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“Best Indian in Dar” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Nawabi Khana

Nawabi Khana
Ranked #113 of 277 Restaurants in Dar es Salaam
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Nawabi Khana Upscale Indian outletThis up market stylish restaurant sets new standards for Indian dining. Its a sleek,rustic design and authentic food place above the rest in dar es salaam which makes it the number one restaurant in the city.
Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best Indian in Dar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

Nawabi Khana is awesome! There I said it. The location is prime time showtime! (Haile Salase, main road and dozens of bars next door to water down that spicy curry)

The food is absolutely phenomenal and consistent. Butter Chicken, Mutton Roganjosh, Chicken Biryani: Yes THAT good, good enough for you to remember them foreign names.

Why not the 5 star? The waiters of course. This place is not exactly known for customer service. In fact its known for lack of customer...anything! But the waiters here are probably some of the worst I've ever dealt with.

One occasion, my daughter wanted some sauce, so I asked one waiter for this sauce (which is usually there and was on the next table). So she went and never was to be seen again. Fine, next waiter, he looks at me like a hypnotized toad for a good 10 seconds and then goes away. Third waiter, "Madam, please for the mercy of my 10 year old can you please give us this sauce? I beg of THE even THY are being paid". Same thing happens and she vanished. Now the only logical explanation to all this is that there's a massive inter dimension portal between the tables and the kitchen, where these poor waiters are apparently getting sucked in to.

So I finally went to one of the three Indian managers who immediately acted. Ignore the waiters, they don't exist and don't care, order everything with the manager and you'll be doing take out curry.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tom F
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New Delhi, India
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Food..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

Excellent food, feels like you are in Delhi.. must try Mutton Rogan josh. A bit expensive though, but overall great experience.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Madhur_Sh
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London, United Kingdom
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692 reviews
564 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 372 helpful votes
“Still going strong”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Good Indian meal served in a nice setting, makes a change from the normal Dhaba style food available everywhere. The food is rich so I wouldn't recommend making this your regular Indian fix as there are plenty of places you can pick up a good Indian meal at half the price. Another point to remember is to book as this place gets busy at weekends especially. I would put it on an equal footing to Alcove.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sidji
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“GOOD FOOD!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

Great Indian for good value. Friendly staff and atmosphere. I love the place and am becoming a regular!

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Habada
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“our favorite indian, make that our favorite restaurant in dar”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

I always look forward to dinner at Nawabi Khana, it has deserved the many good reviews. It has a nice atmosphere, attentive staff, friendly management, and above all, mouthwateringly delicious food. It is very unique Indian food , and somehow they manage to give each dish its own distinct flavor. Can leave you feeling a bit full, but it's so worth it. Also very reasonably priced. Definitely in my top ten list, no top three, no, top restaurant of all in Dar.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank gwosmange
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