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“lunch menu at balaka” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Balaka

Balaka
3 Alexandra Place | Market Street, St. Andrews KY16 9XD, Scotland
+44 1334 474825
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Ranked #44 of 108 Restaurants in St. Andrews
Price range: $31 - $39
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining
Lochgelly, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“lunch menu at balaka”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

great choice for very reasonable price,the ice cream was pretty cheap tasting but evrything else was very tasty and i would go back in a flash.The service was fast and they were very polite also.overall a great lunch for little money.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Preston, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“I ate here regularly during my degree - I miss it greatly - No other Indian I have tried before or since compares”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This restaurant is one of my favourites and certainly the best Indian/Bangladeshi restaurant I have ever eaten at. This includes both the dining and takeaway - the quality really is exemplary. The cuts of meat are high quality and plentiful, especially the scottish lamb - my favourite dish is the Afghani Gosht partly for this reason. I have eaten here possibly over 20 times both and have never been even remotely disappointed be it Chicken, King Prawn or Lamb. The food is always delightfully flavoursome and rich, plenty of spice without ever being too much. The Peshawari nan bread is incredible.

The only problem is since graduating I live in England so I can't go anymore. I have tried the most highly Indian restaurants around Lancashire in the hope of finding something that compares but all I have come across is distinctly average and low quality Indian cuisine with poor quality meats and bland or indistinct flavours. You will certainly never be able to accept the poor quality ready meals supermarkets serve up after this or any of the jarred curry sauces you can buy on the shelves. Real delicious Indian food shouldn't be this rare, but apparently it is.

The service is also polite and attentive so if you're in St Andrews definitely make sure you go to this one. I found the price to be quite reasonable especially given how good it is. I can't believe anyone has rated this average, poor or terrible - some people must be missing their tastebuds.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
“Brilliant food, brilliant atmosphere, lovely people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Having both eaten in Balaka and taken away I have found that Balaka never fails to impress. The takeaways are always produced quickly and if you find you have to wait you are entertained by the always friendly chatty staff with the offer of a drink while you wait. Sitting in the restaurant you are again met with friendly service, amazing food and a great atmosphere. I would highly recommend visiting Balaka as a must do for anybody visiting St Andrews.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Andrews, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“"Just" went for a take-out - and inspired by the deco!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I stopped by The Balaka yesterday for a student's take-out (delicious as always!), and was welcomed by the lovely Christmas decorations that had been put up.

The atmosphere is so inviting that I had to take a photo. Am already planning a sit-in meal here soon, and I think I spotted a pre-Christmas menu!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Ok food- not particularly good value”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Booked a table for 8 on a recommendation from one of the golf caddies, the pappadoms and sauces were fantastic but the main courses were bland and quite stodgy.
At £45 per head including a couple of beers I was disappointed.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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