Norfolk’s nine best curry houses according to TripAdvisor reviews
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It's National Curry Week, so there's no better time to get yourself down to one of the brilliant curry houses the county has to offer. Here's a look at some of the best, according to TripAdvisor ratings.
1. Namaste Village, 131-139 Queens Road, Norwich
Namaste is a little different from your regular Indian restaurant, in that all of the dishes they offer are vegetarian and a vast majority on the menu are also vegan and gluten free. The praise on TripAdvisor is in abundance; take for example this great review by Sharon K, one of 200 people who have rated the restaurant as excellent, she said: 'Some of the nicest Indian food I have had. I loved the fact that the menu is full of dishes I've never tried before.'
2. New Saffron, 17 St Giles' Lane, Thetford
With 210 excellent traveller ratings and only four poor ratings, it's fair to say that New Saffron is doing pretty well for itself. The restaurant is particularly popular with customers on a Sunday when it has its weekly 'all you can eat' night. Customers simply order as much as they'd like off the menu (within reason) including starters, mains, side dishes, rice dishes and naan breads. Jean-Marie D on TripAdvisor is a big fan of the buffet and rushed to review the food, 'I'm sat at the table writing this whilst my Sunday Buffett digests. A fantastic buffet, not oily and reasonably priced, you can order more if you need to.'
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3. Namaste India, 2a Opie Street, Norwich
A smaller version of the aforementioned Namaste Village, Namaste India also only serves up a selection of vegetarian food. Matt S from Norwich said: 'If you've never been to India, eat here and you'll at least have eaten real Indian food.'
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4. The Bank, 7 Church Street, Sheringham
This restaurant specialises in Nepalese, Asian and English cuisine and has a 69pc excellent rating on TripAdvisor. Mike C from Kettering recently dropped by for a visit and described the experience as 'delightful'. He added: 'This was Indian food at its absolute finest. The quality of meats were so good they just melted in your mouth. The dishes were finely presented and aromatic.'
5. Savoy Tandoori, 79 Regent Road, Great Yarmouth
At the Savoy Tandoori the dish to try is the King Prawn Jaipurn for which owner and chef Kayas Miah won Best Main Course at the Great Yarmouth Curry Chef of the Year Awards in 2014. Aside from this, the menu also boasts several other speciality dishes, including Murgh Dhai Turka which is comprised of chicken breast marinated in yoghurt, crushed black pepper and fresh mint and then finished with caramelised red onions and Machli Tarana a dish made with fresh salmon fillets marinated in chilli, garlic and ginger before being pan fried and simmered in a light orange sauce.
6. Merchants of Spice, 32 Colegate, Norwich
This fine dining Indian restaurant in the fine city comes highly recommended by not only reviewers on TripAdvisor, but also by the Norwich Curry Club, who once said they thought it was 'the best Indian restaurant in Norwich'. Barrie L on TripAdvisor is in agreement, stating that, 'the flavour is fabulous. If their curry was wine, I would say it had great 'complexity''.
7. The Downham Tandoori, 54-56 High Street, Downham Market
Since 1996 this family-run business in Downham Market has been serving up a range of exotic Indian and Tandoori dishes for its customers from Chicken Biryani to Sag Paneer. The restaurant have even sourced beers to match to the curries in order to make the overall experience really special. Owner, Anwar revealed that Chicen Tikka Masala is the Downham Tandoori's most popular dish, but he recommends that customers try dishes such as Chicken Joypuree. He also said 'the restaurant is popular with people from all across Norfolk, not just Downham Makret. People come from places such as Norwich, King's Lynn and Hunstanton'.
8. Cafe Malabar, 41 Magdalen Street, Norwich
Cafe Malabar is an undiscovered gem in Norwich, located just outside of the city centre on Magdalen Street. The restaurant has 91 excellent ratings on TripAdvisor and 11 very good ones. Kevin F said: 'Come here for beautiful authentic Kerala cuisine. Family run. Polite and unpretentious. If you want trendy decor, subservience and slop, go somewhere else.'
9. Tamarind Fine Indian Dining, Woodbastwick Road, Blofield Heath
Situated in a quiet rural village on the edge of the Norfolk Broads is Tamarind run by owner Giyash Miah and executive chef Afruz Ali who together have over 45 years experience in the restaurant industry. One of their most highly recommended dishes is the Monk Fish Bahaar which consists of diced spiced monk fish grilled in the tandoori and then cooked in their own special sauce.
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