Advantages Unusual menu with lots of different dishes.
Disadvantages I wasn't crazy about the seafood mix but the rest was fabulous
Three of us drove down to Horsham to stay in a local hotel and the person we went to meet picked us up and took us into the town. Despite never having been to Horsham and therefore never to this restaurant, I chose Darchini on the basis that it was the highest rated Indian restaurant in Horsham on the Tripadvisor website. I don’t always believe Tripadvisor ratings but this did seem to be a pretty special place. I checked the menu and found a more interesting list of dishes than normal. My colleague, Louise, rang and booked a table for 7.30pm.Booking turned out to be a bit unnecessary since for the first half hour we were the only people in the restaurant. Mind you, I would guess they were probably pleased to know that SOMEONE was going to turn up that evening. I spotted only one other table being used plus someone turning up to collect a takeaway. I should add that it was a Monday and I was quite surprised the place was open at all but it did seem a great shame that they didn’t have more business.
The menus arrived and we could see it was going to take a while to choose especially as two of the group are not so familiar with Indian food. We ordered drinks and they brought poppadoms and chutneys – a fairly standard selection – whilst we continued deliberating over what to have. It took nearly 15 minutes to pick the main courses (ending in me saying “lets have the three fishy ones and share them”) so it was a relief when my colleague spotted a mixed starter dish and suggested we go for that rather than spend another 10 minutes going through the starter list.Our main waiter – we had several, well there was nobody else for them to serve – was a lovely man who I’d guess was probably Nepali in origin. He took our order for two of the mixed starters, three different seafood or fish curries, and a chicken dish for the fourth diner. I ordered three portions of rice and two garlic naans to go with them. The waiter nodded and smiled and muttered “Great choices, really good choices” before wandering off.
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