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“If you're not afraid of flavor, you'll love it!”
Review of Archana

Archana
Ranked #89 of 1,056 Restaurants in Belfast
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Golden Mile
Bremerton, WA, USA
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“If you're not afraid of flavor, you'll love it!”
Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

We visited on the evening of summer solstice and a big World Cup game, arriving without reservations. On this busy evening, Michael warned us service might be a bit slow and took us to a table upstairs. The service was actually attentive and our food well-timed. I had an entree composed of five chef's choice courses, but did specify the degree of heat and that I'd like one of the three entrees to be meat and the other two vegetarian. My husband ordered a Balti dish that was served in a big bowl. He ate every morsel. The menu includes an Indian dish for everyone, including a handful made and named for the "regulars" who've made those dishes their favorites.

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San Pedro de Alcantara, Spain
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“"Still the one........"”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

As Shania Twain used to sing it's 'still the one'! Had not been in Belfast for some time so decided to give Archana another try, having been blown away on my last visit.
In a situation like that I'm always apprehensive that they'll have dropped the ball and that my high expectations fall flat. No need to worry.
The food is as good as ever.... and let's be quite clear. The food is the reason you go there, not the decor, not the vibe, not the service and not the location. Sure it's a pokey room. Sure the tables are so close you can smell the aftershave on the guy next door. Sure the waiters wouldn't win any awards for charm or personality but WHO CARES ? It's the best Indian food in Belfast. Full stop.

  • Visited June 2014
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West Midlands
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Authentically Average”
Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

I live in Birmingham UK and have realised over the years that we are blessed with some authentically brilliant Indian restaurants. Archana however compares poorly.

Dishes are are thrown together with pre-cooked ingredients such is the overly quick service between courses. Taste is average at best.

Being indian myself I have them feedback on their 'lazy' cooking style and they told me they would cook authentically (properly) next time.

I won't re visit.

  • Visited May 2014
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5 Thank Purdy4
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great Fathers' Day Meal”
Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Doesn't look impressive from the outside but this is a great restaurant with friendly staff and its own spin on classic south Asian dishes.

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Belfast
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Rude”
Reviewed June 13, 2014

The manager was condescending and rude. Very unpleasant atmosphere as a result. The customer should not be made to feel like they are an inconvenience.

  • Visited June 2014
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