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“Eureka! At last an Indian with imagination and great personal service!”
Review of Qumins Restaurant

Qumins Restaurant
Ranked #74 of 629 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $38
Cuisines: Indian, Bangladeshi
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: At Qumins we aim to provide an exciting new experience in fine Indian cuisine, blending traditional techniques with a modern twist. All of our products are made using the freshest, finest ingredients, and most importantly are cooked with love and passion for the Indian cuisine. With our unique menu we can guarantee that some of our specialities can only be tried and tested here at Qumins! We cater for all here at Qumins - vegetarian, vegan, and all types of specific dietary requirements. You will always have a variety of options with our versatile menu. We look forward to serving you!
Banbury, United Kingdom
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“Eureka! At last an Indian with imagination and great personal service!”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

When I go to an ethnic restaurant I like to hear about the origination of the dish, for the waiter to know something about it's preparation and the ingredients, to impart knowledge and prepare my tastebuds for such exotic culinary delights as his establishment is ready to blow me away with. Not to point to a menu that still says 'extensively prepared' after 30 years. Such experiences have been missing from the huge majority of Indian restaurants from the very early days when the UK Indian restaurant elders across the land got together and invented the language, the congealed texture and day-glo colours of the ubiquitous standard fayre which masquerades as real Indian food. Thankfully not so at Qumin, which restores faith in Indian cuisine. The surroundings are sleek and sophisticated cafe style, in keeping with the area, the wine list is pretty good and the FRESHLY prepared food is just superb, with fish curries a speciality, though the menu covers Bangladeshi, Indian and Goan. This is the only Indian I've visited recently where a meal can be truly called an experience. We visited late one Saturday and were served by the owner, who made us want to come back here soon.This place sets the real standard, which is much higher than The Standard Indian restaurant can achieve (we went there a week later and it does not compare, though above average, which is not saying much for Indian restaurants!)

  • Visited August 2012
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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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“Top 3 on my list of curry houses in Oxford”
Reviewed September 18, 2012 via Local Picks

Qumin's had been a regular for my friends and I for quite a long time and we were only finally coveted away after a spectacular outing at Majliss on Cowley Road. The venue is a bit easy to miss located on St Clements but Qumins offers very good food at reasonable prices. The staff are always friendly and happy to help and whilst Qumins doesn't quite offer the extensive range of food you can find elsewhere they do deliver a tidy curry. If the venue was a bit bigger they would probably drive a bit more traffic.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Excellent! Our favorite restaurant in Oxford”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

We've traveled in India and Bangladesh, and this is some of the best Bangladeshi-Indian food we've ever had. Certainly heads above every other Bangladeshi or Indian restaurant in Oxford. More atypical dishes, the flavours more complex, the environment refreshing. The owner, who is there six days a week, is very particular about every detail, and it shows. He is very professional and kind - and you get the sense that each dish that comes out of the kitchen is his personal work of art. If it's not too crowded, ask him questions, he's happy to explain how dishes are made and where they come from.

Several friends and family who say they either haven't liked or are indifferent to Indian food have gone with us and changed their minds. We've never had a dish we didn't like, but particularly recommend the Rhogan lamb (in a tomato-based sauce), Dhaikadi Pakora (indescribably delicious, made with "chick pea flour, mixed with curd, spices, herbs and topped on onion pakoras, finished with tempered garlic, chilli powder, curry leaves & mustard seeds"), spinach daal, chicken shashlick or tikka (incredibly tender). The Marathi Style Lamb Shank is out of this world, but we notice they usually don't have it.

Weekdays are usually okay for getting a table without a reservation but on the week-ends we find it smart to book ahead.

  • Visited September 2012
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“Fantastic food, great service”
Reviewed September 1, 2012 via mobile

We went here on the back of other reviews and were not disappointed. Food was the best Indian I've had and the service perfect. We arrived at 1930 and there was already a decent atmosphere and this improved as it got later.

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Irving, Texas
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“Yummy”
Reviewed August 10, 2012

The food was all absolutely delicious, the atmosphere lovely, and the service excellent. Faultless dinner. I wish I lived within walking distance as I would happily devour their chicken saag on a shockingly frequent basis.

  • Visited August 2012
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