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US$35 - US$43
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Bangladeshi, Indian
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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0.6 miles from Catedral de Mallorca
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Reviewed 20 August 2021

We came to Basmati for the second time after having an amazing dinner here last summer. The owner and his staff are so friendly and welcoming. The food is delicious and made so easy from start to finish. As a vegetarian, I am offered as...many options as non-vegetarians. Highly recommend this gem!More

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

Wow ! I didn’t expect such a great meal. I didn’t really want an ‘Indian’ whilst in Madeira but my partner was hankering for a curry so I succumbed and I’m so glad I did ! I had the house special‘mono’ Go for it -it’s...gorgeousMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 14 July 2021 via mobile

We went to Basmati restaurant after mistakenly believing all the hype on tripadvisor surrounding this restaurant - it still baffles me why it has rave reviews - is it just dumb luck or what? We walked in to Mr Shahin, the chef, warmly greeting us...and guiding us to our table. All seemed well, the decor was nice but the rooms are a little dark even during the day. It was empty and the vibe was more Addams family creepy than romantic. The chef fancies himself as a bit of a celebrity - constantly hovering at our table to boast about his life’s achievements, telling us this “surprise menu” concept was something unique to his restaurant, that we’ll never have tasted anything like his food - he didn’t clarify which cuisine it was and blanket labelled it as Indian - Indian cuisine is regional as is any cuisine - it varies by geographical location. The appetisers were deep fried onion and potato fritters or pakoras with a selection of stale chutneys. Honestly, as I make these myself at home and have eaten these in restaurants around the world, these were days old. They were not freshly fried. Not a chance. They were slightly burnt and unevenly heated like they had been microwaved. When leaving the restaurant this suspicion was confirmed as the kitchen is visible from reception and the guy preparing the food had no mask nor gloves and microwaved a large plate of fritters while stuffing a couple in his mouth!!! Unacceptable for a restaurant of this “Calibre” to serve old food reheated like this - it’s straight out fraud. Especially during covid where the food is being prepared by hand while the guy is eating at the same time and wearing no mask! Mr Shahin mentioned that the chicken tandoori he was serving wasn’t going to be red but orange/green - hence a different dish masquerading as tandoori. I’m fine with that I’m pretty open minded and can totally appreciate fusion food - call a rose by any other name and it will smell just as sweet but in this case the chicken was actually raw. I was shocked as the price tag per head is 40 Euros and at first when he saw my son who is 14 he said he’d eat half price. But when the bill came it was 120 Euros for 3 people!! How can you serve raw chicken that oozes blood and charge 40Euros per head??? Unforgivable for an establishment with this many positive reviews and has been running for this long. I left it and we moved onto mains. Each course was accompanied with an awkward self glorifying story from the chef. How he left his home country at age 14, then opened his first restaurant in some obscure European town at age 16, then closed it down to go to Japan to train under chefs for “discipline”. Then came to Majorca in the 90s to open Basmati and became a world renown celebrity chef. The narcissism reeked to high heaven! And false modesty? Check - he went on to say he didn’t care much for money, how he wants to be closer to family back home and is planning to close this restaurant and go back home so he can leave the high life of a celebrity behind - apparently which involves a lot of bungee jumping and extreme sports. All this life story - not just when the food was being prepared but also while he brought it to us to get stone cold while he kept going on and on about himself. The main course looked better than the first two, but was completely bland and tasteless set of curries - chicken, lamb and venison. This guy really knows exactly what he’s doing as he mentioned “ im not sure how spicy you guys like it so it’s a little mild”. He also mentioned that the mango chutney he made was extremely spicy so we could use that with the curries. That’s probably the only true words that came out of him - mango chutney was indeed eye wateringly spicy. He knew we were Asians and used to rich flavourful Indian cuisine both in and out of our homes so he already put this disclaimer forward. For the one other table that had a customer, lengthy stories and backgrounds were given to the dishes to hype up the food as something special and authentic. Even though these dishes don’t actually exist and especially presented like they were - all curries had raw veg as garnish - not something authentic at all. Cucumber and bell peppers are not garnish for curry. The lumps of stewed meat in the thin watery curry seemed quite old and reheated. The naans were raw - and also another invention of the chef with coconut and raisins inside so that the dough didn’t cook properly and it was a doughy mess. Later in the evening, after leaving the restaurant, I was violently sick, with stomach cramping, vomiting, cold sweats and diarrhoea. Luckily I recovered with medical attention and rest, who knows what kind of bug caused my food poisoning? Mr Shahin needs to get out more and get a reality check. He is not Gordon Ramsay so he should really stop behaving like he is. There aren’t that many competitors in Palma that are serving the type of concept that Mr Shahin has basically failed at. This kind of monopoly has a way to warp minds and this chef is deluded that he’s doing everyone a favour by serving reheated obscurely identified stale food masquerading as Indian cuisine and the nature of his touristy customers means they sometimes don’t know what authentic food is and no comparison and only go once for their trip and that’s it. Avoid like the plaque.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 12 July 2021

Could not fault anything, you must visit this restaurant. We had the set menu and everything was just delightful. In our party of 8 we had a couple of non Indian eaters however even the non Indian eaters absolutely loved it. The whole evening was...fantastic, the ambiance, the service, the food.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 23 December 2020

Absolutely love this place, the food is so good and great prices. Staff are lovely too. Food is consistently good. Nice decor

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 29 August 2020

Great Indian food Experience, friendly staff, great atmosphere and a chef that took Pride in the Food. We were pleseantly surprised, and I recommennd the visit!

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 17 August 2020 via mobile

Even though we read a lot of good reviews we were still surprised by how good the food was. We got several courses and a bottle of wine all in one package. The owner and us had a nice conversation about his home country Bangladesh...and explained all the courses very clearly. They have a vegetarian menu, which came with some pumpkin from his own garden. The tastes were so amazing and nothing like I’ve ever tasted before. I really recommend going here when you visit Palma!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 7 August 2020 via mobile

Great atmosphere. Amazing food that almost made me cry because it was so good. Words can't really describe it, you have to go there and try it for yourself. The chef was amazing and service was really great.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 22 June 2020

I've been to this restaurant many times and I really want to leave a good review. The owner is the nicest person ever, he greets you and explains you every dish. The food is AMAZING and the menu changes depending on what was fresh in...the market that specific day. To sum up: fresh ingredients, incredible food, nice and polite waitresses, beautiful restaurant. Highly recommendedMore

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 31 January 2020 via mobile

Really romantic. The atmosphere was perfect for having a romantic dinner, the tables are full of candles and flowers We had different dishes to try and each one of them was really tasty. I would definitely come back.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Basmati Indian Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5