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The Merchants of Spice

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32 Colegate, Norwich NR3 1BG, England
+44 1603 660128
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17:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 23:00
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London, United Kingdom
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175 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016 via mobile

We had a really great evening at Merchants of Spice. The food was superb, one of the better curries we've had recently (and we do love a good curry). We had a chicken saag wala, which was very nice, and the superb "special exotica" - basically a big mixed curry with king prawns (which were amazing), prawns, chicken and lamb.... More 

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Thank IanandBeth
Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2016

Went last night for a friend's birthday meal (7 of us present). I had my coat hung for me as I was seated (genuine attentive service from the staff) and they had my coat waiting for me just as I left also which I thought was lovely. I had the most superb started (Dall Roti I think) - vegetarian option... More 

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1 Thank Evangeline H
Halifax
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102 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Very busy even in midweek Very high quality and variety of food Kebabs are really good All curries are very tasty All types of tongues and palates taken care Very friendly staff and helpful

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Thank SidSne
Norwich, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Visited last month in the quest to find a decent Indian restaurant in Norwich (failed miserably so far). Decor and service was fine although the staff didn't seem very happy. Ordered several main courses from the specials menus all of which were underwhelming. One dish , Merchants of Spice 'exotica' allegedly included King Prawns (totally absent) prawns (only about 3... More 

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1 Thank localfoodiea
Yateley
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247 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

The service is good, but the food expectations did not live up to my hopes. Having visited here 3/4 years ago and having a great time I was disappointed with the food this time round, so was my Hubby. My Prawn Purée was the best part of my meal. For main I opted for Tandori as I was travelling home... More 

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1 Thank aitchraz
Warwick, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2016

Visited here whilst on a short break in Norwich, we just love the atmosphere and the super service, that goes to enhance the meals themselves. We opted for the "early bird " deal this time, you do need to ask for this , which gives you three courses and a pompadom for a fixed price. The food was outstanding and... More 

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Thank WarwickBlue
Norwich, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016

Went here for another birthday bash with 8 friends, i'm not a frequent visitor to indian restaurants and another 2 had never been to one at all, we all agreed that the main dishes were good, naans and additional veggie sides were also tasty, I can only really comment on my chicken dansak which was as good as I have... More 

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Thank Andy B
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2016

Not a good welcome. Had friend over from the U.S. who wanted a curry. She chose lamb in a red sauce, otherwise known as tikka masala. Looked like tomato ketchup. Tasted like... tomato ketchup. When asked about her experience she said the meat was "bouncy' or chewy. This was because it had been barbecued, was the reply. Apparently a justification.... More 

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4 Thank jim d
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

the food hygiene rating of 1 is a concern, not acceptable. its not a cheap restaurant, its misleading to say that. the restaurant is quite well appointed, parking can be tricky. it was until recently the best indian in norwich and thats why it can be hard to get a table. however this last time they had started to bulk... More 

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2 Thank Saint J
Leeds, UK
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2016

Visited here with some colleagues. Lovely restaurant with a nice atmosphere and good service. The food was mediocre, the curries a little bland. Even their signature dish was just OK, I've had much better.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$26 - US$58
Cuisine
Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 23:00
Monday
17:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 23:00
Thursday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?