WHENEVER I tell friends about a restaurant I've reviewed, they're always curious to hear about the bad points - was the service slow or even rude, was it too expensive, was the food inedible and, usually from my mother, what were the toilets like?
But for my experience at Chor Bizarre, one of London's leading Indian fine dining restaurants, I had nothing but praise.
The dining room itself was quirky, capturing the spirit and flavour of the infamous Chor Bazaar, or thieves market of south Mumbai, with unusual objects collected from various bazaars in India.
And the menu more than matched the decor for its authenticity, with recipes from different parts of India demonstrating the country's rich and diverse cuisine.
To start, we shared the purani dilli ki papri chaat, or semolina and wheat biscuits covered with chilli yoghurt, chutneys, ginger and hot spices.
The yoghurt provided a pleasant cooling sensation to the intense spices in the sauce, and the whole dish was quickly finished.
For mains, we tried out a special menu as part of the restaurant's South India Food Festival, which ran until November 30.
We shared portions of the main courses, including sea bass nilgiri, which was coated in a simple yet delicious masala marinade, and chettinad lamb chops, which were spicy with a thick sauce - my favourite of the dishes I tried.
We also tried the chicken korma, which was miles better than any other I've experienced, with rich flavours of saffron and pistachio, a palak makkai, which was finely chopped spinach with corn kernels, garlic and tomatoes. For me, the garlic overpowered this dish a little.
Instead of rice, the meal was accompanied by plain naan.
Although pretty full by this point, we decided we had a little room left for a dessert, and decided to share the mango kulfi.
On the menu, the first time I've seen this, there were suggestions for which tea would suit each dessert, which I felt was a nice touch, particularly as I much prefer tea to end a meal instead of coffee or a liqueur.
And so to the inevitable questions.
The service was attentive and polite, but we were allowed to linger over dinner; an average spend would be about £50 for two without drinks, which seems reasonable for the high quality of the food; and, just for my mother, the toilets were clean and up to standard.
CHOR BIZARRE 16 Albemarle Street Mayfair, W1S 4HW 020 7629 9802/8542 www.chorbizarrerestaurant.com chorbizarrelondon@ oldworldhospitality.com