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141 - 145 Botchergate, Carlisle CA1 1RZ, England
01228 599889
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Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Originally openend in 1976 by Rafique Uddin and Cumbria's very first...
Originally openend in 1976 by Rafique Uddin and Cumbria's very first Indian restaurant, has now been reopened 35 years later by his sons Shaha and Koish. For true flavours from the Indian Sub-Continent come visit RAFIKS.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good but quite expensive

Visited on a Monday evening - it was very quiet with only two other diners. It is quite expensive for this part of the country but to be fair it is a class above your average Indian restaurant. Crispy poppadoms with excellent dips, superb King Prawn with puree and a good Chicken Shaslick. Nan... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
John M
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Malahide, Ireland
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  • Special occasions
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

We went with a large group for a birthday meal and although the service was quick I found staff to not be the friendliest. The food was very tasty but the portions were rather small and it was a bit expensive, in fact for two of us it came to around £65-70 for poppadoms, onion bhaji each 1 rice 1... More 

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Malahide, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Visited on a Monday evening - it was very quiet with only two other diners. It is quite expensive for this part of the country but to be fair it is a class above your average Indian restaurant. Crispy poppadoms with excellent dips, superb King Prawn with puree and a good Chicken Shaslick. Nan bread also spot on. They do... More 

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Langholm, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Have been to this restaurant 3 times, the first two times the food was good, our 3rd occassion we chose for our 19th wedding anniversary on Monday the 18th may, not sure if it was because it was so quiet for a Monday that we felt the service was so bad or we were more a pain being there as... More 

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Cumbria
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Went on a Thursday evening with a group of friends. Service was attentive and professional. The food was lovely, with some more unusual dishes on the menu. Very tasty, well served and relaxed comfortable surroundings. Thank you.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Normally a bit fussy about meal portions and restaurant prices, but was not disappointed by the price or the sizes, Enough food to fill even an American up at almost take away prices, and good enough service to keep fussy Le Skunk Southerners pleased. brilliant service, no more than expected wait time for even the large group i was with,... More 

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

meal for 12; everything arrived at the same time, the table service was excellent, the food even better. I would recommend !

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Walked in on off chance, 8pm Thursday21st May. Place not busy and got a table straight away. Ordered drinks and ordered portion of mixed starters which was substantial for two nevermind just for one. It was excellent. Both main meals - balti and karai were well cooked, presented and tasted really good. We agree that the service was attentive, but... More 

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Sale, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Nearby as staying at Abbey Guest house and checked online reviews which were generally ok Felt that they could have given us more choice than 2 pickles with popaddoms and the service seemed rather slow. The food was lovely though when it arrived. Would visit again

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The service is friendly and attentive bur not obtrusive. The food is always excellent esp. the seafood dishes. Rafiks happy hour on Thursdays is exceptional value!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

We have booked a table at 6 we arrived about 15 minutes before and placed our orders straight away everything would of been fine if we didint have to wait for 1 hour and a half to finally get our food. We all been starving especially kids, when we finally got our good we had to rush as we had... More 

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Address: 141 - 145 Botchergate, Carlisle CA1 1RZ, England
Phone Number: 01228 599889
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Carlisle
Cuisine: Indian

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 141 - 145 Botchergate, Carlisle CA1 1RZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cumbria  >  Carlisle
  • Phone Number: 01228 599889

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions

Description

Originally openend in 1976 by Rafique Uddin and Cumbria's very first Indian restaurant, has now been reopened 35 years later by his sons Shaha and Koish. For true flavours from the Indian Sub-Continent come visit RAFIKS.

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