Since they upgraded this place has gone down the tubes. Again I moved back to town only to find all the places I loved have 'expanded' and gone to shit.
FOOD: Obviously a different chef. Tastes like they use frozen vegetable medley in place of chopped veggies in alot of their menu items (I know the old chef used to chop/could see him through the door when the waitresses went in and out of the kitchen)
SERVICE: Still great
VALUE: Meh. Average price for below average grub
AMBIANCE: What do you want it is a small hole in the wall in the Ridges ghetto.
Not impressed and will probably stick with Ocean Village
I used to love GM restaurant. I tried a different dish everytime and discovered that perhaps being a vegetarian (which I was considering but am not) was more than beans and tofu. The owner seemed so incredibly nice and the food was spiced nicely and the meal was cheap.... then they 'upgraded'. I moved away and came back to find the yummy cheap food was no longer.
FOOD: The spice seemed to leave the menu and everything was mild to tasteless. The last two times I went the food was cold and the 'medium' spice was non existant. I even tried to up it to 'super hot' the Aloo Muttar was like yogurt with food colouring and some curry perfume.
DECOR:The decor was and still is tacky and looked like a 70's Indian garage sale with a garden fountain in the midst. They seemed to make an effort to fulfill every stereotype that Indians are saddled with.Empty all the times I went or else completely packed and noisy as hell with no sound barriers or absorption (except the FOUNTAIN)
VALUE: Previously you could get a nice sized 'dish' with rice and roti for under 12 bucks now you pay for everything separately and rarely get out under 20 bucks a person. Don't bother ordering water just bring your own the service is that damn slow (see below)
SERVICE: It is like they pride themselves in beating down their employees until they are broken ghosts of humanity that only come to work to pay for whatever bill is pressing. The owners wife gives you amurky greeting then when she wakes from her nap she may come and take your order or you can wait for the teenager that comes for the next shift. I used to see this awesome tiny philipino girl and she was amazing then when I moved back I see these lifeless kids that obviously hate their jobs and exit through the revolving door that GM has for its wait staff. All the old staff that were there for years are gone and the new staff is lacking of course no worries they quit within months anyway. I think it is fairly telling when you see employees constantly quit a job, the food went downhill so I am assuming the chef left too.
All in all I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone anymore and will not go back myself. Sad but the once great 'gem' of a restaurant has turned into a food court buffet with crap service.
Ate here yesterday around midafternoon, when it wasnt busy. I'd been in there before when it was packed and the experience wasn't so great... If you don't like a wait, avoid rush times!!
Overall I had a mixed experience. We were seated by a lively, and I'll even say beautiful girl, which was a charming start... But when our server came she seemed sort of out of it and wasn't talkative. Service was ok.
Not a long wait for food, but then again, not a lot of other people in the place. It was a passable meal, a little on the cold side.
They do have terrible seating plans, as was pointed out in another review. Even though there isn't a lot of room, it just feels cluttered with the way the tables are too close to each other. Privacy means alot to some people!
If anything come for a few drinks and just take in the view. Haven't tried out patio yet, but will definately do so in the future..
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