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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and service at a reasonable price. Can dine in or takeaway. Note byo only (they don’t sell alcohol but you can nip into the bottle shop a couple of doors down and bring in). Our food was made fresh so there was a...little wait but otherwise fine. As per earlier reviews don’t let the decor put you off.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 20 January 2020 via mobile

As others have said, don't get put off by the exterior and decor, this place is fantastic. We had 4 different vegetarian dishes and all packed with tons of flavour. Onion bhaji, vegetable pokora and garlic naan were great too. We left with bellies full...and with happy mouths from tasting such wonderful food. Possibly the best Indian food we've had - all made fresh by some great chefs. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 14 November 2019

We use to live close to this store and found it amazing! We moved, but still travel to come to this store as we haven't found better!

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 24 October 2019

We use this restaurant regularly as it's very close to home. Don't be put off by the disappointing decor and ambience because the food more than compensates for this with authentic robust flavours and more than adequate portion sizes. Online orders are always accurate and...ready on time, so I particularly recommend the takeaway service.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 17 April 2019 via mobile

Received my home delivery order and was there a surprise in there. The Kerela fish curry had fish like rubber probably the worst iv ever had. The cheese garlic naan had hardly any cheese on it and the rest of my order was pretty average....All down a let down.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 6 February 2019

I find in New Zealand that the food is great, but Indian food can be a bit bland. However here when I asked for a hot curry, that is what I got. The meat was cooked well and the sauce was very good - what...one would expect from real Indian cooking. The price is reasonable and it can be eat in or take away.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

We decided on the takeout, it was a huge amount enough for 2, meal was great, only down thing i could say was the boy that served us looked like he didn't want to be there, no smiles no greeting just stood and waited for...our order, other than that nice food.More

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Ordered a Jalfrezi , have no idea what i got it was bright red like tandoori colour had lots of carrots ,celery small runner bean etc was awful ...NO onions ,garlic ,tomatoes Or peppers ...i thought it would of been brown in colour with the...turmeric and cumin seeds ,chillies and a little garam masala powder and with the above ingredients that were missing . I got a red mash of left over casserole ...never had any thing like it before and i have eaten all over the world . Wish i took a picture before i put in bin ....More

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

There's nothing wrong with an ethnic restaurant that is modestly decorated and where the standard of the service is mediocre if the food is something special because, after all, the food is the reason you choose to visit an Indian restaurant in the first place,...right? Unfortunately the offerings at the Flavour Of India are rather a good match for the tired decor of the restaurant's interior. My search for good Indian in Napier continued at the Flavour Of India where we dined for lunch. We ordered chicken tikka, vegetable samosa, a chicken tikka curry and a parantha. The curry was good, but the rest of the dishes the less said the better. The chicken tikka was a solid pass taste-wise, but I couldn't help but wonder why it was priced at $18 for such a small helping in which there were precisely 6 small pieces of chicken. Yes, only 6! You get much larger helpings (at least twice the size) for less $$ in the Indian restaurants of Sandringham and Ponsonby in Auckland where rents run 5 or 10 times. A decent curry, but way overpriced for what you get. From there it was all downhill. The chicken tikka was so bland it bordered on tasteless, as were the vegetable samosas. Indian food is known for its complex flavours created using many spices and herbs, yet these dishes tasted like the chef had forgotten to season them and were what I would expect to get for $5 from the microwave meal section of the supermarket. The parantha was, admittedly, good, but the rice was not, I strongly suspect, cooked that day. Twice as we were waiting for our meal to arrive we heard the unmistakable sound of a microwave starting up. At least two menu items were not cooked fresh but reheated. Microwaves have no place in an Indian restaurant and anyone who has visited India knows that even the street-side vendors can cook up the most delicious treats without that sort of mod con. One does not go to a restaurant to eat bland, reheated food that was not made fresh that day. $40 for a curry, chicken tikka and vegetable samosa appetisers, and rice and bread does not sound like a lot, but when the quality is poor and the surroundings basic, Flavour Of India has reinforced in my mind the idea that while Napier may be known as a destination for food lovers, ethnic food is often a let down. I am yet to find a good Indian eatery in Napier.More

Date of visit: May 2017
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

This little restaurant has to serve up one of the very best genuine Indian meals around, the meals are really that good. It is so good to pay for the quality food and wonderful service rather than for the interior or exterior decor. The staff...here also excel with service and there is never any problem too large or small that they will not sort out for you. Really such friendly, wonderful people and always service with a smile. This has been over the years one of my favorite places to take visitors. Their vegan and vegetarian meals are also really very good as well. Just ask the staff and they are very informative. Great to see over the years this place transform from one of our favorite takeaways to a great little restaurant. Well done guys.More

Date of visit: April 2017
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