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“Best Indian food in New Zealand!”

Ambience Fine Indian Cuisine
Ranked #101 of 223 Restaurants in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $18
Cuisines: Indian
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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“Best Indian food in New Zealand!”
Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

This restaurant undoubtedly serves the best (north) Indian food in New Zealand. Easy on the stomach and terrific on the taste buds, this place steals the show. Special mention goes to dal tadka ( spicy version) & Palak paneer.

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Perth, Australia
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“Very pleased”
Reviewed December 6, 2012 via mobile

As an Indian who grew up in India I find it hard to appreciate restaurants elsewhere. This place surprised me. When I go to an Indian restaurant I just want to be fed well. setting and service matter little .
Located in the heart of rotorua with easy free parking in front, Ambience is easy to find. We got there and only 1group inside. Allowed to choose seating n ordered quickly. Entree arrived in 15mins. Supremely large portion of aloo tikki. Taste fantastic. Mum full already!
Mains 10min later. Huge servings and sublime flavours. The. Cauliflower curry taste teased my palate like gobi manchuri back home .
Only down is they served our rice. Before our bread. Traditionally no Indian eats rice before bread so we had to wait. They then took another 2 mins to bring us plates after clearing our plates with entree earlier !
The owner then came n had a chat to us. Very nice gesture and effort appreciated. Ended up packing up meal n taking most home as too full. All up $60 and 2 very full happy bellies. Will definitely recommend .

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“The best indian restaurant in new zealand”
Reviewed December 6, 2012

Last night, i visited the indian restaurant with my family for the dinner. It is called Ambience Fine Indian cuisine, located on Amohau street, Rotorua.

We had the alloo tikki in starter which was amazing, was so fluffy and looked so nice.

After that, we ordered the lamb do piyaza which also was awesome. I loved that food and seriously first time, i had the best indian food in my life.
Apart that, service was also great of ambience. We didn't consider that we are sitting in any restaurant, it was like that we are sitting with family and having dinner.

I really and personally suggest everyone, please try once food of Ambience.

Thank you,

Rick,

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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“Friendly service and yummy food”
Reviewed October 1, 2012 via Local Picks

We hadn't been to Ambience for a while but Binnie still remembered us by name and the food was as good as ever. Must go again soon as Binnie said they are bringing out a new menu.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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“Great Experience”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

Booked for four, asked for table by the window. Table ready on time, restaurant very busy, tastefully lit, very comfy, service was friendly, guy knew his stuff, food arrived in very good time. Two chicken, one beef, one prawn dish - all were as good as it gets; we took away what we couldn't eat there.

I would say that about 15 potential diners were turned away as the place was that full. This was a really happy dining experience and a change from our normal preference for Thai food. Our overseas visitors loved it, so very highly recommended.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank John M
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