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3 Alexandra Place | Market Street, St Andrews KY16 9XD, Scotland
+44 1334 474825
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 00:00
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Visited on Saturday evening with family and friends. Service was exceptionally slow so must have been issues in the kitchen. Many other diners gave up and left after waiting more than an hour for starters. Food was average at best. Felt sympathy for the front of house staff who had to handle the situation.

3 Thank nikkiScotland
Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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237 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The Balaka certainly serves up a tasty curry! Had 2 meals from the special curry menu, accompanied by a very light peshweri naan bread and rice, the curries were very tasty, spicy, flavoursome and not too hot. The prices are very reasonable, we had an itison voucher so £18 for the 2 meals. The cobra beers weren't over priced ..... More 

Thank bettyfithey
Bathgate, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

We booked after following the smell while walking around the town. Almost empty when we arrived. But reasonable service (served others who arrived after us with drinks before ours were brought to us. After this acceptable.

Thank Martyn C
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Visited early on a friday evening and booked a table for four. There was nothing specifically reserved, but we had a choice of tables, so no issue. The restaurant then proceeded to get very busy as several people arrived at the same time but hadn't reserved any tables. Because of that service was initially a little slow and we had... More 

Thank AndyandJean45
St Andrews, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Sadly this restaurant has changed hands and the service and food along with the wine list have suffered. Got three pieces of lamb in our curry and service was unprofessional and slow. Toilet was dirty wonder how clean the kitchen is??

Thank ResidenceManager13
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Thanks to all at The Balaka we had a great freshly produced meal full of flavour and served to perfection thoroughly enjoyed our evening Thanks Again!

Thank Bunree
Wigan, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

What a shame that this did not live up to expectations or that of the sign outside. The inside was cold which to our cost was instrumental to a cold bottle of Red Wine. We question the authenticity of the restaurant as the naan bread was served like Italian Garlic bread in slices!! Really!! First naan bread served cold like... More 

Thank 19ianp62
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Visited for a cousin catch up on 9th December and had a lovely meal. The staff were all very friendly and attentive. Restaurant wasn't overly busy but l expect it was the time of year Xmas parties etc. We had four different curries and they were all good, piping hot and full of flavour. Like the Naan bread cut for... More 

Thank Jackie D
Dundee, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Bought an itis on deal for this restaurant ,so glad we did decor lovely staff very polite and food to die for.we ordered mixed starters 1rice a 2 wines and 1 coke extra 29pound but had our two curries one Parthia and one Kadia ,one rice ,one garlic nan ,poppadoms and onion spicy in the deal,totally yummy ,so stuffed and... More 

Thank pammij
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 November 2016

very friendly and helpful staff and the food is absolutely amazing,never tasted indian food like it!! would definitely recommend.

Thank Danielle R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 26 - US$ 33
Indian, Asian, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Delivery, Reservations, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Alexandra Place | Market Street, St Andrews KY16 9XD, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Fife  >  St Andrews
  • Phone Number: +44 1334 474825

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?