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The Colonial British Indian Cuisine, Darlinghurst

118 Crown St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
+61 2 8084 6700
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good21%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible7%
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“curry” (33 reviews)
“butter chicken” (13 reviews)
“naan” (12 reviews)
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Indian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
118 Crown St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

Went with friends for an evening catch up based on reviews here. Quiet night but slow getting BYO opened, getting menu's and then getting order taken. Food when it arrived was average to OK but nothing special. Service was focused on dealing with delivery drivers...More

1  Thank Europeoz
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Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Having emigrated to Australia two and a half years ago from the North West of England, I had almost given up in the hope of finding an Indian Restaurant that could dish up a good British style curry. However this place which we discovered on...More

1  Thank mark k
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

food is good BUT very poor customer service extremely slow ,one of our meals wasn’t even cooked , they “forgot” about it and table was never cleared, wouldn’t rush backMore

Thank Suzanne S
Sam M, Manager at The Colonial British Indian Cuisine, Darlinghurst, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Suzanne, Thank you for your online review and we are extremely sorry the service was not up to the best standards. We are investigating with the restaurant team and would love to offer you an opportunity to re-experience the restaurant. If you can please...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was overcharged for dinner but didn’t notice until the next day. I contacted the restaurant and they said they would refund the difference. This was over a month ago and now they ignore my emails. Be careful and triple check your bill.

Thank Pavlos P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here for dinner on a Thursday night with friends. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and layout, and the waitresses were quick to show us to a table. The menu is very comprehensive, with lots of photos to help you make your choice. The...More

Thank Blondielikes2travel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is very tasty. It’s freshly cooked. I appreciate that you can see the cooks prepare food in front of you. Service is fast. I’m not a specialist of Indian food, but it tastes great.

Thank choizhang8838
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Underwhelming taste and flavours was what this is best summarised as. The menu was promising and I expected great things too based on previous reviews but was not the case. The Kofta dish was bland and bordering on tasteless- this was especially disappointing as it...More

Thank TrueIndian01
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Loved the food great friendly staff and love the environment amazing experience must visit when in sydney#COLONIAL

Thank himanir46
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

Just got back from overseas and decided to have curry at The Colonial and had the best chicken colonial balti. All I can say is wow!!!! I will certainly be back again, all my friends were impressed not only with the food and the wine...More

Thank diner1043
Reviewed 13 July 2018

The food is the best Indian I have eaten anywhere. Very clean & excellent service. We will definitely be back. Good value. They even make cocktails & have a good choice of different spirits.

Thank Pankaj K
Home of the small bar revolution in Sydney,
Darlinghurst has more bars per capita than any other
suburb. Themes range from American whiskey bars and
1950’s theme bars to hidden bars requiring secret
passwords. Oxford Street is the "Gay Capital" of
Australia, where gay and lesbian-friendly venues
feature “diva shows” and dancing until the morning.
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Response from CurryClubSydney | Property representative |
Hi, yes indeed we do deliver across all of Sydney City and Sydney East. We have a team of drivers and cover areas including CBD, DARLINGHURST, KINGS CROSS, DOUBLE BAY, SURRY HILLS, BONDI JUNCTION and more surrounding... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 3 - USD 19
Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 Crown St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Darlinghurst
  • Neighbourhood: Darlinghurst
  • Phone Number: +61 2 8084 6700
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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
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