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Reviewed 29 October 2023

Ordered my Indian food to be delivered last night. It was delivered promptly around six on a Saturday night-wow!- and the food was delicious and with generous servings. The entire order was correct, with a complimentary serving of pappadums plus dipping sauces which was very...appreciated. Their online ordering system was very easy to use and to make amendments when necessary. They have a $5 flat fee for any delivery, so it makes meal time easy for when you don’t feel like driving to pick up food. I shall return, Indian MahalMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 11 July 2023

Should have listened to the earlier reviews - the delivery service was appalling. Order lost and after a phone call after waiting 2.5 hours for the food to arrive was told it would be another half an hour. Ordered at 6pm and arrived just after...9pm. No apology from the restaurant which was appalling. While the food is OK, it is not worth ordering given the service. A shame in the current climate but there are much better Indian restaurants in local vicinity so best support them.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2022 via mobile

Once again, ordered on line. Due at a certain time. Get there to pick up because can’t trust delivery ( tried many times ) and of course hadn’t even started. Staff, as usual couldn’t care. Got refund and had pizza instead. Why can’t they get...it right ? Give them a miss. This is 10 times in a row and we dine there regularly as well ? Seriously, give ‘em a wide berth. I’ve really tried to stay with them as their food is tasty, but enough is enough!!!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 14 July 2022 via mobile

I’ve been going to this restaurant for over 10 years. Once again, they’ve failed miserably with their customer service. I’ve ordered a meal through Menulog and 2 and a quarter hours later, Neal still not here. Rude, abrupt arrogant young bloke wanting me to cancel...orders and understand what is going on. We’ll, I don’t and shouldn’t have to. If Indian Mahal and Menulog have a communication problem, sort it out !!!! I just want my order. I beg all of you who are considering ordering a meal : DON’T. Ten years of mess is enough. Give them the widest birth possible.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 21 December 2021

We have eaten at Indian Mahal regularly for a long time but our recent meal there, each dish seemed to be of the next level. They have a new chef and the owner seems to be making some dishes in a slightly different, perhaps Nepalese...style, but our dishes were superb. We started with the samosas (which are freshly made on the premises and we can’t go past) with tandoori prawns as an entree. The prawns were succulent, coated in a light tandoori marinade with vegetables similarly marinated and baked in the oven. Very tasty. For the main dish we had the goat curry (a favourite of my husband’s) and the spinach and cottage cheese (palak paneer). Each dish tasted freshly made, the meat was so succulent and tasty we thoroughly enjoyed the night. The service was prompt. We were advised the prawns would take a little time. But it wasn’t too long. We love their naan bread, but need to avoid it unfortunately for health reasons, but would also recommend it. We love the table settings, the staff and the drinks. Very impressed. We will be back.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 5 September 2021

Ordered a takeaway which arrived cold and late . Completely inedible ..bland despite requesting the curries be medium hot . Meat as tough as old boots and nan like rubber. Whole lot went straight in the garbage . Complained to manager who kept passing the...buck ..not interested . Never again .More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 23 July 2021 via mobile

After ordering at 6:20pm we received a notification that our order had been cancelled at 7:30pm. After calling the restaurant we received no apology and a pathetic explanation that they had no drivers. … won’t be ordering from here again.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 20 April 2021

Delicious and great service - very friendly over the phone and very accomodating of dietary requirements.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 16 September 2020

Terrible delivery service. Third time we have had an issue, but tonight takes the prize as the worse experience. Ordered a 5.55pm, still waiting at 7.20pm. Called to find out our food had been delivered to wrong address and we hadnt been informed, but absolutely...no offer of compensation. Food eventually arrived at 8.20pm with a naan missing and no apology at all I will not be returning, which is sad, as the food is always very goodMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 18 March 2020 via mobile

Dropped in here for the Monday buffet.. Only to find that it was not available due to the lack of clients .. Corona Virus.. I asked if we could order a la carte and receive a discount and our server agreed!! I had a beef...vindaloo very good, not hot to my standard but very tasty and beef was so tender... Lemon rice very tasty too, good mix of spice and flavour, also had a garlic naan, this was a little soggy.. So would not recommend. Service was OK, our server needs to attend smiling class, but other than that I would recommend. We did receive a 20% discount in lieu of the non buffet.. overall a good experience.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 27 July 2019

We booked a table for 3 for 6.30pm Saturday night. (We booked early to coordinate with a hospital visit later.) Table service was poor. Orders taken and entrees arrived promptly, but a 90 minute wait for the mains. In that time, dirty plates/cutlery remained, no...drink orders takwn or water replaced. We noticed there seemed to be a preference for take away orders, with lots going out the door! When the mains finally arrived (aftet 90 mins) they were cold and had to be taken away for reheating. While the food was tasty, the delay and poor service took the edge off it. Indian Mahal has been around long enough now and still seems well patronised. (...being the only Indian place in the area probably helps). Still, one would have expected them to be better organised. Very disappointed. (and we missed the hospital visit).More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

After being told how good the food is here by friends, we decided to finally give it a go. We thought the food was just ok, nothing special at all. I've had heaps better elsewhere. Waitress told us to be careful when we ordered the...Chilli Beef as it is very hot, not hot at all, needed more spice and beef was quite dry. Butter chicken wasn't very tasty at all, lacking flavour. Staff need to smile more. Quite expensive for main meals compared to other Indian restaurants I've been too.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 7 November 2018

Always had great food & service, in the 5+ years we've been going here. Best by far in the area & the whole Peninsula, in my opinion. Their special (Mahal Spicy Chicken Curry) is the pick of the bunch, server in a clay pot. Chicken...Mahani also a really flavorful dish, especially if ordered hot. They are happy to make the curries as mild or hot as you like, plus Pumpkin curry is my wife's favorite.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

Went to the Indian Mahal Baxter for my birthday. Having lived in Birmingham UK arguably the curry capital of the world and visited India on several occasions I love indian food and have tried lots of different dishes. The Indian Mahal Sunday buffet is a...very reasonably priced buffet at $15.99pp. There is a good range of dishes such as onion bhajees tandoori chicken dhal veg curry butter chicken roghan Josh beef vindaloo lamb biryiani with nan and popadoms as well as a dessert. The dishes are well flavoured and well cooked and delicious. Reading some of the other reviews I am confused about the comments regarding the lack of regional variation. They specialise in one region and as to lacking flavour and heat we found all dishes to be excellent and you can not only taste all the spices you can also see some of the whole spices. As to the atmosphere it is very indian and I loved the TV with the Indian adverts and Bollywood music. Will be back next Sunday.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 September 2018

After a long time planning to go but never making it and after several local recommendations, we went with a keen sense of anticipation, as I am a BIG time fan of the offerings from the Indian sub-continent. Utilitarian decor and two tv's on the...wall competing with Bollywood and Channel seven programming as well as an odd fake fire above head height in the front window corner that could be seen only be a few give it a somewhat downturned feel. Despite there being many other tables (we were second in on the night at 7pm) we ended up squeezed against the wall in between two large round tables and even the wait staff had to dance round the chairs so we were all party to the various conversations while we stared over at the otherwise empty restaurant wondering why we could not have been better spaced. The menu shows a distinct lack of regional variation and the "flat" staff unable to describe the chef's special as anything other than "standard lamb curry" found all over India. (This despite the fact that is, like most if not all of the Indian restaurants I am familiar with in Frankston and surrounds being Napali) The food was as bland as anything and although the dish of the day ("standard" lamb curry) was tender and not displeasing, the accompanying sauce was generic and mild. The dahl was absolutely tasteless and very disappointing and the chicken tikka, while also tender enough, was also bland and lacking that robust edge expected. The roti and popadoms were oily and the extra chillies when eventually delivered, were rough chopped the size of bread slices and of the aromatic long variety as opposed to packing any heat. Much of the meal was left and we did not want to take any home to suffer again. The person serving our meal did not know what the dish was and told me it was both rogan josh and beef curry before settling on "the lamb". This was a pattern observed throughout the evening with other tables. On leaving, we were advised next time to order "indian hot" curry. Really disappointing and almost like the place is playing at an Indian restaurant from my perspective, catering to expectations of those for whom food from this wonderfully diverse continent is not so familiar. Add that to the costs - not cheap at $20 plus per dish and $13-15 for vegatable "side dishes" AND the fact we were overcharged for the chef's special by $2 that we did not pick up at the time, and we will NOT be back - nor can I recommend it to anyone, sorry. The restaurant is not cheap and certainly not cheerful and the food would not have carried it even if it were.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Indian Mahal is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4