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“Been a number of times, always great service and great food.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chilis Indian Restaurant

Chilis Indian Restaurant
Ranked #18 of 186 Restaurants in Newbury
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $37
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Reading, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Been a number of times, always great service and great food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

This is probably the 6-7th time I visited Chillis and having lived in both Reading and Basingstoke for a number of years (and eaten at a LOT of curry places), I would say that this is one of the best 'eat in' curry restaurants that I've found to date in Berkshire / Hampshire.

The starters (both the vegetarian / non vegetarian) sharing platters are really nice and the mains came out within 5 minutes of us finishing the starters. All the food was piping hot and the portion sizes were very generous. Whilst I'm not vegetarian, I tend to select vegetarian dishes when I come to Chillis as they are one of the few places where vegetarian food isn't an 'after thought' and there are exactly the same amount of meat dishes vs Vegetarian dishes on the menu - all of which are really nice and the same care and attention has been given to spicing the vegetarian ones.

All the waitresses and waiters were very attentive and the food was great - would really recommend it.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aldermaston, UK
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141 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Lush!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

Lush was how our visit was described by our friend from wales, which I think means it was pretty good!

Despite living reasonably local to Chilis and having sampled the wares of a number of other Indian restaurants in and around Newbury, we hadn't been to Chilis. We tried the place out on some friends who were down for the weekend.

The place was pretty busy, being a Saturday night, but we had booked so were soon seated at our table. The menu at Chilis was interesting, with a number of different dishes - including some Keralan-based curries - that made it different from the bog standard curry house experience. Our choices for starters, mains, sides, breads for what was a party of 6 were quite varied, but all were fresh and very tasty.

Service was friendly. All in all we will be happy to give Chilis another whirl and look forward to trying some more of the other dishes on the menu.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The best Indian restaurant I've been to yet!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014

I've been to Chilis several times now and I've taken several different groups of friends there and we've all come away saying it is the best Indian restaurant we've been to. The food is really, really good and there is a nice variety including some nice changes from the usual, stereotypical Indian menus. The option to have vary how spicy individual dishes are is a nice touch for those who want to experiment with different flavours without necessarily having it really hot. Definitely my first choice for Indian food in Newbury.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous food...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Been hear with our family on my second visit...
As ever great service and very good food making a very good evening. It's worth every penny. Can't recommend highly enough, perfect for special occasion.

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Thank Par199
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“Most disappointing Indian restaurant visit”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014 via mobile

Visited with family and friends over the Easter weekend based on TripA recommendation - with hindsight I wish we had booked with Nowab or Indigo bay.
Very bland ambiance, popadoms were small and had been microwaved (also we were only allowed to order in pairs??!! V odd), no pickles,very limited starter and main dishes on offer (no onion bahjis!) and no draft beer. Food was reasonable but nothing different to what could be cooked at home. Finally the cost was higher and speed of service was slower than other establishments.
Sorry to be negative but this 7th ranking is not worth this restaurant, especially as other better restaurants are much lower.

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