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“More a confusion than fusion” 3 of 5 stars
Review of British India

British India
270 -274 Morphett St, Adelaide, South Australia 5000, Australia
(08) 8212 2411
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Ranked #177 of 1,387 Restaurants in Adelaide
Price range: $16 - $20
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Adelaide, Australia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“More a confusion than fusion”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Was recommended to check this out, given my love of Indian food, so the British twist was intruiging. The ambience is wonderful, I really didnt mind the changing view on every wall,and it was in keeping with the theme. My test of any new place is the Butter chicken or murgh makhani, which incidentally WAS invented in India quite by accident. I expected this to have a british slant, and in that found that it did, was different to the traditional Indian style, but I really struggled to find the flavour of fenugreek, this is the main spice that makes this dish what it is, so overall was left somewhat confused. The Biryani rice was more like stodge, wet, gluey consistency. This may be the British influence, but with the sauces of Indian, rice should be dry to absorb the flavours. Best Indian in Adelaide? Hardly. But will return to try the British food, think that may be a better experience. Staff were friendly & courteous.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Perth, Australia
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Best Indian in Adelaide”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

As a large group we were a handful for the staff, occupying at least 3 large tables. Service was great, and we all shared the banquet-style menu with the usual roll-call of dishes.

Nothing stood out above the others, all were excellent, tasty, Indian dishes of fine-dining standard.

The interior decor with the huge Raj-style portrait of Queen Victoria and the light fittings made out of china cups and saucers is very imaginative and creates a contemporary feel.

Go for the food and stay for the atmosphere.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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“Quantity but unfortunately not quality”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Decided to go for the banquet #2 ,even though there were only 3 of us,as they kindly said they could do it for 3.It all sounded lovely , very similar tapas type menu to the other restaurants in the group with an Indian twist. Unfortunately although there was an abundance of food, the taste was not great and it would have been better if they had advised to cut out a few dishes - too much wasted food. It was also one of those meals were dishes were smothered in over runny sauces, most of which tasted very similar.
For example, The biryani was the funniest id ever seen, this is generally a dry indian version of fried rice but this prawn and scallop one was liquid risotto by any other name. The prawns in the malabar dish were mushy and obviously overcooked, the braised beef cheeks inedible due to too much vinegar in the sauce , the crispy pork over salty. Generally really disappointing. Maybe it was our mistake going for the banquet and should have known at $45 a head probably couldn't be great. Would rather pat more , get less but better quality.
We wouldn't go back.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Perth, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Spice Delight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We walked off the street and was shown to a table for 4 in a very busy and pungent aroma of curries. We enjoyed 4 taste bud playing meals complented with a lovely Sav. Very tasty.

Visited March 2013
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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“Excellent all around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

We had dinner at this place and it was one of our best ever dinner and highly recommend every one should check this place and must try there banquet one it was great and unlimited then try kajoor pudding for dessert

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