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“Consistently good Indian food”
Review of Tandoori Palace

Tandoori Palace
Ranked #359 of 1,006 Restaurants in Christchurch
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Description: We are an established Indian Restaurant situated at 71 Ilam Road – next to Canterbury University, in an old brick home converted into a contemporary 90 seater Indian Restaurant. We offer authentic Indian cuisine and cater for vegetarian and Jain. Our restaurant is an ideal location for groups up to 90 diners
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
276 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Consistently good Indian food”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

In the mid-1980s, 71 Ilam Road was converted from a suburban family home into a bank, the National Bank, university branch. When that moved to Riccarton Road, Tandoori Palace took over and has been an asset to the University district ever since. Parking is easy to find.
We have always been abe to find a selection of quality dishes when dining here. Usually we go for the curries from medium to hot, and with raita and pickles. The naan bread we had tonight with our curries was one of the best - very crisp and tasty.
It's fully licenced for alcohol, but has "bring-your-own wine" at $4 per person corkage.
One reviewer asks how they get that authentic Indian creaminess in their dishes? My guess is that (as I can cheat at home) it comes from bulk flasks of reduced cream. Calories galore, but worth it.
The young staff are pleasant and attentive, the decor is restful, the Hindi music muted, all going to make up a first-class dining experience.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Christchurch, New Zealand
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137 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
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“Great banquet options!”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

I would say Tandoori palace has the best Indian food in Christchurch.
We went here for my husbands birthday and had the banquet - a great option and very reasonable at $28 per head.
A little out of town for the travellers but in a beautiful area with lots of trees near the university. I definitely recommend it!

  • Visited August 2013
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Whangarei, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
86 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
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“Reliable quality Indian food”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Had meals here quite often. My favorite is the Fish Masala. Tasty and always taste consistent. Sour, spicy, creamy, and tasty. Not the tastiest Indian meal I had in the Canterbury area (my favorite is A Pocket Full of Spices in Rangiora), but reliably consistent with the standard and they are happy to correct their mistakes if something goes wrong.

  • Visited November 2013
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15 reviews
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“Not going back.”
Reviewed 10 June 2013 via mobile

Visited here in February 2013. Ordered a starter as an Veg Samosa. Came on a steel plate without any dressing not even a starter plate, no glass of water even after 7 min of dining-in though it was empty restaurant and samosas were too greasy and uncooked from inside had to leave the restaurant and the service was worst wont be coming back. Had an excellent meal at another Indian restaurant.

  • Visited February 2013
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Christchurch
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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“Corkage a bit 'hot' at Tandoori”
Reviewed 3 June 2013

Enjoyed a very nice meal out with friends here - being Friday night it was busy and it was not ideal being seated by the opening door in mid-winter, but then someone has to be allocated that table I guess, and at least it was close to the gas fire. Have been here on other occasions and always found the service and food to be excellent. The only complaint we have is a $4 per person corkage - a bit steep costing an extra $16 on top of the cost of the bottle of wine for four of us to enjoy a glass with our meal. It is always a very popular restaurant so maybe people don't mind the high corkage or perhaps they just order from the bar. Our other very nice local Indian Restaurant charges $5 per bottle, so we may not revisit Tandoori quite so often.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Joan M
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