Tripadvisor has Food O Clock rated as the second best restaurant in Bendigo. Well, if this very average Indian take-away is the second best restaurant in Bendigo then I'm living in a parallel universe. A previous poster has claimed that Food O Clock offers 10% discounts to diners who post favourable Tripadvisor reviews before they pay their bill. That might explain the glowing reviews and totally ridiculous #2 ranking. I had lunch there recently and opted for their lunch special. The special consisted of Lamb Rogan Josh, Beef Curry, and Butter Chicken. The dishes were all precooked and out of a bain marie warmer. They came served on a single stainless divided tray that wouldn't have been out of place in Loddon Prison. I don't want to get into too much detail about the quality of the food but the beef was chewy and tough, the Rogan Josh was boringly bland, and the butter chicken was dry from being in the baine marie for too long. Additionally the basmati rice was of a very low quality (read cheap) and was insufficiently washed. And finally the raita condiment had the consistency of being murdered in a food blender. In other words Food O Clock is your average Indian take-away (and I rated it accordingly). However in its favour is the fact that it's cheap...very very cheap, particularly if you take the food away. And I think that's what a lot of people get excited about. However in terms of a pure culinary dining experience I doubt Food O Clock would rate in the top 30 restaurant/cafes in Bendigo. So forget about the #2 ranking....that's just BS.
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