Gurkhas Diner

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£26 to £40
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Nepalese
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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LB
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently my favourite restaurant. The khasi tang is wonderful and I highly recommend the sunsari pork

B
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderfully delicious and fragrant food where every dish was exceptional and the service was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient even on a busy Saturday night.

RR
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent value, service made us feel valued. Last time we ate here was about 10 years ago before our kids were born, probably because we thought they might not like it. How wrong we were and now cannot think why we haven't been back sooner - will definitely not wait long to go back.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place to dine with family and friends. Nepalese cuisine was a cross between Indian and Thai where each menu item ordered was delicious. Beer and wine options complemented the food perfectly. Service was efficient and unobtrusive. Would recommend this restaurant highly.

LB
London
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive but unobtrusive service. Music was not too loud and added to the relaxed ambiance and we could also easily hear ourselves talk. The food was delicious, so elegantly spiced. We particularly loved the Momo starter, with vibrantly flavoured meat inside delicate pasta-like shells. Every mouthful delightful.

m
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Courteous, patient and appropriately attentive service as we waited for late arrival and then through evening. We dined 6.00 pm on opening and quiet through to 10.00pm and the place is buzzing. Excellent food. Everything was great. We will be be back and highly recommend to those yet to discover. Thank you.

AA
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, really tasty food and very friendly service. Will definitely be back.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food as usual. I'd booked at relatively short notice. The restaurant said that they hadn't confirmed the reservation (even though I had an email from OpenTable saying my reservation was confirmed!) and so seated me at the last available table by the door and in the draught which was disappointing. Someone else arrived 5 minutes after us and the same thing happened so something is obviously not working here.

Would like to see this sorted out between Gurkhas Diner and OpenTable please as it is not a nice way to arrive at a restaurant.

But, as I said, fantastic food, great service, good value. Look forward to coming again.

J
London
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calm wonderful service , wonderful food and not too expensive. Felt relaxed with wonderful white linen tablecloths and napkins

MT
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food which was a bit different. Chose a variety of dishes and shared them between 4 of us. Fresher tasting than Indian but not v spicy. Plenty of delicious veggie/vegan options. Friendly staff were v happy to recommend - great service.

JY
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It was a nice enough restuarant, but service was very slow. Polite but slow. We sat down at 1pm and left at close to 4pm, even though by about 2.30pm or so onwards, we were the only diners (8 in total). Food was good enough, but nothing to shout home about. And I take REAL issue with paying £3 for a bowl of rice... its rice for goodness sake.... it should be £1, or £1.50 max. Its an integral part of a meal like this, so charging for it as if it were an optional side is not on. Th pricing on everything else is fair but when rice costs one third of a meat dish, you have to question the motives of the restaurant

AB
London
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fantastic food, good service. Have been a couple of times and would happily recommend. Tables very close together and you really need to book. Think smaller groups seem to do better here than larger groups. I booked through open table as no one was picking up the phone. Restaurant didn’t have my booking on their system but managed to accommodate us.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Great food and service at the beginning of the meal was great, but as the restaurant got busier we were left with our finished plates for 30 mins and could get no ones attention for the bill. In the end we walked up to the bar to pay. Is a shame as there’s a lot of food I would want to try on the menu.

SC
Bristol
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great tasting food
Lovely staff, would love to go back if in the area again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Family get together

LV
London
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service, the food was cold and the taste of it was appalling. Not been to such a bad restaurant in a while!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant- hidden gem in Balham. The food is exceptional and the service is brilliant.

EB
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

I
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

SH
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

a
London
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

E
Surrey
18 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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.

M
London
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

K
London
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

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.

RH
London
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

L
London
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food
Excellent and friendly customer service

BM
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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.

DC
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

EW
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DW
London
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
London
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

I
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Really lovely food and service

IB
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

OT
London
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

N
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

TB
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FL
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

SJ
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and lovely staff - would highly recommend!