Gurkha's

4.6
39 reviews
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£25 and under
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Nepalese
Top tags:
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Spicy
The owners of Sydenham’s Gurkha’s restaurant must know that the famed strength and resilience of the Nepalese-British soldiers owes more than a little to the great food they’re raised on. Inspired by the brave men of Nepal, Gurkha’s restaurant serves fine cuisine inspired by the Nepalese kingdom with that same focus on honesty, tradition and health its namesakes are known for. The authentic flavours of Nepal are found throughout the menu, the dishes prepared using specially sourced ingredients by a talented team led by an award winning head chef. Also on Gurkha’s menu is a range of better known Indian offerings, including biryanis and masalas, for those who like what they know. Opened in 2000, Gurkha’s is modern and spacious with elegantly classic furnishings and a peaceful atmosphere ideal for winding down after a day at the office or running around after children, enjoying conversation with a loved one or simply allowing yourself to truly relax and let the flavours of Asia take over
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Nepalese, Indian
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Phone number
020 8778 3322
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Beer, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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BB
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great & impressed our visitor. We are regulars, mainly take-away, but it was good to eat in the restaurant & we weren't disappointed.

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WR
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Indian restaurants in London. I eat there 4 or 5 times a year and I have never been disappointed. Highly recommended

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic as ever!!

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NL
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food every time!!! We love this place favourite restaurant by far.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very friendly and accommodating especially for my vegan friend. There was a good choice on the menu with a lot of the restaurants own dishes as well as the usual. The food arrived promptly, it was delicious and a good price too. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and their takeaway service as well.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chose Ghurka’s because my friend is a vegetarian and it has a great vegetarian choice for staters and mains and we were not disappointed. The waiters were very efficient and attentive, going through our food choices and when we said shall we have another side dish the waiter very politely advised the dishes were quite big and maybe would be best to wait, very helpful as the food we ordered was plenty and we both could not eat any more. No rush either and food and drinks served timely and efficiently. Would recommend Ghurka’s to anyone.

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IS
London
27 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food - a lovely change from the standard high street offering, nice atmosphere. We did have to wait rather a long time (approx 45 mins) from.starters to mains without an explanation.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great curry experience , excellent service, little local gem for Sydenham
my new year resolution " I must make the effort to visit more regularly"

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G
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Food tasty, service very attentive, atmosphere good. Lovley night out.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've eating here for 7 years. Even if I moved in another part of London, I am still coming to the Gurkha's.
Love the food, nice service, good prices.

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d
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My favourite Indian restaurant. I'm a long-term customer. I've moved away from the area so can't go as often as I used to but periodically make an appointment with friends to meet up there. Highly recommended.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our favourite Indian restaurant. It never disappoints.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, excellent friendly rapid service, very good value

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Have visited restaurant many times over the years and food is consistently good and service excellent

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ghurka in Sydenham excellent as ever. The sag paneer was outstanding .

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose from the specials menu. The food was excellently presented and was cooked to perfection. I never written a review before but I did so as this was simply the best Indian type of restaurant my wife and I have been to, and we have been enjoying cooking and eating Indian style food for 40 years.

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CT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Always excellent value for money and good monthly specials.

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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere, excellent service, spotless. Delicious food. A very refreshing change from Indian food as ot tasted light and fresh. We had a very nice bottle of Merlot with our meal and the deserts to finish were very good.
I'm looking forward to returning.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2016
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We had to wait an hour and a half for our main course, without any apology or acknowledgement of the extraordinary wait, which says it all. The waiters seemed far more interested in answering the telephone for the constant stream of take-away orders than in taking care of the tables.

We have been before, and the food is great. Properly cooked Indian/Nepalese food with seemingly fresh herbs and spices not swimming in oil - wonderful. Not sure I have another marathon wait in me again though. Would have been nice if they'd come up and said "Sorry, we're busy/short-staffed in the kitchen" etc., but nothing - we just sat there with empty plates (and glasses).

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B
London
19 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is great local Nepalese restaurant. The food is good, tasty and generous with portions. It's never disappointed!

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m
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I would need to try more dishes to know how good the food is, I had a dish which was supposedly Nepalese but was a simple Indian Dish with chicken added.
Still the food was decent and the price was fair, I would go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was lovely. Service was great; Very helpful and friendly. We went for a girls night out to celebrate and everyone loved the restaurant. I had been before but none of the other five guests had and they all said they would return. Enjoyable night had by all!

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M
London
10 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2015
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

It was a lovely, friendly atmosphere. Really felt homely. No hovering waiters and nothing too much trouble. My family can't wait to go back. This is our new favourite Inadian (Nepalese) place to eat out. We even had the chef come out to speak to us and check if we enjoyed the food. A great evening all round. Good value fur money.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never had Nepalese food in my life and I have to admitt that the experience at Gurkha's made me wanna have it again. The quality of the food is at high standards and the staff is very helpful.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food & atmosphere

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J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious and full of flavour and the staff were polite and attentive. I will definitely go again.

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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We go to the Gurkha often and the food is always good, with friendly service and good value.

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W
London
12 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

They were very busy for valentines day - which is always a good sign. It did mean that we had to wait for a bit longer than expected for our food.
When it did come, it was very tasty and filling.
We will be going back there in a more relaxed setting and on 'normal' night to enjoy the food without having to keep nibbling popodoms to keep hunger at bay!

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S
London
10 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2014
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Annoying!-really looking forward to Gurkhas as always had a soft spot for good old Sydenham and its looking a little less "care-worn " these days!
Some really good things, some let downs!-first they do need to fix the front door as nearly dislocated my shoulder trying to open it! It was really busy for a Monday which is a great sign but despite empty tables we were put next to the kitchen where a cat would be unable to be swung-service was a bit hurried as well
Food was close to really good but a bit offf with the spicing-the Panir Piro-Piro was "HOT"-I mean HOT so all flavour lost,decent Karahi though and sag aloo,my partners Mismas Marsala was not too exciting though
Shame as this place obviously is popular and would give it another go

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o
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Immediate welcome on entering the restaurant and service superb throughout. Three of us dined and had the mixed starters followed by different lamb dishes as our main courses. All were perfection. Have visited the restaurant several times before and the standard never fails.

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R
London
19 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2012
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Always good at Gurhkas. Get the staff curry it is a hit and the lamb dishes are sumptuous and lovely. I think its great value for money. Always returning.

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M
London
71 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gurkhas in forest hill, was a pleasant surprise, not sure if they have changed chefsbinthe past year or two but it is a definite improvement on our last visit. We a large table of very fussy eaters and they accommodated us brilliantly. Service was great and food fresh and hot adjustin the spice levels accordingly. Did not like our last visit and was forced to go back this time and now very glad we did as it was a really lovely experience and we will return !

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M
London
71 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our trip to Gurkhas in Sydenham was a really lovely experience. We had very nice service and the food was lovely. I had the prawn special for starters and it was the tastiest starter ever, followed by the sizzling mix grill with salad which was very nice too. We will definitely return !

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e
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

excellent food, excellent service, good surroundings, good price

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MP
London
52 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ghurkas is our favourite local restaurant the prawn puri starter is to die for. Love it

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OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2011
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service and food at Gurkha's in Sydenham is always brilliant.
I would recommend the gosht podina and masu bhutuwa (hope the spelling's right).
Be warned the raita has sugar in it!

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OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2011
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service and food at Gurkha's in Sydenham is always brilliant.
I would recommend the gosht podina and masu bhutuwa (hope the spelling's right).
Be warned the raita has sugar in it!

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P
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2011
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This place is just down the road from where we live and always full with mostly non-indian customers which says something I Think. Lovely meal. We ordered a meat, fish and 2 vegetarian dishes and they were all cooked well. Everything was tasty but I like my food hot which even after requesting was much too mild for me. This might because of the predominant white clientele.
The staff looked tired and a bit disinterested which was probably due to the late night time booking.

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P
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2011
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This place is just down the road from where we live and always full with mostly non-indian customers which says something I Think. Lovely meal. We ordered a meat, fish and 2 vegetarian dishes and they were all cooked well. Everything was tasty but I like my food hot which even after requesting was much too mild for me. This might because of the predominant white clientele.
The staff looked tired and a bit disinterested which was probably due to the late night time booking.

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