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“Awful.... One of the worst restaurants in London” 1 of 5 stars
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Hazara
44 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5AR, England
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Ranked #3,912 of 16,892 restaurants in London
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Awful.... One of the worst restaurants in London”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

Absolutely awful......went to this restaurant for valentines meal with the wife based on great reviews on tripadvisor..... What a complete and utter letdown...... Never had basic expectation of quality been rendered obsolete with such efficiency....

Upon arrival was ushered to our seating that would make Ryanair proud in terms of lack of space and comfort. We were literally on top of the couples to either side of us. The restaurant was clearly cashing in on valentine with relish.....

Starters.... Ordered popadoms ...... Utterly uncrispy served with cheap shop bought chutney..... The menu claims the popadoms are home made.... I know what home made is and these were not it....

I ordered mango lassi received water-down garbage..... Wife ordered coke received flat value coke from somewhere .... I also ordered lemonade received flat rubbish that faintly reminded me of those awful panda drinks that I used to drink back at school.

The starter .... Wife ordered takari chat.... Supposed to be indian street food - a delicious mix of chicpeas potatoes etc ..... Received diagonally arranged heap of cheap quality Bombay mix with lashings of the popadom chutneys.... It was hilarious and I was looking for the camera crew as could not believe this was served in an actual restaurant...

My starter was chicken tikka..... It transpired it was 3 small cubes halved to make six pieces separated 3 by 3 by a strip of day old bits of lettuce. The pretentious arrangement was held together by some kind of corriender/mint sauce squiggled randomly below the minuscule offering..... The dim lighting unfortunately only served to heighten my tastebuds who were left profoundly underwhelmed

Anyhow it was valentines day ..... So we consoled ourselves and looked forward to our mains .....

I ordered seafood biriyani .... Never had that and it sounded amazing on the menu..... When it arrived it looked less than appetising.... I suppose over the top presentation is reserved only for the starters.... It was not good.... The rice was hard ..... The prawns tiny.... The squid rings decidedly emaciated..... It tasted like something I might cook but much much worse .....

Wife ordered intriguingly named lamb dish .... Lal Maas ..... What arrived was definitely intriguing but in a negative way.... The sauce was bland and she asked me "is it from a jar"..... As I was fairly shell shocked with a mouthful of the earlier described biriyani I do not recall what my response was....

After a through spanking of our palette we asked for the bill and left promptly looking for a desert place.... Suffice to say I will not be returning to hazara or recommending it to anyone ....

Visited February 2014
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
London
1 review
“A classy Indian with sophisticated flavours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Well presented food, classy serveware, kind staff, individual character to all dishes and not just 'curry'. Best Indian in NW by far. Not a rowdy spot: think more date night or work dinner than 'Friday night with the blokes'. highly recommended.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, Canada
1 review
“Amazing Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

High quality food, fantastic atmosphere, wonderful service all at an incredible price! Will be back!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Definitely worth popping into....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Food is outstanding and rather different to the usual Indian restaurant food. There is an extensive menu with quality, innovative options. The Paneer Tikka was one of the best I have had, the flavours were simply stunning.

Overall, great atmosphere with attentive service and a good wine selection.

Good value for money too...

It is definitely worth popping into!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“One of the best Indians”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Are you one of those who is tired of seeing 158 dishes in a typical Indian restaurant menu? They all taste similar look similar and cost similar. Their sauce is prepared days ago, they cook the meat when you order, put one of the sauces on it and serve it as a different curry!
Hazara is not one of those. Go try it. You will see.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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