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Spice Merchants

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44 Osborne Road | Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3LT, England
+44 23 9282 8900
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Extremely courteous staff. Genuine and smiling, quick and witty. not just going through the motions. All food cooked fresh and kept warm. so many Indian restaurants are 'same old', right? In this case, the Goan chicken was great, chilli/onion and ..EVERY GRAIN of rice was separate and fluffy.. How often have you had stodgy over-cooked rice? (Most times!) About 23... More 

Thank PaulSampson187054
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great king prawns and tasty sauces. Not oily like some places.quick service. Good prices. Friendly staff.

Thank StevenL204
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I absolutely love this place, the staff are always super friendly, attentive and the food always delicious. Last time I was in I asked what they would recommend and was not disappointed - I now have a new favourite. They offer everything from spicy to mild and and have a lot of interesting dishes. Everything from great vegetarian options, to... More 

Thank Pingvinlakris
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every visit to the Spice Merchants is enjoyable. Always serve good quality food without having to wait for too long and the service is always of a high standard. My go to Indian restaurant in Portsmouth.

Thank LRBerks
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there last Saturday, attracted by the Tripadvisor rating and I must say that both of us agreed that we'll never go there again. However nice the impression might be, the place was cold, the food was not as spicy as promised, it was just OK... or rather I would be if if hasn't caused any unpleasant sensations afterwards.... More 

Thank Pawel G
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Got told about this restaurant by a friend and was a great recommendation, good attentive staff, well presented food and not to long a wait for food and not rushed when finished, highly recommended.

Thank steve o
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In my humble opinion the best Indian in Portsmouth. The food and sevice are amazing. Try to go there once a month - withdrawal symptoms if I can't get there 😃😃

Thank RachelTrev
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very much in the style of a cafe, rather than a restaurant. No table cloths and other refinements missing that help keep the cost of food down. Which sadly reflected in the low quality. The Yorkshire pudding starter was a prawn puri in a soggy Aunt Bessie's pudding. The main course I had lacked any real substance and meat. The... More 

Thank Mill-Gloucester
Gosport, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017

we went to the Spice Merchant in Southsea for the very first time. we were warmly greeted on arrival and shown to our table. the interior décor of the restaurant is nice and clean. after dining here we found the standard of the food to be of a very good quality. everything was seasoned perfectly to give nice taste and... More 

Thank 811michael
Chichester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

Disappointingly tasteless food. Lacking in spice and seasoning. Expensive and poor value given the lack of flavour. However, staff were very obliging and pleasant and if you like a tame curry this may suit!!

Thank Maclaren-Fraser

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Asian, Bangladeshi, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 44 Osborne Road | Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 3LT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Portsmouth
  • Phone Number: +44 23 9282 8900

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?