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“Absolutely hopeless!” 1 of 5 stars
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le penjab
rue des tonneliers, 67000 Strasbourg, France (Petite France Centre)
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Ranked #435 of 1,060 Restaurants in Strasbourg
Price range: $37 - $147
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Petite France Centre
Lucknow, India
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Absolutely hopeless!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

I am amazed about the reviews given by several people about this restaurant. Being an Indian myself and having eaten Indian food in restaurants from Sydney to Vancouver and from Cape Town to Sao Paulo, I would like to advise fellow travellers that they would do well AVOIDING this restaurant.

My wife and I visited this restaurant along with a friend of ours for lunch. Being vegetarians, we ordered Paneer Varanasi and yellow daal, while our friend ordered some non-vegetarian dish. The first noticeable point was the size of the portions - they would have sufficed only for a bird, and a rather small bird at that. The main dish, as well as the daal, were tasteless, with Indian-ness and spices being conspicuous by their absence. Our friend, who is a frequent visitor to India, complained bitterly about the non-vegetarian dish being undercooked. However, quite possibly, the most useless item turned out to be their tandoori rotis - these were thick and underdone, and tasted stale. To give the devil his due, the naan was slight bit more edible.

Upon enquiry from the Chef (incidentally, the restaurant is Nepali-owned and managed), he put forth the excuse that the local French patrons preferred the food that way! I sincerely wonder if the gourmet French really like Indian cooking to be so lackadaisical and tasteless.

For us, it was one of the most disappointing meals that we have had for a long time.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Saudi Arabia
Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Nice Indian food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

We like this restaurant a lOt. Staff are very friendly an cooperated with us when we asked whether the food is halal or not. They serve halal chicken only. The food was a little pricy but delicious.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Telford, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Excellent Indian in Strasbourg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

While enjoying a two night stay in Strasbourg, we fancied an Indian and found Le Penjab. The proprietor quickly realised that we were British despite my best efforts at ordering in French and asked if we'd like our curries spiced as per the usual British levels. I enjoyed a chicken Madras and my wife ordered the prawn Penjabi. The Madras was excellent with an exquisite flavour. My wife's prawn dish had a generous helping of king prawns. As a side dish, the tarka dahl was absolutely excellent. The service was superb from the Nepalese host. I highly recommend this Indian to fellow Brits looking for a curry in Strasbourg!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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kaiserslautern, germany
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3 reviews 3 reviews
“AMAZING Indian (Punjabi) restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

My husband and I took a day trip to Strasbourg and after a day full of site seeing we decided we craved indian, so we searched and within 200 M of us was "Le Penjab" we were a little iffy (only because indian restraints are so hit and miss) but this restaurant was AMAZING. the atmosphere was beautiful, the restaurant clean and well kept, decorations were classy. The wait staff were friendly, spoke english/german/french/punjabi, the menu was well diversified in Punjabi Cuisine but wasn't over done. the food was incredibly delicious! we ordered the legume samosa (which was served with 4 delicious chutneys!), chicken tandoori, vegetarian korma, vegetarian basmati rice and naan. my husband even ordered the punjabi wine (which actually wasn't very good, punjab should just stick to cooking, ha!) but i DEFINIETELY recommend this restaurant to anyone! MUST GO! (our entire meal cost 50 Euro, not a cheap eat, but worth every penny)

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Lovely dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2010

Service very pleasant. Food was really enjoyable and good quality. It is always difficult to find a good Indian restaurant but Le Penjab delivered. Would recommend this place. The atmosphere was pleasantly Indian but not over the top.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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