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£12 - £32
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Indian, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 30 June 2023

I was there for work. Ideal if you don't want an itemised bill for expenses. Chicken tikka achari was spot on. Friendly service.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 11 December 2022

I was part of a party of 10 friends who got together for a curry a few beers and a good catch-up on Saturday 10th Dec. We have used Derbar several times for this and we were not disappointed! Yet again the food was excellent...and our host and his staff were attentive & friendly. I had Chicken Tikka Bhoona. Not on the menu, but I prefer it made with Tikka than plain chicken and it was no problem for them to provide it. The chicken was delicious, with the Tikka flavour combining beautifully with the depth of flavours in the Bhoona sauce. A real treat. The rice was perfect & the Naan breads were perfectly cooked. We all had a great time and we will not hesitate to use Derbar for our next catch-up. My family and I will also be continuing to use the takeaway service in the meantime too. :)More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 9 August 2022

Was a bit worried about recent reviews but with 3 Carnivores, 2 Vegetarians and 2 Vegans felt an Indian Restaurant was the safest bet. We weren't disappointed. We had a wide selection of dishes which were all excellent. My wife had the Tarka Daal and...Vegetable Fried Rice which were both delicious whilst I had Chicken Jalfrezi and a Paratha. The Jalfrezi was very tasty, a perfect heat, too hot for most but not ludicrous and the paratha was flaky and perfect. Will definitely go back if we are ever in Banchory again.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 26 May 2022 via mobile

Having seen the previous reviews I was sceptical but keen for a curry so I went. The restaurant is bright, clean and a nice place to eat. I had the vegetable pakora and the Chicken Tikka Bhuna. Both were delivered, the tikka bhuna was outstanding...with so many complex flavours. The service was friendly and efficient. I read that others have had challenges with service, but I think they have to remember this is a very remote Highland village and not top end London. I think the people of Banchory are lucky to have such good Indian food in this remote and beautiful place. Thank you.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 7 April 2022

Possibly one of the worst dining experiences I have had. Being treated to dinner by a close friend and decided on the Derbar - big mistake. On arrival at around 8.40pm, we asked if they could accommodate. We were advised "no problem" and were shown...to our table. Around 3 or 4 other tables of diners at that point. First impression was that there was not much atmosphere and we noted some enormous cobwebs on the windows which we tried to ignore. During our meal, we were continually asked if we were finished... this is whilst eating with food on our plates!! Once other diners left, the music was switched off and the staff were staring at us speaking loudly about the fact that we were still there despite them having asked us if we were finished umpteen times. This must have been approximately 10 to 15 minutes after receiving our main course. We were also half way through a horrendously overpriced bottle of wine (£24.95 for a bottle you can buy in Tesco for £6 - whilst I appreciate alcohol has a large mark up, this was insulting as clearly no thought has gone in to the wine list!). When I informed the staff that we could hear EVERYTHING they were saying about us, one of the staff burst out laughing. We asked to speak with the manager who proceeded to blame the front of staff member and saying some unpleasant, personal things about her, which it would be inappropriate to repeat here. He became more and more agitated and started complaining about how he and his staff have to drive home to Aberdeen after work. We were flabbergasted and suggested that he make a gesture to try and make up for the horrendous evening we ere having. He then proceeded to accuse of valuing money above all else.... somewhat ironic we thought since he was very willing to take our money and kick us out the door before we had had the opportunity to finish our meal. From the off we were made to feel like a complete and utter inconvenience until we left just before 10.30pm. This could have been avoided if the management had informed us at the beginning of our visit that they shut at a certain time and needed us out - closing time is advertised as being 11pm!! Makes Fawlty Towers look professional!!! Food bog standard (there is a far superior take away 50m away with no sit in), but service / customer care non existent. Funnily enough, I spoke witha friend who happened to go there the following evening and had had a bad experience. I asked why, and before I had relayed my story they said "well, we were the last people there......" Their plates were being cleared as they were still eating from them! Clearly how these amateurs treat customers on a regular basis, so I have no idea why they are still in business! Surreal, disastrous and needless to say we will not be back!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 1 April 2022

What can I say, apart from one of the worst dining and surreal experiences encountered. Planned to enjoy a long overdue dinner out with a close friend only to be met with an unwelcome non existent customer interface or atmosphere, overpriced cheap wine at 400%...mark up, with the attitude we will serve you but can’t be bothered to wait for you to finish as we want to go home! How businesses like this still exist are beyond understanding, they are out for a quick buck and have no interest in the customer but expect top dollar - living in cloud coo coo land! Continually harrassed throughout meal when not finished, mocked and talked about by staff in ear shot, made to feel incredibly uncomfortable and unwelcome, no atmosphere, freezing cold, overpriced and small portion sizes. Manager was full of excuses and made no genuine attempt to address the serious failings. Fair to say will not return or endorse such a poor excuse for a local business…..sad.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 29 March 2022 via mobile

We had our evening meal on a Friday evening March 2022. The menu is extensive with the usual Indian fare plus house specialities. Kingfisher lager is on draft. The service and food were excellent. The restaurant is bright and modern. The only downside is the...flight of steps from the street to the door. Unless there is another way in then I'm sure there is no disabled access.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 4 March 2022 via mobile

I visited here with my friend recently and the service was terrible. Walked in got ignored I had to ask if we could be seated and the service was so slow as well. Would not recommend anyone to visit here.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 20 August 2021

What an amazing menu to choose from in the first place and was not disappointed in the food or the kingfisher on tap! Unusual dishes as well the expected ones. Every dish was extremely flavoursome and well seasoned. The lamb was tended and plentiful and...the chicken moist and tender. Even the breads were the best ever! Finished off with a special Pakistani tea by request. Great food, great location and lovely family owner. Thank you!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 20 August 2021

We have been going here for years for both sit in and takeaway. Really excellent food and Mohamed (owner) is ace. Friendly service with a great selection of food.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 10 July 2021 via mobile

Spending a couple of nights in Banchory with my husband and booked in advance! Thankfully!! Had really great meal! We got in just in time as soon filled with many tables! That didn’t worry staff! Efficient service and food was great!! All Covid rules in...place and carried out!! Look forward to our next visit!!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 25 October 2020

Amazing great quality sit in and take away restaurant. Full bar and super friendly staff who cater to all needs. Suitable for family visits, celebrations, couples and businesses to meet, greet and eat. The owner is there every day to make sure things run smooth...and is so lovely and approachable! Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 4 October 2020

We have eaten twice at Derbar recently. Both times the food has been excellent and service efficient. The meat in the chicken pakora & mixed tikka plate were very tasty and tender. The chutneys with the popadoms were really fresh and tasty. We also had...a lamb curry from the specials and a sag aloo, which were also both high quality. We’ll be back!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 2 October 2020 via mobile

A most excellent meal with good and friendly service and atmosphere. I can thoroughly recommend. And to repeat despite Tripadvisor and Google saying that it is closed, it is definitely open for eating in and not just takeaway.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 12 September 2020

We were turned away 8minutes before opening. When asked if there was a table or if we were to early we were told no. Not have a drink kitchen opens at 4.30 just no. Went across road to Rangoli take away and a 5* meal...provided for a fraction of the price.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Derbar Indian Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5