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“"Very tasty food"” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Merchants of Spice

The Merchants of Spice
Ranked #19 of 812 Restaurants in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$56
Cuisines: Indian, Asian, Balti, Bangladeshi
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“"Very tasty food"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

We looked Trip-advisor to find this place and what a find. We had the chicken and fish tikka, followed by chicken Naga and Achari and wow................ What portions. Together with chilli nan and rice. The starters and mains were very tasty indeed, the service was good and as we just walked in without booking we did not have to wait long. The restaurant was packed obviously a good sign. The ambiance and decor was also very nice.

We had a great evening and if we are ever in Norwich again we will certainly re visit.

Salim & Maha

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Delicious, imaginative food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

They were really busy on a Thursday night, we were lucky to get a table without booking.

We've been before, and it's the food that pulls us back each time. The decor is lovely - quite calming. Background music at the right volume for the business. No complaints here.

The service was slick, but not particularly personal. Still, I'd rather have professional than rude. They did that thing of overfilling the wine glasses, but that's forgiveable. I was a bit phased when the waiter made a point of asking "madam" if I would like to try the wine - that's usually my partner's job and it felt a bit uncomfortable that they were so particular about asking me instead of him.

The food was definitely the highlight. My partner's king prawn starter was absolutely delicious - spicy but not overly hot. My main course of lamb shank rogan josh was faultless. The lamb fell off the bone and was tender and juicy. The sauce was thick and rich and complemented the lamb perfectly. The rice portion looked small when it arrived, but turned out to be just enough.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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37 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Could have been brilliant...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

First impressions were very good, prompt service amidst outstanding decor. We were the first customers to order and food took a reassuringly long time to arrive. Lamb Vindaloo was tangy and had a mellow deep kick of chilli. The portion was very large. Butter chicken was tasty but far too rich & cloying to make the huge portion moreish. Onion Bhajis were a bit too greasy and plain Naan breads too doughy. However, the potato & cauliflower side dish was amongst the best I've ever tasted, in particular the scrumptious juicy cauliflower that carried a sublime depth of flavour.
Service was slick throughout but overall, for me, the faults outweighed the highlights.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Pleasant Surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

We had heard good things about this place and popped in without reservation on a Monday night about 6.30 - the place was really busy - lovely decor, calm colours and very nice atmosphere. The staff were really friendly and welcoming - we chose different dishes from the norm - rabbit bhuna & green Goan curry, the food was really nicely presented and the staff very attentive. The place was also spotlessly clean and you could see through to the kitchen to see chefs preparing food. We will go back.

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Turin, Italy
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Indian cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

First timeout the Merchants of Spice and a real good surprise.

Excellent Tanddori dished. Great choice of wines, all at an acceptable price and served with a smile.

I will definitely return.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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