Reviews for Jewel of India
by Jayden Campbell
one month ago
Fantastic location and lovely decor, more importantly though is the great food. The chilly chicken is one of the best I've had in NZ. I recommend taking your misses here for dinner than taking stroll on the beach.
by Royce Lv
one month ago
loooove this place! It is my first time i have indian food, the waitors just patient and recommend us propriate dishes. I love the food, especially bread and scolope. Waiter came to make sure we like the dishes he recommend, so sweet!
2 months ago
If eating good food is a religion, this restaurant is my temple. On my religious quest to try everything on the menu and the portions per meal are overwhelmingly filling.
5 stars for the unique flavours the chefs produce.
5 stars for the staff and their hard work and smiles.
5 stars for easy parking.
1 star for my stomach because I can't have 2 curries or ill die from bloat.
Great $10 mon-wed value.
I would cry if this place disappeared.
by Alberto Le Portafilta Au
2 months ago
I am no way an Indian cuisine professional. But I still get disappointed in numerous occasions where I go to an Indian restaurant with friends and family ordering 6 different dishes and all dishes seems to be using the same base with different spices. I am sure with a country of long history and so many different religion and culture surely there's more to offer.
Jewel of India Mission Bay is different. This is the only place in NZ where I can actually try all their different dishes in their extensive curry and paste range where all dishes are different and sort after. It surprises me (good) everytime and I been here on a weekly basis for the past year and a half. It is a journey for our palate everytime. Chefs here really know what they are doing. Sometimes the friendly staffs will treat us with special spices shall they have it in stock to jazz the dishes up.
Speaking of friendly staffs, they are really friendly. Not in a way that they are forced to because they work in Hospo, but they really do show their kindness and to make sure your experience is as pleasant as possible. The place is also tidy, clean, free from odor and relaxing. I once saw a couple of really nasty customers complaining about everything and even I wanted to go to the table and ask them to leave but the staffs were true professionals and held it together. Friendly all the way. Big thumbs up.
Along with easy parking (which has nothing to do with the food but it's a bonus) I will continue to come here. Yes they do have a really good deal on Monday to Wednesday where they offer $10 mains on most dishes but sometimes I will opt for the non $10 dishes because realistically, all the dishes are so good and service is top notch that $10 really doesn't justify it's value.
by Miss Nawms
2 months ago
To begin with, I should say that Jewel of India has been under new management for quite a while now, therefore when I was reading some of the really old reviews here in zomato I got quite confused with their comments.
It took me a while to actually discover this jewel. Even though I live in the area and had always heard of Jewel of India, I always ended up going somewhere else only because I was so wrong about myself the whole time!
This restaurant is located at the end of mission bay (Towards CBD) on Tamaki Drive. It is behind a few shops but the sign should be clear enough to guide you to this exotic wonderland!
I have finally managed to try this place for more than a year now. And I have been their regular customer ever since.
Not only is it clean and cosy, it's also a good place to enjoy a decent deal of $10 curry main + rice between every Monday and Wednesday. This deal is also valid during lunch time, though I'm not sure if it is daily or also Monday-Wednesday and that if it includes a drink. Since I only go there in the evening.
I can guarantee you, however, that all the curries/dish that are listed in the 10-page menu taste DIFFERENT. Which seems to be something that I feel obliged to mention to you because of the almost homogenous flavour of the curries that many Indian restaurants tend to serve...
Call me indecisive, but you will understand me once you are seated in the restaurant trying to figure out what you want to try! It is really hard to pick my favourite curry. Apart from the all time favourite butter chicken and lamb/beef korma, Saag Paneer is a good option for those who are wanting something slightly lighter or vegetarian. It is basically Indian cottage cheese with spinach paste, and it is sooo yummy! Another vegetarian option would be Malai Kofta. Which is a fried mashed marinated potato yellow curry. This one is a bit sweeter and has a very teeny bit of heat even if you only order it mild.
If you are wanting something more spicy, I recommend Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Vindaloo, or the Goat Curry. There are heaps more spicy goodies but I think I won't give you too much spoilers :)
Not to mention, the Cheese and Garlic Naans are a must to dip into the curries!!!
By the way, no I'm not reading the names of the dish off the zomato app, I actually remember what they have! Haha that's how addicted I am to their curries! And I will post some photos up next week when I visit the restaurant again. So just self-promoting here for a sec - follow me on zomato and get tuned! I write a food blog too and the link is in my profile :) #FeelingSneaky
Also, I have learnt that it is not recommended to change the curries that are stated as median or hot into mild. Because that would mean asking them to take away certain spices, changing the whole purpose of listing that curry on the menu. It is the principle of making original and authentic (or so I think) Indian food that keeps me coming here every week!
To conclude, the managing director Harman is super friendly and his sense of humour is probably one of the main reasons you should visit this restaurant. The staffs are all smart and efficient, and they will never fail to put a smile on their/ your face :) Mango Lassi is always my mum' favourite non-alcoholic beverage to order, and I don't think my family and I will stop visiting this restaurant unless we happen to be overseas!!
by Aabhas Dole
2 months ago
Good food - decent service - not very pricy.
Amazing location as you have the beach, move n pick and so many cool things near by ( has to be Mission bay )
will come back here? - yes!
by Peter Gehr
2 months ago
My wife and I have frequented numerous Indian restaurants in several countries around the world and consider ourselves hooked on Indian food. It goes without saying that a restaurant is only as good as its chef's capabilities, along with friendly staff, ambiance and a clean bathroom. These are all very important to us, and we find all of these elements at the Jewel of India, Mission Bay. If you are looking for authentic Indian food in a tidy, clean and friendly environment, then we highly recommend this restaurant. We have now been going to the Jewel of India for about 3 years on a regular basis, and we've never had a meal we did not enjoy. With considerate staff who go out of their way to make you feel welcome and with a chef who provides a truly Indian cuisine experience, we are definitely satisfied customers.In fact, the litmus test for us when we first go to an Indian restaurant is to look for other Indians eating there. If there are no Indians it's usually a bad sign.Being that there are regular discerning Indian patrons at Jewel of India confirms to us the food is rated at an excellent standard. We've got nothing but good things to say about this restaurant and that's why we keep going back. Highly recommended.
by Annette Woodyear Smith
3 months ago
We go to the Jewel of India Mission Bay once a week and have done so for some time. The staff are friendly and helpful, the curries are delicious and we thoroughly enjoy ourselves!
by Poliana Ferrari
3 months ago
Best Indian food ever. Love the mango chicken. Great service and very friendly staff, Harman is a great waiter. And the price is very good as well.
5 months ago
We come to this restaurant often now after many years absence after it became run down. The decor is a great improvement on what it once was. The food is very tasty and excellent value for money. The ambience is pleasant and the staff very friendly. They cater well for vegetarians.
by Carole Baylis
6 months ago
Went to this restaurant for the first time. The food was excellent and the staff very friendly. Will definitely be going back there. Found the medium curry not to be too hot, just right.
8 months ago
Love this place! We come regularly and always a great experience :) Absolutely delicious food, beautiful interior and wonderful friendly service always. Highly recommend! :)
Aug 06, 2014
I have been here twice and really enjoyed it both times. The staff are very friendly and professional and made us feel at home.
The food is delicious and the portions are generous.
Both times we were given complimentary naan and my friend's ice cream came free of charge. I will definitely be back!
Feb 10, 2014
What a great little venue. It's a little hard to spot hidden down a walkway between a couple of other shops but worth finding.
The menu is extensive so come with either an open mind or a go-to meal choice ready. The naan are fluffy and sweet, the dishes can be as spicey or tame as you like. My only gripe was the small amount of rice served compared to the main. Crazy to say it I know but I'd rather run short of sauce for my rice then rice for my sauce.
Jun 26, 2013
Oh we love this little charming Indian Restaurant. The food is great and if you have any wishes, it is not a problem to change it to your needs. ( I can't eat chicken, so I get Butter Mushroom and Veggie )
The vouchers are great to use. You get you Curry, Rice and Wine for such a low price. The bread is fresh made and you can taste the difference.
Yes the decor is a little bit tired - like people like to write here - but we must say, that is what gives this little Restaurant all its charm. I wouldn't change it one bit. The service is excellent, very friendly and supportive. Yes, also we had little hick ups in the beginning with the new staff but we never saw it as a reason not to come back. Everything is leaning by doing.
Just tell the cook, that you weren't happy and tell him why, only that way he/she can improve.
The food is fresh cooked and shows quality and not quantity.
We really miss the good taste of India... Isabell & Guillaume
( we visited this Restaurant for the past 18 months . 1x a week and yes it improved a lot )
by Loretta Sua Chang
Jan 16, 2013
I brought one of those deal vouchers for this restaurant as I usually love Indian food and thought this would be a great treat. How disappointed was I, the food was not very good. I could not taste any seafood in my curry and my son could not eat his buttered chicken, which he normally loves. Was extremely disappointed. Would not eat here again.
Dec 05, 2012
We have been to this restaurant a few times. The decor is very tired and the meals usually late but food is usually ok.
This restaurant does not know the meaning of customer service. For this restaurant customer service does not exist.
I have a voucher that I was going to use Monday as it was my grandson's birthday however he got sick and we weren't able to go to dinner. He was better today so I phoned to see if I could use the voucher today as it ran out yesterday. No way would they even consider this. They blamed the company we bought the voucher from saying it wouldn't honour the voucher when we know they would. Pity as reading the other comments it looks like Jewel of India could do with the business. I told the manager we wouldn't come back and we'd give them bad feedback. She just said go ahead. Hence the feedback and we won't ever go back.
by Julie Courtnell
Oct 04, 2012
Decor is pretty bad but food is/was better than the opposition. Recent visit will be last as service was appalling. Had $15 special menu and asked if could pay extra to upgrade the naan bread. Was absolutely refused (hello - I wasn't expecting it for free)!! Stood my ground as didn't make any sense whatsoever, then after bit of heated 'debate' offered what I wanted at pretty much full menu price. Declined on principle due to completely unnecessary angst experienced and pure idiocracy of waiter, who then, with colleague sniggered at me for the duration of our time there. Think this place has changed hands in previous 12 months as (being a local) haven't had such bad service there previously. Won't be going back. Good luck Jewel of India - you're going to need it with your bad decor, even worse service and what is clearly a similar trend of feedback from customers!!!
by Courtney Griffiths
Mar 08, 2012
Food was good, great value for the $15 meal with wine, just a shame the service let it down, it wasn't that they wernt polite or trying it was the fact our entree came out 5 mins after we began eating our main and my partner asked for diet coke (as he is a T1 diabetic) and got given coke! It was quite a mission to get them to find something sugar free as I don't think they understood what the basics of type 1 diabetes is (no sugar!)
We would go back on a $15 night but at least we know what to expect.
by Kawther Majeed
Feb 27, 2012
We went there on last Saturday and wasn't good at all the service very poor and the food came very late. The worst staff ever I have seen, bad experience.
Feb 16, 2012
Worst customer service ever.... when I was ordering the staff on the counter was doing something else ..his mind was somewhere else plus he took the order of takeaway when I told him 3 times that I want to dine in... after the order was taken he started fussing about that we ordered for the dinner to be taken away. After a while he said ok, we will give you a table for 45 min and won't charge extra... I was so pissed off with him and it was the Valentine's Day. .we got a table and b4 45min we were goin out .. he stopped us and said that we have a pay extra cuz we dined in and dint take it out .... So what was the use of sitting in the corner table , and we were given time to eat.... And when we finished eating they told us to pay extra....How stupid is that??...customer service in this resturant is so bad... I would never go to this restaurant again....
Jan 26, 2012
This is a great little resturant I frequent with friends for dinner. They have happily accommodated just myself and a girlfriend, up to 16 of us. Great food and vegetarian options. The staff are polite and conscientious, delivering food promptly, making sure you always have a drink and checking in on you. Highly reccommended for a mid week catch up with friends
Jan 22, 2012
Worst customer service EVER! the $15 "special" is a joke. We opted for this and got a small bowl with very little in it. compared to the other main meals, Not even half the size. Quality was very average, and my wife thought her chicken was not cooked properly. The manager was a moron and I ended up wanting to leave without paying (but didnt) i was so insensed by his complete lack of customer service skills. I left feeling ripped off and will never go back.... Unfortunately, i had to give 1 star.
by Sandeep S
Jan 19, 2012
Have been to quite a few Indian restaurants in Auckland but this was probably the worst.
The service was pretty bad as I had to keep asking if my food was ready. The waiter provided only 1 plate for entree and main course. When I asked him to change the plate, he rudely asked me "Why!! Whats wrong with this plate?"
Ordered 2 mango lassi, first one came with a topping, the 2nd one didnt. Curry provided was too less and too sweet (in spite of telling the waiter to make it hot).
Never going back there.
by Kerensa Robertson
Dec 07, 2011
Great staff, great food, a shame about the decor...
by Noelia Gonzalez Quiñones
Oct 16, 2011
The place was nice but a bit too dark. The waiters were friendly. The food was nice but the amount of curry served was too small, while the naans were huge, so we ended up with too much bread left over and no curry to dip it in. Overall it was ok, but I have been to better Indian restaurants.
Jun 28, 2011
Nice food, tasty enough. I usually have a takeaway on account of the decor.
Apr 21, 2011
This is my first visit to Jewel of India, I have been to Mission Bay many times but did not know about this Indian restaurant, hidden Jewel in Mission Bay. Begin my self Indian I would say food was xcelent, and I also found the staff is very friendly will love to go again & again. It is the place I would recommend to others if you want to have authentic food you should go to this place. One thing I did not like one thing that is passage is bit dark need some more lights in corridor.
Nov 05, 2008
This place is one of our favourites! Small but with a great atmosphere, beautiful food that can't be faulted and friendly, helpful staff. Good prices! If you love Indian cuisine, I highly recommend Jewel of India.
by Pilldoc 3
May 01, 2008
Have been there many times as a family, always come out satisfied (and extremely full!) Pleasant staff, delicious food, nice atmosphere. Large menu, good prices, a family fave.
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