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.
We had a birthday dinner to celebrate and managed to book a table at short notice. Running the gauntlet of the loud, drunken smokers outside the door wasn't a great first impression but once inside it was much quieter. The décor is lovely but the tables are not built for people with long legs. My 6 foot husband had to sit on an angle as there is a wall under the middle of the table and no chance to stretch legs out.
Complimentary poppadoms were placed on the table while we read the menu. Unfortunately we only had a drinks menu to read and had to wait for our dinner menu after our drinks arrived. One of the drinks order was wrong but the waiter couldn't quite understand that the vodka lime and lemonade didn't have any lime in it.
We shared onion bhajees and vegetable samosas for entrée. The bhajees were quite bland but the samosas had some more flavour. We were given mango sorbets as a palate cleanser but they arrived at the same time as the mains. Shame we couldn't enjoy the sorbets as they were delicious. My main of daal makhni was really spicy and thoroughly enjoyable. Everyone was pleased with their mains as well.
We would have liked to order dessert but didn't get the opportunity. We got the sense that the staff are still finding their feet. A large group arrived as we were finishing our mains so I think we were overlooked.
Overall it was pleasant and we'd go back again but not on a Saturday night.
Went here for lunch last weekend
As soon as you walk in the decor is outstanding. They have some nice outside seating our the front, but inside is fantastic. Amazing leather chairs, some of the nicest dinning chairs I've ever seen in a restaurant. Tables were marble like, a big range of tables up to large groups or 12 or more. Nice colours and indian art to make it quite bollywood like. Looks outstanding.
Service was good too, attentive and prompt. Only problem being they had trouble ringing up the food at the end, still getting used to the registers I guess.
The food was good, we had a group of 4 and shared the tandoori platter starters, followed by the rogan josh and a couple of other curries. Garic naan and a couple of interesting rice dishes. Overall the food was reasonable but not fantastic, wasn't very spicy. However the prices were only early twenties for the mains so it's priced fine for the quality.
Not the best indian in town but certainly worth visitng occasionally, if you are young enough to enjoy a night on the town it would make a great place to have dinner to start the night with its central location.