21st January 2016 7.30pm
Tuk Tuk was chosen as the venue for a friend’s leaving do and her boss booked a large table for a group of us. I had been here once before when it first opened (in my heady pre-blogging days). I hadn’t been back since so it clearly didn’t win me over on my first visit but perhaps it was just their settling in period. The restaurant focuses on street food, although we had a set menu which had less of what I would consider street food and was more of a traditional Indian restaurant experience. The set menu meant that the whole table got poppadoms and chutneys, a mixed selection of three different appetisers, then from a list of various curries we could have one chicken option, one lamb and two vegetarian and they would cook enough of these four curries for the whole table. An assorted mix of naans and rice was provided too. All for £16.95 per head, which seemed very reasonable. This place is BYOB too.
The poppadoms had a good crunch and were as expected. However, I think the chutneys were a little on the stingy side, particularly the most popular, mango chutney, being clearly less than the rest. The appetisers then arrived (apologies for the photo of these as we’d already eaten more than half of them before I remembered to take a photo). These included chicken lollipops, samosas and pakoras. The pakoras and samosas were nice, with the former being the best. The chicken lollipops, whilst cooked well and juicy, the coating was incredibly salty. The accompanying dips were decent though.
We were offered more appetisers but we were ready for the curries so they got those out to us fairly quickly. Upon arrival they smelt good. Sadly I felt a little underwhelmed upon eating them. The sauce in the butter chicken was by far the best of the lot. Unfortunately the chicken within it was very dry. The patina lamb karahi was nice enough but was not grabbing me and I didn’t go for a second helping. The veggie options of potato and aubergine curry and sag paneer seemed to be lacking in spice but at least there were good chunks of vegetables and paneer. The naans were generally good, with the garlic one being of a great standard but the peshwari naan was a bit dry.
People around the table thought it was good enough for the money we were paying but I’m not convinced it’s enough to entice me back.
Food – 6/10
Service – 8.5/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 8/10
Would I go back? Unlikely (I think I am still spoilt by my Uni days in Stoke)
Cost £220 for 13 set menus