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US$20 - US$34
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Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Meal was nearly an hour late, we had to phone to find out where is was to be told it would be another 25 minutes because the driver was out, why not phone and let you know. Food was not as hot as it could...be. The mango chutney tasted awful. Not many king prawns in the curry. We were disappointed as we have had many several good meals in the past.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 30 August 2021 via mobile

Beautifully done refurbishment, I felt excited to be there the moment I walked in. It only got better when we tasted the food! It was so fresh and not oily as some Indian restaurants can be. I really liked the smoky flavour of the chicken....The service was also excellent and the waiters ensured we were well attended to and recommended some delicious dishes. I intend to return regularly.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 14 August 2021

My partner and I have been visiting this restaurant for about 18 months now. They have recently reopened after refurbishment and we decided to pop in there this evening. The restaurant looks stunning! Very modern and spotlessly clean. My partner had a dish recommended to...him, the lamb korahi, and he thought it was delicious and incredibly tender. I tried a bit and thought it was really nice, and I’m not a big fan of lamb. I had the chilli chicken garlic masala. It was quite hot, and absolutely beautiful. There was a lovely smokey taste to the dish, which the waiter explained was because the meat is cooked on a bbq. We had keema and garlic naan and keema rice. All were fantastic. The service here is warm and friendly and food comes out from the kitchen promptly. This is the best curry house in this area of Essex and I 100% recommend it.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 9 August 2021

This is our go-to Indian restaurant every time, even though we live out of town. The staff are lovely, helpful, and very attentive, the menu has some great choices, and the food is amazing! The bright contemporary decor is lovely with giant fish in glass...tanks that you can see right through. The toilets are always a good indication of how clean a place, is and the ones in Merchant Spice are spotless!! Thank you all so much for a memorable family birthday get-together.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 5 August 2021 via mobile

The food was amazing the customer service was excellent I would recommend it to the queen of England x I will be coming back very soon and will be making a return regularly

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 13 February 2021

I had a bad meal in the restaurant a while ago that I won't go into... but I chose the Merchant Spice for a takeaway as I noticed they do hariyali chicken. Unfortunately, although prompt, the chicken was dry and flavourless. I also ordered poppadoms...with all the sauces; I got all the sauces, but no poppadoms. I phoned to mention that they were missing and the gentleman on the phone said he would get some sent back out to me, but alas, they never arrived. I guess the saying goes, once bitten, twice shy... I should have taken heed. Never again.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 1 November 2020 via mobile

This restaurant was always good, but it seems that some time fairly recently the decor has been updated and it looks great. Food is really top notch and service perfect. I would recommend this place to anyone, and from experience I have yet to find...better in Braintree. Toilets have also been very nicely refitted with no expense spared. Very nicely done.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 9 October 2020

Having escaped the debacle that going on at Lounge India we arrived at efficient, clean restaurant. They have upgraded their menu since our last visit. The layout has been changed to accommodate Covid compliance. The food was excellent. Really impressed that we will be returning.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 6 August 2020

Visited in August 2020 as part of the Govt 'eat out to help out' scheme. Needed an Indian restaurant in Braintree as was a convenient mid way point to meet friends. was not disappointed. Very tasty food. Good selection. More than we could eat and...very reasonable cost (even without the discount) Polite and attentive waiter. Hand sanitiser available on entry. Waiters wore masks. Bathroom facilities very clean. Best Naan bread I've ever eaten. Will definitely return.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 4 August 2020 via mobile

We were looked after so well, every table and menu is wiped down thoroughly, all staff with masks and gloves. The service exceptional and the new menu was delicious. Please go and try you will not be disappointed.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Yes, Merchant Spice offers takeaway services.

Yes, Merchant Spice offers delivery services.

Merchant Spice is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5