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The Merchants of Spice

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32 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BG, England
+44 1603 660128
Sun - Thu 17:30 - 23:00
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Was looking for different places to go for dinner with my boyfriend last week and decided to try The Merchants of Spice as this was somewhere we've been wanting to try for a while and after seeing some decent reviews we thought we'd give it a try. It was my first time here, my boyfriends second. We were greeted immediately... More 

1 Thank georgiamoyes666
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Went here based on strong reviews and proximity to where I was staying. The restaurant is nicely decorated and the waiters were helpful if not overly friendly or polite. I was slightly disappointed by the food - it wasn't bad, but lacked any punch, a bit bland. For the 'Merchants of Spice' I expected full flavor and heat, but didn't... More 

Thank Will C
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Went here for the first time based on the strong TripAdvisor reviews. Love a good curry but as soon as we walked in we were greeted with rudeness. The 2 waiters argued about whether we could go to our table or not as we were 5 minutes early. Normally one of the things apart from the food in a curry... More 

Thank Travilla
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

We don't usually eat late but after watching a great film at the cinema we decided to try our luck and get a table for 2 We were in luck and as always the service and food were outstanding. I've eaten in many Indian restaurants and none are as good as this . Thank you very much again and I... More 

Thank Michaell8703
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Visited with friends in March 2017, food was of good quality and the restaurant is well appointed. I felt they had tried to get a couple of tables too many which left the main part of the restaurant a little cramped.

Thank Ollie G
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43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Celebrated my twin daughters 21st Birthday. Excellent service, good selection Menu, made to feel very welcome. Restaurant was very busy, no waiting, servers efficient, smiling and nothing too much trouble. Will definitely return when visiting girls at uni.

Thank DivesMablethorpe
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Couldn't fault the good but will think again before returning because of the way the tables have been squeezed in!! 😞 Getting in and out meant disrupting the tables next to us. The staff were efficient but not very friendly and very heavy handed and rushed

Thank Linda B
North Walsham, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

There was 6 in our party and there was no waiting, we were waited on straight away. The place looks lovely. The waiters were polite and helpful. The food was really tasty and the portions I thought were quite generous. We were there for about 2.5hrs and we never thought we were being rushed. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and... More 

Thank Linda J
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

On arrival we were seated quickly by friendly and courteous staff. We had a starter of papadums and dips which was very nice. My meal was rabbit bhuna and pilau rice and it was fantastic. The flavours were incredible. Unfortunately I couldn't eat he whole amount but it seemed such a shame to waste such good food, but as it... More 

Thank mich250
Norwich, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Been several times and it really just is simply the best Indian in the city, the service is spot on, its clean, classy and the food is sublime and generous.

Thank Jimbobson1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$26 - US$58
Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 32 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Anglia  >  Norfolk  >  Norwich
  • Phone Number: +44 1603 660128

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom

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