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Indian, Asian, Balti
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Dinner, After-hours
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5.7 km from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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Reviewed 23 July 2022 via mobile

We came here for a dinner with my two kids. Food was delicious, children was taken account and service was good overall. Place was clean, food served quickly and complimentary popadoums brought to our table straight away. Staff was very friendly. Highly recommended!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 1 May 2022 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend have visited Indian Cottage 3 times now and have loved every visit. We have tried different curries on the menu every time and each meal was just as lovely as one another. The food always comes out very warm on a...hot plate and the service is very quick. Poppadoms are also complimentary. The atmosphere and setting is also very nice and makes for a very romantic evening. Definitely recommend for anyone who loves curry.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 3 April 2022 via mobile

Really unfriendly throughout. We had 2 little boys and were there for a family meal. Only customers in the place. Food was average and service was rubbish. Seemed to much to ask to have a jug of water!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 27 February 2022 via mobile

Me and my partner was staying local for a night and decided to give Indian cottage a try. Upon arriving we was seated very quickly but then that’s when things started to go wrong. We waited 20 minutes to get a drink order in then...had to ask for a menu after sitting for 30 minutes, they took our order straight away. We waited for a long time to then be presented with a bill which wasn’t even ours as we hadn’t even eaten and then asked how long our food will be as we had been in there for approximately 2 hours. They then said the kitchen had lost our order and would do it straight away. So after we finally had our food (which is the only good thing we have to say about the restaurant that was actually good) we asked for our bill which took another 25 minutes to get at which point we was angry and not happy so asked if that would discount our bill. Our bill was close to £60 and they took £5 off. So my opinion is don’t eat there as it took over 3hrs to get 2 main courses and terrible customer services.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 15 February 2022

So let me start by saying that this review is in no way here to criticise the food as the food is very nice and has been for some time but….. after calling tonight to arrange a delivery (something in which I have done often...from here over the years) I was dumbfounded to be to told the price over the phone. When asked to break it down for me and that it seemed to be £12 dearer than what it usually costs(£15 usually), I was told yes prices have gone up. Now I’m not a mean person and I understand price hikes as much as the next person, inflation etc but from a curry to go from £5.95 to 14.95 in the space of 2 weeks is a down right Liberty. I’ve never and would never pay £15 just for a curry alone without sides from a takeaway and I cannot see how This establishment can continue to charge these prices as the majority of people simply won’t pay it. I don’t know wether it’s greed or they are suddenly getting there spices from the sheik but sort it out in it, otherwise you will go bust within six months through no customersMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 29 January 2022 via mobile

Received a take away this evening - chicken totally raw - rang the restaurant - not their problem - ring Just Eat. Raw chicken as everyone knows is extremely dangerous - this place should take this extremely seriously but not sure they have. Naan bread...also raw - the dough was uncooked.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 27 October 2021 via mobile

We had a great meal here! Can’t fault the good food. However when it came to the bill everyone in our party put in £26 but still we ended up £26 short! Staff here clearly can’t add up and we ended up being over charged!...Such a shame and really annoying! This has left a bad taste on what was other otherwise a good evening! So be warned make sure you keep a track if splitting the bill and don’t fall foul like we did…More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 25 August 2021 via mobile

As traditional Bangladesh / Indian restaurants go, you can’t go wrong with this long established restaurant , staff are friendly, prices fair and food always tasty

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 24 July 2021 via mobile

My boyfriend and I are currently on a staycation in Portsmouth and wanted to try some local small run businesses. We chose this place at around 9pm on a Friday night and entered asking for a table of two. We had not booked however when...we looked in could see empty tables and thinking it's quite late we'd give it a try and get a table. The waiter at the bar looked us up and down as my boyfriend asked for a table two and proceeded to tell us they were fully booked. He did not check the booking diary sitting on the bar which most resturants do when they get walk-ins to see if they can squeeze people in. I believe we were discriminated against. Needless to say we chose another place and received much service that night.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 28 November 2020

The Indian Cottage used to be considered by many (including myself), to be the best Indian restaraunt in Southsea, alas I am sorry to say that recently having had two takeaways on separate occasions during the second covid lockdown the standard has dropped to the...extent that I will not consider using this establishment again, specifically it was evident that the food had been reheated , however ironically the tandoori mixed grill and lamb shalik was physically cold when I got it home - Home is a 3 minute walk from the restaurant! Very dissapointing to witness a formerly respected establishment treating their loyal paying customers with what can only be described as disrespect.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 4 November 2020

We arrived at the restaurant wearing a mask as requested by the government in any restaurant, bar or shop. When we had sat down and taken the masks off one of the waiting staff then came and said we had to leave our masks on...until we physically had food or drink on our table because they had regular checks from the council...... We did as we were asked but then throughout our whole visit witnessed people walking in and out without masks on at all including going out for a cigarette and to the toilet. People walked in with their jumper just pulled over their face and those that bothered to wear a mask took them off as soon as they sat down before food or drink arrived. The waiters wore their masks half way down their face and the hand soap wasn’t even antibacterial. Overall the food and drink is irrelevant it is the most unsafe place I have been in the last few months and we were totally singled out. We will not only not be going back during covid time but I will not ever visit again. We raised all of this with a waiter who just kept saying it was because the council were checking on them, however the rules they enforced on us were not even close to being met by anyone else....Stay away and avoid.... there is a reason the council are regularly checking them.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 16 October 2020 via mobile

This is one of the best Indian restaurants we have visited. The service was excellent, with the food arriving quickly but with a long enough wait to know that it was freshly prepared, and the staff were friendly. Although it was quiet the restaurant still...had a nice atmosphere. The food was outstanding, with all four of us extremely pleased with our choices. So tasty! We’ll be back soon and would recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 31 August 2020

Been going since 1996, up to a year ago couldn’t fault it, now Mr Mockta has completely let it go, why wouldn’t you participate in the eat out to help out. The staff reflect Mr Mockta’s lack of enthusiasm for Southsea. It’s very disappointing sad...sad sad, our last visit.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 24 August 2020

Ordered via just eat arrived ahead of time. Very tasty. Good protion sizes. Will use again. Im stuffed thanks. Madras rice I had a cider

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 19 August 2020

My wife and I, have been regular customers at this restaurant for the last nine years and have always been impressed with the quality of food, the excellence of service and the general ambiance. We have probably eaten there at least 50 times in the...past It reopened a couple of weeks ago and we finally got around to seeing how they were coping post lock-down. We ordered a selection of items costing around 30 pounds for takeaway. I should have been suspicious when I went to collect our order, approx. 7 minutes after phoning, and found my order sitting waiting on the bar. Main problems: My Chicken Jalfrezi contained four cubes of chicken in an onion dominated sauce. Absolutely no taste at all My wife’s char grilled wild prawns consisted of 3 small prawns in a sauce allegedly flavoured with saffron , but again, onion dominated and again tasteless. A complimentary salad (?) was gritty, probably unwashed and very unattractive What exactly should be in Pillau rice. Ours was basically simply basmati The whole meal smacked of a restaurant trying to reduce its costs and increase its margins. Can’t be sure but i. believe the two staff I saw were new and presumably so too were the kitchen staff. This was one of Southsea’s best Indian restaurants that appears almost overnight to have become one of its worst, and will not be returningMore

Date of visit: August 2020
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4