Joy Indian Cuisine

4.5
146 reviews
£25 and under
Indian
Set in leafy Surbiton, Joy offers local food fans and visitors from further afield a gastronomic tour of some of India’s culinary regions. Executive Chef Mr Alamin l-b-n Aftab was headhunted by Joy’s Managing Director and previously worked for the prestigious Taj Hotel Group and some of the UK’s top Indian restaurants. His menu includes familiar favourites like chicken jalfrezi and lamb rogan josh, alongside some house specialties like Nali Gosth (lamb shank marinated with spices, onion and tomato) and chicken green masala – a Goan curry made with fresh coriander, mint and coconut milk. Joy’s wide range of meat-free dishes will satisfy even the most demanding vegetarian and there is a popular take-away and delivery service available too.
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and food as always. And good value for money.

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Squids
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food as always. Really tasty and lovely experience. We've tried a few Indian's since arriving in the area, but are now locked into this one as it's by far the best! Highly recommended

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SaritaB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent service and food as usual. Good social distancing with tables set far aways enough from each other and all waiters wearing masks.

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LW89
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A good curry, both vegetarian and carnivore had good options

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KarenA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

It was a very busy night (Eat out to help out) so the staff were rushed off their feet. The food was excellent, especially the lamb Biriyani . The service was good, we had a flickering light above our table and were a little chilly under the aircon but we will happily go again for the great food and very polite service

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NeilS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Good quality and friendly staff. Have visited many times and always keen to go again.

PE
PEter
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food, excellent value for money. I will be returning

NS
NeilS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food at a good price. Very tasty and highly recommended.

JT
JaneT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A great venue for get togethers with friends and family. The food is always delicious and plentiful with just the right amount of spice. Recommended for Sunday lunch for a reasonable buffet or the evening for very special choices from the a la carte menu. The vegetable choices make it possible for vegan friends to eat there with a lot of variety.

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colinr
London
8 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Appealing range of dishes which were served hot and are tasty. Friendly service.

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vipSimonW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonight, Joy was about as busy as I have ever seen it. All the tables were full and they had a couple of really large groups.

Despite apologies from the staff that hinted at the opposite, the services was as good as ever (and that is a high bar), and the food quality hadn’t lapsed in the slightest.

Joy is an excellent, friendly, casual restaurant, that would be equally at home for a special occasion, or a Wednesday that you just fancied a night out. Predictable and good!

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NickW
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good New Years Eve dinner - the tandoori sea bass was very good as was the fish curry. Rounded off with a cooling Kulfi and all good

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JaneT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fabulous tasty Indian food made from great ingredients - always with plenty of options for vegans in our party

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AnnaP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

totally delicious and the bindi bhaji were exceptional. very generous portions

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celmal
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely meal with 4 friends. The food was delicious and catered to our varying degrees of diets.
The service was incredibly friendly and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasty food and attentive service.

JT
JaneT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual the Sunday buffet was delicious. The food was perfect for the group which included two vegans as there is a good choice. For the meat eaters the lamb was especially good as such good meat was used. A great Indian restaurant.

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Watson2112
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant with great food and reasonable prices. Well worth checking out.

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NickyR
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Table booked 8.30 took two hours for cold food to be delivered to our table, sent it back, finally food came back at 10.45 and was cold. We left the restaurant without eating as we were all past it by that point. Great birthday treat for hubby! No Joy for us.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

NS
NeilS
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent quality food at reasonable prices. Good, friendly staff and a nice relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy your meal.

JT
JaneT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent as usual. A perfect venue for meeting friends and family in the run up to Xmas. The Sunday buffet is delicious and great value.

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KerryO
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a Joy , lovely food and a lovely atmosphere

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Watson2112
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an excellent restaurant with a great menu, polite and helpful staff and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so easy to book online, service was just right, waiting staff not too intrusive, food was excellent. First time I've been there and I would happily return

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant, had a very enjoyable evening meal. Food was very good

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moltonbrown1
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The best Indian food in Surbiton. Staff very attentive.

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Greenlightsal
Yorkshire
25 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous as ever! We always make a beeline for this place when we visit Surbiton and each time it doesn't disappoint. There is a wonderful variety of dishes, many of them different to the usual curry house fare and they are absolutely delicious! The Paneer Tawa Panjabi remains the best curry I have ever had and their fish curries are also excellent.

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JaneT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We always enjoy Joy - particularly the Sunday buffet which is amazing value. It is a great venue for big family get togethers or eating with friends. The food is extremely tasty and there are wonderful vegetable and fish options on the menu. I have recommended this many many times as we've never had a bad meal.

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OpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Middle of the road curry. Sunday is buffet only. Food was ok but nothing to write home about. Would like to try a la carte one day

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LisaB
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really delicious curry - great selection of vegetarian food

Good service too

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PartyFood
Surrey
6 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

If we head out for an Indian meal locally - this is where we go. The staff are always friendly, good food, promptly served. Dishes true to their description of heat and flavour. Good value.
I'm often accompanies by vegetarians or fish-only dietary and they always find something new to have.

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Greenlightsal
Yorkshire
25 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another fabulous meal at Joy! We tried the fish curries that we hadn't had before and they were stunningly good. Not being in a mood for beer, we had the New Zealand white, which was light and zingy and completed the curries perfectly. This has to be the best Indian restaurant in the wider area. I love one of their dishes so much (the Paneer Tawa Panjabi) that I get multiple takeouts when we're back down, to take back to Yorkshire and freeze to have as my occasional indulgence!

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JaneT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful place to go on Christmas Eve as a break from the preparations. The food was delicious and we were accompanied by a vegan and vegetarian and there was so problem with them finding choices. The seafood and fish were wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

friendly polite and efficient service as usual,delicious food,and plenty of it,good value for money.

JT
JaneT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We always like the buffet lunch on Sundays at Joy. The quality of the meat used is great - not full of bones, but lovely, tender pieces of meat. Always plenty of vegetarian dishes - and they very helpfully provided an extra vegetarian curry as one of the group is lactose intolerant. Excellent value for money as well - which means all your friends leave happy!!

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Royboy
London
6 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet again another superb meal at this wonderful restaurant , the food is always full of flavor with each dish having its own distinct taste. Service is as attentive and efficient and most of all friendly overseen by its wonderful owner.
I can highly recommend Joy the best Indian in the area.

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vipRobinsg
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food here was great, I had a balti which is meant to be served in a balti dish but wasn't.

In terms of service it was ok, we did feel a bit rushed at times.

The restaurant itself I thought was a bit too bright.

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Royboy
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2016
Overall5food4service3ambience4

A Very good evening the food was excellent, friendly staff and a great atmosphere I would highly recommend this restaurant.

CB
vipChrisB
London
89 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Still the best in Surbiton - great value and attentive staff. Never had a bad experience here. In fact, I think I'll go again next weekend.

FAQs

Joy Indian Cuisine does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Just Eat.

Joy Indian Cuisine is rated 4.5 stars by 146 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.