Gurkhas Diner

4.5
86 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Nepalese
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  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Welcome to the Gurkhas Diner, Our Restaurant serves up authentic traditional Nepalese cuisine and enables you discover the manners & customs of Nepalese society.From the Himalayas to the heart of southwest London, the Gurkhas Diner in Balham, is the Gateway to the East.
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EB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Great food and nice environment. Proper near everything in Balham. 5/5

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I
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing meal. Took ages to get served, even though the staff were very helpful and smiley. I had expected something a little different yet we ordered most of the Nepalese speciality dishes which were fairly average curries.

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SH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Came here for dinner with a friend on Saturday night. The food was OK, nothing to write home about. It's Nepalese but what we had was very similar to Indian food. The Nepalese bread is a plain naan for example. Overall it was OK and good value for money but I might not necessarily return anytime soon.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been our favourite London restaurant for many years. Outstanding in every way.

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E
Surrey
16 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food tasted like many of the dishes were made using the same base sauce but slightly adapted depending on the description of the dish.
Service was pleasant but a bit slow.

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MK
London
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

quality food at reasonable prices. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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K
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Service was really slow even though Restaurant was quiet, portions were small for the price. I have been here before and it was fantastic. Not sure I would return.

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RH
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The best food I have ever eaten in London. The spicy bread and lamb is out of this world.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food
Excellent and friendly customer service

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BM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious; spicy but not too hot and the waiter was very helpful in explaining the dishes to us. The cheese starter and king prawns main course were particularly good. It got very busy after 8pm, and the service became slower, but still a very pleasing experience overall. I would definitely recommend it.

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DC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my son's birthday and the staff made him feel very special. As always the food and service and environment were exceptional. It is a wonderful place. I highly recommend it.

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EW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad meal in here. The food is delicious!

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DW
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food, very tasty and fresh. Side dishes lacked umph in favouring. Aloo broccoli was a tad watery. The lamb (on the hoy plate) was divine as was the chicken. Service very good attentive but not invasive. Great atmosphere.
Was a little pricey. But otherwise very good
Have already recommended to colleagues

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m
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food, attentive service, good atmosphere, good Nepalese beer!

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I
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Really lovely food and service

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IB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely restaurant in Balham. Lovely varied food and different enough if you want something other than what you would get in a regular Indian restaurant. Nepal has some very tasty dishes that suit all palates.

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R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The restaurant was very patient with the children. Good service.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was good. Easy to get to, not noisy. Quick service too

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N
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT food and was served quick, waited a while to pay the bill, but the large group of people we were sitting next to were extremely noisy, so much so I couldn't hear a word my partner was saying most of the time and it kind of spoilt our evening, but all in all it's a great place.
just wish people would have a little respect for other diners who don't want to hear other people shouting over each other to be heard.

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TB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and lovely food as always. Never had something I didn’t like

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FL
London
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t rate this place more highly. My girlfriend and I are going to Nepal later this month, so we decided to get a taste of the cuisine before travelling. The food was beautifully presented and absolutely DELICIOUS. We started with the momos, served with an addictive spicy sauce (we cleaned the plate), and the fried courgette, sliced and covered in kind of like a tempura batter, but softer and thicker, also a winner. For main dishes we chose a creamy-yet-punchy Rana Chicken, and a portion of richly flavoured Kathmandu Pork. On the side, some delicately spiced broccoli and potatoes, fluffy white rice and some seriously good garlicky bread. All washed down with a couple of Nepalese beers. Staff were friendly and attentive, prices are reasonable, and the setting is homely and comfortable. Go there, you won’t regret it. We’ll be coming back for sure.

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AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most enjoyable evening. The restaurant was very busy but people spoke quietly and were considerate. The food was good and beautifully presented. White starched cloths and napkins give a sense of caring management with a flair for what works. Waiters were careful when taking orders with no sense of impatience when people were slow about choices. All in all an excellent experience.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and lovely staff - would highly recommend!

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BD
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is lovely and the staff are very friendly. Nice place to catch up for a quiet meal with friends.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

There are not many Nepali restaurants about. This one has really fabulous food and unintrusive service which make it a really good place to go with friends for a delicious meal and a good long chat.

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DE
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing. Husband's chicken was very dry and the service very rushed. Would not go back. Not good value for money far better places to go.

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KF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was really delicious, and whilst service was initially very good we were not offered dessert menus or coffee, nor drinks top ups at any point, so left feeling a bit ignored. But overall we would definitely go back as the food was amazing.

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MS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Restaurant and lovely alternative to the same old Indian menus.

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GC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, efficient service with delicious food.
We always come here for an authentic Nepalese meal and anyone we introduce to this restaurant always comes back!

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S
London
8 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great curry, very busy on a Friday night so good atmosphere but only downside is all the hard surfaces meant it is very noisy, maybe could do with finding a way to soften the acoustics!

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HC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Booked here for a quiet birthday dinner for my partner and I. Really relaxed and quality meal and service. Have already recommended it to a friend

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AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food very good & restaurant attractive. Waiting staff pleasant and helpful. However management rigid about temperature levels. Either windows open or air conditioning on. As a result the restaurant is normally cold. Also requested a particular table but sent to one for 2 people even though restaurant empty. Need more flexibility all round.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went with a couple of friends on a Friday evening. Very good food and a decent wine list. Good value. Not too noisy and very good service. Will definitely go back. My friends agree.

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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Even the spiciest dish is mild, so don’t go expecting a hot one. But it’s a good place to eat and have a drink. Recommended.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great as usual.

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s
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our first time to the restaurant but we will definitely be back. Delicious food and very good service.

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EW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the 2nd time me and my partner visited this restaurant. The staff are friendly and inviting and the food is amazing! Same as the first time, so not a fluke. Recommend this place for any occasion!

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HT
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at The Gurkhas Diner - food delicious, staff very polite and attentive without being intrusive. Will definitely be back!

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LG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, the staff are lovely and attentive without being over the top. It was boiling outside but the restaurant was perfectly cool so we could really enjoy the meal. It’s my favourite restaurant and a constant go to, both to eat in and take away.

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RT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food as always, we had a table at the front which was fairly quiet, excellent service and friendly staff, as always, never felt rushed.

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