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“Not a happy Camper”

The Colonial Darlinghurst British Indian Cuisine
Ranked #310 of 6 664 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$19
Cuisines: Indian, Fusion
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Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Darlinghurst
Description: The Colonial offers a new dining experience, flavours of the long forgotten cuisines of Undivided India's North-West Frontier Province. Our Menu offers a delicious departure from the ordinary. The province was named North-West Frontier Province during the Colonial Period of undivided India under the British Rule. The Delectable Cuisine from this area can be best defined as rustic and robust. The Cuisine uses the simplistic style of preparation, where chunks of meat, seafood and vegetables are marinated and cooked in the Clay Tandoor at high temparatures so that they remain succulent and tender. The rustic-ness of this cuisine and the focus of preserving the flavours of the ingredients is the highlight of this cuisine. The Colonial- Revives the lost age old cuisine and cooking style to bring you an experience which is a feast for the stomach and the soul
Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

That sinking feeling when you bring 16 people to a restaurant booked 10 days ago and they’re not ready for you.
Starters for 5 people delivered and cleared but no sight of anyone else’s.
Champagne ordered and a half hour passes before you chase to be told they don’t have that in stock.
Delivering dishes announcing it as vegetarian when in fact it’s chicken.
Poppadoms that simply never appear.
All whilst a steady flow of Uber Eat bags leave the restaurant and accepting walk ins.
WTF
2 waitresses serving the floor trying their hardest but it’s not their fault.
Still waiting for mains.
You just know the bills going to be a fun conversation.
Sorry mate your leaving night was as stressful as it was!

And then the mains come: spicy comes as mild, mild comes as spicy!

Sad thing is the foods great! (Even if it’s not what what you ordered)
Were they just caught out or is this the norm?
Either way mates last night in Sydney hasn’t gone to plan.

Thank Lance M
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Reviewed 18 June 2018

One of the better Indian restaurants in the Sydney area! Great food choices; good value, great service -

Thank annedotbeverley
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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

The menu contains good choices of curries including numerous vegetarian options, as well as a good selection of sides and naan bread.

Curries are tasty, well spiced with rich sauces. The rice options are beautifully cooked and the naan bread is good, though quite small.

Drinks are extraordinarily expensive, more so than any other restaurant of a similar standard in surrounding areas from my experience.

Thank Martin B
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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

Me and my partner come from the UK where curries are very different in taste to those here in Australia. When visiting Sydney and finding an Indian with the word ‘British’ in the name, we were very excited to have a curry which tasted like home. This could not have been further from the truth...

It seems as though the chefs have never visited a UK curry house. We ordered poppadoms to start which came with only one dip to go on the side, (back in the UK you get a good selection of chutneys), a Chicken Korma, Rogan Josh, garlic naan and Pilau Rice.

The Korma, where to start.. possibly with the giant piece of star anise which I almost choked on and have never seen go into a Korma in the UK, and the raisins sprinkled on top like fairy dust which again, pushed the taste further away from a UK curry. The chicken was soft but overall, not a British Korma.

The Rogan Josh was barely average, with enough oil in the dish to fry chips. But again, generous with the meat.

The service was average, waited 15 minutes for tap water and had to ask for the bill more than once, but friendly enough. It was a shame about the severly intoxicated couple sat right by us arguing/dribbling food everywhere which also contributed to a not so enjoyable evening.

1  Thank Ellie W
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

I used to frequent the Colonial when it was in Leichhardt and loved it.

Darlinghurst was ok, our meals were tasty but I was left feeling a bit upset at the bill coming to $150.

A quick run down, plain rice was $4 per two people, garlic naans were $5 each, the average mains were $20-22. This is very reasonable considering they were delicious (the paneer was great).

But we also ordered the two kids an apple juice which were apparently $6 each (these looked like Just Juice watered down with lots of ice). A glass of coke was also $6. Seriously? A standard vodka with lemonade was $12. That one hurt a lot.

All in all was happy with the food but not the rest will probably just order online next time.

Thank Darcie B
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