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“Takeaway heaven”
Review of The Indian Cafe

The Indian Cafe
Ranked #4 of 179 Restaurants in Nelson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $22
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Come and visit us for the most authentic taste of Indian cuisine !! Situated right in the heart of the Nelson CBD, our warm and homely surroundings will add to your whole dining experience.
Nelson, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Takeaway heaven”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Fantastic Indian food, cooked just the way we like it. Good sized portions and compared to others, the pre-cooked meats in the curries were not rubbery and bland...just delicious!
Friendly staff, a great atmosphere while we waited 20 mins (on a busy Friday night - hats off to the Chefs!), and can't recommend more highly.
Will be back for sure!

Visited June 2013
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“great if you like oily rice, if you want freshly steamed...go to mango!”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

We are locals, and being of indian descent fussy about what we eat.
This is the second time I've eaten the food in the last month, was happy with the curry, flavoursome and tender meat, but the rice....awful oily, I've not had such rice at any indian restaurant before, and I've eaten at many!
The second time on ordering I requested steamed rice, and explained why, the wait staff informed me that 'this was their style of cooking, and they cannot make to a special request'....what for rice???? too much trouble to steam some rice??? I found this difficult to accept!
What we got was oily, and even had bits that had stuck to the bottom of the pot and were burnt, not good enough for me!
Won't be eating here again which is a shame.

  • Visited June 2013
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Nelson, New Zealand
1 review
“Excellent Indian Food”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

A group of my friends and I visit this restaurant monthly as it has excellent food and service (we have tried every other Indian restaurant in the region and this came out on top).

  • Visited May 2013
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Picton, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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“You have to have a meal here!”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

Excellent food, excellent service, wonderful atmosphere, and fairly priced.
If you are in Nelson this is a restaurant you should dine at. It is located in a 1920's bungalow style house. It also has outdoor seating. It has a warm atmosphere and children are welcome. The food is delicious and the service is great. A lot of locals dine at the Indian Cafe, which is always a good sign. The cost will not break the bank. I give it 5 stars!

  • Visited May 2013
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Nelson, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
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“inconsistent”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

According to our Nelsonian friends 'The Indian Cafe' is Nelson's Nr. 1 Indian. And on our first visit we would have happily signed that. On the second visit though the food was more than average which letf us wondering if they had a change of chef??
Butter chicken was overpowered by the taste of tomato puree, not a trace of mango taste in the mango chicken. Naan bread was fantastic though and overall the food wasnt bad just a bit disappointing since we came with expectations based on a meal we had at the same restaurant just weeks ago.

  • Visited May 2013
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