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Namaste Express Indian Restaurant

4_half star rating 19 reviews

Telephone 0508 626 278

604 Great South Rd
Auckland City

Mon - Fri 11am-3:00pm, 5pm-9:30pm
Sat - Sun 5pm - 9:30pm
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At Namaste Express Indian Restaurant & Bar in Ellerslie, we endeavour to serve the best food to our local community. Come and enjoy beautiful authentic Indian cuisine. You can also indulge in a beverage from our well-stocked bar. On tap, we have Carlsberg and of course Kingfisher beer. Namaste is fast becoming the reliable name in Indian cuisine in Auckland (with sister branches in Epsom and Highbrook). Recently Namaste Express Ellerslie branch been awarded by The Curry Club of NZ for best Restaurant for the year 2013. We are very pleased for this achievement and we will try our best to keep this on high level all the times.


Photo of Namaste Express Indian Restaurant
The Curry Club award
Namaste Express Ellerslie Branch Team
Valentine Dinner Menu

More Information

Free Off-Street
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Good For Groups:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
BYO, Corkage Charge
Wheelchair Accessible:
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free
Meals Served:
Dessert, Lunch, Dinner
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
Seating For:

Reviews for Namaste Express Indian Restaurant

4 star rating
by Charles C.
25th June 2014

We, being a family of 4, often eat in and takeout. Have always found the food and service to more than satisfy our expectations. The Indian food here is a step up from what you’d get elsewhere in AK.

3 star rating
by Prashanth B.
4th May 2014

Beware the Indian Hot. It is like you are punished for being an Indian and ordering the Indian Hot. Most dishes taste the same – due to the addition of coconut cream – who uses coconut cream in authentic north Indian dishes?
When I asked for a replacement of the naan with a roti, I was told that I will be charged $2 for that. I would like if they could be flexible in that rather than force everyone to have a naan.

4 star rating
by Mimi Y.
19th April 2014

I got takeaways from Namaste Express and was pleasantly surprised. I ordered a Paneer Tikka Masala (Vegetarian) with garlic naan bread and it was very good! Very generously portioned, it lasted me about 3 meals. The staff was very accommodating with my dietary needs and questions. I ordered on a whim when I was driving past but the food came out within 20 minutes which is not too long of a wait. Quite reasonably priced too. I will definitely consider coming back next time I am in the mood for Indian food!

4 star rating
by Ameya K.
15th April 2014

I have been a regular to this place ever since it has started. The quality has been very consistant & good. The lunch special is excellent value.

Great place, great food, great service

5 star rating
by Daniel L.
11th April 2014

Fabuloso Restaurante. Somos una pareja espanoles y nunca habiamos comido una comida india tan fantastica como la que ofrece Namaste, El naan bread esta buenisimo, lo recomiendo siempre que voy lo pido, un servicio es exelente a un precio magnifico. Ayer fue mi cuarta visita al restaurante y creo que seguire volviendo.

5 star rating
by Orly D.
26th March 2014

Fabulous curries, freshly cooked, excellent service, vegetables always taste absolutely just cooked. This can be unusual in Indian restaurants. We have eaten extensively in the USA, Australia and NZ and this is the best Indian food we have eaten!!! I have been eating Indian since 1968 when I lived in London then, and you are well up there. Keep it up!!!

5 star rating
by Neville G.
25th March 2014

I am a foodie and have travelled extensively. The food and service at Namaste Express has always been brilliant!!! I have visited this restaurant about a dozen times and my experience has been absolutely fantastic.
All the food and the naan bread is made fresh as per your order, unlike other places where everything is prepared before hand. It’s fresh and delicious, great value for money.
Well done guys. Keep up your high standards!!!!

3 star rating
by Ash
29th January 2014

We went here in early January after reading these great reviews. I’m not sure if we just got them on a bad day, or maybe their chef was on holiday but we were not that impressed with the food.

Other than a few dishes the menu is generally the same as other Indian Restaurants, and I’ve definitely had better in Auckland. The portion sizes were generous and with a good amount on meat in the curry. The service was very good as well. The taste just wasn’t there for me. Would give them another chance but not just yet.

5 star rating
by Chris L.
30th September 2013

Our new favourite dine-out. Staff are mega friendly and table service is professional. The menu selection is wide ranging and servings are more than generous. Their butter chicken and lamb korma would have to be the best I have tasted. Last visit we were given a free sample of the soup of the day. A nice touch. Can’t wait to go back.

5 star rating
by Bhupender S.
14th September 2013

Wow. What a amazing food they serve. One of the fantastic food I food in Namaste express Indian restaurant. Really yummy food , neat and clean restaurant . If we talk about service is very very good. I had chili chicken and it was divine. Dear Indian food lover please check it out this place is one of the best for Indian food. I am pretty shore you will it. No tension for even parking. Their prices are also reasonable. I will be going back soon. Yummy yummy

5 star rating
by Mark O.
12th September 2013

This is a very good restaurant. The food is excellent and the staff are friendly. Namaste’s menu and wine list are comprehensive and all around extremely good value for money.
Their half-price evening meals on Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday keep us going back regularly. Namaste is a very good addition to the large range of options in Ellerslie and is by far the best out of the three Indian restaurants. Keep up the great work Namaste and we’ll keep coming back.

5 star rating
by Matt
11th September 2013

Thought we we try the new local indian after seeing good reviews. I would have to agree with the other reviews, great food and great pleasant service. There was a great selection of dishes with many being different from your standard indian fare. Thought we would try the crispy chilli potatoes as an entree and would say that this is a new favourite!! Followed by Lamb Madras and Beef korma both delicious and you could see the sauces were a step up from the usual. We were very full and they happily put what we couldn’t eat in containers for us to take home. We will be back for sure

5 star rating
by Liv W.
3rd September 2013

My partner and I just returned from an excellent lunch here. We were stoked to discover that the $10 Lunch Special comes with curry, rice and naan.

Partner also indulged in some Kingfisher beer for only an extra $3.50!

The food was delicious. I had the vegetarian Jalfrezi which was fresh veges done in a ‘ginger, garlic, tomato and onion gravy’. At medium temperature it was a perfect hot for me. The flavours were tremendous, and the veges really were freshly prepped, and with a nice sprinkling of fresh coriander to complete the vitality of the dish. Yum! Only one point of note for improvement (which the staff were very appreciative of me letting them know) was that there were 2 cubes of Indian ‘cottage cheese’ in there as well. I actually ate them, coz I’m only a little bit lactose intolerant, and I do love the stuff! But they just shouldn’t have been in there, that’s all ;)

That said, the meal was very delicious – with rice and naan cooked to perfection, so I’m dishing out 5 stars to Namaste, as they really delivered on great food and great value.

My partner had the chicken Jalfrezi, and commented that he couldn’t believe how much chicken was in that thing for the price.

Just one other tricky thing was, where was the ‘Free Off-Street’ that is noted on this site? Maybe after-hours only and not during lunchtime?

5 star rating
by Russell
21st April 2013

This place has a reasonably nice decor – possibly a little bit like a “chain restaurant” but certainly a lot better than most Indian Restaurants where you feel like you are in a school cafeteria!

Their food is really good. We also ordered a cocktail and wine, which oddly took a long time to arrive (we were the only ones there). Anyway, when they arrived the cocktail was pretty good, and nice to have this option as not many restaurants have cocktails on the menu at all.

This is a recommended option if you want dine-in Indian!

5 star rating
by Donna T.
27th January 2013

Highly recommend.

Amazing service. Although I was only doing a takeaway, I was still extremely happy with the service I received. The door was opened for me on arrival, I was welcomed with a warm greeting. Staff were happy, cheerful informative and very accommodating.

Loved the salads and the giant naan’s that we also got.

I highly recommend and will be dining here again.

4 star rating
by Ben W.
26th January 2013

First meal at Namaste Express tonight, I had the Lamb Jalfrezi. Food was great, very tender lamb and the waiter took the time to suggest a wine match for the meal too. I will certainly be back, thanks.

5 star rating
by Tricia M.
25th January 2013

Only new, but definitely worth a visit. Delicious food, excellent service. Certainly recommend it. A special family occasion was made even more enjoyable by the warm, friendly welcome and wide selection of items on the menu. Something to please everyone, young and old.

5 star rating
by Linda
25th January 2013

Went to Namaste Express, 604 Great South Road, last night with family to celebrate my father’s 91st birthday.

There are other Namaste Express restaurants but this one has only been open three weeks. Great South Road, near Hollywood Bakery down the Wendy’s end of GSRd…

The food was great – especially enjoyed the onion bhaji, great malai kofta and dhal makhani – the wine list compliemented the food and the service was friendly and efficient.

We were made to feel special and welcome. Made my Dad’s night.


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