The Durbar Restaurant
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Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun 12:00 - 14:30
Mon-Sun 17:30 - 23:30
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- Full Bar
Recommended Reviews for The Durbar Restaurant
10 reviews in English
Review from Ellie P.
This restaurant has been around for 55 years. Can you imagine how cool that must have been, going for Indian food in Notting Hill 55 years ago? Edgy stuff.
This is not just any Indian restaurant -- this place is absolutely delicious. My favorites include their creamy Lorient chicken, dal misron, and their rotating specials.
Every time we come back, the staff are incredibly friendly and we feel at home here. It strikes the right balance between homey-casual and a more dressy, formal atmosphere. On top of everything, the service feels personal and from the heart. That's what makes it great for a range of occasions: dinner with work colleagues, casual dinner with friends, or a nice-but-not-fussy date.
Gluten free notes: Most Indian food is naturally gluten free and they are happy to advise on what did and didn't have gluten.
Review from Rich F.
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Review from Meike B.
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Somehow you can find real gems in your neighbourhood only by opening your eyes. I have walked past Durbar on many occasions but somehow never remembered the restaurant when in mood for an Indian meal.
I am really glad I have finally had a chance to discover this well-established and popular place. The food was a good version of what we have come to expect from a local Tandoori restaurant with a mix of well-known favourites and house specials.
While enjoying the compulsory (for me!) papadoms and pickes we decided to sample the Lorient Special Chicken and a selection of vegetarian side dishes. All were delicious, especially the chicken.
What set Durbar aside from similar establishments is its atmosphere. The interior is recognisably Indian, but with a modern and more minimalist flair. I can't remember the music in detail, but it was more relaxing and more imaginative than the piped Bollywood variety.
The waiters were particularly attentive, and the place was packed even on a Sunday night.
I won't forget and definitely find my way to Hereford Road again soon.
Review from Amy S.
We were enticed into this little restaurant by the amazing aromas wafting out onto the street. The food was equally delicious! They have a really nice range of different dishes, not just the normal curry house options. We got the tandoori platter starter. The lamb was tender and well flavoured. The mince was a bit dry, but the chicken was nice and moist. For mains we have the Lorient chicken, full of flavour and super tender. Would be happy to eat it anytime! The lamb xacuti was hot but had taste. The lamb just fell apart and the spices had time to marinate on your tongue before the heat kicked in. Would definitely stop by again to try out some new dishes.
Review from Becky F.
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I'm super excited to have discovered this Indian restaurant just off of Westbourne Grove. For the location, the prices are very reasonable, and the food was very good. We feasted on a very tasty dal with unusual and complex spices, a great aubergine jalfrezi, and some good (but not great) okra. The only disappointing dish was the vegetable kofta which was a bit bland. I would definitely come back and am delighted to have a new go-to Indian restaurant in this area.
Review from Chris R.
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In my view the best of the traditional style Indian restaurants. Why anyone would head to Khans and not come to the vastly superior Durbar is beyond me.
Seriously, if you're in the mood fora traditional style curry, you should head here. It's very good.
Review from Heather M.
My boyfriend and I came here for dinner one evening. I was quite impressed by the wide range of dishes they had here - from all sorts of regions in India and a number of very unique sounding house specialties. Heartened by all the awards the restaurant had won, it was hard to decide so we went with the recommended set menu which included bhindi bhajee (loved this okra - it was a nice dry fried version), Lorient Special Chicken (unfortunately this one was too dry - this was unusual because they specialized in Tandoori, and this was one of their house specialties!), another dish (I believe it was beef - but I unfortunately can't remember! It was good though.), as well as some saffron rice (perfect) and naan (also great). The meal finished with some rassomalai - just the right consistency and sweetness! In addition, the pricing was extremely reasonable and the staff were very friendly - I plan on coming back and trying some of the other dishes.
Review from Qype User (garygo…)
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Good service, we were seated within minutes and a cold Cobra was in my hands in seconds of being seated. A small restaurant with around 40 covers only. The menu has a good selection of starters and mains. A traditional Indian in every aspect. The service was good and the staff were friendly. The starter and main were served quickly and were tasty, not the usual production line fare you would expect in London. I would recommend to anyone who likes Indian. Booking advised on weekends.