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37 Newnham Road, Cambridge CB3 9EY, England
+44 1223 302800
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12:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Sat 12:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
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Munich, Germany
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

sorry, but 30£ and more than one hour of waiting (yes, a Saturday but the restaurant wasn't even full!) should get you more than average Indian food that was neither particularly exciting nor enough for two regular eaters. Maybe it's worth it if they decorate the food nicely but from a take-out perspective this was terrible value.

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Thank Tobias H
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We were a group of four friends who visited on a Friday night in October. We enjoyed a wide variety of dishes including the anchovy chilli relish challenge! Fish curry and vegetarian curry were both lovely and there was an interesting variety of breads. Drinks on offer were good. Service was very good.

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Thank 843wag14
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90 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The food, when it came, was pleasant enough, and the service was pleasant and charming, but if you book to arrive at 12:30, the opening time, it's just plain rude for the chef not even to turn up at the restaurant, let alone wash and start food preparation, until 12:45.

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Thank TimothyNathan38
Oxford
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152 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

When we arrived at the restaurant we were warned it would be a long wait, as they were very busy. Our waitress was helpful when we were ordering, suggesting that the main course I chose would be better with a bread than with rice. There was a long wait, made longer by a large group of students being obnoxious to... More 

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Thank Gordon W
Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Food took almost 2 hours to arrive, with very unsympathetic and unhelpful staff. When complaining to the manager, was patronizing and very unwilling to offer any kind of discount on our order that included luke-warm food and one inedible dish.

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Thank cb2201662
Warwick, UK
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

My husband hails from Kerala and found the dishes to be authentic and very tasty. The service was excellent (we had lunch) and the Chef came out to meet us after we sent our compliments to the kitchen. He explained the food and how he makes it all in house. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Thank Sueant8
Cambridge
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78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We are regulars at this place, which cooks lovely regional ( Kerala ) food but the service just gets slower and slower; there are only about 30 covers but it just doesn't work, somehow. Granted, we were warned not to be in a hurry as they were busy. But this time the owner had a niggly argument with a new... More 

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Thank F1523XKdavidc
Norwich, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Somewhat slow, but the food was worth waiting for! The food was very fresh, and the variety of dishes on the veggie plates was fun and interesting. Really enjoyed it!

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Thank KBY23
Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Rang the day before asking for lunch timings-- was told open at 12noon. Made our way there to find it not open. Door sign says lunch from 12. Rang again around 12.20--and the lady hung up midway through conversation -when pointed out the timings. Best not turn up for lunch as they don't stick to what they advertise--poor!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Good location. Overall poor service regardless of how busy the restaurant is. The food is good. Better than most around the city centre. Not a bad choice if you can be patient with the service

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 13 - US$ 32
Cuisine
Indian, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Monday
12:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
12:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
12:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Thursday
12:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Friday
12:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Saturday
12:30 - 14:30
18:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Newnham Road, Cambridge CB3 9EY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1223 302800
Description
An thrice award winning restaurant offering the cuisine of the State of Kerala in South India. Indian food that is very different to that available in the normal High Street Indian Restaurants in the UK. Fresh fish, prawns, vegetables and meat cooked with a deft touch with spices. Not all of our dishes are hot, we offer vegan, vegetarian dishes and gluten -free breads. Air-conditioned, with disabled access and disabled toilet. Group menus arranged on request.

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