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We had India Gate to cater for our child’s 5th Birthday Party. The food was simply immaculate. India Gate delivered to their promise. The food taste and quality was more than expected. Our guests were amazed to have such a great food experience outside India. You guys have set the bar really high. Keep up the good work. Highly recommend.
I had a really good time with friends there over the last few months. The food was out of this world, freshly made, and all of the flavors one would expect from a first class Indian establishment. I eat out a lot and this is simply the best. Not interested in the drinks dept as I was there for the wonderful food. The Madras lamb and chicken perfect as were the sides.
Service was excellent. I will return down south and really miss them.
This is a ‘typical, average, tired’ restaurant….staff are not motivated and the food is palatable but not the kind of place I’d go back to have a good relaxed evening…the bar is below average and does not stock anything more than a ‘normal’ brand of liquor too. Nothing exciting!
Went there last Saturday without expectation. Most Indian food in NZ sucks as commerical companies deliver their products everywhere and I’ll bet most places just heat them up. Not India Gate! I had the Lamb Madras and it actually tasted like a spicy, fresh Lamb Madras instead of a canned soup. My friend had a fantastic rogan josh too. They obviously make the food fresh and provide reasonable value for money in an authentic atmosphere.
After a suggestion from a Taxi driver we tried India Gate Takeaways. If you love Indian food but are bored to tears with the offering at most Indian joints then you should definitely try India Gate.
The best Rogan josh I’ve tasted, and the dal’s amazing. Interesting menu with what feels like genuine authenticity, with the ubiquitous crowd pleasers also but I’m sure they are top notch as well!
Can’t wait in dine in!
Have been here a few times, the first couple of times service was their let down, but has seemed to have improved a smile can go a long way. The food is without a doubt amazing. Have been when they have the specials and quantity of food is very good. Biryani quantities could be improved,but without a doubt best biryani in Auckland. All in all great place! Will visit again soon, thanks for endeavouring to keep up the service India gate!
Terrible service @ Indian Gate – On previous occasions the Biryani was one of the best I’ve had but on my recent visit for my birthday on Tuesday (29/01), the food and service was highly disappointed!!!
Food – Tried couple of different Naan & Chicken Karahi … They were fresh and mouth watering but the Biryani was shocking !!! 3rd grade tiny cooked yellow rice covered few blanched tasteless stone cold chicken pieces. Absolutely guttered and this is not what I was expecting from Indian Gate. There were no herbs & spices or vegetables as described on the Menu !!!
Service – Restaurant was so quiet and there was only 2 tables occupied but took nearly an hour to deliver our food. The stewardess (apparently the manager on duty) was disengaged and reluctant to help. A small request for refilling our carafe of water, turned into the most disgusting service I have experienced being a hospitality professional. Replacing with the other tables used water after they had left, was inexcusable and unhygienic.
Deserts not offered and upon leaving, the cashier did not fully acknowledged my comments. I hope in the future your quality of food and service improves and is consistent with the “fine Indian dining” you are promoting.
I have ordered takeaways from here multiple times in the last 2 years. the gentleman who does the deliveries is very nice. The food is excellent, I would highly recommend. The cheap Mon-Thurs meals is a bargain, and delicious. I love this place!
Excellent food and excellent service. Despite arriving within half an hour of closing time, we were made to feel welcome and were under no pressure to finish our meal quickly. We will certainly come again and will pass on the good news to our friends.
I have written a review on this place before, but I think it is high time to do so again.
India Gate offers cheap meals during the week, MON – THURS
about $10. Ever heard of cheap and nasty? This place is anything but> Their food is so yummy and their portions are generous. I think it will be difficult for me to ever go to any other Indian Restaurant again.
It’s never too busy and it’s a good service. If you ask for medium you get served medium unlike other places that makes the food to spicy.
I truly love the food there and will return as often as I can afford to<
Ample FREE parking as an extra bonus, and reasonably central and on main bus routes.
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the meal! I love Indian food..but it has to be great!!!
The waiters throughout the night were wonderful and helpful:).
I would definitely go back! Recommended to all:). Keep up the good work guys:)
My colleague and I had an excellent time at India Gate. The food was immaculate and the flavours of both the Starters and the Mains were explosive. What we really loved the most was the excellent customer service – every 15 mins the Manager would come around and check on the Diners to see if we/they needed anything else. The food, the soft light atmosphere and the service is a huge 10 out of 10. I will be going back with a bigger party next time.
Good food, friendly waiters/waitresses, nice decor, affordable pricing. Simply do not understand the policy you have about not allowing your dine in customers to get their leftover rice packed up in a takeaway container. The only explanation is that you use the leftover rice for other customers. If not, wouldn’t you rather give the rice away to those who want it instead of throwing it away? Please explain.
Food & atmosphere was really good and very reasonably priced. Only negative feedback is we were told that we could not takeaway rice they provided with the curry as the rice is complimentary. I found this very odd as we had at least half of bowl of rice remaining. I really hope they don’t re use their rice!
I discovered this restaurant two weeks back and have already been three times! There are four other Indian restaurants I go to – but the food here tops them all! Very authentic, not “watered down” for Euro tastebuds. Many Indians choose to dine here, which is a signal of it’s quality. As well as the excellent food, when one considers the special on mains Mon-Thurs – then this is doubtless the best value Indian in Auckland. Staff courteous and non intrusive. Warm surroundings.
Greetings fellow reviewers and readers,
My friend and I went to India Gate tonight and we were NOT disappointed
We were greeted by a chirpy young Indian man at the foot of the stairs who took us to our table and immediately set up a small fan heater to keep us nice and toasty warm on this chilly evening (and we didn’t even ask for it). I knew straight away we were in for a good night.
The set-up was divine, it wasn’t too bright and the music was set at a calm tone – India Gate is an excellent restaurant to enjoy a nice hot meal after a hard days work. The service, the taste and the setting was absolutely marvellous!!!
Every 15mins a bright and bubbly waiter/waitress would check up on our table to see if we needed anything else. This was perfect as we needed more rice and more drinks as the evening progressed.
I would DEFINITELY recommend this place to anyone who enjoys real rich Indian food, Excellent Customer Service and a kick-back relaxing evening.
Thanks again India Gate! Next time, I’m bringing all 34 members of my family. I hope you got room for all of us!
We went to India gate because we were hearing good things about it on an Indian radio station Humm FM, so we thought we will go and try this new place from our usual Indian Restaurant.
We went in and the place did not seem busy as I thought as it was a Tuesday and they have $9.90 mains. We were sited at a table with nothing at the table. After 5mins were given the menus and then after another 10mins were asked if you would like any drinks. We placed our order with another waiter after asking two other waiters that we are ready to order. She took our order in her head, no notepad or anything.
We had to be at the airport to drop someone off and during the time our meal was getting ready we asked two different staff that we had to be somewhere and asked how long the food will take. None of them came back with a answer. When asked the owner as he was there, he said it’s coming.
After 45mins for waiting for our food we just decided to leave and then the plates show up on the table. We did not have any food from there as we only had 15mins to eat if we ever got it.
Very bad customer service indeed but not sure about the taste of the food. Shame on you!!! Fine Indian dining, yeah right.
Went over to India gate on Wednesday night as they had a special $ 9.90 for most mains. It took a while for the food to arrive, however, the taste was ecstatic.
The chicken Karachi was the best – its an in house special.
the service was really good, the waiter was very courteous and polite.
Overall – it was a great experience except for the time it took for the food to be prepared. 4/5 – will definitely visit again.
I went to India Gate on a Thursday night to get the $10 curries.
Service was great, and curries were delicious.
I had a medium buttered chicken, but it was definitely on the hot side for a medium, that was ok though, I enjoy spicy food.
The only strange thing was that we asked to take our left over curries home (there was a decent amount left over). I also asked if I could have the barely touched bowl of rice that was left too. I was told that I wasn’t able to have the rice, only the curries to take home! This was confusing to me, I mean, if it was going to go to waste, why couldn’t I have the rice? are they going to re- use it for the next customer? Very strange I thought.
Anyway, other than that, my friends and I enjoyed our curry (and potentially re-used rice left over from someone else. Lol!)
I work near the location of India Gate and decided to walk in during the lunch special times. The waiter was nice and showed me around right away and ask me if I’d like any drinks. The waitress was also nice. I ordered the butter chicken and I have tried alot of butter chicken but this one of the best. 5 stars and hope to try new things on my lunch break in the future.
Great service I had my wedding there and the food and service was very nice the layout and lights. All my family and Friends had a wonderful time I would defiantly recommend indiagate for nice family evening out or an occasion. Adeline Mane
Went about couple of days before and was welcomed with an awesome atmosphere, with beautiful music in the background and the staff with excellent customer service. Had gone with few friends and were really hungry. When we ordered food told them to give it fast out as we were starving. Within 10 to 15mins the food came out with a beautiful aroma and taste. We all truly loved the food and is the best Indian restaurant I have been too. The drinks we ordered were a bit warm while we wanted them chilled. Except for that minute problem, me and my friends had a lovely experience and have definitely become their lifelong customers. Thank you Indiagate for the brilliant food, customer service and atmosphere.
Went there on Sat 22 Oct. Had a deal voucher that allowed any main rice and a naan. I rang for a booking and was greeted by a very friendly lady. No hassle with our booking. when we arrived there was a wedding function in the room next door but no bother to us regarding noise. But had a young 6 or 7 year old wedding guest that kept on running round and round our table. We ordered the food from a very very friendly nice waitress.
Our food arrived after about 30min and it was FANTASTIC!! I ordered boti masala, the best curry I have every had in my life! My partner had a vegetarian paneer dish and she also loved it. The portions were so generous, the meat was tender and tasty. This has become my favorite Indian restaurant, best is we just live around the corner!
We received a very well presented flyer in our letterbox. We ordered a variety of starters and mains – the food was simply delightful and delicious – each dish had its own very unique flavours and aromas. It is very well priced – we took advantage of the Monday-Wednesday main meal special. Very refreshing as some of our local eating establishments variety and presentation can be average. Will definitely order from there again! Well done!
Some flyers had been delivered to our place of business and the lunch deal seemed like great value. Curry, rice, naan and a soft drink for only $10. Great deal right? I’m all for supporting local businesses, so I went around the office and found a couple of people to eat with me. I drove to pick it up, and upon completing the purchase I asked which drinks were available. I was told that drinks were not included in the lunch special if it was to be taken away. I looked at the flyer once more, and read it aloud. Monday to Friday, Dine in or Take away, Curry, rice, naan and a soft drink all for $10. I was told that there were conditions which apply to the whole menu, and I was shown a small note on the front which said ‘*Conditions apply’.
The butter chicken we ordered was pretty good, and it was still good value regardless of the drink not being included. However, I feel I was mislead. I’m not sure I would have taken the time to find some coworkers to order with me, and then have driven 5 minutes to pick it up, if I had known that it would have cost me $13 in total after I purchased a bottle of drink for everyone from a nearby dairy.
The sad reality is that this is a great way to lose potential customers, and not the way a recently opened business should be operating.
Also, we had asked for one mild, one medium and one hot dish, but when we sat down to eat we saw nothing to indicate which dish was which.
We thought we’d give this place a go, as we often drive past it and we are always on the lookout for new places to eat.
We wandered in and were a bit confused by the conflicting signs for ‘walk-ins’ pointing us in two directions, with the most obvious way blocked by a big barrel. The restaurant is obviously set up for functions, with a couple of smaller areas set aside for ‘walk-ins’. The initial effect of the restaurant was that it was cold (it was winter), bright and lacking in atmosphere. We felt as though we were entering a barn.
We hovered at the entrance for some time waiting for someone to come and take us to a table; initially we wondered if there was a private function on as there was nobody around to help us, although there were three tables occupied in the main function area.
India Gate does not do things quickly. We had to wait for our menu to arrive as well. The waitress seemed quite sweet, and initially seemed quite onto-it, but after taking our order and disappearing for about 10 minutes she came back and asked us to repeat it. She did have a good knowledge of the ingredients in the dishes though, which was encouraging.
The food was similarly slow in coming. We wanted a small meal, so ordered the Hara Bhara for an entree to share, plus the Mattar Mushroom and the Veg Manchurian. We had been there for about an hour by the time our mains arrived. Two of the other three tables had already received their meals when we arrived, so they weren’t rushed off their feet. Notwithstanding that, the waiters still managed to confuse the tables, and we never did get the second glass of water we requested.
The food was average. We asked for ‘hot’ and would really have called it ‘medium’. The Hara Bhara were really lovely but the Mattar Mushroom seemed to have been made with canned mushrooms and the dumplings in the Veg Manchurian tasted stale and stodgy.
The chicken tikka masala was gorgeous. Loved the chunky pieces of onion and green pepper. Loaded with tender chicken. Hugely flavoursome. Beautiful soft garlic naan.
I had to knock a star off, because we ordered MILD palak paneer, and received HOT palak paneer. Sadly I couldn’t eat it, as my palate just can’t cope. My partner managed to consume it, but wasn’t really able to enjoy it because it was not mild enough for him to taste the flavours, not just the heat, either. (I always order mild palak paneer, wherever I am dining out on Indian around the country, and I’ve never experienced a version even half as hot! So it was definitely a mistake on the part of the kitchen or ordering process!!!)
Apart from that however, when we went in to collect the takeaway, the venue looked like it would be amazing for a function.
Would purchase tikka masala again, I would just be super clear about my heat-requirements!
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