not as I remember.....very average (what a shame).Service was not much better even though Malik was there himself.
Review added 29/08/2010 22:28 by William grayWhy oh why do people keep going to maliks? It has turned into an awful restaurant -it is 6 months since I have last been there, had an unpleasant experience in line with the reviews posted below and have no intention of going back. It is unfortunately obvious from last 6 months reviews that nothing has changed apart from management perhaps becoming more aggessive. Sad decline of a once lovely restaurant.
Review added 16/08/2010 10:11 by ChristopherI went there this weekend with my family to celebrate my 30th birthday and I wish I didn’t. It took 40 minutes to get our drinks and over 1 hour between our mains and starters, the food was cold and very greasy. When we complained the waiter who had been vacant all night to put it politely said they were busy and there was nothing we can do. When we put this to the manager at the end of the night we were told very coarsely this is normal in Indian restaurants and if we didn’t like it to get out. This place used to be so good, but the last year or so this place seems to have gone down hill.
Review added 15/08/2010 17:03 by AnitaBeing a fellow bangladeshi I was so excited to try the food at Malik's-how disappointed I was to find the food very bland with overcooked meat and fish dishes. Not only this but the naan bread was bought out with the dessert after we finished our mains! The drinks came 30 minutes after we ordered them too from a miserable and begrudged waiter. When my fiancee paid the bill and mentionned his disappointment in the food for feedback to the waiter we got threatened to be beaten up and shoved out of the restaurant by the Manager! To all the people who have written good things about this restaurant and staff I think it is absolutely disgusting to be proud of having a restaurant such as this with such rude and aggressive people working there in your village!
Review added 11/08/2010 17:01 by glennWhy do people bother going there its is terrible. Cookham tandoori is much better.
Review added 20/07/2010 18:21 by anonWent to maliks last Friday after being told so many great things about the food. Honestly the best Tikka Masala ive ever had, staff friendly, service good, price reasonable!!!
Review added 15/07/2010 14:54 by Local residentMaliks is a fantastic restaurant. The food is brilliant and has never let us down. I find it incredible that people think the staff are rude in there - this couldn't be further from the truth. The service is brilliant, efficient and friendly. We have also had Malik's as caterers for big occasions over the years and everyone has commented on how great the food was.
Review added 24/06/2010 23:40 by Margaret JohnsonWent to Maliks a couple of weeks ago for my husband's 40th birthday. Really not impressed, took ages to get our food, unfriendly staff really took away from our celebration.
Review added 04/06/2010 20:48 by martin1st time ive ever read Maliks reviews and ive been going for years but sadly have moved from cookham,i still visit regular,im 60yrs of age been eating curries since a lad, my grandparents lived in india whilst in the army they were there for many years and cooked the food so i think i can judge a good curry from a bad or average one, Maliks is top drawer i have NEVER known the staff to be rude and Malik wont let people be rude to his staff nor should he !!i was there one night when a group of people mainly female who habd probaly been to ladies day came in the worse for wear through drink, they were very rude to staff and others Malik advised them they wouldnt be served and my guess is they have taken the cowards way and written bad reviews, TAKE NO NOTICE the food is excellent, true people try just once and return, PS the staff are shy not rude most are, enjoy and i hope the rude people had really bad hangovers !!
Review added 02/06/2010 01:52 by paula johnsonWent there with my partner had a awful meal, never going back>
Review added 20/05/2010 11:58 by jason doyleI visited these guys once again, arrival of food was unexpectable, oily and cold.When i complained the waiter siad we can stick it in the microwave,
Review added 13/05/2010 20:56 by Red KiteRecently went to Maliks with a friend who has heard about Maliks but never been. We both went for the duck special which was really tender and tasty ! the fact we got our mains before we got our drinks was disappointing and we asked several times from the waiting staff. these requests seem to fall on deaf ears, Yes they have won many awards but how many of those are for customer service? not many i would have thought. All the staff have a arrogance about them which is a shame as the food was really nice. Next time I will be taking my money to the indian next to Cookham railway station as they know how to treat thier customers.
Review added 29/04/2010 19:33 by Age and experience.Nice to see your experience and enthusiasm for Maliks and Shahs is brimming over yet in direct contrast to the majority of reviews placed Matt. Whats your secret?
Review added 29/04/2010 14:10 by Matt JonesThe food is great!!
Review added 27/04/2010 16:08 by anonWe also found the staff at Maliks very rude and unfriendly and the food was not brilliant whats happened
Review added 27/04/2010 14:49 by David GDreadful food and service.
Review added 12/04/2010 22:56 by AdrianAppalling and disrespectful service.
Review added 19/03/2010 13:42 by GeorgeI've always enjoyed a visit to Malik's over the years, even just to enjoy the building, open fires and ambience let alone the food being a cut above the rest....
Review added 18/03/2010 16:52 by RuthI went to Maliks having had amazing food on previous occasions. This evening we waited 30 min's to be served, and further 30 mins for our drinks after our food had arrived which made for rather cold food since we couldn't catch anyone’s attention.
Review added 31/01/2010 13:55 by DavidWent to Maliks on Saturday night. Absolutely nothing to complain about. Food was as good as ever. Service was as good as could be expected. Atmosphere was good, busy, vibrant, where else would you want to go on a Saturday in Cookham?
Review added 08/11/2009 14:59 by BarryIt is astounding that a restaurant as relatively straightforward as Maliks - Anglo-Indian cuisine, and a menu which rarely changes - should have attracted such a divergent set of reviews. My personal experience has always been of delicious food, several grades higher than your average curryhouse, served in an enviably romantic and cosy setting. It has undeniably become more expensive recently, but unfortunately that is the inevitable if irritating result of success.
Review added 05/11/2009 12:48 by Michelle CollinsThe British Curry Awards were also very interested to hear about an awarding winning restaurant serving up insects to the public and were taking the matter very seriously. My guess however is that these awards are judged in an industrial kitchen somewhere fancy and the representative chef for Maliks isn't the guy who is in the kitchen every night breeding wasps!.
Review added 02/11/2009 17:09 by JackOkay so Malik's ain't the Waterside or The Fat Duck, but I tend to agree with Douglas, it is an excellent Indian eatery and certainly streets ahead of the alternatives in the area. Whether you respect trophy cabinets stuffed with silverware or not, Rhubarb's off hand remark about “-pretty much every Bangladeshi restaurant displays awards left right and centre-” is a terribly glib and ignorant reflection of the reality .
Review added 16/09/2009 08:34 by RhubarbOnce again Douglas is using this as a discussion forum and embarrasingly showing his deluded favouritism to Maliks when we all know and other reviewers have stated there are much better establishments in the area. As far as awards go I wouldn't take any notice as pretty much every Bangladeshi restaurant displays awards left right and centre. You should try other restaurants Douglas and broaden your awareness.
Review added 14/09/2009 22:44 by Douglas BayA WASP in a desert sauce! Shock horror !!
Review added 01/09/2009 22:41 by KenAfter a visit last year where service was poor, took another chance today. Starters good, but after waiting 45mins for mains, having 3 requests for a progress update ignored and flat coke being replaced with same, we had enough and left. Still the busiest place in Cookham on the night, so must just be unlucky again.
Review added 14/08/2009 11:00 by Michelle CollinsIf you like WASPS in your toffee sauce, then you will love Maliks! No, I'm not kidding!
Review added 08/06/2009 21:23 by anonwe enjoyed one of the best evening out,(which are rare,) staff were very helpful and the food was very delicious. A big thanks you
Review added 05/06/2009 15:57 by A Cookham ResidentAs a self confessed fan of Malik's over the years, I went there recently to reassess the restaurant, which seems to attract widely diverse ratings. I admit that, as a Cookham resident, I am biased in favour of Malik's, in view of all the support that Malik provides, overtly and covertly, to the local community.
Review added 19/05/2009 22:26 by anonWent to Maliks for a celebration with 9 other friends, had a fabulous evening, food was great and staff very attentive.
Review added 16/05/2009 13:43 by anonWent to Maliks with my netball team this week to celebrate the end of a successful season. The whole team were made to feel really welcome. The food and service were fantastic, as always. We shall defintely be returning next season to celebrate winning again...!!! Thanks alot Malik.
Review added 16/05/2009 09:24 by anonWe must have dined there on an off night, because we found it very average.
Review added 14/05/2009 16:27 by anonwe found Maliks great, the food was delicious and the staff very friendly and the service very good and fast.Will be recommending Maliks to all our friends.
Review added 26/03/2009 15:51 by PorteurBashing Maliks seems to have turned into a sport in the Cookhams, so I am here to offer my opinion. I love the place (and before i am bashed by the detractors, I know a good curry from an average one). The food is top drawer, the service has always been solid and courteous and whenever i have popped in to pick up a take away I have always (without fail) been offered a gratis beer while I wait. Is it value for money, I think so, but superlative products are always more expensive ! The measure of the place is that it is always rammed full of punters and a mate of mine drives from Chalfont St Giles for his takeaway.
Review added 23/03/2009 08:54 by anonvery average. went for the buffet on a sunday, and was most disappointed in the selection of dishes. nothing was labelled, and the majority of the dishes were vegetable dishes to accompany just 2 mains. The tables are very cramped together making it almost impossible to have a quiet private meal, and needing to climb over each other in order to get to the buffet. All the time we felt like we were being watched over like hawks in order to get us fed and out before the next sitting, however, the staff were less than attentive and we sat for a good half an hour with dirty plates. In a place like Cookham where there are so many places to eat, the quality of food and service were not sufficient to make me return in a hurry.
Review added 10/03/2009 17:42 by VillagerKindly note review below should have been addressed to "Doug".. and not Villager... Thanks!
Review added 10/03/2009 17:40 by VillagerVillager, relax. Check ALL the other restaurant reviews... you will find "anon" is a very common label and I assume one that is generated by entrants not providing a sign name (which is optional when entering a review). Its not just Maliks so stop being so paranoid. You in fact seem to be overly biased towards Maliks and this is reinforced by the naive statement that there is no other restaurant in the area that excels at delivering what Maliks does... try walking across the road to Spice Merchant (where Malik gained experience as the Cookham Tandoori).. its menu, staff and most of all cooking is by far more consistent and superior.
Review added 10/03/2009 11:29 by DougVillager - There's absolutely nothing wrong with my nor my guests analyses! I too often travel around the far east - so my palate is suitably tutored to reflect my personal opinion on the cuisine at Malik's. But thanks for attempting to create the imbalance!
Review added 20/02/2009 17:22 by Cookham ResidentDon't to Malik's if you want a cheap Indian meal! It is not cheap, but if you like and appreciate the Anglo-Indian cuisine, Mailk's is absolute top class. Compare it in price terms with the quality and value you get at, say, "Del and the Dragon" or the "White Oak". I have taken a wide variety of guests to Malik's and their vote is unanimously that it is absolutely top rate. No way can you compare this with Chillies or Charles Cottage.
Review added 13/02/2009 13:58 by VillagerDoug, I suggest you recheck your analysis. There are far to many and different reviews for the overall critique of Maliks to be anything but honest. The web site is just one avenue of feedback, general discussions locally tend to agree that Maliks is overated and there are better in the area. I travel in the East regularily and India and Singapore do not have food anything like that served in "Indian" restaurants in the UK. In fact the majority are Bangladeshi and this inculdes Maliks so your friends appreciation must be for food that is not familiar to that available in their respective countries. Nevertheless Maliks does offer an option although not the best in the high street.
Review added 12/02/2009 19:10 by DougIt's quite amazing how often "Anon" eats at Malik's, and how predictable with the single star rating "Anon" is !!
Review added 29/01/2009 18:49 by anonI have read with interest the other reviews on Maliks, and sense there could be a little bit of ganging up!!!!
Review added 18/01/2009 17:01 by GeorgiaWe had high expectations as this place is listed in the top 10 curry houses in the Times.
Review added 08/01/2009 20:14 by AnonWent twice over the Christmas period and took some guests both times. They were delighted by the food and service, as were we.
Review added 08/01/2009 13:36 by anonGood food, staff couldn't seem to care less.
Review added 09/12/2008 14:20 by Jill TheoboldOk! But won't be returning.Very overpriced.
Review added 29/11/2008 10:40 by AnonAlways a pleasure! Lovely grub!
Review added 28/11/2008 13:15 by Theresa R.Can't understand what all the fuss is about,the awards must be fixed. There are many other local curry houses that are much better by comparison. Went there yesterday evening with a group of friends, food was pretty average and full of oil.Service was ok, nothing special. Overall very disappointing,was expecting much more.
Review added 27/11/2008 18:19 by AnnonGreat food, great, friendly staff. No wonder they keep on winning awards!
Review added 27/11/2008 14:05 by anondecent enough food but dreadful service - the place smacks of bygone successes and taking things for granted
Review added 26/11/2008 12:00 by RichardIt's always a pleasure to eat at Maliks. I went for the buffet lunch on Sunday, too, and was bowled over as usual. I booked up for Christmas there and then!
Review added 25/11/2008 18:22 by CharlotteWe thoroughly enjoyed the Sunday lunch buffet at Malik's this week. The place was buzzing, the fires were roaring and the food was delicious!
Review added 22/11/2008 19:53 by christhis place is now a joke. it was once the best Indian restaurant in the area by far. it now seems as if all the success has gone to Malik's head. Perhaps a bit less "hob nobbing" with Heston etc and a bit more effort on customer service. Remember Malik, you can only upset customers like this for a period of time. keep doing it and the place WILL be empty. The customers made this place, don't forget it please.
Review added 20/11/2008 13:35 by anonI was complaining to someone about the lack of staff friendliness at Malik's and he said 'that's because they're always busy' Since when did being busy equate with unfriendly service??!!!!!
Review added 20/11/2008 00:21 by AnonWe don't go to Malik's any more. After several dreadful experiences we have given up and now frequent The Emperor of India in Braywick, Maidenhead. Much nicer.
Review added 11/11/2008 23:31 by anonnever again.
Review added 08/11/2008 16:03 by anonVery much like others I thought the service was dire.
Review added 27/10/2008 12:37 by anonYep, from my experience the service was dire and the food average. This is obviously not always the experience - my guess is that (service-wise at least) you get treated differently when the staff smell money. Cookham Tandoori is by far superior.
Review added 24/10/2008 15:38 by anonPeter,
Review added 23/10/2008 16:07 by Peter of MarlowMy family and I enjoyed an immensely satisfactory dinner at Malik's on Saturday - both the ambience and the food were superb, the place was buzzing and the staff extremely friendly. It therefore amuses me to read both Anon's and Bryan's reviews (Bryan is wrong and thus misleading in the extreme - the OPTIONAL service charge is 10 percent (not 12.5) and can be deducted if the customer is dissatisfied, furthermore, this optional charge was pointed out to me at the time of bill presentation). It does not surprise me in the least that this restaurant won the London Curry award - they certainly put up an award winning service and food on Saturday night!
Review added 23/10/2008 15:09 by anonI must say I was suprised when Malik's won the award, and it certainly wouldn't be for the friendliness of the staff.
Review added 22/10/2008 22:43 by BryanOne star is for the excellent prawn starter. The staff are rude and inattentive,the food is OK but - other than the starter - not memorable. I cannot believe it has just won this 2008 award, - did any judge go there?
Review added 21/10/2008 11:34 by Douglas BayMALIKS RESTAURANT WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD.
Review added 28/09/2008 12:05 by AndrewRegularly eat in, on occasions at the excellent Sunday Buffet (a great opportunity to experiment with some different dishes) and take-aways. Food is exciting with great flavours and variety.
Review added 27/09/2008 22:12 by RobWould be zero stars if I could.
Review added 08/08/2008 12:13 by LyndaActually it was Maliks at Gerrards Cross that impressed us so much earlier this week.
Review added 31/07/2008 10:53 by anonFood was good but the service was pretty bad. We didn't get a single smile from the waiters maybe because one of us dared asking for a glass of tap water :-)
Review added 31/07/2008 01:21 by James HatchThey are going to have to go a long way to beat Mrs. Mayes meat pies, when she and Jimmy Mayes ran the place. I can savour the flavour and aroma of them right now. My time goes back to when The Cookham\'s had thirteen pubs and one Off Licence. Two well stocked grocers, three butchers shops, and two bakers who delivered.
Review added 29/07/2008 15:04 by anonFood is good, hardly Gordon Ramsey though. Perhaps someone should realise that they are not a TV chef and wind in the ego? Cant see myself going back !
Review added 29/07/2008 11:03 by anonWe recently had a take-away from Maliks "rubbish" we had 9 different main courses and they all looked and tasted the same no effort made at all.
Review added 22/07/2008 08:45 by anonAs with many people here I have recently been on the wrong end of Mr Malik\'s tongue, when politely asking how much longer our food would be (after waiting 45 minutes).
Review added 10/07/2008 19:07 by AndyI have to say most of the time the food is very good, however as others have said their service is shockingly bad at times. We used to go on a weekly basis as the food was so good, but we now refuse to go and put up with that kind of service.
Review added 02/07/2008 13:42 by anonHaving had a less than fortunate experience at Maliks i went back recently and the staff were both attentive and friendly and the food was super!
Review added 12/05/2008 19:28 by anonFood at Maliks is on the whole rather good, and i have had a number of great takeaways over the years, but the service and rudeness of the staff beggars belief. On two occasions i have witnessed an almost reverse PR job being carried out by the staff, and recently I was on the recieving end of a senior member of the team. It is the only time i have ever considered thumping a restaurant employee. If I can offer a tip, Malik, your food is great, perhaps your staff could be a tad more humble and accomodating?
Review added 17/03/2008 16:59 by anonWe had my son's Birthday meal at Malik's on Friday of last week. The food was excellent and the staff very attentive. Would highly recommend to others - a real gem.
Review added 17/03/2008 13:42 by anonI had a horrible experience at this restaurant recently. I had been before and eaten some lovely meals and my husband and I were frequent takeaway customers. The customer service my friends and I received on our most recent visit though was disgusting. The food I cannot criticise, the service was diabolical.
Review added 12/03/2008 20:36 by jason battenHad a very enjoyable evening on Saturday 01 March. It was our wedding anniversary. The restaurant covered forty people for our special occasion.The food was fabulous and the service was outstanding. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who has a special occasion.