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157 High Street, Staines, England
01784456987
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 37
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  • 26
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Everything was fine

A work colleague and I chose this based largely on the TA reviews - it's located in a parade of shops which includes a number of other restaurants. It was quite early on Wednesday evening so it was quiet. The welcome was fine and we chose to have the £12.95 menu mentioned in other reviews which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 22, 2015
RichieRock
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited this restaurant a few times and it's always been excellent and tasty food. The service is excellent and the quality is exceptional. We don't live local but will be back very soon. If your in Staines your be crazy not to visit

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Staines, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

I have to say, 6 months ago, this place did the best curry Id ever had - Ancient Malai. The last two times I ordered this dish it was completely different. I sent one back and explained how it was supposed to be cooked. The dish came back to me exactly the same with some cream mixed in. Very disappointing.... More 

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Thank ToadMcgee
Staines, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

We have used this restaurant many times but the last few times have been a bit Dissapointing. The food is ok, nothing wrong with it but the place is tired and needs updating.

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Thank chalie48
Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

A work colleague and I chose this based largely on the TA reviews - it's located in a parade of shops which includes a number of other restaurants. It was quite early on Wednesday evening so it was quiet. The welcome was fine and we chose to have the £12.95 menu mentioned in other reviews which allows you to choose... More 

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Thank RichieRock
London, United Kingdom
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158 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

First time at this restaurant based on it's positive Trip Advisor reviews, and was not disappointed. Between the five of us we had a variety of dishes which were all delicious. We particularly enjoyed the mixed starter, fish kola, fish masala (yes we like fish) and sag aloo. Latter was spicier than most places, but none the worse for that.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Was very quiet on a Sunday night, but food was so tasty, definitely the best Indian in Staines. Staff were really friendly and service was great.

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1 Thank Sarah F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Have been going to The Ancient Raj for a while now and after failing dimly to local "Authentic Indian Food" I found the opposite in this restaurant. their food has been freshly prepared and consistent time and time again without any surprises in spice,heat or quality. I have at other restaurants been shocked upon receiving the bill but here no... More 

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1 Thank slowmeup
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

The food are pre-heated. its very bland. can't even taste any spicy food. the selection is poor. I didn't enjoy any of it.

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Thank Gina S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

We had a lovely meal and couldn't fault the food, but the restaurant is looking a little run down and it was very quiet so felt as though we were stood over by the staff.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

In the parade of High Street shops, near the Iron Bridge, in the non-pedestrianised section lies this very good Indian Restaurant. One of the best in Staines-upon-Thames and well worth a visit. I went on a wet Wednesday evening and I'm very glad that I did. I was dried and warmed instantly by the pleasant welcome and comfortable seating [one... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 157 High Street, Staines, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Surrey  >  Staines
  • Phone Number: 01784456987

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian, Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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