Reviews for Paradise
by Zara Abaid
The first time i went to eat here i thought it was the best food
But after my today's experience on my Special day out with my
husband i had the worst Birthday Dinner my food had no salt
or spices ?
i wont be going back ever again
3 days ago
We went to Paradise for dinner on Sunday. Food was good, service was quick. You need to get there early as they are crazy busy on weekends. We ordered Vegetarian food and it was not disappointing.
by Emma Forbes
12 days ago
Not a bad curry but not outstanding, great if your looking for a quick curry fix. Definitely better than the Indian chains like Masala or Bollywood.
by Kezia Lobo
17 days ago
The food here is just stellar. I mean which place can boast a massive queue every evening of the weekend. The Indian butter chicken is what a real butter chicken should be ( get the made to order one not the one premade). Line up for the Tandoori fish on the weekend it is worth the wait. I got a tandoori fish, chicken lollipop, paya soup & mutton biryani all for $50 & they threw in a free desert.
by Vikram M Vyas
17 days ago
It's a good Indian food and the new addition to the list is the rumali Roti... Which is great addition to the menu .... Just love the food and the ambience of this place .....
19 days ago
This place is grr totally recommend it!
25 days ago
What can I say - the food is absolutely delicious. I'm addicted. I was introduced to Paradise by a friend who said that you haven't had Indian food until you have had Paradise. The amount of different people this friend of mine has introduced to Paradise and got them all hooked on it. I drive there from the others side of Auckland once a fortnight to get a takeaway dinner on a Friday night. You get 2 dishes for just under $30. One thing I am slightly disappointed is with their naans... They are a bit sweet. Otherwise you don't have too say much about this place as the business speaks for itself and the very high turnover of customers on any given night.
by Rajiv Ram
one month ago
Amazing food.. Amazing service.. We were in Auckland for 3 days. We went to Paradise on the second day for dinner. We loved it so much that we went again on the third day. Will go back again and again.. Me and my wife can't get over the food at Paradise.!! Please open a branch in Wellington soon
by Saket Kohli
one month ago
Overhyped. The curries don't taste good at all and naans are the ones you get at Countdown. They just microwave them I suppose. Never going back again.
by Marina Samountry
one month ago
An institution in Sandringham!
Food: I came for lunch and ordered the Chicken Capsicum Masala and a Paneer Naan. Both were excellent and to my surprise made in less than 10 minutes. There were three other tables and I have no reason to believe it was heated up. There was plenty of chicken in the curry and the rice was not the usual basmati but a lovely yellow rice with vegetables. A refreshing change! The Paneer Naan was delicious but could have possibly been crispier. It was probably because it was almost overflowing with lovely paneer but I won't complain about.
Service: my waiter was a European man who knew his stuff. I was impressed at his knowledge and friendliness. As mentioned the service was fast at least for a mildly busy lunch time. The restaurant was clean and trendy but not pretentious.
Overall: for a great a well priced curry look no further. There are plenty of interesting options for the more adventurous. It was also well patroned by the local Indian community which bodes well! Some of the best Indian I've had in a long time.
by Jennifer Rajkoomar
one month ago
Amazing authentic flavours—Great service, great food, one of my favourite places to eat in Auckland. Go and experience a piece of Paradise :)
by Yudisht Rajkoomar
one month ago
Best indian restaurant in Auckland, very addictive food. Authentic and real, not your typical butter chicken from anywhere else :) You won't regret it, unless you like typical butter chicken from a jar...
by Sonam Kumar
one month ago
Food is amazing, Indian and Indian Chinese with big portion sizes and a cheap price. Can get a main, rice, naan and coke for $17-$22. Great for people who love spicy food. Also, good how you can pack leftovers and take it home as the portion sizes are massive for 1 person.
by Nazah Ali
one month ago
Paradise is always a good experience! Ordered the afghani kebab which was as always delicious along with the yoghurt it's served with, tried the chilli prawn which wasn't as spicy but more sweet than what I had imagined and the butter chicken was awesome as always. Tried the mango lassi which was deliciously refreshing after the spicy meal
by Sun Rahaman
one month ago
My wife bought briyanai last Friday. Me and my other friends had food positioning from that.
Couldn't go to work next day.
I send them e-mail.
Didn't get any replay from them yet.
I will definitely I won't go back. And I will tell my friends too.
Shame they don't bother replying e-mail.
by Shharukh Issani
2 months ago
Has Indian food but I would not say it has all the authenticity of Indian spices used. Could only consider once in a while takeaway . Biryani is average but their Chicken fried rice is best indo-chinese dish so far. Service needs lots of improvement , environment is average.
by Parik Kansara
2 months ago
Great place to get your desi food flavor. Order does take time but understandable cause this place at any time ive walked in had over 30 patrons.
by Jerome D'Souza
2 months ago
This on 30th August'14 Saturday last week :-)...had a family occasion and had ordered food through the great guy in one of the pics Salah. He was fantastic and so accommodating with our requests. The Chicken Tikka masala, the Veg.pulav long grain rice, unbelievably long grain was sooooo tasty. The Butter nans were just fantastic and believe me this did create a long lasting impression on my family and guests. They were so impressed and have decided to get the food catered for their family get together's in future.
The serving dishes and the works that he organised made my day. Thanks to Salah and his team, Awesome, keep up the good show. Highly impressed mate. Thanks...Jerry
by Cynthia Vanisha Paul
3 months ago
You don't need to go anywhere else for biriyani! Paradise has an array to choose from and delicious side dishes to keep you coming back for more. Their mutton biriyani is to die for!
by Charlee Brown
3 months ago
Havent been to a lot of indian restaurants in nz, but the food here was great. Good punchy flavours, and the mango lassi is delish.
3 months ago
This place has had re furbish since I last came. And the food is yummy as ever. Unlike before they are happy to make most dishes to the desired level of spiciness. Will go again!
by Pete Kenny
3 months ago
Great food, good value, and surroundings appropriate for the type of restaurant. About the only negative was the room itself was a bit cold, otherwise may have rated 4.5
3 months ago
Personally, I think this is one if the best, most authentic Indian restaurants in Auckland. Fresh, tasty food. The tandoori chicken is a speciality. However, due to popularity you do need to wait about 45 minutes for a table, but well worth it.
by Manu Viswan
3 months ago
Go there for the biriyani. That's the best. Affordable, neat and clean, place for friends and families alike.
by Fairy-Anne Glenn Guiang
4 months ago
I was introduced to this place by an Indian who knows his curries. At first I was hesitant because Indian food is not a preferred cuisine in my country and no dish prove me wrong until I came to eat in Paradise. The food is just divine and unpretentious. The menu is just simple and affordable. I've had Chicken & Mutton Biryani, Cheesy & Garlic Naans and I swear I'll try more if I ever grew tired of ordering these. The place is fine but they can do better with the interior but as I say this place is unpretentious. They are just doing what they love (food and cricket). They may need to open another branch though.
by Carson L
5 months ago
Paradise is a real gem of authenticity. I had the Chicken 65 which was fantastic. The restaurant itself is very open and relaxed. Prices are very reasonable and the service was great. I love how you see the kitchen from the front and can see how the naan bread is made.
by Ravin Malarao
5 months ago
My wife and I had Chicken biryani for lunch. It was very good. We will go again. We are senior citizens and we had a bit left over from one serve. Great
by David L
5 months ago
Without a doubt, my favourite Indian restaurant in Auckland. The food is always brilliant, I've eaten here pretty much weekly for three years now and never tire of the menu. The curries on offer include ones that I can't find in other Indian restaurants around town. The naan breads are always fresh and amazingly tasty. Along with the food the atmosphere makes it feel like you are in India, it's always full and humming, and as a cricket fan I enjoy being surrounded by the memorabilia on the walls. Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar can't be wrong! Service is quick and the waiters are always happy to suggest new dishes to try, or ask the chef to make a dish not listed on the menu. I've recommended this place to friends and they're all regulars now as well. Keep up the great work guys!
by Blair Stanford
5 months ago
Authentic Indian food at affordable prices. Feels like being in India. The lamb curry was so tasty and beautifully spiced.
Naan bread, I could eat ten of those. I will be back soon.
by Nelson Macwan
5 months ago
Went for dinning out on Saturday, restaurant was pack - waited 20 minutes for the table.
Ordered zafrani chicken, lamb pasanda, kadai paneer and the naan bread it was real Indian taste so delicious..... prices are so reasonable.
And hearty quantity, keep it up Paradise.
I will recommend to everyone
by Hannah Inns
5 months ago
Ordered takeaway here since I'd heard good things about their curries. We were so disappointed! The naan tasted strange almost as if it had too much yeast in it. Both our curries were unappetizing and the masala was covered in pools of oil. Would not recommend this place at all! Seems as though it has gone down hill.
by Andrew Tidball
5 months ago
We haven't dined in yet - restaurant always seems packed. But we have phoned takeaway orders through and collected. Order is always ready and well packaged when i arrive to collect. Very efficient. And the food is excellent! Highly recommend for a tasty takeout! The lamb shish kebab are so tasty! I have suspicions that the dine in experience might not be so great just because it looks too busy!
by Michael Diaz
5 months ago
I had my 55th birthday on the 23rd of May, I invited my kiwi friends from the New Lynn RSA where I play 8 ball pool. I ordered my dinner from Paradise, it was fish masala, chisken makhani, mutton biryani and chicken lolipops. My kiwi friends so enjoyed the food they had so much so that they took food home for lunch for next day. Hats off to Paradise. I recommend their food to everyone. Cheers guys. That reminds me going back few months I was invited to Dermot English, Mr Bill English's younger brother celebrating his 50th birthday we had to take a plate my wife suggested chicken lolipops, they were a hit Mr Bill English enjoyed them too.
by Dean Quate
6 months ago
The made to order takeaway is excellent. Because it exceeds my expectations I will not hesitate to give this place a 5 star rating. Patrons predominantly of Indian heritage which is a great sign. High turnover. Also a good sign. A busy takeway midweek is a great sign. I live in Titirangi where we have Masala and Handi- both of these are absolute shi.t.
I haven't tried the curries in a hurries that are sitting in the water baths but they look good. The premises is clean and the staff friendly. Finally an Indian takeaway that isn't in central Auckland that isn't full of white mans blandness and from a PakNSave jar. Keep it up fellas.
by Laura Lock
6 months ago
We ordered takeaways from here, as our local Indian takeaways are closed on Mondays and it had been recommended to us from some friends.
We ordered a Butter Paneer ($10) and a Chicken Khorma ($14) with plain naans ($2.50ea) to compliment. In total it came to under $30, which is great for the amount of food. Each curry came with a container of extra long grain rice (seriously, crazy long).
I only managed to try a little bit of the Khorma, but the bits I did taste were nice - nothing too flavourful or offensive. I found it quite salty, there was not much spice even though we asked for it medium. My Butter Paneer sauce was lovely, not too sweet and a nice creamy texture, had a good amount of spice to it, ordered medium as well - considerably more than the Khorma. The paneer was a bit of a let down, it was in nice bit pieces and there was a lot of it, but it was very firm and rubbery - I'm used to softer and nicer tasting paneer. The butter paneer also had cauliflower and beans in it which was a nice surprise.
The naans were really soft and fluffy - could tell they were very fresh and well made - yum!
I'm really glad we tried paradise, as it's been on my "to-go" places for a few months. Nothing stood out as extremely amazing, but nothing was awful either, a genuinely nice place for Indian takeaways (I hear to eat in is a real treat if you are a cricket fan).
I would go back to try more of there extensive menu.
Laura | Laura Laura Blog
by Amira Afridi
6 months ago
This is the worst Indian restaurant I have ever been to, don't be fooled by some of the reviews you read, trust me everyone was saying it's the best it's the best but
they are nowhere close to being called good.
Firstly, waiters don't even know what's on their menu, they lie they, are full of sh*t. Secondly, I went to the counter I only ordered halwa, the manager said to me , why don't you try the main? I said no thanks, he said no try it if you don't like it I'll give your money back, so I took his word, I tried the famous afghani chicken, he said, I didn't like it one bit, I said I want my money back, he acted like he never said that! Made a big deal, thirdly, halwa came, I grew up eating halwa , I know what halwa looks like, this wasn't halwa it was like dry halwa it wasn't even close to halwa looked like it had been made 3 months ago, it didn't taste or look like halwa neither the texture, I guess people have really bad taste when it comes to Indian food to think this is good. Yeah paradise shouldn't be called Paradise should be called Bakwaaas Indian Food
6 months ago
I enjoyed the food and service. A nice selection of Indian cuisines. I ordered the afgani kebab for a entrée followed by a chicken tika curry which was nice and spicy. I would recommend paradise because its variety of curry choice. There was even a prawn masala and tandori fish which I would like to try next time I visit.
Thanks a lot guys!
by Gabriel Tan
6 months ago
I'm not a frequent patron of Indian food, but when I had asked a taxi driver once where a good place to go to, I was told to go no where else other than Paradise on Sandringham Rd.
I went with a group of friends on a Friday night, and had the chance to try a range of their food. Entrees started with an assortment including the lollipop chicken and chicken tikka. Very tender and full of flavour.
The mains we had the chicken 65, chicken kadai, lamb pasinday and the lamb briyani, all of which were fantastic.
We left the restaurant around 8pm, and there was a big queue outside! make sure you go early. definitely be back for more
by Doug Thomas
6 months ago
The best eggplant infused with lime juice dish I've had anywhere in the world. Service was very good also therefore I highly recommend this restaurant. Their cheese & garlic naan bread is the best in Auckland in my opinion as well. A great place to take friends.
6 months ago
Delicious take-aways from Paradise Indian Food. Had to wait a while, but that wasn't surprising with how busy the place was. Very happy with the service and the meal. Will become regulars here for sure.
by Azhar Bhamji
6 months ago
The best Indian food in town. My experience with their staff, the quality of food was A+.
Value of the food was exceptionally well priced alongside the portion of the food also.
I would recommend all to go and taste the food of Paradise.
I certainly am going back there for sure
by Aditi Shrestha
6 months ago
I used to like this place only for food, the service is horrible, the staff have no manners no courtesy no politeness. Recently they have increased the price for main course from $12 to $18 which is pathetic for that kind of service and quantity of food. Also they make everything so hot that it's inedible for a normal person, when asked to make it medium spicy they say they can't do it. I think the owner only wants to earn money and doesn't care about service and feedback. They are happy with people coming in as it seems to be packed most of the times but I don't think it will be the same any more with that kind of service, price and inedibly hot food. The price really needs to go down if they want regular customers coming in. It's better to get a takeaway from food court for $10 than to spend $18 here for bad food and service.
by Parul Goshar
6 months ago
Very bad and unfriendly service.
I was clear when ordering my food that I cannot handle chilli. They said they can make it.
The food was absolutely spicy (chilli hot) and they tell me they tasted it, it is not.
Being allergic to chilli, I (my body) completely rejected it. But the staff didn't quite care to apologize to make up for it.
Just the worst place in Auckland!!!
by Hament K
7 months ago
I dined at Paradise for lunch today and can say that I was less then impressed with the food and the level of service. To begin with their was no greeting or welcome, felt like we were an imposition and were seated in an area that had felt more like a thoroughfare then a eating space. When we asked to move to an area with a little more privacy we were treated very rudely. I ordered the Chicken Maghlai, a personal favourite, which tasted bland and was not very appealing at all - not sure how long it had been sitting around as it did not taste fresh at all and was only luke warm. Considering that the price of the food has also gone up, I was very disappointed that the food and the experiences missed the mark on so many counts.
by Xeno Vert
7 months ago
Wow! Best in Auckland. I've dined in twice and had take out last night. I must be getting soft because the dish I bought last night was soooooo hot! I don't remember it being that hot but it has been a year since I last ate it. Also bought a vegetarian dal for my friend who is pregnant. She loved it and said that she would go and get some more.
My favourite is the Kheer dessert which is like, semolina with milk and sliced roasted almonds. Would recommend this place to dine in and as a take out.
by Saiprasad Shetty
8 months ago
Went twice..had dum biryani both the times...enjoyed it..good treat....
by Jenny K
8 months ago
Went on a Saturday night. Opted for takeaway. Was served within 2 minutes and sat aside waiting for my order. Waited for 10 minutes, still no food, waited another 10 minutes still no food, I could see other people who ordered well after me taking their food away but I still hadn't received mine. After 25 minutes of arriving and still no food I spoke to one of the staff about what's happening with my order (which I might add had already been paid for) the guy looked at few packed bags in front of him and said it's coming so I waited again. After 35 minutes of arriving my patience was running out so I spoke to another staff member who also had a look around by the counter and went to the back then came back looked around the counter again, looked at me puzzled and asked what I had ordered. At this point I told him my order again and said I've been waiting for more than half an hour what is happening? How much longer is it going to take ? He didn't respond but began to process my order himself.
Took 35 minutes to receive food after speaking to staff twice!
Service = terrible
9 months ago
I have been looking for a Indian food place and have found it. What a wonderful feast I had, it was takeaway, I had chicken korma, chicken biyrani & naan. Although a little spicy for my liking, it was superb.
I will most definitely be making a visit there for Indian cuisine in the future.
9 months ago
My friend's son was visiting me in Hamilton and there he comes with a big black plastic bag, I asked what have you brought for me, he said ' you always miss Bombay biryani and that is what I have brought for you', I asked him are you joking, he said, open and see , you will not believe, it was Paradise chicken briyani and I was so thrilled with the aroma, I straight away helped myself and started to eat, Oh man ,it was really yum and the taste was so good and I could not stop licking my fingers.
So, I have decided whenever I go to Auckland, I must visit Paradise Indian Food and also bring back some food home. I shall always recommended all my friends & family to visit Paradise and try their Biryani and other stuff .Well done,Paradisae, keep the good work.
by Kathryn Kleboe
9 months ago
What a disappointment. The food looks and smells lovely but the staff were so rude that we walked out before eating. We sat down at the only table available (a table for 4). We started to organize what we were going to have and I was about to order when a waiter approached me and asked how many people were in our group. He then gestured to 3 Indian guys outside and asked if we could just order then wait around for another table...what??? But we had been there almost 5mins but they wanted us to give up our table for someone else who arrived after us! We started to leave when he gestured to another table (table for 4 also) and asked if we wanted that table...a table which was filthy with half eaten food on it. Why the hell would I want a filthy table when we already had a perfectly good and clean table-except we didn't because clearly the waiters would prefer to favor Indian customers before us so we were going to be treated poorly regardless. No stress we can get good Indian food and rude service cheaper at least a dozen places in Sandringham so why bother with Paradise...unlikely they are any better or ruder than other places.
by Satoko Kaneko
9 months ago
I love the Paradise mix grill as entree and chicken biryani!
I like the fact all the food I ordered are not covered with oil like cheap Indian take away shop.
I have been to this shop many times and always absolutely love their food :-)
by Pramesh Sundarjee
10 months ago
1.Service...Service...Service. How mush does it take to smile. Fantastic food but very poor service. Guy at the counter thinks we are doing the biggest favor in the whole world by ordering from there. The owner is awesome but staff members are horrible.
2. Timing is a major issue....staff said food will served in 15 minutes but came 40 minutes late. Will be nice if they actually told the real wait time
3. Asked for water, no water came. Had to walk to the next door dairy shop to get my own water.
4. No privacy....Tables are so close that you hear what the person next to you is talking about.
5. When paying bill, zero appreciation...did not even look up to see who the customer was, no eye contact
6. Limited parking.......this is out of their control.
Solution: We are happy to come back but please, look at your customer, make eye contact, smile. If it will take time, tell me the real wait time. Overall, food is 100%, service sucks!!!
by Mrs T
10 months ago
My family and I are quite fussy when it comes to Indian takeaway. Paradise takeaway (we have never eaten in) delivers on taste for sure! You get more than gravy and a few pieces of meat, instead it's decent sized chunks of meat filled to the brim and every dish we have ordered has been delicious (we are now regulars going about once a fortnight).
Be ware though, when they say hot the mean HOT!
by Dhakshi Gamage
10 months ago
My boyfriend and I were looking for a good biryani place in Auckland. After a quick search and a bit of asking around, we decided to try Paradise Indian Food for the first time. When we walked into the restaurant, it was empty, but it quickly became full as more people streamed in. We asked one of the staff whether one biryani could serve two people, and he said we needed to order two (a lie!). My boyfriend ordered a mutton biryani, and I a chicken. The biryani arrived promptly, and it looked, smelled and tasted divine. And each portion was HUGE. One biryani could serve 2-3 people for only $12. We were very impressed with the value for money. I think this place rivals, or even surpasses, the more upmarket Indian restaurants I've tried (e.g. Oh Calcutta). The service, while a little cold, was attentive and prompt.
We have each since been to Paradise twice for takeaways and continue to be impressed with the quality of their biryani. I look forward to visiting the restaurant again, and trying some of their other dishes.
by Kshitij Garg
11 months ago
Paradise is one of the most popular Indian restaurants ducked in a Suburb close to the town. I decided to visit the place with my friends after a positive word of mouth for the place. The restaurant looked packed. It's a decent restaurant where you might have to wait for long as they do not have enough space to handle the customers on the peak times. The wait can be really long. The restaurant doesn't serve alcohol and the ambiance is pretty decent, nothing flashy at all except for the cricket memorabilia. As you reach the counter you look up at the menu and the first thing that comes to your mind is that this is way to less for me. Yes, the list of options at Paradise is quite less. They make the usual only. But they do make the usual with good taste. The Tandoori Chicken and Chicken Biryani are the highlight of the place. Paradise won't come too hard on your pocket. The staff is friendly and they make up for any muck up with your food. You can certainly expect it here. Out of three times, I have visited Paradise, one time the chef forgot to put salt in the food and the other time, we didn't get one of our dishes. But the staff made up for it. I would say this is a place where I would prefer to go to order a takeaway. The place in itself is not appealing at all. They don't make the popular Dal Makhani. It's hard to imagine an Indian restaurant not making Dal Makhani.
To summarize, Paradise is low on pocket, below average ambiance, decent food, with waiting time. You pick if it's worth it.
by Rushik Dave
11 months ago
There are so many things I can talk about Paradise, the name itself says it all. It is indeed a Paradise of Indian cuisines.
You will not find such quality anywhere else in New Zealand.
When I asked the owner to open up another branch on North Shore, he said he may not be able to maintain the quality of both places and he can not take the risk of compromising the quality.
I can eat here everyday for the rest of my life and yet won't get bored with the taste.
I have said Subhan Allah on every bite I have taken here!!
I am glad we have Paradise here in Auckland :)
Thank you Paradise for giving such an amazing experience away from home.
Nov 24, 2013
Went to sample their famous birynai, 2 pieces of meatless chicken bone in a bowl of rice that was spicy but flavourless. Dhaal & kebab were chili hot but had no actual flavour, willing to travel for decent food, but certainly won't be back here, not worth the visit. Staff were busy randomly spraying cleaning fluid on glass surfaces around the food at one point that is what I could taste over the chili.
by Jasmin Sheikh
Nov 22, 2013
My family loves Paradise food. We go there almost every week. Everything on their menu is unique. Their Afghan kebabs are so delicious. Flavors are authentic. Lamb/chicken biriyani is the best in town, meat is so tasty and tender. The aroma from the spices they use in their food literally takes me to paradise. My son loves chicken 65 - fresh coriander n curry leaves adds great flavor to it. Very friendly customer service, lovely staff, great value for money, excellent mouth watering food. Everyone must try. Highly recommended :-)
by Gaurav Bhutani
Nov 19, 2013
I used to go to this restaurant, it used to be a good restaurant but now it is really pathetic. The staff are rude and the quality of the food has became terrible. I ordered the Lamb Biriyani and the found that the Lamb was partially cooked and don't have the right flavors. I think the cook which was good has left and the popularity has made the staff rude.
by Stacey Stormcloud
Oct 30, 2013
Great service, great value for money, delicious food! Serves Indian and Indian Chinese food. The Onion Pakora was divine, as was the Chicken Tikka. Totally halal. The place was pretty busy even though it was only Wednesday night, but we still had timely and friendly service. Highly recommended.
Oct 21, 2013
Paradise Indian Food is a popular place. I don't think it's because of the cricket memorabilia decorating the walls; I’m guessing Wasim Akram is someone really, REALLY famous in the cricketing world. It could be the intriguing Indian-Chinese dishes (Chicken Manchurian anyone?), or the uber efficient, prompt service. But it’s most likely the excellent Hyderabadi food.
Paradise is great for a quick lunch; there is a good range of their most popular dishes ready to serve, with their mesmerisingly brilliant hues.. Anything not on display is a quick 5-10 minutes away. Our dishes came out one at a time as they were cooked which was a great delight every time a new dish was served.
We started with a mixed platter ($15) of various tandoor cooked meats with a refreshing raita; I had a piece of smokey delicious tandoori chicken. The naan bread were light and nicely charred. I really enjoyed the dum ka gosht ($12), which is lamb (gosht) on the bone, marinated with yoghurt and spices and cooked in dum style (steaming over coals). The lamb was perfectly tender, and the savoury sauce was heady with fragrant spices.
The Paradise special paneer masala ($14) is cottage cheese and green pepper cooked in cashew and saffron sauce. This is another excellent dish, the cheese has a great chewy texture, somewhere between a halloumi and a mozzarella, and the smooth nutty sauce is delicious.
For the rest of the review and more photos, see http://easyfoodhacks.blogspot.co.nz/2013/10/paradise-indian-food-sandringham.html
by Analjit Sen
Sep 15, 2013
Addicted to the food!! Better than back home any-day!! I am there 6 times a week at least .... I tell the owner that he is packing happiness not food:-)
Had a dream that my doctor says there is no guarantee that I shall live after an operation.....I tell the doc please wait ...and call Paradise to order some Biriyani, sounds crazy but this is what the food does to you. So please don't waste any more time, just don't think....go and EAT at the true Paradise.
Sep 13, 2013
Great place to eat. Fabulous Indian food, authentic and the service was top notch - my wife and I were recommended this place by an Indian who knows his stuff.
If you are looking for a great meal at a very reasonable price you will not be disappointed as the chef at this place really knows how to cook up a storm!
by AJ - Flava
Sep 06, 2013
At last an Indian restaurant with some Indian flavour to it. Good food and an ok ambiance for dining.
Sep 04, 2013
Good food. Timely service. They could do a lot in the ambience space though. But seriously consider going to this place if you are confused about where to go..I visit there almost 3 times a month.
by Food Voyeur
Aug 21, 2013
Oh yes! Their afghani kebab was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It was chicken, done in the tandoor I believe. It was so tender it practically melted in your mouth. Flavours incredible.
Then came the carrot halwa. Stunning. Never tried that dessert before, and you wouldn't think from it's description that it could possibly be that good. But it really is!
This was the sixth and final restaurant on the Sandringham Spice Tour, and it was a shame I was so full... but I will definitely be coming back here. Paradise Restaurant's food is actually a kind of paradise.
Can't think of anything to critique them on. A good interior too, and friendly staff.
by Jaspreet Sangha
Aug 04, 2013
Excellent food..specially biryani's. I order it every weekend. The fact is most of the Indian restaurants fail to maintain the consistency in their food but PARADISE since I have started going there almost 2 years, their food tastes the same, no up n downs....very good for family dinners...:-)
by Marlee Craig
Jul 27, 2013
Went here today with ny friend, nephew and nieces, we really enjoyed the food. The waiter gave me an honest opinion about selections. He saw that I had three children with me, and suggested i buy two plates instead of three. He said that the
Portion sizes are quite big and that two dishes will be sufficient. I really appreciated his honesty because two dishes instead of three, were more than enough for the kids :) staff were friendly not rude, they kindly made allowances for our party and were always on hand whenever there was a need. The best part was the food. The portion sizes were enough. The taste, the texture and the smell was absolutely divine. We cleaned our plates. The kids wanted to kno if we could come again the next day for breakfast lol. We will definately back :) when we want quality Indian grub we know where to go, thank you paradise for a meal divine, great service and honesty, shalom :)
by David Philip
Jul 10, 2013
Awesome food, awesome staff, as a first time visitor I was pleasantly surprised especially the ambiance of the place, the friendliness of the staff and the lamb spinach was heavenly, must have been in Paradise. I will certainly recommend this place and visit on a regular basis.
by Sini Boshoff
Jul 03, 2013
WOW! I love Indian food and have eaten at many Indian restaurants but this has to be one of my favourites! The chicken Tikka Masala was delicious, nice and spicy and would highly recommend the Paneer (vegetarian) dish too. Make sure you book a table because it is very busy. Paradise, please open a restaurant in South Auckland.... I don't want to have to drive all the way to Sandringham for my favourite food :)
by Benjamin Harris
Jul 03, 2013
Paradise Indian is the heart of Sandringham!
When I think Indian food, only one word comes to mind. Paradise.
They serve excellent food, with a broad range of dishes on offer to cater to everyone's tastes.
If you're one of those people who looks at the menu for 5 minutes, only to then decide to get the "Butter Chicken" then I highly recommend trying a few other things they have to offer. (Don't get me wrong, the butter chicken is amazing, but it doesn't just stop there.)
I have been coming here religiously for the last 2 years (Almost every week. Sometimes even twice.)
Rather than basing a place on a few 1 or 2 star reviews, just go and try it yourself. Make your own opinion. I'm sure you will not be disappointed with these guys.
Keep it up Paradise!
by Anita Farland
Jun 27, 2013
I have been here several times this year, I was introduced to this place by a friend and I have not looked back since.
The Afghani chicken is amazing and I always order extra. Their food is delicious and the place is always busy so book if possible because it can be hard to get a table.
by Sudhakar Sundaram
Jun 26, 2013
I am a True blue hyderabadi...I have been overwhelmed by the quality of the biryani and kebabs...every time I try a new dish I am blown away....keep up the good quality and great service standards....it's the best hyderabadi food overseas....
by Shaundey Katana
Jun 21, 2013
Went there last year for our work lunch, food & service was awesome. Took my dad there this year for his birthday food was good I enjoyed that but the service come on you can do way better than that it sucked big time. I asked for a bottle of water from the guy that was working on the floor, he nodded his head and goes yes but obviously he did not understand a word I said did I receive my water NO! The guy at the counter was a douche no smile no thanks at all not even a your welcome nothing. If you are so miserable at your job then leave no excuse to stay there and give crap service.
Jun 16, 2013
would not go hear again. the service is appauling. the food was alright but sadly the service was just so bad. ordered two curries and got no rice I asked them to come but no one responded. the waiters didn't even serve the food with a smile, looked very serious maybe cause they get paid under minimum wage but that's no excuse.
by John Paul
Jun 06, 2013
me and my wife took tandoori chicken and it wasn't up to the stranded of Indian tandoori it was just coloured chicken and in the sizzler there was burned cabbage and no one can eat it.There was no chat masala in it .
Second thing like garlic naan my favourite was too salty and not stuffed like a garlic naan........ like my kind. the curry was salty and there was no much taste for it.
by Rita Crowe
May 25, 2013
The ONLY fault with this is the space, it is SO popular because the food is SO amazing, that it's always packed out, so quite crowded. They need to win lotto so they can wipe out the shop beside them and expand. :D The food came quickly and pleasantly. The naan was the best I've had and generous serving of rice with my AMAZIN curry. We also ordered an entree of the onion rings, they were SO tasty, we did ask for a dipping sauce which never came, but didn't bother us too much. Just SUCH good food, definite winner :)
by Vishal Anand
May 25, 2013
The best restaurant in town, I love it just your quantity is getting lower every day, last year the chicken 65 was so much that we could eat it for dinner as well for the next day. But now there is a lot less, we can only eat it in the dine in and none left over for the next day.
May 15, 2013
Best biryani and curries in New Zealand...I just keep on coming back! Great ambience, friendly waiting staff.
You don't need to look anywhere else for the best Indian food around. As I'm from the Philippines, I highly recommend Paradise to my fellow countrymen who love Indian food.
May 12, 2013
My friend recommended me this restaurant, we went here last week, we really liked their food. The customer service was great, I feel it is the best Indian food in Auckland, I will go back with my friend again.
by Mary Yap
May 07, 2013
We eat out regularly and I am very impressed with this restaurant. Great customer service, polite and helpful. Delicious foods. Most of all is the price, cheap cheap for quality foods. We definitely will go back again.
by Vyshnavi S
Apr 30, 2013
There is no doubt that their food is amazing but their customer service needs to improve. It really wouldn't hurt to smile a bit more and me more friendly. One of them always acts like he's doing us all a huge favour by serving us. Food is great though. Esp. their Chicken 65 and my new favourite Paneer Butter Masala! So good! :D
by Matt Smith
Apr 01, 2013
Awesome. I would eat here every day if my wife would let me!
We are regulars at Paradise Takeaways and we have tried a few of their dishes which all seem great but it is hard to go past our favorites - Chicken 65 and Manchurian Chicken. Fantastic flavours and great value.
We recommend this place to all our friends and some of them even drive from across town to get their Indian takeaways from here now.
If you love good solid Indian flavours then this place is for you!
Mar 14, 2013
Hi guys, I highly recommend this place for all events I placed an order here for my 21st birthday Party and people could not stop complimenting the food it added so much value to my Party! I would definitely recommend everyone to get good for any occasion it's simply so tasty and amazing.
by Sumit Samant
Mar 01, 2013
Paradise has the best Indian food I have tasted outside India. And, having lived a foodie's life in the UK, Australia and NZ, I believe that is a very high achievement.
The hustle and bustle, sights and smells, cricket and Bollywood on the TVs, the chefs working away in the kitchen.... Its like a small representation of the subcontinent. Grab a chair, enjoy people-watching and soak in the atmosphere... but not for too long as the service is fairly prompt. Do not expect the staff to fall over backwards - they are insanely busy. But do expect them to be very serious about what they do. The owner Salah, in particular, has the hands-on approach needed to be on the top of the game down to a fine art. From getting stuck in at work to constantly experimenting with his excellent chefs to bring innovative dishes, he does it all.
My biggest regret in moving to Wellington was not being able to eat at Paradise as often as I would like. Nevertheless, I make it a point to go there every time I am in Auckland.
Feb 28, 2013
I lead the Sandringham Food & Spice Tour through the village restaurants and Paradise is definitely one of the best that we go to. We have now come visit four times and each time owner Salah is very attentive and describes each of the foods we try. We have tried afghani kebabs, chicken tikka (both made in tandoori) chicken lollypops (weekend special) and of course the delicious desserts such as carrot halwa and kheer. They do not take reservations and they can become very busy most evenings, even on a Tuesday! Be patient, it is worth the wait. Or come try them out for lunchtime in their new Takeaway restaurant next door...
by Amanda Pavese
Feb 21, 2013
My absolute favorite place to eat anywhere in the Auckland area is Paradise. I discovered it through a friend while living in Auckland in 2012 and quickly became a regular. If you like great Indian food then this is certainly the place to go! Also, because it specializes in a specific region of Indian cuisine, you will more than likely find something totally new to try! If you are new to Indian cuisine, it's a great place to start as they are very helpful in explaining the dishes and letting you know the spice intensity.
I think the most important thing to note about Paradise is that it is consistently great every single time. You will never be disappointed. The only thing I miss more than the amazing friends I made in Auckland is eating with them every week at Paradise.
by Natasha F
Feb 18, 2013
Sandringham road is full of Indian restaurants, none of which, in my opinion surpasses Paradise for its flavour, variety, variety and exceedingly good service.
Its a gastronomic delight!
The menu is a happy blend of the reassuring and the experimental; with enchanting dishes from all over the sub continent.
The chicken lollypops and Afgani kebab will leave your taste buds watering. The pepper paneer and Lamb Pasanda are mindbogglingly delicious, not to mention the Biryani which is the best I've ever tasted.
I've even been pleasantly surprised by their sweets- Indian cooking isn't exactly famous for its deserts, yet I somehow manage to always find a space for the scrumptious bread pudding. I simply can't leave without having some.
I could write all day, but my mouth is watering... It's simply the best Indian food in Auckland!
Try it for yourself.
by Ron Ward
Feb 15, 2013
Paradise has the best tasting food I've found so far. Their service is very fast and the food is delicious (especially the Biryani and the Chicken Tandoori) The food is very well prepared, very authentic Indian and very tasty and Great authentic atmosphere,wonderful place to dine-in or birthday parties. This restaurant is a very good value for the money, highly recommended.
by Neil Walker
Feb 14, 2013
Not your standard Indian restaurant. Entirely different menu that is amazing. Need to try everything on it. I'm not a vegetarian but the paneer special masala is incredible. Also, give the chicken lollipops a go, you'll never stop eating them. Very comfortable place and fast service too! 5 stars
by Hadley Parsons
Feb 13, 2013
Its very simple, the biryani at this place is without doubt, the best thing I have ever eaten in an indian restaurant and takeaway. Add some of the mint sauce that comes with every order and you wont be able to see anymore because all your senses have focused to taste and smell. This is one of my favorite meals ever and therefore my favorite indian without question.
Thank you for showing me how food can be served. Salah, you sir are a legend.
by Anna-Marie Scroggins
Feb 13, 2013
Paradise is quite simply a gastronomical delight.
It been a favourite of our family since we discovered it through word-of-mouth, several months ago.
It's bustling, energetic and suitable for both large groups, couples or families. You are made to feel welcome by the team as soon as you walk through the door and the service is excellent.
The food is the best mogul style Indian food I have ever had the pleasure of satiating myself with. Lollipop Chicken, Afghani Kebab and Paneer Masala are just are few of the delectable dishes I love.
Finally the price........ For less than $20 a head we walk out of this restaurant with our food bellies bulging, feeling utterly overindulged.
by Alice Henry
Feb 13, 2013
Paradise has become a favourite for me and my friends. The staff are friendly and accommodating. The food is incredible and so well priced. I don't feel like I need to recommend any dish in particular as everything I've had from vegetarian dishes to biryani, bhagi to naan have been excellent.
I'd also recommend the new takeaway section of the restaurant. I can't get enough and regularly travel from the North Shore to pick up a meal.
by Albert Hee
Jan 30, 2013
Best Indian restaurant in Auckland and indeed New Zealand!
For one, it's priced cheaply with all mains under $20. Given the quLity of the food, this makes it excellent value for money.
The highlights to try include Chilli Chicken (chicken fried with onion and green chilli in a brown sauce), Manchurian Chicken (chicken with soy sauce and coriander) and Ginger Chicken (a curry with red ginger and spice gravy that goes great with rot).
The Biryani is also very tasty. Cool your mouth with Kheer (Indian milk and rice pudding), a great finish to the meal.
Add to that friendly and helpful staff and you get the true star restaurant of Sandringham and Auckland. Wish the business the best for a fruitful and prosperous future.
by Steph Harper
Jan 12, 2013
This is by far my favourite Indian restaurant! I don't live in Auckland but every time I come up here I make a habit of going to Paradise. Their food is just delicious, every time! I find the staff to be very lovely, and they are very willing to accommodate to any special dietary requests. Every time I have been there it has been absolutely packed and people come in and out every literally all the time, and they are mostly Indian (a great sign). I can't speak highly enough of this place, I just wish we had something like this in Tauranga!
by Hailey Tran
Dec 22, 2012
I was amazed to see how this place was crowded with Indians and the people lined up outside the restaurant. The service was not so great, wouldn't harm if the staff could put a smile on the face. We had lamb and special chef chicken curry which were ok, the chef special chicken curry was below average. Later we found out this place is famous for their Biryany and kebabs. Will def come back to try the Biryani :-) There are a couple of Spices Shops on the same street, you must go there and see, those spices shops are amazing.
Dec 17, 2012
Wow! This is one of my fav cheat meal places in Auckland. Best biryani in town - simply delish. Also tried the chicken 65 and lamb balti recently and they were both spectacular.
Have heard rave reviews of the weekend specials - can't wait to try it! Keep it up team Paradise :-)
by Rustom Kambata
Dec 09, 2012
We visited Paradise for a Sunday Indian style food dinner with a group of friends. The place was full to the brim, people enjoying their evening meal so happily. The staff were the most courteous I have experienced in a long time. Their service was very prompt. They were able to deliver our order correctly & served us impeccably. Full marks to all your extremely well mannered staff members. To me that was a truly excellent experience. Their food selection is authentic Hyderabadi Indian cuisine, the flavors were uniquely exquisite, the meats absolutely tender & beautifully prepared. Not too hot for the Kiwi palate but not too mild either. Kiwis rave about such authentic Indian cuisine. The Biryani is superb & highly recommended. Their portion was hearty. Overall it is a beautiful symphony of Indian food in a lovely atmosphere. Great staff, attending to your requests promptly; a true mark of a great dining experience. Feel free to use your fingers if need be, as the food is truly finger licking great. The demand must be high for such lovely food, as they have opened their takeaways next door. You can watch the Chefs through the ‘window' preparing those magnificent tender kebabs & the fluffiest Rotis. Indeed a great taste of Indian cooking right in the heart of Sandringham. A real delight. Very highly recommended after a superb dining experience by yours truly & friends.
Oct 26, 2012
The best Indian food me and my wife have tasted ever.
Been there twice in a few weeks now and will not go anywhere else from now on.also, excellent value with large very tasty servings. Nice and spicy curries,perfect naan and biriyani
Easy parking on the street down side road to,unlike other places in Auckland where parking is near impossible.
I see even the Indian cricket team has dined there.
A brilliant find.
Oct 15, 2012
This is by far the most authentic and high quality Indian restaurant in Auckland. I don't go anywhere else for my Indian food now. Afghani Kebab + Chicken Biriyani + Lamb Masala = Happiest man on earth. Fantastic service with a comfortable atmosphere. Keep up the great work and I will continue to come in every week!
by Amber-rose Sampayo
Oct 01, 2012
No doubt that this is the best Indian restaurant in Auckland!! The food is delicious and my fiance and I are frequent diners. Our favourites are the chilli chicken and their naan bread! So incredibly buttery and fluffy. We've never walked out of Paradise unhappy with our meals!
by Deahne Lakatani
Sep 23, 2012
This is got to the best Indian food place to eat. The Best. Food is awesome. Love this place.
by Serene Chuah
Aug 20, 2012
Absolutely love the food at Paradise. I've tried almost all the dishes on the menu and I absolutely adore the Chili Chicken and Chicken 65. I live in the city center and I would go all the way out there just to get my Paradise fix. The portions are value for money and it is by far the best Indian food I've tasted here in NZ.
by Shiva Kumar
Jul 24, 2012
Very poor customer service and the biryani served to me was very disgusting, and I'm not gonna go back there and I don't recommend my friends and family to visit there.
As I went on Friday I understand it was a busy night for then but I still expect a quality product as I am paying for it, the biryani was served to me was just a boiled rice and meat pieces tossed in it.
The taste was terribly bad as I took a takeaway I was trying to call them but nobody answered. As I was about to order a biryani for 50 people the next day for a family gathering lucky I tried it before I ordered it.
May 12, 2012
Been searching for the perfect Indian restaurant from kaitaia to bluff in invercargill. I've tried few of them but I can't find the real indian taste like the ones I've patronaged when I was still living in Dubai. My friend/colleague from Kerala told me about Paradise. Men, I thought I found kerala and Dubai in Sandringham. The dishes are not made for the kiwi tongue (as most indian resto in NZ, sweet and nothing but sweet briyani...yuck!), but Paradise has that natural indian taste, reasonable price and excellent staff and patrons. It's superb, totally highly recommended. I don't mind travelling several kilometers to come to Sandringham...it's worth it with Paradise resto.
Apr 15, 2012
This place may just overtake Top in Town's reputation as the best and cheapest Indian food ever. Loved the briyani rice, the curry was flavourful, the onion bhaji tasty and mango lassi heavenly. You can also eat there (apart from takeaway) - and the friendly service is just unexpected! :) Thumbs up!
by Cam W
Apr 10, 2012
Best Indian in Auckland! I have eaten at more than a few and this place is by far the tastiest. Excellent prices too.
The Lamb Biryani is unbelievably delicious, ultra tender and moist and if you are into your Vindaloo's their beef Vindaloo is perfect. We have eaten here once a week for the last 2 month's and have yet to experience any thing worth complaining about. Fast friendly service.
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