62A London Road, Leicester
Oliver Twist in mind, to a restaurant that promised to give me “more”.
Every meal at London Road’s plushest new venue (which fills the gaping hole left by Antibo’s) has been painstakingly planned to deliver more taste, more comfort and more attention to detail than any other venue in town.
MORE was 22 months in the planning and it shows in the details, right down to the luxury ice-cream served as standard, free wi-fi and daily deep-cleaned loos.
The restaurateur at its helm has high-end aspirations, and so far his creation has ticked all of the obvious boxes – from the pitch-perfect audio-visual system and steaming (quite literally, so stand back) induction-heated dishes of curries, to £300 bottles of Cristal champagne kept on ice.
All it took to whet my appetite was the South Indian dosa, freshly cooked and wrapped straight from the griddle, served with coconut chutney and sambhar. Next came succulent Desi Lamb curry, naan bread and a helping of ridiculously, sorry it can’t be helped, ‘more – ish’ Chill Paneer.
I quote funny-man Jimmy Cricket when I say, “and there’s more”… another jovial chef filled my third plate of food. This time, freshly char-grilled chicken tikka and shish kebabs.
MORE should woo diners who might otherwise snub the self-service concept. It replicates high-end all-inclusive resorts where dishes are cooked to order, or are replenished swiftly to satisfy streams of demanding diners, rather than left sitting.
Thousands of customers have sampled MORE’s cross-continental delights since October 13, 2011. Crowd-pleasing dishes include Chinese kung-po chicken, aromatic crispy duck, Mexican fajitas, masala fish, Portuguese piri-piri chicken, American malted waffles and Indian samosas. Vegetarian and vegan diners are specially catered for.