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£10 - £35
CUISINES
Indian, Asian, Bangladeshi, Balti
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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0.5 miles from Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last went 10 years ago! Glad to see it's still there. Was a quiet evening, not even half full. The food was very good, as I remembered. But, the service was very off-putting. The young female waitress obviously didn't have enough to do as it...was quiet in there, so she kept looking over to see if we'd finished our starter, main course etc. She kept adding, can I take this away, have you finished with this etc! Not good because it makes you rush what you're eating. She wasn't friendly either. Could hardly smile. Totally off-putting and wrong person to work in a friendly restaurant. So food good, waitress service horrible. No tip.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

Really nice food and good service. I had the mixed starter and then the chicken sat and both were very tasty.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 19 September 2023 via mobile

Excellent supper,we were in Oxford for Hospital appointments,we ate here twice,really nice hospitable people and top notch curries,fresh tasting and delicious.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023 via mobile

Always excellent, never disappoints. I’ve been a regular at Jamal’s for years and can highly recommend. I go for the lamb or chicken Kandahar, perfection!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 20 August 2023

Tried this Indian restaurant based purely on the good reviews and I was definitely not disappointed. Friendly attentive staff, the food was superb from beginning to end, our friends were vegetarian so we got to hear from them how they felt and they were glowing...about the standard of food. What was really pleasing was that they were genuinely interested in how we felt about the food and really wanted feedback. Everything was also piping hot, hadn’t been sitting around, especially the fabulous fluffy Naan bread. Loved it and will definitely revisit, can’t wait.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 14 July 2023

Went to Jamal's for a special birthday , with my wife's daughter, partner and 2 grand children, arrived a bit early, but that was no problem.The staff were good with the children and we settled down , the children were given there drinks straight away...with some poppadoms. We were given the menus and the drinks came very quickly whilst we choose our food. The dining room has been upgraded with new decoration and new carpets through out looking really good. Our orders were taken and the food arrived with the starters coming out on time. Our vegetarian found plenty to choose from and the children ordered adapted choices. The staff as always were attentive and the mains arrived looking spectacular, all the food was cleared from the plates, with Peshawar Nan being the children's favorite . Real y good value for a meal for 6, highly recommendMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 20 June 2023

It was a quiet evening when we had dinner at Jamal's, but we enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere. The place was very clean and the personnel were extremely friendly. The dishes arrived very quickly and they were all delicious! I particularly enjoyed the chicken rogan, and...my family the lamb with korma sauce. Will definitely be coming back!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 19 June 2023 via mobile

The food was excellent — we had some Chicken Tikka Starters, a Rogan Josh and a Buhna: would highly recommend. The service was great — really friendly host who was welcoming and very pleasant. A great family run restaurant — we will be back!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 12 June 2023

How great to return to the newly refurnished and quite modern Jamal's! It was a treat to visit again, now with kids in tow. The food, relaxed vibe, and hospitality were as good as my wife and I recall from more than 20 years ago,...when we frequented as students. The food was excellent; creamy chicken korma with wonderful coconut texture, rich king prawn tikka massala, chana masala, and - the highlight - perfectly cooked Tandoori lamb shaslick - lean, wonderfully spiced, with just charred onions and peppers, lovely rice and naan. Washed down nice cold Cobra pints. Great to chat with our servers, especially Ali, who made us feel right at home again. There was a lively student group in the back - which brought a smile to my face - some things change in Oxford, but the best things stay the same!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 30 May 2023

As far as takeaways go, this was really rather nice. The highlights included a very tender lamb badami, and a rich butter chicken that wasn't overly sweet (although the amount of chicken was a little meagre compared to the amount of sauce). The mint chutney...had a hint of a kick to it and wasn't as sweet as many of the other local takeaways' version! We opted for the mild biriani, but would probably go for a medium next time, as the spicing was delicate but had enough 'heft' in terms of flavour to stand up to a little more heat. The only down-side (which is why I had to knock off a star) was the flimsy packaging. I'd rather pay a little more for something sturdier - the cardboard containers, with foil lids, just didn't hold up to being removed from the bag, and I ended up burning my hand. That said, we would, however, order from Jamals again.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 21 May 2023

Such a refreshing change to see a menu these days and not pass out at the sight of the prices. And to finish the evening NOT thinking “Well, that was a rip-off.” Instead, a choice of delicious and reasonably-priced authentic Indian food. Not too much...choice, either, suggesting everything was freshly and carefully prepared. There were eight of us and we chose a wide range of dishes: there wasn’t a scrap of food left at the end - even the salad disappeared - yet none of us felt over-full or bloated. It worked out around £25 each, with drinks. Great service and a lovely evening all round.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 29 December 2022

Really enjoyed an unexpected meal out. Would thoroughly recommend the paneer starter and the lamb patia. We had a range of food and shared and all went away full and happy. Not fine dining, but excellent local indian fare.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 19 December 2022

When a waiter brings the bill and lies to your face about having served a dish it is impossible to give the restaurant anything other than a bad review. Had he made even a semblance of checking with this colleague I would have forgiven him....But, to argue with a customer that the customer was wrong is plain stupidity on the part of a waiter. The restaurant was busy with a large party for a festive lunch and could have politely tuned us away. As it was they didn't even bother to explain that there would be a half hour wait for service. To make life easy for the kitchen we ordered the set menu - 4 courses according to their web site, but nothing about the number of courses on the printed menu. What came was a plate of mixed starers; one lamb and once chicken dish and two different types of nan. No rice! The food was excellent and the ambiance is fine with proper napery, not paper serviettes. The lassis were also good quality and not too thin. So sorry, won't be returning because of the poor service. Eating out is not just all about the food.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 19 December 2022 via mobile

Rice was promised but never delivered. Then waiter argued that it had been. Busy with big parties so under pressure. Pity as food was excellent.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 26 October 2022 via mobile

Horrible experience being shooed away like vagrants 9.30pm that they were closed when the sign and all information says 11.30pm. The audacity of the host yelling at first time patrons who will not return. There was a large crowd and if it was a private...event then why not put a sign up?! Avoid avoid avoid!!!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Jamal's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4