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CUISINES
Indian, Asian, Balti
Meals
After-hours
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service

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4.1 miles from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Reviews (521)
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Haven’t posted for a long while and very rarely write negative reviews but staggered how bad this place is. Their contempt for the customer is unbelievable. Service extremely slow & poor, lacking in any training it seems. Food so,so, water glasses grubby, beers flat &...mens loo filthy. First and last visit for me.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 8 March 2024 via mobile

0 star experience. We booked a table for 7pm , walked in having made the wait staff aware that I’d booked . was left for 25 minutes standing by the door with a Young child , whilst they offered walk ins behind us a table??!!spoke...to the owner , said we had booked for 7 and the numerous people behind us had been seated. No apology, couldn’t have cared less . I wanted to leave , my partner wanted to persevere. When we were seated, after they had accommodated the male walk ins , I ordered a bottle of wine, turned up without a glass asked politely for a glass and was waiting for another 30 minutes . Got up and went to get the glass myself in the end . waitress came over to get our order after that and was interrupted by another member of staff and walk off and didn’t take the order . I left as my child was tired and hungry . My partner waited a further hour after asking for the bill .frankly I would have left ! And I would never advocate leaving without paying a bill. Absolute shambles , embarrassment to the hospitality industry. A complete joke . for a business that has been open for years ..:they couldn’t organise a pi** up in a brewery ! Will never ever return .More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 February 2024 via mobile

Shocking service table of 15 waited ages for drinks and only half came out asked repeatedly for the drinks after 35 mins finally came out - constantly kept having to ask for more drinks old glasses not removed - food ordered 2 hours later food...comes out wrong food - missing items honestly it’s a joke and food wasn’t even that great will not be going back management can’t cope owner woman just stands there ordering people around and doing nothing place is a jokeMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

Normally get a takeaway from here but have to add an hour on to the time given. So thought we would eat in, big mistake as took 10 mins to order a drink another 15 mins before it came. Long wait for food. Asked waiter...where main was & he said have you ordered. Whole meal took over 2 1/2 hours also food was poor. We will find somewhere elseMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

The food was really nice and the portions were manageable, unlike some Indian restaurants where I can easily waste half my meal. The service on the other hand was shocking. On arrival we were pointed to our table. Our drinks order was taken promptly and...we were given poppadoms, so far so good. Next our order was taken. The starter came out swiftly and before we received our drinks. The jug of water we requested never materialised. The mains were served before we’d finished our and I was still finishing the last mouthful as they were clearing the plates and placing the main. On finishing the main we were presented with the bill, no offer of dessert, coffee, drinks…. Nothing! Just a lady with a card machine materialised within a minute of leaving the bill. No-one asked if the meal was ok, it was apparent that they just wanted us to leave. I could have understood if there was a queue of people waiting for a table but by this time the restaurant was at best 3/4 full. Such a shame that a restaurant with such good food can’t offer a welcome service to go with it.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 14 December 2023

Whilst I was eating, my dining experience took an unexpected turn as a chef emerged with an unpleasant odor and visibly dirty clothes, leaving me questioning the restaurant's cleanliness.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 14 December 2023

While enjoying the excellent service from attentive waiters, it was hard to ignore the disruptive atmosphere created by loud bosses who not only shouted at the staff but also exhibited rude behaviour towards them, overshadowing an otherwise positive dining experience.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 12 December 2023 via mobile

Don’t come here, as you can probably see from the reviews it’s not the best. It’s not even the food that is the worst thing it’s the service waiting between 40 min and d hour to get served snd between each course

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023

If you are used to basic human politeness, then this is NOT the place for you. No 'thankyous, please, how was your meal' etc. The basics of human politeness are completely absent here. We asked for something and get a kindve shrug back like we...where being a PITA. Im not sure why the male staff don't realise they are there to serve your food, they are arrogant and look down on you, they have this wry smirk on their faces constantly like they have done something to your food. its like they are doing you a favour by gracing you with their presence, this is not the norm. This is the only Indian I have ever been to that doesn't have a naan bread with a balti, the food is overpriced for what it is. A lamb balti will incur an extra £2 because its got lamb in it....yes...thats on top of the price for being a lamb balti. nothing special, and due to the arrogant staff that are in here we won't ever be returning, unwelcoming with mediocre food, never again AVOID AVOID AVOIDMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 7 September 2023

Its such a shame because the food is always good it's a shame the female staff can't smile or understand English

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 11 August 2023

Don't go here unless you like waiting for hours for your food, it wouldn't be so bad if they kept you busy with drinks but they don't we were in for 3 hours and had 1 drink a strongbow cider served in a can 🤦🏻‍♂️...the ignorant absolutely miserable staff are a complete waste of space, the food is ok but the rest of it makes the place the worst restaurant we have ever been in 100% just read the other reviews the place is a joke DONT GO 👍More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 23 July 2023

Great staff, friendly and respectful. Would definitely go again. Curry with naan was perfect. Was well looked after by all staff.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 9 July 2023 via mobile

attended spice village with family and experienced awful service likewise so did neighbouring tables, all we witnessed was people complaining about the service. Table cloth was filthy, popadoms turned up then waiting 10 minutes for our side plates to turn up so we could eat...our popadoms. Waited 25 minutes for our drinks to turn up which were wrong. It took 25 minute for our drinks order to even be taken. All staff were extremely unorganised but dressed smart which was more than could be said for the main man (owner) who looked disgusting in a filthy polo top. We experienced terrible service 2 months previous to this where a metal ball bearing was found in my family’s chicken and the owner was devastated and pleaded with us not to report this further or post on social media and assured us this had never happened previous. Putting this to one side the food was fantastic so we wrongly though we would give spice village another go which was a huge mistake. Without sounding rude the staff were useless and couldn’t understand us when even asking for a drink, staff that struggle to communicate and understand should not be at front of house as this gives the customer an uncomfortable experience. Unfortunately this restaurant was gone from being amazing to extremely poor over the years and is so disappointing when we all work hard to enjoy a meal out and spend our hard earned money.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 9 July 2023

Booked online and requested where we would like to sit. Arrived and said the name of the booking, waitress looked clueless and took us to a table that was not ready nor where we requested. As we sat down a group of 3 lads said...i wouldnt bother weve been waiting hour and half for our food and the people on your table up and left without paying for their drinks because they were fed up of waiting. We were given menus and not even 2 minutes later asked what we want to order. Service was shocking, cutlery just chucked on the table, was leant over and they got our drinks order wrong. Our food arrived hour and half later which was nice but when it came to the bill, they charged us for the drinks from the previous people adding and extra £33 to our bill. Customer service was shocking, very poorly managed and absolutely no care for the customers. Last time I will go there. Please read on their Web page that they state their poor reviews on trip advisor and google reviews are from competitors.......what a joke. Shambles of a restaurant........DO NOT GOMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 22 June 2023 via mobile

The service from the moment we ordered was terrible with the staff not speaking English and when we complained they didn't understand, we waited an hour for starters and then waited another hour for our main and my partners had long black curly hairs in...it with a big knot on the endMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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