My family and I decided to check out Mahek after reading the reviews here. We've become fans of East Indian cuisine since moving to Surrey three years ago, so we're on the lookout for the best.
The first thing I noticed when pulling in was a banner the restaurant had hung that read "Voted #1 by the Now!", where the Now is a large circulation local paper. That was a good sign! And I can say that this is the most flavourful food in any Indian restaurant we've tried.
We had the Mahek dinner to sample some of the more popular dishes. It includes butter chicken, lamb, tandori chicken, rice, salad, dressing, chef's choice vegetable dish, a rice pudding dessert and serving of naan. All of it was delicious and wonderfully spiced, and the serving sizes were ample. The butter chicken is to die for. Just thinking about it makes me want to return now!
The owner spoke with us for a few minutes, and he was very friendly and clearly loved his work. He's from the UK and took over the restaurant three years ago. Interestingly, he travelled to India to find and select his chefs for the restaurant.
Service was adequate but as bit on the slow side, particularly after finishing the meal when we had to wait too long for the bill. This could be because it was so busy. Also the waitress didn't understand what we meant by a "dry" red wine, so we asked her for a sample before ordering.
The ambience was pleasant but don't expect to have a quiet dinner. My largest criticism is that it is too noisy. I'd apply some sound damping material to the walls to help correct this.
Overall an excellent restaurant with outstanding fare.