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“Great food less than stellar service”

Shiraz Indian Restaurant walton street
Ranked #10 of 135 Restaurants in Whangarei
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $14
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Shiraz Indian Restaurant was the first truly successful Indian restaurant established in Whangarei. We have pleasure in bringing you the finest ethnic cuisine which evokes nostalgia of a glorious bygone era! Jaswant Singh and his team bring you the spicy, tantilising taste of India with a menu large and diverse enough for you to return again and again without ever tasting the same dish twice! You choose the degree of spiciness whenh you order either at the restaurant or for your home delivery. Traditional dishes from the best of authentic Mughlai and North Indian cuisine are there to tempt you, whether they be chicken, lamb, beef, seafood or one of many vegetarian dishes. Don't be concerned if you don't think you can cope with a hot, spicey curry as mild curries are available for those with a more sensitive palate. If you're feeling brave, try a hot Beef Vindalloo! As well as a huge range of curries, Shiraz offers a large selection of Indian breads and entrees to round out your meal. And after your meal perhaps a bowl of mango ice-cream would be nice to finish? Bookings are not essential but it is a good idea to call in advance as some nights are busier than others. SHIRAZ is a lisenced restaurant and has an excellent range of wines, NZ & Indian beers. SHIRAZ can be found in; Whangarei, Kamo and Dargaville. 5 Reasons why you'll have a great time at Shiraz 1. You'll have delicious freshly prepared chicken, lamb, beef, seafood and vegetarian dishes. 2. Your meal is prepared with the finest fresh locally sourced vegetables and dairy products. 3. Awarded A+ Merit food licence for food safety, cleanliness & training programmes. 4. Have a family friendly restaurant and children's menu. 5. Guaranteed you'll leave satisfied... Simple.
Reviewed November 5, 2013

I've been to Shiraz in Walton Street three times now. The food is delicious but on each occasion the service has been lacking.

Myself and a friend ate there for the first time in May of this year. We were later joined by another person but none of the wait staff came to see if she would like to order. Once we had finished our food we were left with our plates for a good 20 minutes before being approached again, and then were never offered the dessert menu.

Having really enjoyed the food I decided to give it another go in early June with my children. Once again the food was divine, but very long periods without any interaction from the staff.

Thinking third time must be the charm, I went back two days ago with a friend and my children. Again a long time waiting for service and there would have only been a handful of diners in the restaurant at the time. When we finally ordered our waiter was about to leave without taking drink orders. After our meal, and again sitting there with a table of dirty dishes, I started stacking plates..

My daughters food was quite spicy when asked for mild, but they graciously asked if we would like them to cook another meal for her which I thought was very nice, and which we refused as there was plenty of other delicious food for her to sample.

I was, I admit, gobsmacked when told there would be a charge of eighty cents for each "to go" container, but wasn't about to leave four unfinished plates of food behind.

Shiraz is great if you are not in a hurry and are there for the delicious food and not the service. I might just do take out next time...

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Love the food, atmosphere and music. Prefer Walton Street Restaurant to the Kamo one. Tables are not jammed together so you can have private conversations. Great service and choice of food. Also offers some European options so caters for a variety of tastes. Our favorites include Tandoori Prawns, Chicken Saag and Lamb Masala. Has lunchtime specials as well as a main menu.

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Thank DandM2013
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Really nice Indian restaurant. Very inviting dining area. Wait staff very attentive and helpful and polite. Food was cooked very well, presented nice and all at a very reasonable price. Wide selection of entrees, mains and sides. No parking directly near it. Though a free car park just across the street (which closes at 10pm so be mindful of that).
Only negative was the extremely limited wine list. Had a really good chance to provide excellent food/wine matches, but missed the mark. Get yourself a nice wine and BYO.

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Thank Robert H
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

great food always polite best in town plus they send out monthly specials if you leave them your e-mail address

Thank 426Hugh
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We are visiting Whangarei on our annual trip from Australia.

The Shiraz was recommended by the hosts with whom we are staying. This was good standard fare and the food was delicious. We also had a special offer which made it very economic. At one point the service was a little slow but as we were in no rush and a party of us, it didn't detract from the evening. The decor is nice and intimate.

I would recommend Shiraz for good Indian cuisine.

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Thank Springwood11
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