DARBAR

4.5
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47 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
Darbar Restaurant provides an exceptional dining experience offering North Indian Mughalai cuisine introduced to India by the royal kitchens of the Mughal emperors & other regional specialties coupled with an array of cocktails, mocktails, beers and a wide range of wines chosen by connoisseurs.
What 47 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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PeterS
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic indian food,best we have tasted outside of india.Fast and curtious service.Will definately be dining here again.

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GlynnF
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food fantastic service great service couldn’t fault

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ElsaFred
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great Valentines meal - 2 starters - one of which was Veggie, plus 2 mains and rice and a bottle of white wine @ £25 - total bill £90 not cheap but it was a wonderful meal

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely meal. Fantastic food, service. Very happy. Highly recommended, definitely go again

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BevE
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious authentic food, lovely surroundings and very pleasant staff!

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JustAGirlWithABoy
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Rushed and sexist service, overpriced food and drink, strong incense, air conditioner used to rush table to clear, food is good but not worth the money.

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CADs
Surrey
7 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We are regulars - delicious food and friendly staff as always.

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ClaireS
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food, which included some lovely choices that I had not seen before in other restaurants. I thoroughly enjoyed the lentil dishes that came as part of the vegetarian set menu. Would highly recommend Darbar.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here a few times and it’s one of the best Indian restaurants we’ve been to. It’s traditional Indian food which tastes amazing, there’s a wonderful atmosphere and the staff are incredible and attentive.
It’s highly recommended.

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David
London
12 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall it's an enjoyable experience.
The service and food are good, the food is certainly different to the run of the mill Indians, it's based on more traditional Indian cuisine.
Value for money is average at best, the bill will typically be double other Indians in Emsworth. A wine that might be £8 in Majestic would be approximately £25.

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MalcolmR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food, very friendly staff. Something a bit different from normal Indian restaurants. Wine was okay but a little expensive but other than that excellent

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Karen
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service. The food is not your normal local Indian food and is very tasty.

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StevenC
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Very expensive and defiantly not what they describe their restaurant to be, not fine dining and just an average Indian.

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vipRommelS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Cathy
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious, really fresh food. Will be going back.

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JonathanO
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful service! This place is a hidden gem and would highly recommend to anyone that appreciates authentic, Indian cuisine.

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KarenA
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food in a calm setting with friendly and helpful serve at a reasonable price. Excellent lunch time offers

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RUSSID
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent change from the usual Indian cuisine. Food freshly cooked with ample portions of meat or Fish. Staff friendly and helpful can’t do enough to please one. Biriani dishes particularly excellent, cooked in the traditional way. A very satisfying and Pleasant experience.

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Honey
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Authentic and delicious food with attentive and friendly service.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at the Darbar and chosen due to very positive reviews on-line. Nice seating area with enough room between tables for you to feel that you could have a private conversation. Menu was well written and clear, nice to see it on their website as well which gives you plenty of time to chose. Staff were attentive and helpful without being intrusive. Would definitely recommend it and will be visiting again.

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Moviebrat
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

We swapped for a takeaway. Brilliant!

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Backless
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal with friends. Its so nice to find a restaurant which has taken the curry to another level!!

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HelenC
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Having chosen this by just doing a Google search for restaurants new Rowlands Castle we were pleased with our selection. The restaurant is pleasant is all aspects - music level, waiter service, decoration and overall ambience.

The rice/spinach dish was certainly a change. The chicken biryani was cooked in a pot with a naan bread type pastry lid and it was lovely. The chicken pieces in both main courses were large in both size and quantity.

The bill was probably a bit on the high side for the amount ordered but overall we were extremely happy with the food.

Our one complaint (too strong a word really) would be that a service charge was added to the bill automatically when we are sure that, despite the legal requirement, we don't recall seeing this mentioned anywhere on the menu.

If we lived in the area we would certainly frequent Darbar.

JJ
JJ000848
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant and food, very large portions. Great Goan curry, please open one in Wanstead

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GarethD
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Please keep it up !!Excellent food. Please keep it up !!Excellent food. Please keep it up !!

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NicolaP
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We did and they came down from London. Everyone enjoyed the evening and the food was of an exceptionally high standard as is usual at the Darbar

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PeterH
Warwickshire
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A very pleasant Sunday lunch .Service first rate . Food characteristically tasty.

JB
JoanneB
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, will definitely visit again

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RobertH
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food, top quality. You can taste the difference between their cuisine and the mass produced fare served in most so called Indian restaurants.

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JaneS
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and for once truly authentic freshly cooked Indian food. Great to see special menu which included Goan goat curry and delicious chicken with Portuguese Goan influences. Very healthy portions and really good choices for vegetarians, potato dosa delightful. Good range of desserts with really creamy pistachio kulfi and great rice pudding. Reasonably priced certainly going again!

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RachelB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and experience. Pure authentic Indian food. Fabulous menu. Caters for groups too. Highly recommend.

DARBAR
Responded on 28 May 2019

Dear Rachel, Thank you for review with your kind words. I am glad that you enjoyed our food and place. Our aim is to bring back to Britain the original flavours and taste of Indian cuisine and hospitality as you will find it in India. Namaste Dr. Mayank Gupta

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First reaction was not another Indian restaurant for Emsworth, what are they going to do differently.
Well!! It being a new build it also carries that to the inside also which makes it a lovely bright restaurant but also making it a perfect place for special and casual dining. Well thought out menu. Not reams of dishes just the right amount to make the choice hard enough that you need to go back so to try some more. Loved the street food served. Goat curry perfect balance of spices. Serving size were about perfect. We even had a little bit left over for a doggy bag. Well done DARBAR we will be back.

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krym
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would recommend to others and look forward to revisiting. Vegetarian and vegan dishes were delicious and we were made very welcome.

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JaneG
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Yes, I have already done so many times. Fine delicate flavours and staff are keen to do their best.

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LibranW
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with a friend in a a lovely restaurant. We were impressed with the quality of the food and the ambience of the place. As a vegan, I was pleasantly surprised that they were able to adapt the chef’s selection of three dishes for me. Enjoyed everything about the evening from the attentive staff to the decor and quality of the food. I will definitely be returning.

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Damiboo
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service, delish food and attentive wait staff. I’d certainly go again.

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Clare
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed our visit. Food was superb and made a nice change from the usual Indian dishes

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SarahH
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal at the Darbar and the service was great, however, we were very dissapointed that there was a fairly high charge for a chutney try, onion salad and raita plus £1 per popadom which also seems steep. We otherwise enjoyed our visit.

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JohnF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food and friendly staff. Perhaps could have done with 1 more staff as it was busy.

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NicoleA
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, great service and relaxing atmosphere. Perfect venue for a quiet date or special occasion

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