Gurkhas Diner

4.5
66 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Nepalese
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  • Authentic
  • Spicy
  • Creative Cuisine
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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FL
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
6 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
1 review
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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LC
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and fantastic service. Would recommend to anyone.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, my partner and I come here every weekend without disappointment! We have tried a few different dishes now and all were full of flavour and so so tasty! The house white wine and the Gurkha beer is fab and very good value, Can’t wait to go back again! Love this restaurant

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IP
London
19 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

If you have ANY allergies then I suggest you avoid. They are afraid to commit to the absence of wheat, dairy, gluten in any food and are unwilling to check even pre-bought ingredients.

As a result we left.

Dear Gurkhas diner, it is 2018 and many people have allergies. Aside from negligible cross-contamination (which ofc you must advise on) you should know what is in the food you serve.

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

The food is great! service is very attentive. Food tastes light and delicious :)

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e
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A lovely restaurant with a great atmosphere love the white tablecloths and place settings great wine list particularly delicious is New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc also great local beers. Food is also delicious with lots of choice lamb knuckle very tasty.

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RO
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic find! Amazing food.... highly recommend the lamb knuckle. Service was great, waiter was happy to recommend transitional dishes we should try. Would definitely go back and would recommend to friends!

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G
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The place was not busy for a Friday night but we ate in a very relaxed atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and attentive. The food was very tasty but unfortunately the meat dishes were a bit chewy.

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were given a friendly welcome, as always. Interesting menu with a wide range of Nepalese dishes. Enjoyed everything we tried, with highlights being the courgette starter, grilled salmon main and vegetable sides. Will return!

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JH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always great food. Can be a little slow when it’s really busy but that’s not an issue. Service is friendly. Acoustics aren’t great, so can be difficult to hear across table when it’s busy

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EX
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time to a Nepalese restaurant and certainly will not be the last.
The service was not quick but we knew that they would be very busy. The waitress was very jolly and helpful, giving advice about menu combinations. She even advised us when to stop ordering too much - it was perfect.
Very tasty, spicy and flavoursome - but different!
Thanks you.

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F
London
55 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We booked Gurkha's Dinner for NYE - I'd not eaten here before although my husband and friends had. It was excellent, food was delish, service was great. In our group of friends eating that night, one was a vegan and one a veggie - there were plenty of options and they loved it. We'll be back - a total neighbourhood gem.

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MA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Gurkhas a couple of times now and it ALWAYS delivers on flavour and atmosphere. Lovely team there who make everyone feel welcome. Recommend it very highly.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good, the staff was friendly and recommended us few of their favourite dishes. The atmosphere was relaxing and the service was exceptional.

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L
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a pleasure , the ambience on this occasion was a little quiete but the food is very different with smells and tastes that are so unusual. The staff are helpful at describing the dishes.

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal. Not rushed. Service was discreet and not in your face but there when needed.

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j
London
23 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Authetic cuisine.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Polite & attentive service. That said, i found the food to be average.

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K
London
9 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A great local gem serving authentic food. We have been meaning to visit for over a year and it was worth the wait. We will be back again very very soon.

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W
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed the meal - lovely flavours, attentive and friendly staff. One improvement that could be made is to have Vegetarian main meal options rather than choosing from the side dishes, but having said that, the choice of vegetarian sides was good so it wasn't difficult to put a combination together. Definitely recommend it.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Relaxed atmosphere. Wonderful to have no background music so could chat without shouting. Great place to catch up with friends.

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