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Maya- Surbiton

“City of London elegance provided in the suburbs of leafy Surrey”

This quote from the restaurant’s website couldn’t describe Indian restaurant Maya more perfectly. On Saturday night my best friend and I were craving some spice! So we decided to try out Maya, a local Indian restaurant in Surbiton and we were very impressed!

Not only did we have a three course meal including drinks for just £20 per head, we ate in a stylish atmosphere which seems an entire world away from your usual visions of a dated curry house.

We ate relatively early, despite this; the restaurant had plenty of custom and got busier as the night went on. I think it would be wise to book for larger parties but we didn’t have any problem getting a table for two.

The waiting staff were very attentive, without being intrusive, and regularly checked to see how we were getting on, which is a breath of fresh air compared to many establishments who have the attitude of not being bothered whether you’re there or not!

The food here was great and came out in a timely fashion. I must confess my taste buds aren’t well travelled when it comes to curry so I played it safe with a chicken tikka masala which I really enjoyed (you can’t really go wrong with that one, right?). We both had onion bhajis for our starter along with poppadums and dips. Safe to say, we were pretty stuffed after that feast so opted out of puddings.

I really enjoyed my evening spent at Maya. If you’re looking for an ‘upper class’ curry experience, with great food and classy surroundings, rather than just your average takeaway, then this is definitely the place to go!

**STUDENTS** If you’re on a budget and prefer your curries in front of the TV, show your NUS card upon delivery for a 10% discount!

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Rubicon- Surbiton

A bar that I’ve been meaning to write about for a while is a little gem that’s tucked behind Surbiton high street down Maple Road. Rubicon is a small cocktail bar which is a great place for somewhere that’s a bit different to what you’d usually find in the area.

Cocktails are their speciality, with bartender cocktails such as your classic ‘sex on the beach’ being served with a more suburban twist; these are priced at £6.50 each, so the bar isn’t cheap- make sure you come out with plenty in your purse! If you fancy something a bit more special, champagne cocktails such as ‘strawberry sky’ are available for £7. They have an extensive wine list with an average bottle of wine priced at £15 each.

We pre- booked a section of the bar for a birthday with a party of 20 people, which was provided free of charge with no hassle. The bar manager was very attentive and made sure that we had everything that we needed to enjoy our evening. We didn’t order any food, however there is an impressive looking party buffet menu available, making this the perfect place to hire out for a party.

Rubicon also offers themed evenings during the week including comedy nights, supper club and cocktail club; check the website for details of particular events.

The bar does get pretty full on a Saturday night before people go off clubbing in nearby Kingston, so I recommend going early. Overall I think this is a great place to go for a drink without the hustle and bustle of Kingston party goers, but is also a bit livelier than some of the pubs in Surbiton high street, the perfect balance.