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“Bala Da Bewdaful” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bala Da Dhaba

Bala Da Dhaba
56 Glen Eira Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3185, Australia
(03) 9523 8683
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Ranked #902 of 4,076 Restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Melbourne, Australia
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130 reviews 130 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Bala Da Bewdaful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Four of us for dinner. A smile and welcome as we enter. All staff beautifully presented and SMILING. So good to see. Restaurant about 60% full.
Order entrées - pakora, lamb cutlets and tandoori chicken. All tender, flavoursome filling.
Mains - chicken korma, beef rendang, lamb vindaloo, rice and naan. I know, I know....we over ordered.
Now I have to say that I'm not an expert on Indian food but I thought that all of the mains (except the vindaloo) were just fabulous. The only reason I exclude vindaloo is because it's just toooo hot for my taste. Our dining partners who love vindaloo gave it the thumbs up.
Ice water jug kept being replaced with wait staff attentive but not intrusive.
I rated it as some of the best Indian I've eaten. Ambience is good and as we left we got the same smile and a "thanks for coming".

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

Food is good, but not the best in the city. Have been to much better Indian restaurants in Melbourne. Garlic naan was terrible.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
“Reliably great tasting and quality Indian food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We have been coming here for over 10 years now and still love this place.

Aside from the fact that the food is delicious, we come back because this place consistently provides quality dishes each and every time you visit. In all our visits, we have never been disappointed by a meal. Our favourite dishes taste the same now as they did 10 years ago.

As someone who has been to India twice, I do rate this as one of my favourites in Melbourne. To the purist, the food is of course slightly westernised (how many Asian restaurants aren't these days?) but they provide enough menu variety (and a genuine tandoor) to still make this place stand out amongst true Indian food lovers.

For an Indian meal that everyone can enjoy - don't miss this place!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Great food nice atmosphere be sure to book”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

A very busy place on a Wednesday night but great food and whilst service was bit slow the food was worth waiting for

BYO and licensed corkage $2 a head

It's the only Indian around in this little corner of Melbourne

Plenty of street parking opposite Attica for anyone who has been there but totally on the other end of the price scale

Good value night out - enjoy!,

Note - they also do take away

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great tasting food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We love Bala Da Dhaba! The food is great. The only thing I can say is they need to add more meat into the takeaway dishes! Still love the food!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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