exciting time for Madhuban
Tandoori has always been known by its customers
as a caring restaurant. Interviewed by Tandoori
magazine editor, Pat Chapman, Madhuban owner entrepreneur
Lodue Miah said “I always listen to what
my customers say. If they want a special dish,
I’ll cook it for them. When some said they
wanted to cook Madhuban-style curries at home,
I started producing curry sauces. We’ve
been doing takeaway for years,” he continued
“but one thing we’ve not done which
customers want is home delivery.” Now with
Madhuban 2 Go, all that has changed. And it is
no ordinary service.
in neighbouring Liphook, Madhuban 2 Go is exclusively
a takeaway and home delivery venue offering the
full Madhuban menu. There are 22 starters, 9 Tandoori
items , over 40 special dishes plus an ample choice
of old favourites, breads and accompaniments,
and they are all done well.
indeed for Madhuban to become one of the prestigious
Cobra Good Curry Guide’s Top 100 restaurants.
No mean feat considering there are 9,000 other
curry houses in Britain. This was topped when
the restaurant achieved that Guide’s Most
Caring Curry house Award in 2007. Which brought
it to the attention of Michelin. Madhuban is the
only Hampshire curry restaurant to be listed in
that publication. In fact outside London, it only
lists 23 in the whole of Britain.
2 Go customers can expect is a service to match
these accolades. Apart from a unique choice of
dishes, every order is packed in a stout attractive
box and delivered by bespoke uniformed drivers.
You can order on-line, by phone or in person.
Some new dishes have been especially developed
for Madhuban 2 Go “We use the best local
ingredients” says Mr Miah “Our aim
is to fulfil your order as fast as we can, but
allow us a little time because each dish is individually
and freshly cooked by our Master Chef.”
the 2013 Cobra Good Curry Guide says:
probably no better success story than the Madhuban’s.
Lodue Miah opened it in 1987 in the village of
Liss, population 1300. Under the circumstances
this may have been ill-judged. How could an Indian
restaurant survive with such a small footfall,
with only 30 seats? But survive it did, and within
years it had expanded first to 70 seats then to
86. Against all the odds the Madhuban was so successful
that turned away many customers, particularly
at weekends. In 2008 it expanded to 130 seats.
A new kitchen was built alongside. Now with help
from Lodue’s brother Bedar and some experienced
waiters, you will not find better customer care
anywhere. Customers’ names are remembered
as old friends. Such is the success that despite
doing two sittings and 100 takeaways, it often
still cannot fit in all diners at the weekend,
so book early. One more thing: Prices here are
among the cheapest in the area. This helps its
appeal, but there is much more to it than that.
It is the epitome of a good house.