The sister restaurant of the ever popular Coopers on the High Street, The Holy Pundit is an Indian fusion restaurant found on Princess Parade. Priding themselves on using only the freshest local produce and authentic Indian ingredients, The Holy Pundit serves up unique takes on time-tested Indian dishes. We recommend starting off your meal with the paneer pinwheel (paneer puff samosa with sweet potato chaat and coriander pesto) before moving on to a mouthwatering main like the hyderabadi red snapper, ghee roast baby goat, saagwala lamb rack and khumani kofta. To guarantee a table at this Hythe hotspot, booking ahead is recommended.
We were greeted by a very inviting and colourful environment, also very friendly and helpful staff. A very nice touch was when the genius of a chef introduced himself to us. We immediately shook him by the hand, it was fabulous food, absolutely delicious, full of flavour. Best Indian cuisine we’ve had outside of India. We live quite a long way from Hythe but really hope to be back again when next this way.
Delicious food, great service. Loved the little touches of Amuse Bouche at the start and a delicious soupçon of soup between starter and main. If the snow wasn’t coming down so heavily we’d have stayed for dessert too!
Again excellent. Been to the " Holy Pundit " many times , service very good, staff good, atmosphere good,can't fault the food all in all a good evening.
This was one of the best restaurants we have ever been in, my husband was so impressed with the food he shook the Chef's hand.
I decided to take my wife here for her birthday as we both love a good curry and The Holy Pundit topped the top 10 lists on most review sites for curry restaurants in Kent. With this in mind my expectations were high, both for the food and the service. I was mildly disappointed when there was nobody to greet us as we arrived, eventually a waited came over to us and asked us to take a seat once I had pointed out that we had a reservation. What he did not do was to take our coats and offer us a drink whilst we waited for our table. Still in our coats and still without drinks a waiter eventually invited us into the main dining room. "Where do you want to sit?" he asked...... "I dunno, you're the ****** waiter, you tell me" Is what I wanted to say, but of course I did not. We chose a table and took our seats....... still in our coats, and still having not been asked if we'd like a drink. Beyond this point everything was perfectly pleasant, the service was OK, but I found the food rather overspiced (and I don't mean spicy hot, it's not that sort of curry house) it was just very rich and pungent. Overall we had a decent night. Is this the best curry restaurant in Kent?.... Not on your nelly. It's good, but not that good, so lower your expectations. Try the "Copper and Spice" it's only half a mile away and for my money, a much better bet.
I went to the Holy Pundit with my husband, daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter to celebrate my daughter's birthday. We chose it because it had a separate vegan menu and I liked the look of the local sourcing of food and their general ethics. We found it somewhat difficult to find a parking space (5.30 on a Saturday), but this was more than likely due to the building work at the Hythe Imperial. The staff at the Holy Pundit were extremely pleasant, attentive, helpful and able to describe in detail what ingredients the dishes on the menus contained. The meals were good and I would recommend to anyone who is keen to know what they're eating. The staff were also very patient and kind with our two-year-old granddaughter.
Fabulous food, lovely service and we will definitely be going again. We all ordered something different to try and everything was perfect from the soft shell crab starter to the goat curry. My kerala fish stew was delicious and the lamb shank was tender and in a lovely gravy. At last the Imperial Hotel has upped it's game. Recommend a pre dinner glass of champagne in the gorgeous bar upstairs.
Not your everyday Indian Food but it was beautiful, I had lamb shank. We were table of 12 and to ensure we didn't have long waits between courses the chef provided little extra tasters. Using the booking online worked flawlessly. Would recommend to anyone who wants to try something different.
The food was good and tasty, but the service was dreadful. We waited almost an hour before getting anything to eat! We loved the little appetisers, but sadly they did not make up for the delays. We had booked well in advance so the restaurant were well aware that we were a table of 12, but it seemed that no provision had been made for us. We were just abandoned after the main course, no one asked if we wanted desert or coffee. Judging by all the clattering coming from the kitchen, they were obviously keen to get home!
Food was amazing and good value. Atmosphere was very good too. Staff were very helpful and on the whole, very efficient. My only critisism would have been with regard to one of our deserts having to be requested after quite a wait. Didn't affect a lovely evening though. Thank you.