In the same essence as the Sammy’s Laksa (old premises) being a 10/10/10 for comparitive purposes – Jewel of India gets the mantle of 10/10/10 here’s a blow by blow comparison of Ruchi Belconnen vs Jewel of India Manuka vindaloo:
Taste (Flavour) = 9
Size = 10
Ingredients = 10
Decor/Cutlery = 8
Waiting Staff = 8
Cost = 10
Ruchi is a comparable vindaloo to Jewel of India – but only if you are in Belconnen and can’t be bothered going all the way to Manuka. The taste is slightly lesser in fire terms (less chilli), but otherwise a good curry. Ruchi has recently undergone an update, and if you haven’t been there in a while it’s worth going down to check out their more modern decor, although they have moved away from the more intimate indian style for a more modern feel, which detracts slightly from the ‘indian experience’.
The waiting staff are a little slow, and not as personable as the Ruchi guys who actively endeavour to keep the atmosphere going. It can be a little like being served by a McDonalds cashier, as their bleak uniforms don’t do anything towards fostering an indian experience.
On a side note, Ruchi appears to have more alcoholic beverages of an indian nature which may subconsiously affect my ratings, even though I’m not rating their provision of alcohol.
I give it a 9, and I’ll be returning often as Manuka is too far to travel just for a takeaway vindaloo, especially when I’ve just driven all the way from Barton beforehand.