The Colonial British Indian Restaurant-Balmain, Balmain
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The Colonial British Indian Restaurant-Balmain

237 Darling St, 2041 Balmain
Average price $30

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The Colonial British Indian Restaurant-Balmain

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Restaurant menu

Vegetable Samosa
Lightly spiced potato and pea filling wrapped in pastry and served with tamarind sauce
Onion Bhaji
Fritter of onion and shallots served with mint chutney (deep fried)
Paneer Pakora
Cottage cheese slices deep fried with authentic special spices and chickpea flour


Very good75 reviews











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What diners said about this restaurant:

Good value for money
Short waiting time
Moderate noise level
  • Lisa S.6 reviews

    19 November 2023


    The service was attentive and the food was delicious. The openness to the street and ambience were perfect for a warm spring evening. We will be back!

    The Colonial British Indian Restaurant-BalmainOwner

    We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our attentive service, delicious food, and the perfect ambience for a warm spring evening! Thank you for choosing us, and we look forward to welcoming you back. Your satisfaction is our priority, and we appreciate your positive feedback.

  • David C.1 review

    6 October 2023


    Very good food. However we found the service slow and suspect that this was because of the volume of Uber Eat orders they were dealing with. This also affected the ambience of the restaurant with delivery drivers regularly coming in and out, some waiting in the restaurant with their helmets still on, and often leaving the entrance door open when they entered and left which made it draughty at times. Unfortunately this dimished our experience. Hopefully the management find a solution to minimise the disruption.

    The Colonial British Indian Restaurant-BalmainOwner

    We appreciate your feedback and are glad to hear that you found the food very good. We're sorry to hear about the slow service and disruptions caused by the volume of Uber Eats orders. Your comments are important, and we will work on improving the overall dining experience, including managing delivery drivers better to minimize disruptions. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and we hope to provide a more satisfying experience in the future.

  • Mary C.2 reviews

    1 October 2023


    naan was excellent. however lamb biryani was no good at all. doesnt taste fresh and rice a bit dry. like frozen for long time then heated in microwave

    The Colonial British Indian Restaurant-BalmainOwner

    Thank you for appreciating our naan. We're sorry the lamb biryani didn't meet your expectations; we aim to provide fresh and delicious meals, and we apologize for any disappointment. Your feedback is important to us, and we'll work on improving in the future. We hope you'll give us another chance to impress you.

  • Monica B.3 reviews

    16 August 2023


    Was supposed to get a discount. Didn’t happen and not in the mood to argue the point. Hardly any one in restaurant but service slow. Only saw one staff member all evening. Food was fine but not brilliant. Disappointing

    The Colonial British Indian Restaurant-BalmainOwner

    We're sorry for the disappointing experience you had with us. We'll address the discount issue and improve our service. We hope you'll consider dining with us again in the future. Thank you for your feedback.

  • Percy A.4 reviews

    4 August 2023


    Food is excellent and service is good. Ability to eat outdoors or indoors which allows us to bring our dog. Has now lost its liquor license, but liquor store nearby.

    The Colonial British Indian Restaurant-BalmainOwner

    Thank you for the positive feedback on our food and service. We appreciate your support and look forward to serving you again.

  • Maulik J.3 reviews

    30 July 2023


    We booked a table through Fork however it appears to be some issues between the restaurant and the Fork as they were not expecting us, however the lady still welcomed and accommodated us. The booking was also with a discount which they honoured! The Fork advertises a Free booking but a word of caution as there is a $10 service fee for booking via Fork.

  • Nick W.9 reviews

    28 July 2023


    Food was fine but service could be better. We booked through the Fork and then the restaurant phoned me, saying they couldn't do Fork deals because it was Friday. We cancelled and they phoned back 10 mins later saying they COULD now do the deal. When we arrived, only one other table was seated, so I don't know what changed. When we paid, they presented the bill to us at full price and we had to ask again for the discount even though we mentioned the Fork when we arrived.

  • Jinny K.64 reviews

    27 July 2023


    Friendly staff, pleasant atmosphere, and tasty Indian food. Hara goat was fantastic. Naan (both plain and cheese) was the best ever. Ordered chips as the menu had it, but was not a good idea. British fish curry and Bombay beef were good choices. Would go there again.

  • Mary S.6 reviews

    14 July 2023


    Food was average/good but the Biryani was disappointing. I like hot spicy food but my dinner guest didn’t so I ordered Medium and not the Hot on offer (no mild choice was given. I was surprised heat levels were even offered as this is not the norm for Biryani). In spite of my loving hot spicy food, the Medium Biryani was almost too hot and spicy for me even. Also, Biryani is normally cooked in layers. This was clearly cooked like a stir fry and was oily as well as over seasoned. The service, while friendly, was very slow and inattentive in spite of the restaurant only being less than half full. It was necessary to signal the staff every time to get attention to order, get top ups of finished drinks, add to the order and then, after having finished after dinner drinks, waiting 20 minutes for someone to approach with the bill. It didn’t happen, in spite of being one of only two tables remaining in the restaurant. Finally had to go to the bar to get the bill and pay. Nice atmosphere but won’t be returning anytime soon. Food was average and service lacking.

  • Iti B.5 reviews

    13 July 2023


    Thank you for a lovely evening, we really enjoyed

  • Terry L.33 reviews

    5 July 2023


    The food was delicious. The owner came over and welcomed us to her restaurant. The ambience could be improved with more subdued lighting. Apart from that it was a great experience and will go back.

  • Sam T.2 reviews

    8 June 2023


    Consistently good Indian food. Friendly service! Keep up the good work. Outdoor Dog friendly. Best butter chicken in town. Highly recommended!

    The Colonial British Indian Restaurant-BalmainOwner

    Hey, thanks for the review! We're glad that you enjoyed the meal. We will continue to strive to give you the best culinary experience every time you visit. See you soon!

  • Carolyn W.13 reviews

    5 June 2023


    We had a lovely dinner at The Colonial in Balmain. One of us eats meat and one does not and there were plenty of options for both of us. the staff were friendly and gave good service and both the wine and food were reasonably priced. The food was full of flavour.

    The Colonial British Indian Restaurant-BalmainOwner

    Hey, thanks for the review! We're glad that you enjoyed the meal. We will continue to strive to give you the best culinary experience every time you visit. See you soon!

  • Anne W.1 review

    21 April 2023


    The menu was very comprehensive, with an interesting slant on regular Indian cuisine, harking back to the fusion of British and Indian recipes which have become universally popular. What we chose was delicious, perfectly cooked and very well-presented and we'd love to come back again to try other dishes. All items on the menu could be modified spice wise for different palates so we were assured we would not get anything too hot, as can often happen. Vegetarian and vegan options were plentiful and prices were very good too. We noticed that for a short time the restaurant is offering discounts as they get up and running so it was not an expensive night. This is a newcomer to Balmain and we wish the staff well as the restaurant becomes established; the service was attentive and they were concerned that we had a good experience.

    The Colonial British Indian Restaurant-BalmainOwner

    Thank you for your valuable feedback. We apologize for any negative experience you may have had and appreciate your understanding. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our menu and dishes overall. We would love the opportunity to provide you with an even better experience next time. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to serving you again soon.

  • Sid J.1 review

    9 April 2023


    Excellent food and service

    The Colonial British Indian Restaurant-BalmainOwner

    Hey, thanks for the review! We're glad that you enjoyed the meal. We will continue to strive to give you the best culinary experience every time you visit. See you soon!

  • Alex s.12 reviews

    5 April 2023


    Such a lovely place, and the food is delicious. Service staff are amazing too. Great location in Balmain. The trees nearby were all lit with fairy lights which made the ambience lovely.

    The Colonial British Indian Restaurant-BalmainOwner

    Hey, thanks for the review! We're glad that you enjoyed the meal. We will continue to strive to give you the best culinary experience every time you visit. See you soon!

  • Ji A.

    Ji A.51 reviews

    31 March 2023


    The website clearly states BYO so I brought a nice bottle of red for a lovely evening & when he realised we booked through the fork, he refused the BYO (even though nowhere did it state if booking through the fork then BYO was not permitted. From that point on, the mood was quite low and entire evening was very average.

  • PETER G.27 reviews

    26 March 2023


    Very fresh and inviting meal great local

  • Alex s.12 reviews

    26 March 2023


    It was fabulous food. And the wait staff were lovely :)

  • Sumit B.25 reviews

    19 March 2023


    Great food and service

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How to get to the restaurant

237 Darling St, 2041, Balmain, Australia

Additional information

Balmain, Sydney City, Sydney Inner West

About the restaurant

The Colonial Balmain is the Third of the uber-popular restaurants, with the latest addition gracing Sydney's trendy Balmain. With rich wooden furniture and opulent chandeliers that hark back to colonial grandeur, the interior really sets the tone for the British Indian cuisine you're about to enjoy. The food is nothing less than avant-garde, drawing inspiration from colonial times and polishing them off with a contemporary crunch. It actually comes from India's North-West Frontier Province as it was during British rule. This style is characterised by slow cooking veges and meats in clay pots, producing juicy tender food that retains the freshness of its original flavours. They do an array of tapas, both meat and vegetarian, influenced by flavours across India, as well as rich succulent curry mains. The prices? So good for what you're getting! Even more so when you remember the magical ambience and fantastic service that comes along with it. Bring your friends; it's time to do Indian, pommy-style.


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