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“Serving portions too small? Not likely”

iVillage at Victoria
Ranked #82 of 2,372 Restaurants in Auckland Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $95
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 27, 2013

We had a great meal at iVillage. We are both biggish eaters and, after reading reviews commenting on the smallness of the servings, we were scared (of going hungry) and ordered lamb kofta to share. That could almost been a main in itself - 12 pieces - delicious. We both ordered biriyani - one chicken ('kiwi hot') and the other lamb ('Indian hot'). Huge servings with each dish being beautifully presented with a bread topping. We got through about two-thirds of each and then called it quits - thankfully they do doggie-bags! Service was friendly and prompt. Very willing to assist - when my partner asked if any of the dishes were awadi, the waiter explained that if he wanted, they would adapt one of their curries on the menu to take it to more of an awadi style. Overall - great restaurant - highly recommended.

Thank mike l
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

My husband and I came here after a recommendation from a couple we know. We had walked past many times going to and from the grocery store and figured it must be just ok because no one was ever in there. Boy were we wrong!!! We have since come back a few times to try different items on the menu (we do always get the Mango Lassi and Indo-Chinese Bullets however - fantastic entree). My husband, being from India originally, is extremely picky about which Indian restaurants he will go to. Both of us have been very impressed with the atmosphere at the restaurant. This is not a cheesy Indian restaurant! The space is warm and inviting with a lot of richly carved woodwork and other fantastic decorations from India. My husband says it is the best atmosphere he has seen in an Indian restaurant outside of India. The music is also usually fantastic and really adds to the ambiance of the place. I personally love the instrumental versions of popular older Hindi soundtracks.
And then the food...What they make is definitely fresh! Can taste all the different spices, vegetables, etc. We have found many restaurants add colouring to their food to make it look how people think Indian food should look (because of the colourful spices typically used). I have become sick of seeing neon orange butter chicken (thankfully they don't even have that on the menu). Their menu is so varied and the flavours are very unique. Maybe someday soon we'll try another starter, but for now we'll just keep trying different mains and desserts :)
The staff is also fantastic. They are friendly and overall fantastic service. And the family members who work there (it is a family run business) are also friendly and go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your meal without being overbearing.

This place will be fantastic in the summer! We are also glad to see each time we go back that there are more and more people coming to enjoy!

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Thank Suz519
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

We recently tried this new restaurant in Victoria park market and came back with an amazing experience. Its tastefully fitted out in rustic Indian look. The service was attentive and food was awesome. They have their own beer, which was a first for me in an Indian restaurant.

This has to be the best Indian restaurant in Auckland. They try many inventive ways of preparing and serving the food and pull these off with great success. We all agreed that we will be back to try the great food here again.

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Thank ByPast
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

Great tasting authentic indian food, comfortable ambiance. Thought the food is a bit expensive and the serving portions for indian food is a bit too small. For special occasions its not a bad place but would not go there just like that!

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Thank trawellguru
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We recently tried this new Indian restaurant with friends and left with the intention of returning. The fit out is attractive and smarter than many Indian restaurants; the service was excellent and the food was very good. A stand out for me was the range of wonderful appetisers, but the main meals were very good too.

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Thank bert_nz
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