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NEW FOR 2022! Explore the flavours of India. Elegant Indian cuisine in a rustic dining atmosphere, with a cocktail bar, vegan options & takeaway menu. Dhamaka brings to Cramlington over 50 years of experience running successful Indian restaurants across the North East. This amazing Indian restaurant has a menu for all palates, and is family friendly!
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Indian, Asian, Balti
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited for my wifes 50th Birthday. The food and Staff were fantastic, even sang happy birthday when they brought our cake out. we will definitely back. Best food we have had for a long time.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very poor.. Not welcoming from first entry... Had to hang around waiting for first sevrers to leave.. Food was just OK... The place is so noisy.. On the whole not the best

Date of visit: March 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, I am sorry you were disappointed. You did arrive 35 minutes early for your booking, which is why you had to wait for your table. We hope you try us again some time. Thanks!

Reviewed March 7, 2024

My husband Duncan and I went for another visit to Dhamaka tonight. As usual we were greeted with a warm welcome from the staff, Sid and Aayan were our waiters and they were so friendly and efficient, nothing was too much trouble for them. Sonya...is always lovely and friendly too. The food here is amazing, I had chicken shashlik and my husband had lamb rogan the flavours are outstanding and the lamb was really tender. It was a cold night outside but it was so warm and toasty inside. We love the decor it is so tasteful and contemporary. Service and food 5*. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Lovely review, thank you so much!

Reviewed March 4, 2024

Great restaurant excellent food and service Sonya at the front desk is a super mine host friendly and pleasent Only thing missing is a good coffee to finish the meal

Date of visit: March 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Very kind, see you soon!

Reviewed March 2, 2024

Wow yet another 1st class meal , this restaurant never fails to deliver incredible food ,service and drinks , if you haven't visited you don't know what your missing

Date of visit: March 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much!

Reviewed February 28, 2024

Sonia, what can I say? You were a dream. Great food, great service, great night, great, Lamb chops, great Sonia., great great Sonia

Date of visit: February 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded February 29, 2024

I will pass this on to Sonia, thank you very much. We are thrilled you had a good time!

Reviewed February 28, 2024 via mobile

Wow, what can I say. Place just gets better & better. Staff are key friendly and always helpful. Food is amazing, as always, and a newly found secret...a little pot of Naga chilli for the mixed grill! Perfect!!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded February 29, 2024

Brilliant! Keep it a secret though... shh. Thank you.

Reviewed February 28, 2024 via mobile

I have been to this restaurant on a number of occasions and each time the service and quality of the food has been excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant both sitting in or takeaway. One of the best Indian restaurants I have...been to across the country. Really friendly staff who can't do enough for youMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded February 29, 2024

Lovely to hear. Thank you so so much. Reviews like this make a big difference to our small business.

Reviewed February 21, 2024

I’ve been wanting to visit this place for some time now having been a faithful customer to its sister take away in Morpeth for numerous years. I was expecting a more modern Indian eatery , since Indian “street food” is now so popular. (Mowgli) The...dining area is a miserable area, a room with dark muddy green walls and dark wood tables. It was cold and lacking any atmosphere. Even before we’d removed our coats we were eagerly approached with the usual offer of poppadoms, we did accept on the 2nd invitation. The popadoms were NOT fresh, and definitely not made to order. The food was mediocre , waiters lacked general “care “ forgetting out cutlery etc and it was a little difficult to get their attention. Dessert I ordered was unavailable, considering there are only three/four desserts and it was 6pm I wasn’t impressed. Food was placed on the table without place mats or care. It was “nice” but nothing to return for. Limited cocktails (I wanted an Aperol Spriz, sadly unavailable.) We won’t be back. I expected so much more, I live in hope but it was the same as all other Indian restaurants stuck in the past.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2024

Hi, thank you for your feedback and I am sorry to hear that we didn't meet your expectations. Our restaurant is stylish and contemporary, and while we understand that street food is popular this is not what we market ourselves as. Instead we focus on...More

Reviewed February 19, 2024

Well what can I say about this new restaurant, seen lots of great reviews and wow it was just amazing food was fantastic the lamb just melts in your mouth, staff were so polite and very attentive! Will definitely be going back. Thank you team...Dhamaka.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded February 29, 2024

Thank you very much for trying us and leaving this review!

Reviewed February 18, 2024

The best Indian food,the nicest staff and the best service. The restaurant itself is beautiful. Highly recommend... We go every Friday 😍

Date of visit: February 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded February 29, 2024

Thank you very much! See you next Friday :)

Reviewed February 18, 2024

A group of 8 of us made our first visit to this restaurant to celebrate an 80th birthday and nobody was disappointed ! Staff were friendly and attentive throughout , the decor and ambience was good plus the Toilets immaculate 👍. Most of us opted...for the onion bahjis as starters and they were delicious along with our bottles of cobra . Our party, having 2 with nut allergies & a vegetarian ,ordered different main courses Bhuna , madras , Dansak, Rogan Josh , tikka masala and Dupiaza with various naan breads and pilau rices . Everyone was impressed with the food and the amount of meat in the dishes compared to other places and said it's one of the best meals had and would return . We would all definitely recommend Dhamaka for food and serviceMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded February 29, 2024

Very kind, thank you! We are thrilled you all enjoyed it.

Reviewed February 16, 2024

Fantastic Indian cuisine in a modern, fresh restaurant with amazing staff. The Onion Bhajis are outstanding and the Bengal Butter Makhani is amazing, a must try when you visit the restaurant and don't get me started on the fantastic naan breads. Gorgeous food, highly recommended.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded February 29, 2024

Brilliant! Thank you so much.

Reviewed February 16, 2024 via mobile

My favourite Indian restaurant love the food the restaurant has a great relaxed atmosphere and lovely friendly staff Thank you Sonia & the team for a great night.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded February 29, 2024

This is lovely, thank you so much.

Reviewed February 16, 2024

Excellent tasty quality food and service. Lovely relaxed atmosphere. Special thanks to Sonya for friendly service with a smile

Date of visit: February 2024
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Abdul Salam, Owner at Dhamaka, responded to this reviewResponded February 29, 2024

Thank you!

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
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