Review added 12/11/2017 12:53 by DavidThe worst experience ever. Unclean table, seating area and dishes. Disgusting bland and overcooked food. Service that was slow and rude. The positive reviews left on this site are not reflective of the reality of this venue, which does not even deserve being called a restaurant.
Review added 10/08/2017 14:22 by MacWe hadn't been out for a curry for a long time so decided it was time to pop out for one over the weekend.
Review added 10/12/2015 23:34 by anonExcellent food excellent servicek
Review added 14/09/2015 17:27 by MarkI totally agree with the last two posts. I have been eating in here for more than 30 years. This restaurant is in my opinion one of the best curry houses in the area. The place is spotlessly clean as befits the 5 Star Hygiene rating it has, this is the best mark achievable. The staff are excellent. The post from ďAnonĒ smacks of either sour grapes or someone who wants to stick the boot into what I consider a fine establishment, along with many other locals who use this place.
Review added 13/09/2015 18:31 by TomWe dine at this restaurant every 6 months or so with family when they visit. It's always superb. We've just booked my 50th birthday meal there and have found the process from booking to choosing a bespoke menu really easy.
Review added 12/09/2015 18:45 by MRS ELIZABETH BERRYTO MR ANON, I asume that is because you want to be anonymous which makes me to believe you are talking utter nonsence, as if this statement was true you certainly wouldnt want to be anonymous. I have eaten in this resturant many times, and it is absolutely beautiful.No way is the restaurnt anything like you described.The staff and food is second to none. The hygiene is registered as a 5 star rating , as you can see from the outside. You must be talking about another restaurant, Cant understand why you are trying to ruin the reputation of one of the best restaurants in Cookham, this really upsets local customers like myself. So stop making up stories and being anonymous.
Review added 05/09/2015 09:43 by anonThis is a dirty, filthy place. The food remnants under the table should have set off warning bells. One of the plates had dried food stuck to it as it hadn't been washed properly and there was a hair on another plate. The curries were served lukewarm and tasted awful. I'm surprised I didn't get food poisoning. To top it off, the waiter/manager was really rude.
Review added 02/09/2014 21:01 by Local TradesmenFood was good HOWEVER, the service, not from the staff but from who was obviously the manager was terrible. So this is what happens. Before hand the waiters were lovely, attentive and relaxed. The manager/owner (I have seen him at the beaconsfield branch) turns up, parks his X5 on the double yellows and rushes in. The staff then completely change. Its like the 'boss is here' so lets drop the smiles and become his bitches. He then hovers around you waiting for you to finish, then asks like he can barely be bothered, 'done,' 'finished,' and whips away your plates. Then comes the hot towels and chocolates - dumped and away he goes, not a smile.
Review added 12/08/2014 14:13 by anonHaving been a fan for a number of years, had a very ordinary meal on Friday evening, just hope it's a one off.
Review added 12/06/2014 22:20 by Kate Roberts-SmithA fantastic meal in the Tandoori! The food is absolutely amazing, and the service is incredible. It is only our second meal here, however we were treated like royalty! I love Cookham Tandoori, its an absolutely fantastic evening out!
Review added 17/03/2014 13:36 by jedWent on a Monday with the family & we were the only customers ! However, the menu was very varied & the food was fantastic.Not the cheapest place around but cant be faulted for it's food & service. Recommended.
Review added 15/11/2013 13:36 by PottersonWhat a fantastic place. We 'used' to go to Maliks but got fed up with the rude service and lowering standard of food. It was a great refreshment to visit such a customer orientated restaurant with excellent food. You've got my 'Cookham Vote' Spice Merchants!
Review added 02/07/2013 18:46 by anonExcellent food at this restaurant, not much can compare. loved the place, very warm and welcoming.
Review added 02/07/2013 18:44 by MattThe service was excellent; they were very polite, timing was on spot. Food was the best ive tasted in a long while. definately recommend it.
Review added 30/01/2013 13:56 by anoni strongly agree with the last review.
Review added 30/01/2013 09:39 by Rob HA great Indian restaurant! Having now been quite a few times I can highly recommend them. Their food is excellent as too is the level of service. Each visit is consistent, which to me indicates a good restaurant. Spice Merchants far supersedes Malik's in both service and quality of food. I have taken many friends there and all have really enjoyed the experience.
Review added 13/01/2013 19:00 by nonlast night dining at cookham tandoori food was superb and the staff were very friendly ....
Review added 11/01/2013 13:51 by anondine at Cookham tandoori last week ;food and service was excellent. Definitely going back and highly recommend.
Review added 10/01/2013 23:52 by anonExcellent meal and great service as usual.......lovely evening.
Review added 10/12/2012 09:11 by anonWhat a disappointment! I went with a group of 10 people on a Saturday night. They served our starters 2 hours (yes, 2 hours!) after we were seated and continuously tried to sell us drinks. They were basically trying to get us to spend money on alcohol. When my chicken tikka massalla main finally arrived (approx. 3 hours after being seated) it was sweet and disappointingly not spicy at all. It was rather like a bright orange luke warm chicken milkshake. Definitely not worth the wait.
Review added 24/09/2012 10:41 by MarkHad dinner on Saturday at the Cookham Tandoori with my two sons who live and work in London, they have a curry two or three times a month and they rated the meal we had as excellent. I agree, it was first class, cannot remember the name of the dish but it was chicken with spinach, superb. Not the cheapest place to eat, but food and service were spot on.
Review added 22/08/2012 15:52 by ChrisInteresting grammer in the previous review....reads well.....different ????? Hmmmm!
Review added 21/08/2012 13:07 by anoni have been to cookham tandoori last Friday with my friends. there i had super tasty food that ever i have had at any Indian restaurant. the service was fabulous and the staff were very friendly like my home. i will be going back there with my family, highly recommended.
Review added 18/06/2012 09:58 by anonWent for a meal with my wife on Saturday night, the food was very tasty. Service was first class. Going back there again later in the month.
Review added 11/06/2012 11:27 by EUWAVEI have absolutely no association with this restaurant or any others to be precise, other than I have been using it for over 30 years, in which time it has changed hands at least twice if not more. Why cannot reviewers like the last one stick to the point? As has been made clear before by other reviewers as well as me this issue of when you can and cannot use these offers is not the restaurants fault, check before you buy them donít moan after the event.
Review added 11/06/2012 10:53 by LilaI went to Cookham Tandoori with friends on a Groupon. We also had problems in getting a booking on Friday or Saturday so we went on Sunday. The food was nice but the service was not. The waiter, who turned out to be the manager, was hovering around the table to try to get us to eat quickly and leave. I have used Groupons at other restaurants and have not had booking problems. If the restaurant wants to have restrictions in place, it should make sure these are known to Groupon so they can be advertised on the deal BEFORE people buy it. I have read the other reviews and agree that some people who repeatedly review/comment in favour of the Cookham (such as Euwave) are likely to be linked to the restaurant.
Review added 08/06/2012 21:06 by anonMy experience at the restaurant can be described as homely.. The staff provide not only a welcoming atmosphere, but, go out of their way to make all guests welcome.. I would recommend not only trying out the food at the restaurant, but, finding some special time to realise the comfortable surroundings. The owners try to provide a difference in how you can experience Indian cooking that has moved from simple dishes to modern lifestyle.. You will experience an evening that will make you want to return with friends or family...
Review added 22/02/2012 21:42 by JillVisited Cookham Tandoori tonight on a Groupon offer. The staff were very welcoming , polite & efficient. The food was delicious and piping hot and there wasnt anything in the 3 courses we could have faulted. All in all a great dining experience and we will definately be going back for another meal !
Review added 16/02/2012 21:09 by anonMy husband and I visited the CT on 15 February 2012 on the Groupon offer. The food was amazing, very tasty and piping hot. The onion bhaji was totally different to anything I have ever had before and by far the best I have ever had. I had a Lamb Kori which was lovely, nice pieces of lamb with no fatty bits. The staff were polite. The only downside for us was the drink prices which were expensive. It's not the cheapest restaurant so we wouldn't go regularly but would definitely return for a special occasion as the food was so enjoyable.
Review added 06/12/2011 11:25 by EUWAVEFrom Cookham Webmaster
Review added 01/12/2011 14:28 by TinoTHIS PLACE SUCKS! I bought a Groupon deal that was unrestricted as to times. I called the restaurant to book on a Friday evening and the 1st thing I was asked was whether I had a Groupon. When I told them I did, I was told that they were fully booked on Friday. I asked for Saturday and was told they were fully booked on Saturday and asked if I wanted to come on Monday. I said I would call another time, which I did but exactly the same happened then...and on a further 2 occasions! After the last time, I then called again after 1 hour but this time when asked if I had a Groupon, I said no. Unsurprisingly, I was told that I could book a table for Friday evening and had a choice of times. I then told the guy that I had a Groupon and he was clearly lost for words but whan pushed, said that they kept the peak days and times free for full paying customers. I told him to shove it and reported the matter to Groupon who promptly gave a refund! A restaurant that joins a site like Groupon should honour the deals it offers and not try to use it as an opportunity just to fill up its less busier times. All customers should be treated alike. The Cookham Tandoori is representative of a disregarding, misleading and out and out lying restuarateur. If that's what their service is like, I have no desire to find out what the food is like. Big thumbs down to the Cookham Tandoori!
Review added 30/11/2011 14:18 by JeanI've read all the views posted and it does seem that some reviewers, such as 'Euwave' and 'Curryman', are protesting too strongly in favour of the Cookham Tandoori to be considered unbiased. I can understand a reviewer posting a review to reflect his/her dining experience but these people are just posting multiple reviews not related to visits. I have to agree with the earlier reviewer that this is all too suspicious. I dined at the restaurant recently. It was average in terms of food and service. It was not anything special to warrant a return visit.
Review added 19/10/2011 09:59 by EUWAVEI note the comment of the last person who said "To me, it seems like many of the good reviews are likely fake reviews posted by the Cookham Tandoori restaurant itself". I have posted comments about The Jolly Farmer and Treviís in past, both positive, which blows your theory out of the water. I for one do not see the point in moaning about an establishment, if you cannot sort it out whilst you are there then thatís your fault. As stated I prefer to praise and support local businessís rather than run them down, which is something of a national pass time.
Review added 04/10/2011 16:25 by anonReferring to the review from 'Salvatore' below, I agree that it is difficult to run any small business and especially so in the present economic situation BUT this is all the more reason to offer above average customer service and is not a reason to avoid honest comment. To me, it seems like many of the good reviews are likely fake reviews posted by the Cookham Tandoori restaurant itself. I visited the restaurant as a group of 7 some weeks back. The food was average but nothing more. The service was well below average, in particular having to wait for over 20 minutes for a table that had been booked in advance and having to complian about additional dishes added to the bill but which had not been ordered. This seems to be a common problem at this restaurant. Taking a note from 'Salvatore's' view, I shall be voting with my feet and not returning.
Review added 03/10/2011 09:23 by EUWAVEOver the weekend we had a large family lunch party for my fatherís 90th Birthday. The service and food was excellent. My father was a British officer attached to the Indian army during WW2 and spent 7 years in total in Indian, so he knows more about real Indian food than most commentators on this sight. Whilst he would be the first to say that the food at the CT, like most other Indian restaurants, cannot claim to be authentic Indian cooking. He would also point out there is a huge variety and styles of cooking on that continent. What is important is that the food is well presented, tasty and good to eat. On leaving the manager presented him with a Birthday cake and a bottle of champagne. First class and well done.
Review added 30/09/2011 15:07 by JamieHere here Salvatore! Heartily agree and I will also say my own experiences of CT have been very good hence I return there. Less obvious sniping and more constructive advice or praise is called for on these Review pages.
Review added 28/09/2011 20:59 by SalvatoreI am not an expert, but I like food and been looked after as a customer, I think that it is really hard this days to run a business and to survive in this crisis , It is not necessary to be an expert , if you enjoy your meal and the customer service is good give it a good mark,
Review added 28/09/2011 16:16 by AhmedIt is disappointing that the reviews look to have been hijacked by an element seeking to bias them in favour. This defeats the purpose of reviews, which are to give others an impression of one's experience.
Review added 28/09/2011 15:50 by ChuckCurryman apparently considers himself to be somewhat of an expert on Indian cuisine but it seems to me that he is contradicting himself. I suspect that he has some connection with the Cookham Tandoori and note in particular:
Review added 28/09/2011 11:54 by CurrymanPeterp should read reviews accurately. I know both Maliks and Cookham tandoori are Bangladeshi. I also know the majority of "Indian" restaurants are Bangladeshi. That means there are others and that includes authentic Indian restaurants as well. The food in both Cookham outlets is good. The food and consistency of Cookham Tandoori is better and has been for many years. Throw away statements about sugar are meaningless unless supported by actual real (not anecdotal or hearsay) facts proving this to be the case.
Review added 28/09/2011 00:40 by PeterPCurryman is possibly confused. The fact that Maliks is Bangladeshi clearly does not mean that Cookham Tandoori is not. Aside from this, whilst a great many Bangladeshi restaurants call themselves 'Indian' (let's face it, most people would rather go to an Indian then a Banladeshi), there are lots of true Indian restaurants around that serve authentic Indian food. One only need take a short drive into Slough or Southall. There are some pretty good Bangladeshi restaurants around too but unfortunately the Cookham Tandoori is not one of them. If you like sugar in all your food then you may enjoy it. Personally, I hated it.
Review added 21/09/2011 14:30 by CurrymanRhona. Maliks is Bhangladeshi. Pretty much all "Indians" in the UK are actually Bangladeshi. Malik was front of house manager at the Cookham Tandoori by the way.
Review added 21/09/2011 00:19 by RhonaTOTAL RUBBISH place. The staff are rude and the food is awful. It's not even an Indian restaurant, it's a Bangladeshi restaurant.
Review added 16/09/2011 20:52 by JimRather sorry to see such mixed reviews and experiences as all my visits to Cookham Tandoori have been very good. Not all of us can have the same view of course - that would be very bland but feel there is perhaps a little gamesmanship going on in the recent flurry of reviews. Pity.
Review added 16/09/2011 15:20 by RonI used to go to Cookham Tandoori years ago and stopped going when it went downhill.
Review added 14/09/2011 08:51 by Laurie WestThe food here is good with nice flavours and it is not too oily like many of the run of mill Indian restaurants that abound.
Review added 13/09/2011 23:16 by PeteRI disagree with the last 2 reviewers and have to agree with the earlier review as to the poor service at the Cookham Tandoori. I have not dined at Maliks so cannot comment on that but the service at The Cookham is awful. The food is only so so and the portions are small. It is definitely not worth the prices charged, which are high even for a village restaurant. We will not be returning, especially as there are a number of better options only a short drive away.
Review added 13/09/2011 09:37 by EUWAVEI have to agree with the second reviewer. Firstly The Cookham Tandoori is priced like many restaurants in Cookham and the surrounding area, i.e.: to match the spending power of the customer base. Secondly, I consistently have had good and polite service here, along with very good food. In general discussions with other people who have been in both establishments the favoured one is The Cookham Tandoori. I concur with the reviewer who states it is a little too obvious to recommend the option across the road. Lastly take a look at the star ratings, one establishment gets 4 stars the other 2.5, say no more!
Review added 12/09/2011 22:10 by anonI have to disagree and say that whilst Cookham Tandoori is on the pricey side the service has always been good - friendly and efficient. The preference for Maliks is a little too obvious and though the food across the road is very good service is often not.
Review added 12/09/2011 17:51 by anonAVOID IT AT ALL COST. Whilst the food is terribly overpriced and bland, this pales in comparison to the poor service dished out by the restaurant manager. In fact it is more aptly termed 'disservice' since the chap clearly is ignorant of the meaning of the words 'customer service'. He is deceitful,rude and ignorant. I would suggest that you avoid this curry house and instead visit Maliks Tandoori Restaurant just a few doors away across the road.
Review added 31/07/2011 20:21 by HattieHave eaten in The Spice Merchant in Henley many times, which was First Class. Gave Cookham a try on Saturday. Loved it delicious food, efficient staff. The Cookham Restaurant has lots of character with lots of beams in the ceiling etc. The Henley Restaurant is very modern. They compliment each other very well.
Review added 11/07/2011 13:06 by MontyzoMy wife and I liked this restaurant very much and would recommend it to others and would take people with us. In summary:-
Review added 12/05/2011 10:20 by GinaHad a lovely romantic meal (my husband and I).The food was very good and service efficient but not intrusive. I have often passed this place but this is the first time we have actually eaten here, must say usually eat across the road but will definately return.......very impressed.
Review added 22/03/2011 09:51 by Paul OWe had Sunday lunch for the first time for ages at the Cookham Tandori (CT). We have had Sunday lunch twice recently at Malik's. The first contrast between the two restaurants was how much more space we had at CT which was great as we had granddaughter, high chair buggy etc. The second contrast was that it was pretty quiet. The food was very good and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. It was a good experience which we will repeat.
Review added 19/11/2010 13:14 by bs!0 men on thursday 18th were grossly overcharged for beer not ordered and food. The food was of a reasonable quality the bill was not and the manager was called. They will not be going back.
Review added 15/11/2010 12:00 by SamBeen going for years. Avoid at all costs.
Review added 07/11/2010 13:09 by anonWent for a meal at the Cookham Tandoori last night and had an excellent evening. We haven't been there for a very long time as weren't too keen on the Spice Merchant rebrand. However, they have changed it back to the original Cookham Tandoori and this was a real treat. Really reminded me of when we used to come here most weekends during the heyday - looking forward to enjoying many more meals here!
Review added 05/09/2010 13:13 by anonMy girlfriend and I visited the Cookham Tandoori last night after not having been there for a long time. I must say that it was one of the best Indian meals we have ever experienced. The ambience of the restaurant was perfect and felt very inviting. Both of us are experienced in Indian cuisine and were pleasantly surprised by the presentation and size of the portions. The onion bhajee for starter was a real treat and unlike any other I have tasted.
Review added 04/09/2010 09:21 by anonWe just had some awful service in the Spice Merchant/Cookham Tandori.
Review added 08/08/2010 23:28 by local residentHad a wonderful evening at Cookham Tandoori.
Review added 23/07/2010 18:39 by Adam HarrisOne of my most favourite restaurants. Excellent food... some of the best I have tasted. Expensive, but the service and the food are worth it.
Review added 21/06/2010 14:36 by Natasha LI've visited Cookham Tandoori a couple of times this year and each time I've had consistently good food whilst the service is polite and unobtrusive. Try the lamb shank that they do - delicious!
Review added 07/03/2010 23:35 by Elaine RussellWhat a wonderful evening. The food was exquisite, service very friendly and attentive and excellent value.We will certainly be returning. WELL DONE!!!!!!
Review added 29/11/2009 14:02 by anonExpensive, tasteless. Good service but not good curry. Specials very unspecial.
Review added 11/06/2009 10:31 by RobrOBI should have added to the last review that a service charge is added to your bill here.
Review added 11/06/2009 10:23 by RobPleasantly surprised. Being a devotee of Charles Cottage I wasn't expecting the friendly service that we have become used to but the Cookham Tandoori did very well. Food was excellent. It's a bit of a shame that the interior od this old place has been modernised so much but it's so well done that I think they have got away with it. Comfortable seating, really excellent food. Only slightly more expensive than Charles Cottage and portions possibly more generous, just not so cosy interior. Well deserved 5 stars.
Review added 03/06/2009 21:55 by LocalFood wonderful, although I was up all night with indigestion, unual for me.
Review added 11/05/2009 09:20 by Chris Joyce27 years (says it all)
Review added 11/05/2009 08:20 by G. KyleWell done and Congratulations!!!!!!!!! 27 years.
Review added 23/03/2009 12:54 by mikeref cookham tandoori (spice merchat)
Review added 16/02/2009 15:19 by Mr AshleyI visited Spice Merchant with my wife on valentines evening. I haven't been here for quite some time, and to be honest only went here because their Beaconsfield branch which I usually eat in was fully booked. However I must say,my wife and I had the most wonderful evening,the food was delicious and the service was excellent.I would definitely recommend a visit. A very romantic venue.....
Review added 28/11/2008 13:02 by anonWell done! Yet again a wonderful meal had by all and very reasonably priced, exotic flavours and no oil.Excellent service. Will return soon. Keep it up!!
Review added 22/10/2008 22:33 by BryanExcellent food, charming staff (unlike Malik's!!)and good atmosphere.Great attention to detail,- most enjoyable.
Review added 13/08/2008 10:46 by anonIt always amazes me that such a fuss is made over Mailiks when the Cookkham Tandoori has been producing the best food available for over 20 years. (In fact Malik used to be front of house at the Cookham Tandoori). The quality of ingredients, cleanlines, presentation, consistency and sublime flavours is unbeatable and the service from the staff is exemplary, attentive and very friendly. I have tried all the Indian (Bangladeshi) restaurants in Cookham and none can come up to the Cookham Tandoori (Spice Merchant) standards.
Review added 12/08/2008 13:52 by MacHaving read the recent reviews of Malik's ie Basil Fawlty type behaviour, but less attractive, I decided to take some friends who were staying for the weekend to the Cookham Tandoori as I hadn't been there for a while.