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“Great Sri Lankan Curries”

Babinka Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #4 of 48 Restaurants in Whakatane
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Asian, New Zealand, Sri Lankan, European
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Sri Lankan Curries”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2014

We were there on ANZAC day and really enjoyed the food. Service was also very good. We enjoyed it so much we went back the next night as well. Highly recommend the curries which seem to be their speciality. Only disappointment was the waitress said she would get a recipe for us and email it to us and that never came. This was our favourite restaurant in our 2 weeks in NZ.

  • Visited April 2014
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Never again”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

No wonder this place was quiet. Small portions of under-cooked lamb and when I said that half of it was not able to be eaten, it was simply taken away as if I was finished. I asked about a refund of discount as I only ate half my main and was told tough, of course they did not recook or further cook the original so I only got half a meal and had to pay for all of it. Tel all your friends not to go here.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Kerry M
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Taupo, New Zealand
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47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A taste of something different”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2014

The ambience of the place is OK and the location in the CBD great, but the food is superb with a strong emphasis on Sri Lankan cuisine. Babinka delivered the finest Devil Curry I've ever tasted.

Visited May 2014
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“great service, nice food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

Our family was there on Anzac day for dinner and we had a very enjoyable meal and all ordered something different. My first time trying a Sri Lankan curry and it was very nice. Service was friendly and quick. Thanks Babinka we were recommended to go there and glad we did.

  • Visited April 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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449 reviews
346 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Something different to try”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2014

While Babinka also offers Indian and European dishes, we headed there because we wanted to try its Sir Lankan menu, something we don't often get to eat. By ordering a range of different options and sharing them, we were able to sample different aspects of Sri Lankan cuisine. Babinka is down by the river, just across from the Information Centre (not on the same spot as Nandos, which google Maps directed us to), it has plenty of tables with both large indoor and conservatory style spaces. I only wish they provided their hours either online or on their answer phone message. Neither gave any indication that they wouldn't be open on the first night we visited (Easter Monday), so we drove all the way for nothing. But we did return. A nice change from the predictable menus in the many bar type places which surround it.

Visited April 2014
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Thank Michelle S
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