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“Fabulous food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Akbars

Akbars
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Balti, Pakistani
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Fabulous food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

Fantastic staff,food wondefully tasty and nicely spiced.rose petals very romantic bill was reasonable too!
We ate an awful meal at al basha in newcastle and felt all the restaurents of poor quality.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Pumpousbear
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Date | Rating
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English first
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Very disappointing experience..”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

Upon arrival we were greeted by a lovely reservations receptionist and after that everything went pretty much downhill.
Once seated we were given food menus, with alcoholic beverages on the back. As I was not drinking I requested a soft drinks menu but was informed that there wasn't one. This surprised me, how is a person meant to know what's available to order. I then asked the waiter what juice options they had and was impatiently told that '..only Orange juice, coke, lemo, etc..' The drinks were then brought to the table BY HAND, with the waiter's fingers clutching the top. This irritated me as I found it extremely unhygienic. I had to purposely wipe the top, but still used a straw. The same scenario repeated with the pappadoms. The waiter placed the basket on the table with the thumb firmly pressed on top.
Upon placing our food order, it was evidently clear that the waiter did not have a clue about the food. We asked for a few recommendations and all we received was a blank face and a quick response that '..everything nice'.
Starters : Overcooked, over spiced lamb chops with clearly day old salad.
Mains: Dry, mutton-like lamb rogan josh with a bland sauce.
Prawn dish was a joke, small pieces that tasted like rubber.
Side: Very salty, hard, tasteless pilau rice. The chapati was very nice.
Throughout the meal, waiters kept rushing past (not walking) so attracting someone's attention for service proved to be a challenge..

Overall a poor dinning experience, decor pretentious as it seems that great effort was put into the interior design but not as much to the food, quality, and staff training. There are much better Indians such as Solomons and Dabbawal therefore would not recommend Akbars to family or friends or anyone for that matter.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank JoJoDee
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Hartlepool
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Food Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

From stepping through the door this restaurant is very special. The staff are extremely well trained and professional. The surroundings are modern and contemporary. But what about the food. No question it is the most tasty Indian food I have ever eaten. The rose petals on the table are also impressive particularly if you are out for a romantic meal. Faultless!

Visited June 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Best Indian restaurant in Newcastle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

This quite a modern and trendy Indian restaurant and always busy, especially at weekends. My dish of choice is Roshan Lal (sp?) which is similar in heat to a Bhuna and the huge naans are great but always too much to finish! Service has always been good whenever I've been, they've been very helpful with recommendations and the like. My only complaint and it's trivial is that the pickle trays could be a bit on the larger side. Thoroughly recommend!

Visited June 2013
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Thank Johnnyshaker
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Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“AKBARS”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

Well im a bit of a curry expert and i can safely say ive been to Akbars 3 times now and i cant fault the food ive been with all my family and each time tried a different balti on each visit the staff are brilliant the food each time BRILLIANT the Family Naan a Must my mum on all 3 visits has opted for the Tikka Lamb Chops as a starter and cant fault them ive had the Rabbit Tikka and the Fish Massala and Wow amazing please just try this place for an amazing Indian Cuisine at its BEST

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Michael R
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