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“Exceptional food and service”
Review of Prithvi

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Ranked #2 of 448 Restaurants in Cheltenham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$52 - US$91
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: A statement of serenity and calm. A refined and sophisticated approach to dining Indian in an intimate and relaxed surrounding.Prithvi, "Earth or Mother Earth, in the ancient Sanskrit", where mouthwatering food and an attention to detail is second to none.
Soldeu, Andorra
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Exceptional food and service”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

We visited Prithvi with some friends who had eaten there several times before. Despite this, I didn't feel we were given any special treatment because our friends were known to them; watching how the staff behaved with other diners led me to believe that they gave the same level of service to everyone.

So, I shall start with that. The service. Absolutely exceptional. Friendly but not intrusive. When a dish was presented, every member of staff knew their job and it felt like a real event; an unveiling. They were welcoming and inclusive of the small child that was in our group, and making him feel as if he were an integral part of our group meant that he was relaxed, beautifully behaved and open to try everything.

The owner was involved in the service, which I always like to see, since the rest of the staff know they are working alongside their boss, rather than simply *for* them, which means they end up with so much more respect and pride in their own positions. This really shines through in their demeanour. I would like to think that each and every one of them enjoys their job; they certainly gave that impression.

Onto the food. Well, this is nothing like any other Indian meal I have ever experienced. No metal bowls, brimming over with thick, homogenised sauces being dumped on the table, or simmering away over tea lights. Each dish is beautifully presented, served in its entirely on a suitable plate. They are works of art and, despite looking much smaller than a traditional Indian meal, they are portioned brilliantly so you are left perfectly satiated, a little full, but not to that uncomfortable bursting point that you often experience in other Indian restaurants, just by trying to make a dent in the dishes.

The flavours. Wow, the flavours. Whether it's a piece of salmon, monkfish, lamb, beef, prawn or chicken, everything is spiced and seasoned to perfection. Everything was quite spicy, but so well balanced that it wasn't even particularly noticeable. The spices were layered so that the warmth seemed to grow gently from one mouthful to the next, leaving a delightful sensation of heat without the gasping and reaching for the water jug. Even the child in our party tried some of the spicier dishes and asked for another taste.

Between courses, we were given additional "amuse bouches", each of which was presented beautifully and gave an explosion of flavours. Each was a surprise and a delight. Even the child, who was eating a curry specially prepared and served at the time of our starters, was included in these and it was a real surprise to see him unquestioningly eating them and declaring "deeeeeeelicious!" after each new sensation.

In conclusion, would I go back? Try to keep me away! I just wish they were a little closer to home.

  • Visited May 2014
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Absolutely lovely”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Thank you Pritvi for a fab evening, lovely food, attentive staff which together made a quality evening
I will be back

  • Visited April 2014
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

Our whole dining experience at Prithvi was fantastic! Service was inpeccable ( I was even discreetly brought a glass of water when I began to cough after eating a dried chilli). The food was sublime and it was lovely that all of the servers knew exactly what ingredients had gone into making each dish. We would highly recommend eating here and will definitely go again.

  • Visited April 2014
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Bedfordshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Some of the best food I've ever tasted”
Reviewed 30 April 2014

What an absolutely excellent restaurant. Wish I lived nearer!!! The food was absolutely out of this world. It was so nice to have such lovely service from the moment we walked in until we left. We were spoilt for choice as to what to have and there is the option for a tasting menu, but we decided to go with our own choices in the end. The prawns were delicious and so was the lamb. You couldn't go wrong with whatever you chose, its quality food, with quality service all round. Can't wait to go back.

  • Visited April 2014
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cheltenham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Prithvi - that which holds everything”
Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

5* for a great restaurant.
The lunch menu is fantastic value.
A must visit if in Cheltenham.
Faultless.

Visited April 2014
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