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US$27 - US$68
Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very enjoyable evening dinner. We were a group of 4, my partner and a good friend with his wife. We had a nice table and enjoyable time, with good food and good atmosphere, relaxing time for us talk a lot. The food...was so good that I asked for all the leftovers to be boxed up to take home with me - too good to leave anything.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My second visit here and they didn’t disappoint , food was delicious, the service amazing and staff very friendly. Very impressed and good value for money.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Poppadoms were good - and it was downhill from then on - lamb was closer to how I remember mutton, chicken was ok, king prawns were the best of the 6 mains we had - I'd avoid this place and find something better - it...won't be hardMore

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 29 November 2021 via mobile

This is the best Indian restaurant that I have eaten in. The service and food are excellent. We booked 3 weeks in advance and could only get 6pm or 9pm. We ate at 6pm and had a fabulous meal with great service. Thank you.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 28 November 2021

Popped in a few times just recently, its clear they have one area of the restaurant for those who have made bookings, and another area for the riff raff who just walk in. The riff raff have to wait ages for service. Don't like being...treated like that, and am surprised an Indian establishment implements segregation like this. Not good. Food is great though. However, I value good service, so in future will be taking my walk-in custom to Magdalen St where there are a couple of curry houses that respect their customers.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 19 November 2021

Before Nishant opened his restaurant Indian food was my least favourite, I was introduced to it by a very good friend of mine and I have to say the food, staff and atmosphere is exceptional I will never use another Indian takeaway ever again because...nothing compares to the taste, amazing flavours and exceptional customer service, highly recommended, whether you eat in or takeaway the food is always an extremely high standardMore

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 15 November 2021

The food is delicious, the portions are very generous and always reasonably priced. I'm vegetarian and was very happy with the vegetarian options available as sides or mains portions. The service was attentive and friendly. The restaurant is in a gorgeous building and has a...lovely relaxed atmosphere. I came with my parents and we had mains, plenty of sides and drinks which only came to £60. 10/10 would recommend and will definitely be coming back again.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 12 November 2021 via mobile

Just delivery, it’s an absolute NO GO, sadly also because of the way feedback was handled. Main tikka stewed white chicken in a tub of water, flat cold wet naan, oil drenched onion masquerading as bhaji - not even in balls. What a pity it...was my fault (no one else ‘complains’), not the waiter or manager I was passed on to fault (I’m just front of house), must be Deliveroos fault (you need to take it up with them). Actually the delivery was too quick & efficient. And I wasn’t complaining, just highlighting the fact the food wouldn’t have gone to the table if I was in the restaurant. The kitchen just can’t manage deliveries, & service staff don’t give the same care & attention if they had to look you in the eye (with the bill…)More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 5 November 2021 via mobile

This place is always brilliant! Prawn Mallabar is fantastic, they always accommodate my wanting lemon rice despite it not being on the menu! It’s a lovely place to sit aswell. Probably is the best in Norwich.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 29 October 2021 via mobile

Great meal one of the best Indian restaurants we have visited. We tried to book on line but it wouldn’t let us so telephoned and they managed to find us a table. Tuesday night and the place was packed, once we tasted the food it...was no surprise as to why. We will visit again when we are back in Norwich.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Response from coled412 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so either but there are plenty of shops on Magdalen Street who sell halal.
25 October 2016|
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Response from MartaGKG | Reviewed this property |
There is not a parking associated with the restaurant
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Response from judeo642 | Reviewed this property |
If you want vegan Indian food, go to Namaste on Opie Street.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Merchants of Spice

Yes, The Merchants of Spice offers takeaway services.

The Merchants of Spice is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5