Gurkha's Diner

1 The Boulevard, Balham High Road, London, SW17 7BW - View on a map
Telephone: 020 8675 1188

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Overall 9.3
Food 10.0
Service 10.0
Atmosphere 8.0
Value 9.0
Based on 1 reviews

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Called to book a table as this place is always packed and smelling wonderful whenever we walk by.

Booked for 6:30 and arrived early which wasn't a problem. The girl who greeted and showed us to our seats was attentive without being clingy.

We were offered water and recommended the Nepalese beers, which we ordered and enjoyed very much. They were knowledgeable about the whole menu and were happy to explain and advise.

We started with fried courgette and sliced lamb. Both delicious. Main was a dry chicken shangri-la and tamarind lamb dish, again both wonderful. I would heartily recommend the sweet roti bread!! The meal was the perfect size to fill without bloat or discomfort. We decided to go for a milk based pudding and another flavoured with cashew. Both were mildly flavoured yet the perfect end to a much enjoyed meal. We will definitely be back and certainly recommending to friends.
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Laura J
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9
Saturday, June 22, 2013

Following the positive reviews we ordered by delivery:

"Tareko squid: deep fried and delicately spiced squid with herbs". In fact this was flaccid calamari with chutney, not a fresh herb in sight.

"Himali duck: mildly marinated duck breast in a classic nepalese flavouring, cooked slowly in the chuli". We were baffled how meat slow cooked could be so dry. The "classic Nepalese flavouring" was barely discernable.

"Sherpa lamb: tender pieces of boneless lamb cooked with mild spices". There was nothing tender about this dish. Again very dry with a faint generic curry powder flavour. For "Sherpa lamb" read bad shish kebab.

The fact the duck and lamb were touted as "house specialities" says it all.

Apart from the brown rice, the portions were (ironically thankfully) meagre.

The meal was such an unmitigated disappointment that it left us thinking the reviews below must be by "friends" of the owners.
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Simon C
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 1 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 1
Friday, November 02, 2012

This is a jewel in the crown of SW12.

I eat here once every 6 weeks and you couldn't wish to find more attentive and friendly staff.

A varied and fairly-priced menu awaits and the surroundings and cleanliness of the restaurant are first class. So sure are they of their standards that as you walk to the toilets there is a huge glass panel showing off how SPOTLESS the whole kitchen is. This leaves you in no doubt about the cleanliness of it's staff and the high quality of the food that you're about to eat. (the kitchen staff even waved at me as I walked past too - the staff that work here really are super friendly)

I shall continue to return time and time again.
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Ali Duncan
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Tuesday, November 08, 2011

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