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The Colonial Darlinghurst

118 Crown St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
+61 2 8084 6700
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible7%
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“curry” (27 reviews)
“butter chicken” (13 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 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with a couple of work friends and the service was 10/10. Really friendly British & Indian staff. Food was delicious, was great to put in the middle and share. Only downside was our fault as we didn’t ask for really spicy but was still...More

1  Thank Sydney_Rob81
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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

After a years of searching for what seemed to be the holy grail , I can happily say we have found it - a truly British style Indian restaurant , one of which blends the traditional with the new and serves it all up in...More

1  Thank Ben T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant lived up to it's name. It's one the few places I've tried in Sydney where food tastes like the Northern Indian/Kashmiri curries I grew up with in Manchester. Service was great, food was lovely and it was great that we could BYO. Definitely...More

Thank LondonMoi
Reviewed 3 October 2017

A group of curry fans decided to go for a curry and chose the Colonial who have a curry challenge. I have carried out a few of these in the past and always found them to be very hot but with no flavor. This was...More

Thank stephenjfloyd
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

I know this is a big statement. Have been three times now, first was on the recommendation of an Indian colleague. Was there this Thursday night with 4 others who all spent time in the UK. Unanimously we all agreed, this was the best curry...More

Thank Rory O
Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Excellent food in traditional Indian style. Great ambience. Empty at 7pm but buzzing at 7.30 with a full house. Excellent service and friendly staff. Value unbeatable. Brits have taken the best of India (some would say stolen it) and set it up at The Colonial...More

1  Thank Eddie O
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

It may have taken a little while to get to my mouth but I can guarantee it's the best curry house in Sydney ! Can't wait to go back there for another meal. "Garlic tandoori prawns and lamb cutlets" just wow ! What a great...More

1  Thank Kartikeya C
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

This is a must visit restaurant. The flavours in the food are exquisite. Portion size perfect, reasonable prices, friendly staff. The starters had beautiful flavours and the mains; the vindaloo had a gradual heat much more 'English' than I've found to date in Australia and...More

1  Thank SCharwain
Reviewed 9 September 2017

I have been seeking a decent curry since my arrival to Australia 5 years ago. This is the best curry house by far, and trust me as I have dined in many. The Tikka masala served here is so delicious,and does remind me off indian...More

1  Thank Jenna I
Reviewed 8 September 2017

I have dined at the Colonial many times and every meal I have had there has been delicious. The atmosphere is great and the staff are friendly. I have also ordered take away by phone and they always have the food ready in the stated...More

Thank brucebeavis
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.
Vintage lovers flock to Crown Street, and small
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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

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Average prices
USD 3 - USD 21
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Serves Alcohol
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Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
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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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