Orissa Bar & Grill is situated in the prime location of 10-12 St. Nicholas Street, Ipswich IP1 1TJ, 01473 232 439, right in the middle of Ipswich's restaurant row. Orissa is lucky enough to have a beautiful timber framed grade II listed building as it's setting, many will remember this as a tapas bar and some years ago "Spooks" goth restaurant. We were a little dubious at first largely due to a big sign in the window advertising DJ's and partying till the early hours on a saturday night, but the atmosphere seemed relaxed and we thought it was worth a try. The downstairs area is a relaxed bar, so if you want you can enjoy a quiet drink before heading upstairs in to the main restaurant area for a filling meal. They have done a nice job making the place feel modern but still sitting well with the age of the place, and generally the big selling point of this restaurant was it's ambiance, though there was no music the evening was relaxed and the staff were friendly, I certainly felt in no rush but also wasn't sitting there wondering where the hell my food or drink was! The food was good, not perhaps as interesting as My Keralam but tasty and unpretentious. Davebeak asked about the vindaloo sauce and rather than risk having him unable to finish a curry too hot for him, they recommended he stick with a madras but gave us a nice big bowl of vindaloo sauce to try for size and were happy to spend time making sure we had a great meal. The only real downsides to this restaurant are that it has no air conditioning, so in the summer heat it could be a little stuffy and the menu is very brief, having said that, it also offers a good enough selection and this may well enable them to offer better food and service than if they had a million options.
Survey Score: Orissa: 79%