DARBAR

4.7
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33 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
Darbar Restaurant provides an exceptional dining experience offering Mughalai cuisine introduced to India by the royal kitchens of the Mughal emperors & other regional specialities coupled with an array of cocktails, mocktails, beers and a wide range of wines chosen by connoisseurs.
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C
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JO
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KA
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

RU
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

H
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Authentic and delicious food with attentive and friendly service.

MH
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

We swapped for a takeaway. Brilliant!

B
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

HC
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
London
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

GD
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

NP
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

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

PH
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

JB
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, will definitely visit again

RH
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JS
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

RB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

k
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JG
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

LW
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

D
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

C
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

SH
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

NA
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

E
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not your usual 5 pints and let's go for a ruby establishment. This food is cuisine. The flavours are to die for. We had three different dishes and, of course, we sampled each of them. There were subtle differences in each of them. Superb! Poppadoms, starters mains and drinks just under £30 a head. Very good value for money.

M
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Incredible flavours. Wonderful friendly service. Thank you very much!

EV
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Darbar and VERY impressed! Waiting staff polite, knowledgeable and helpful with the unusual menu choices. Hovering but not intrusive. The food was outstanding. Full of flavour but not too hot for me as a garlic/spice lightweight. Beautifully presented and delicious with something for all tastes. Would definitely recommend to friends and family and it will certainly be our restaurant of choice from now on.

JS
Wales
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food. Lovely staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Definitely recommend

MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great find a new Indian restaurant opening with very helpful staff and some of the best flavoured Indian food with a real difference. The owners have invested well in brilliant new kitchens and two floors of restaurant-well worth going.

LR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here at short notice and received a very warm welcome. Really superb food, very fresh and completely different to your 'average' indian restaurant. The service is also very good - discrete, nothing rushed, and always helpful. In my humble opinion, this is one of the best 3 or 4 restaurants within a 20 mile radius.

RV
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

This is not a regular every day Indian Restaurant, and full marks to Mrs Ghupta and her team for such an interesting and delicious menu. Some dishes not normally found outside the authentic Indian Restaurants in London, Birmingham etc.
Try the Chana Chat and the Dosa mmm delicious, and the best Biryani we’ve had. All this coupled with a nice setting and first class service.
Thank you