In the heart of London’s Theatre Land, Sartaj enchants local foodies with their inviting setting, superlative service and most of all, with their inspired South Asian cooking. Famous for their giant naan bread, Sartaj goes above and beyond to give diners a dining experience that isn’t quickly forgotten. Established way back in 1979, the folks behind Sartaj achieved greatness through hard work and perseverance, never taking shortcuts and always putting the customer first. On the restaurant’s menu you’ll find all the Indian classics, from vegetarian dishes like sag paneer and tarka daal to house specials such as the Bengal crab and prawn curry and the grilled fish bhuna. And their location doesn’t get much better – found along Earlham Street , just steps from the Royal Opera House and Lyceum Theatre in Covent Garden, Sartaj is right in the thick of the action. Book ahead to guarantee a table.
We had one or two issues with this restaurant. Firstly we had a 5.30 reservation but they would not let us in early or indeed till several minutes after 5.30. Then we were sat at the back of the restaurant near something which made a loud buzzing noise. When we went to order we were asked if we would please pay in cash because their card machine was broken and had the fact that there was a cashpoint machine right outside pointed out. When we said that was not OK and made to leave instead the machine was suddenly 'fixable'! Also we were served with one too many naan breads and the waiter came and collected it from our table in his hands saying that it could be used for another customer! The food itself was perfectly good hence the 3 rating but I am deeply suspicious of the staff and their service left a fair bit to be desired.
We were seated quickly, the food was good and the staff were friendly. There was however a long wait between starters and main course, which prevents the top rating. I would definitely go back here.
It has gone down hill in the past year!! Poor service, food was not hot, and their credit card machine was broken...but did not say anything until they brought the check, and "demanded" cash!!