We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Need to be more polite in a competitive market” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Asha Balti House

Asha Balti House
168 Ocean Road, South Shields NE33 2JQ, England
0191 4551600
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #35 of 135 Restaurants in South Shields
Price range: $8 - $23
Cuisines: Indian, Vegetarian, Healthy, Balti
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Berkswell, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Need to be more polite in a competitive market”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

There are a LOT of curry houses on Ocean Road. The curry in the Asha is very similar to most of them and is a pretty average offering. If anything, its always a little too MILD for our taste.
Not that we like hot curries but we would prefer a little more flavour and a bit of heat, otherwise you may as well stay at home and have a stew(!)
Since a refit a while back the decor is OK, but the main problem with the Asha is the staff. With one notable excption, the tall man who is kindly, they waiters and waitress are impolite to the point of rude. Perhaps they have a difficult job? Perhaps its cultural? Perhaps they're just plain snotty? Who knows. What I do know is that there is a lot of competition within 100 yards of where they are standing which means some days we just give the Asha a miss.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

139 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    84
    29
    16
    7
    3
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Totally lush!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Me and my fiancé eat out every weekend trying different restaurants, ate here on Friday and we'll definitely be back for more! Food lush, nice atmosphere, and still had money for a few beers afterwards! Thank you

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
South Shields, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“very disappointed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Love to visit Ocean Road for a curry , have tried many other restaurants but decided to give the Asha a try as heard good reports . Staff were very friendly and our starters were ok but was very disappointed with our main course what was supposed to be breast of chicken was dry dark and the scrappiest chicken I've ever tasted . Won't be visiting again . Was an expensive anniversary treat that we didn't enjoy .

  • Visited June 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
South Shields, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great as always”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Visited on what I expected to be a quiet Sunday evening, and boy was I wrong. Turned up around 7pm and the place was packed - good sign. We've visited here quite a few times now but we can't help but return. We were lucky to grab one of the last few tables available, and having already perused the menu online as we were so hungry, we knew what we wanted. King Cobra and a glass of wine, both reasonably priced. Starters was bhuna prawn on puree and chicken tikka - delicious as ever. Main course was a chicken Kashmiri and a beef balti with rice and chips, and a keema nan. Plenty of meat, cooked to perfectiopn. Couldn't fault it at all and for less than £25. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Gateshead, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic meal and service as always.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

Have been visiting The Asha Balti for 17 years. Have tried others in this time but always come back. Beautiful food, very good portion size, always friendly service and fab restaurant interior since refit. Would not recommend anywhere else on ocean road and tried most. Will recommend new dishes to try and have even made my own Naan bread in the kitchen. Proper Balti house with window into kitchen. For a really good curry experience worth a try.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Asha Balti House also viewed

South Shields, Tyne and Wear
South Shields, Tyne and Wear
 
South Shields, Tyne and Wear
South Shields, Tyne and Wear
 

Been to Asha Balti House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Asha Balti House, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.