Navadhanya

4.5
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63 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Indian
Navadhanya first opened doors it's doors in 2014 launched by cousins Krishna VijayKumar and Arun k Chandran with the vision to create a very different experience from traditional Indian restaurant food in Cambridge. The dishes have been perfected by experienced Indian chefs who have worked in top restaurants , including Michelin-starred London restaurants. Navadhanya is now highly ranked among the best restaurants in Cambridge and has also been honoured with a prestigious listing in the Michelin Guide. ''This former pub is home to a well-regarded restaurant with white decor and a contemporary look. Dishes take their influences from around India and exhibit a modern style, while at the same time respecting tradition.''-Michelin Guide.
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MatthewH
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Indian food, great quality and creative. Definitely would love to visit again when we're in Cambridge next.

RE social distancing, they were great. You sit far apart from other patrons, hand gel available in multiple places and they made the effort to keep a distance.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A pleasure - especially how well cared for we were in terms of safety after lockdown. And the food... magnificent!

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Rubini
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food tay given first salsify root I never eat before in India restaurant amazing !!experience service also we happy our anniversary meal

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and service my wife was vegan options great i ordered monkfish delicious thanks navadhanya

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CambridgeStudent
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was average at best, definitely not worth the premium price tag. The service was just ok. There were long waits in between meals, and the staff were generally not responsive. The ambiance was no better than any other half decent restaurant in town. I see no particular reason to return to this restaurant. Disappointing overall.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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Wamba
Oxford
10 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I had an enjoyable meal here - this is a small restaurant with tables close to each other. Thee food is very tasty and the staff friendly. However, there are very few milder dishes on the menu - my child still found the mild dish, hot. The service was very slow and it was almost an hour before we received any food (30 mins for drinks). Finally, I would not consider it fine-dining, based on my own experience.

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RobbieM
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The quality of the food is just fantastic. The tasting menu is very reasonably priced for the amount of food you get, and it all tastes so good. Navadhanya is a favourite of mine for special occasions, as it is guaranteed to offer exciting and delicious food.

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MarilynB
Hertfordshire
18 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and service were very good. I was disappointed that I emailed the restaurant the day before to enquire about nearby parking and although my email was acknowledged I received no response.

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Laszdel
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely birthday Dinner there! Food was outstanging, service was great! We even got a birthday surprise sweet with a candle. Highly recommend the place!

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vipDiogoS
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food and service; given private dining room upstairs which was an added bonus.

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vipCambridge19
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Forget what you thought ‘going out for an Indian’ is like. This is on an entirely different level. The food is like fine dining Indian. Really excellent.

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vipDiogoS
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, food is amazing and service is very good

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vipDiogoS
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always!

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Jocob
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding “tasting menu”

We chose tasting menu with wine pair. The presentation was par excellence. The service rendered by the staffs was great and they patiently explained all the dishes. Out of the entire course of menu, monkfish was outstanding

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PatrickF
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, subtle and fine, it’s more than “an Indian restaurant “. We had the tasting menu, and loved all 7 dishes.

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JeremyC
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Navadhanya never disappoints - the lamb shank was especially superb !

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vipcescords
Raleigh
19 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was great but the service was not up to standard. We had to wait 15 minutes for our table although we had a booking; the place was so overcrowded and understaffed that waiters were slow to serve us everything. A waiter had an accident by our table, dropped a platter full of tomato sauce on my plaster cast leg and didn't apologise, off-handedly gave me some wet wipes to clean myself up and we didn't even get a discount or complimentary anything. Not sure I would go back

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely small indian place with some meals outstanding. A bit chaotic service.

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Eyre
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The reality was woefully unlike the marketing pitch. There seemed to be confusion over our online booking on arrival (three members of staff huddled around the screen with question marks over their heads). Whole atmosphere was utilitarian - rather like a school refectory. Lighting was too bright (more like daylight). Food was nonetheless verging on excellent, but service was cold and abrupt. I have eaten Indian food around the globe, and I suggest you inject considerably more style (eg white linen tablecloths, and a warmer, more attentive service). We will not be back.

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Minglediner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious very high quality Indian food with friendly service. Reliable and consistent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful flavors from each dish, with a very attentive staff.

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MarcBerliner
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exzellentes indisches Essen auf höchstem Niveau. Guter Service, volle Empfehlung meinerseits.

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vipCambridge19
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for a special dinner out and my goodness ... it really was special. Best Indian cuisine I’ve ever had in Cambridge, plus great service! Of course we ordered too much and couldn't eat it all. Next time we'll order a bit less and share it between us!

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TimC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My guest was a friend from India and he was able to guide my choices from the menu and point out finer points in the cooking. He as an expert and I as a novice both thought it was a wonderful meal.

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Trisha
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the absolute best Indian food and wine! Thank you!!

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AnnaP
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, exceptional blends of tastes masterised by the chef to perfection

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ChrisP
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant, we all had the 7 course sampling menu which was outstanding, the waiter explains what each dish is and there is plenty even for the bigger appetite like myself. very nice meal for a special occasion. Will definitely be visiting again.

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HeatherB
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a good booking and service and the food was amazing.we had the taster menu which were large portions which was good value for money. Not your normal Indian food.

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vipGo2diner
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic find! Two of us ordered the 7 course chefs tasting menu and really enjoyed every bite. The first four courses were my favorites because I had not had them before, creative and delicious! By the 5th course I was getting full but so good that I continued on, so good portion size for a tasting menu. Service was excellent!!! This is one of the better restaurants in Cambridge, I highly recommend it!

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vipknowsbest
Manchester
28 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is top notch, simple the best Indian food I’ve had. The service is respectfully paced, friendly and professional. The ambience is ok with a low rumble of conversation and the sound of service. The decor however, especially the bar area need to be looked at. It’s all a bit cheap and needs to feel much more special at this price point. You go here for the food and the service, not the table or comfort.

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AngelaW
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was the star at Navadhanya - juicy prawns with two delicious sauces, mouthwatering sea bass, superb lamb shank - every dish was a flavourful delight. The service was somewhat slow (but worth it) and matter-of-fact - the odd smile would have gone down well. There was a baby crawling and making lots of noise, which I wouldn't have expected midway through a Friday night, but luckily we like children.

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vipGailie
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food good but very noisey and i did not like having to sit upstairs felt like somebody's dinning room.

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Alan
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were visiting the area so unfortunately won’t be able to return very often. One of the best Indian meals we have ever eaten!

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JasonG
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food...again

The AC upstairs made the room very cold however and slightly diminished the experience.

Even after adjustment it was still very cold!

The tasting menu is great however course 6 is a bit too much and the weakest of the lot. I would modify it to a smaller nicer dish if possible

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DanielS
Miami
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything was great, however, the waiters were very soft spoken and was hard to understand what they were describing. But everything was awesome

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CliveJ
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Navadhanya is wonderful,they put an innovative spin on traditional foods. The Almond tikki and rose yogurt are both delicious. Monkfish is next level. Each course are beautifully presented and treat of flavours. Lovely staff. It was awesome and I can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Me and my friend visited navadhanya we had a warm welcome in the reception from the manager or owner I am not sure who he was but he received us with great smile . We decided to go for alcarte we had lamb chops and monk fish for the starter both are delicious for the main we had prawn curry and lamb shank Oh my god!!! One of the best curry I ever had in my life . Service was excellent all the staff are very polite and friendly . I can proudly say it is my best Indian food I ever had .

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and partner visited navadhanya we decided to go for tasting menu with wine flights . Each and every course was well presented , properly cooked , properly spiced . Wine pair was excellent . Each and every course and wine was explained properly . Service was excellent every one was very helpful and very friendly. Overall we had wonderful night out . Thanks to the team .

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