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“Great food, when it finally arrived but lousy service and way too noisy!”
Review of The Curry Emporium

The Curry Emporium
Ranked #144 of 259 Restaurants in Ilford
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Balti, Eastern European
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Harrow, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food, when it finally arrived but lousy service and way too noisy!”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

We booked to have an early dinner to celebrate a birthday. The booking was for 6:30pm and we arrived on time. The order for popadoms and accompaniments took 45 mins and the order for our food didn't arrive until 8pm! Whilst we weren't initially in a hurry, to wait 1.5 hours was no joke! I've had faster service in upmarket French restaurants! A party of revellers had also been seated and proceeded to drown out everyone else's conversation with raucous laughter and loud chattering. The serving staff were nowhere to be seen and were clearly embarrassed at the time it was taking for the kitchen to prepare food for service. None of the staff thought to offer complimentary drinks to fill in the time. The food, when it eventually arrived was very tasty and well cooked but that did not make up for the really poor service from the kitchen and the lack of attention from the front of house staff. Others had commented but DO NOT GO THERE IF YOU ARE IN A HURRY!

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
England
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Don't book this restaurant in you are in a hurry”
Reviewed October 1, 2013

Booked table for 6.30pm as we had an 84yr old with us. Did not get our mains until 8.30. Noise level unbearable, staff seemed to hide away most of the time. Glad to get out and would never rebook.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank EnglandSasha
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london
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Salty food and vanilla coke”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This restaurant appears to have gone down hill. They served vanilla coke and when we challenged this they tried to deny it. Eventually they admitted it! The tikka was salty and staff just not into it.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank mrkroft
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London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover!”
Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

Was taken here first time by a friend. From the outside the restaurant doesn't look like anything special at all but I have to say the food is absolutely amazing. My friend recommended the Paneer Korma which we ordered and that was without doubt one of the best Paneer dishes I'd tried. For a local restaurant in Gants Hill it is well worth a visit for a decent priced quality meal. Pleasant service and helpful staff. Have been there numerous times since and also ordered home. Would recommend this to anyone.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank ZNKRS
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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Food is much better than expected given appearance of restaurant.”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

Was very pleasantly surprised by the food in this unassuming restaurant. Prawn purée was just a little bit spicy to make it an amazing starter and the Naga curry is out of this world. Very pleasant and helpful staff. Just a shame about the other clientele! The layout does mean that a rowdy party can be a bit overwhelming...

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Paul C
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