We dined on the 29th of January 2016 for my birthday.
And wow am I glad I chose this restaurant, there was a group of 6 of us and we all really enjoyed the exceptional customer service, the authentic and fabulous meals that were reasonably priced.
Our waiter had his eye on the ball all the time, and always made sure our needs were met.
Our lemon water was always topped up promptly, and we were asked if everything was ok.
The meals were great, the people were great, and the atmosphere was amazing.
We will definitely be back.
Love, love, loved it. So go check it out :-)
We walked in one early evening in the week before Christmas and were pleased to get a table. This was our first time at the new central Christchurch location of Corianders. We've eaten at two other locations of this restaurant and knew the food was likely to be good -- which it was. However, there are a few flaws that kept the experience from being totally excellent. The decor, as everyone notes, is really divine. You feel like you are in the Raj -- well, at least what "Passage to India" and other books and films lead us to believe it was like, at least for society's upper classes. Very British yet dark and cool and somehow alien and mysterious. It is worth it to stop in just for the atmosphere. The downside was in the service. It was not dreadful, just not up to the level of the food or the setting. Our waiter was well meaning but not particularly adept. We ordered drinks and were immediately asked what we wanted to eat, although we'd only just been handed the lengthy menu about 2 minutes before. Then our pappadams [which were NOT free, although other reviewers say theirs were] and mixed side dish platter, which we specified as a starter did not arrive until after the mains came out. This wouldn't have been a big deal except we were hungry and wanted something to nibble on! The side dish platter, by the way, may seem a bit pricey, but it is worth it if you love condiments the way I do! The raita cools the mouth after something spicy and the hot pickles liven up the milder dishes. It really would be an excellent thing to order if you are with a party that wants to share the dishes, but some want hot and some want mild. At CoriandersAs for us, we had a lamb vindaloo, my husband's favourite, which was quite hot, but the depth of the flavour of the sauce, with smoky undertones, was exquisite. The vegetable jalfrezee we ordered mild, and should have ordered it medium -- but although a little under seasoned, it was a lovely array of fresh veges, and -- as I said above -- the side dish chutneys, salads, etc livened it up. Two dishes, plus naan, side dishes and pappadam were more than enough for two hungry people. The portions look small, but the food is rich and filling. The drinks menu offers many interesting options and there are a number of very nice wines available.