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“Excellent local Indian restaurant in a street of stiff competition”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Royal India

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Ranked #15,578 of 22,373 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
London
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent local Indian restaurant in a street of stiff competition”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

Trendy Stoke Newington's Church Street is known for it's many ethnic restaurants, some of which feature in many food guides. This Indian restaurant, so far under the critics' radar, in my view, is by far the best of them in terms of quality, price and overall freshness and flavour. It is getting increasingly difficult to ensure a table on a busy Friday or Saturday night but is quiet during the week as word spreads. They offer takeaway too. Many of the specials offer something a cut above the average local Indian restaurant and the classic dishes are tasty, well prepared and not swimming in grease.

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great food and Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2014

Me and my family have gone here many times and we love it the food is always tasty and the people are always friendly and welcoming. However my parents did say after our last visit that the food wasn't up to scratch. However my meal was lovely and the service cannot be faulted. I think its time for another visit. YUM!!!

  • Visited December 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Service beyond a joke”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2014

We waited maybe 20 minutes before being given the menus. No (as one is accustomed to receiving in Indian restaurants) offer of drinks / water / poppadoms etc . Then we waited about an hour after ordering to be served. The guys next to us complained and walked out without paying for their starters and drinks because the service was so slow. Then when we were eventually served, some of the dishes we ordered never showed up - they were still on the bill though. Everyone in there was talking and joking about how appalling the service was. We had a US citizen with us - he just could not believe what he was experiencing!

There must have been severe staff shortages or something but under these circumstances where a restaurant cannot cope here's a few suggestions: don't take in more customers, stop taking phone orders, apologise profusely - or at least acknowledge that there is a big problem, and then give everyone a free drink who has waited over an hour for their food.

It wasn't even full.

My madras, when it turned up, was delicious I must say but I'd never go back there - life is too short.

  • Visited April 2014
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Malaga, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Authentic Indian freshly cooked”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

Great tasting Indian food, fresh and well spiced. Smart contemporary Decor , very attentive staff, we visited on a busy Friday evening, when the restaurant was quite busy, we received our starters promptly , waited a little while for our main , but it was well worth the wait, I had the Goan king prawn curry , with fresh tomatoes and chilli it was delicious ! They seemed busy with the take aways too. Will return soon,

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank SOFIE51
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