It was my friend's birthday, and he really wanted Indian food. We used to go to a place that had closed down, so I went on Citysearch to find a replacement. I had actually heard of Imlee on a local TV show--some people liked it, some didn't. But it seemed big and lively, and the Citysearch reviews consistently said the food was good but the service was bad (except for a few who seemed to hate the place). I figured if we went in knowing the service was bad, we would relax, drink some wine and wait for the good food.
Well, all I can say is thank goodness we ordered wine.
The waiters literally DO NOT come to the table. You have to flag them down for everything--I mean, to get menus, to get the order taken, to see why it's taking so long, to see why it's been an hour already, to see why it's been an hour and a half...
It's not even like there were alot of people there. It is a tiny tiny tiny dining room, with no area for a host to greet and seat you--so you already enter feeling a bit awkward, standing in the middle of the dining room, and having to call one of the servers to seat you.
But then, add to that that the waiters didn't know what ANYTHING on the menu was...
Well, believe it or not, we were drinking our wine and laughing, and making jokes because we knew that the service was supposed to be bad..We were actually tired, and wanted to leave and go to sleep, but we kept holding out for the good food..
We were REALLY DISAPPOINTED. The food wasn't even warm. My friend was trying to be nice, and started eating because I was taking him out for dinner for his birthday..but I broke the ice and said I thought it was cold and bad, too.
We ordered chicken tikka masala-- It LOOKED like Indian, but it tasted like a jar of sauce on four chicken nugget sized pieces of chicken--for 18.95.
We ordered garlic naan, and one that had raisins and almonds, because one of the reviewers said it was good--and it was good! Also the samosas were OK.
But the sag paneer was really bland and had like five tiny cubes of 'cheese' in a sea of bland spinach puree.
The veggie korma was REALLY BAD. It was literally a frozen bag of corn, green beans, lima beans, and peas with some sauce. It's supposed to have some fresh veggies, maybe a coliflower and potato, and nuts and raisins--it's supposed to be hearty and sweet and aromatic. It wasn't. It was runny, and limp.
Everything tasted like it had been sitting around forever, and came out of a frozen bag or a can--and we asked for medium spice--because the waiter said that would be spicy but not hot, but what we got lacked any kind of spice at all.(I think the waiter obviously forgot, or the cook got the order wrong..but we were there for SOOO long, we just wanted it to end!)
But I thought I would at least write this review to warn other people--
It's not just the service that's bad--the food is WORSE.
I felt like there were some reviewers that said it was horrible, and I thought they were being vindictive or something. But they weren't. They were angry that their food order was wrong, not mention cold, and really not good, and took about 2 hours..
and that the waiters didn't even TRY to look like they cared..
and to add insult to injury--$100 for two people is not cheap, so the price of this restaurant is deceiving before you even enter the door.
If after reading this, you STILL want to go..good luck to you. I've done my civic duty to warn you :)