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105 High Street, Woking GU21 4SY, England
01483761144
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Reservations
Delivery
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 24
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Unlike the rest of the reviews...was spot on!

We had the groupon voucher and we were a party of 4. We booked our table for 6.30 on a Friday night. The staff were very welcoming and the service and customer care was very good. The time between courses was also good, not too close together but a good time gap to let the starter go down a bit.... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Sophie1042
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London, United Kingdom
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Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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64 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had the groupon voucher and we were a party of 4. We booked our table for 6.30 on a Friday night. The staff were very welcoming and the service and customer care was very good. The time between courses was also good, not too close together but a good time gap to let the starter go down a bit.... More 

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Woking, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We love this restaurant and the food has always been consistently good but they need to sort out the service aspect before it dies. We went there for my husbands 50th birthday with 8 friends. They knew for a month that we were coming. We arrived at 7.20. We got our starters at 8.50. Even the drinks offered to compensate... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

We've been a couple of times with the Groupon offer and found it to be very good value for money. The different sauces are listed from mild to very hot so you know what you are getting, all very flavoursome and the chicken was very tender and moist. Certainly recommended- especially if you get the Groupon deal!

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8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Read reviews and then saw a Groupon offer, so bought it.. have to say amazed it has 4 trip advisor stars. My partner and i eat out a lot and this was our worse meal yet. The voucher states what they base the value of the deal on, you dont get that on offer, as get a basic menu of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This might well be the best curry in Woking but tonight we waited an hour and half for its arrival - a free bottle of beer doesn't cut it I'm afraid, at 10.10pm I'm opting for cheese on toast and bed, not my convenient take away, to arrive. Wouldn't mind but we phoned twice to see where it was....

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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I came here on a Groupon deal, not expecting the earth but just looking for a pleasant and reasonably priced curry with my wife. Like so many other reviewers before me, I found the food to be good - but the service was an absolute joke. It was a Saturday night and there were about six serving staff on duty.... More 

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manchester
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143 reviews 143 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Came here over Xmas, having ordered once or twice. We only came here as it was on our walk back from the red lion. Staff are miserable and have an attitude. Food isn't great. We ordered 2 so called "signature dishes". Read overcharged standard dishes. Both looked and tasted the same. Very average. And it repeated on me for 24... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We visit this restaurant regularly but was recently warned "The service is appalling on a Saturday". Shame we didn't listen. We arrived early 6.15pm and to be honest they found us a table all be it in a bit of an odd position but we only wanted to eat it wasn't a romantic night out. First question was "have you... More 

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London, England
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The Balaka used to be great, but the last two times We have been there on a Saturday it has been pretty chaotic and the stress of the waiter trying to keep it all together was palpable. On this occasion, other customers were going to the main desk to complain about the poor service and food, and our main was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We went to this restaurant on a Groupon voucher. The food was decent but we found the service to be below average as felt that we were not looked after i.e. waiter was a bit rude and was not available when required. Overall, a decent night out but I would say that the customer service needs to be looked into...

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 105 High Street, Woking GU21 4SY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Surrey  >  Woking
  • Phone Number: 01483761144

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