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The Colonial Neutral Bay

Average price $35
8.6/10
321 reviews

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Restaurant menu

  • Average price $35 Special request
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 tamarind sauce

Panner pakora

Cottage cheese slices deep fried with autentic special spices and chickpea flour

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Rogan Josh and Chicken biryani

Ratings & Reviews

Fabulous
8.6/10
based on 321 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :8.7/10
Service :8.7/10
Setting :8.4/10
  1. Ankita R.
    Ankita R.
    • one review
    2.5/10

    The restaurant is dingy with extremely uncomfortable seating. Menu is way too long. Food that we ordered was seeks kabab, goat curry, plain rice and garlic nan. The best was plain rice, perhaps because chef did not have to apply any brain to cook it. The goat curry had no salt, and the waitress instead of being apologetic offered salt to sprinkle... wow!! Garlic nan was like a rubbery stale bread. And seekh kabab was hard, but at least had salt. I should have understood and gauged the quality by looking at the no. Of people sitting in the restaurant, just 2. Overall, it’s a disaster and an utter shock how are they surviving in such a posh location.. dooms day is near, if they don’t take the feedback seriously and look into the food quality.

  2. Sara M.
    Sara M.
    • one review
    10/10

    Best British Indian taste in Sydney with great service. Spicy butter chicken is phenomenal! Very friendly. Air con a little cold but if that is my only issue it is an amazing meal!!

  3. Chikki A.
    Chikki A.
    • 9 reviews
    9.5/10

    Great curry and naan. Good service. Enjoyed 50% off. Atmosphere was good, but bit too close to the next table. Disappointed with dessert serving size.

  4. Ming B.
    Ming B.
    • 4 reviews
    7/10

    Service was good. NaN bread was very good. The rest dishes are just as normal as Indian food in other restaurants. Without discount special, prices of the food appear a bit high.

  5. Renee R.
    Renee R.
    • 6 reviews
    9.5/10

    Food was delicious and great value with The Fork deal. We will be back!

  6. WENDY C.
    WENDY C.
    • 27 reviews
    8.5/10

    Friendly staff and nice atmosphere ! Food was good and dessert was nice . But the quantity was a bit small so discounted price is ok but not when paying full price. Location is good with parking right outside or near Woolworth.

  7. Charmaine P.
    Charmaine P.
    • 14 reviews
    9.5/10

    Delicious food. Great dinner out, especially with the 50% off food. The waiters were very attentive. Great vegetarian selection in the menu.

  8. Sezgi E.
    Sezgi E.
    • 5 reviews
    8.5/10

    The food was excellent, all dishes we had were very tasty. The service was not very attentive and we had to seek for attention. However I would certainly go back for a nice meal.

  9. Yolande l.
    Yolande l.
    • 3 reviews
    9.5/10

    we ordered two mains but they weren't served tog, but quite some time apart by which time our rice to have with the meal was getting cold. They did offer and gave us another complimentary steamed rice.

  10. Indrajit R.
    Indrajit R.
    • 6 reviews
    8/10

    Nice meal.

  11. Mishel A.
    Mishel A.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    Ordered for the Chicken Madras (Spicy) and Lamb Biryani (Mild). Both the dishes were not only yum but delicious. Thanks to TheFork deal of 50% off, it made it even more worthwhile. Great ambience and loved the Instrumentals of Hindi classic songs played.

  12. Mike M.
    Mike M.
    • one review
    10/10

    Great food, friendly staff and quick service. Definitely recommend

  13. Aileen F.
    Aileen F.
    • 3 reviews
    10/10

    A lovely place for dinner in neutral bay. Service lovely, all staff were friendly. Particularly enjoyed the rice, malai kofta and fish curry. Table layout was good for couples.

  14. Emma M.
    Emma M.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Complete with British flags, this is a delightful restaurant. We particularly enjoyed the Butter Chicken and cheesy naans. The staff were polite and helpful.

  15. Jeannjne d.
    Jeannjne d.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    The staff are very polite with great service and the food was delicious, I would highly recommend the food to anyone who enjoys Indian cuisine. We had a great night.

  16. Dennis k.
    Dennis k.
    • 10 reviews
    7/10

    It was ok. I have been to a lot of restaurants during the fork promotion. I felt like this restaurant didn’t do anything great. Portions were average size. Average taste. Service was ok. Nothing standout. Definitely not worth the full price in my opinion. Mood was very metro crowd. Probably wouldn’t revisit.

  17. Ian F.
    Ian F.
    • 2 reviews
    10/10

    Great food and terrific atmosphere. Good place for a first date or together with a group of friends. Convenient parking just outside. Top service - Thank you.

  18. Vivienne H.
    Vivienne H.
    • 2 reviews
    8/10

    Very tasty food & good service. Great value with the 50% off deal. Would highly recommend the saag paneer and chicken tikka. Will be back to try some of the other dishes

  19. Indrajit R.
    Indrajit R.
    • 6 reviews
    8.5/10

    Lovely meal.

  20. Jayne R.
    Jayne R.
    • 11 reviews
    8/10

    My medium hot chicken tikka masala had the right amount of kick for me. Our lamb cutlets for entree were delicious as were the naans and rice. My 9 year old son thought the mango lassi was yum!

More information

How to get to the restaurant

1 Grosvenor Street, 2089, Neutral Bay (NSW), Australia

Directions to get there

Lower North Shore, Neutral Bay

About the restaurant

British-Indian Brilliance

The Colonial offers a new kind of dining experience, introducing diners to the flavours of a long forgotten cuisine in India’s North-West Frontier Province. Colonial's interior is ultra-chic - a far cry from your usual Indian take-away and the menu too offers a delicious departure from the ordinary. The cuisine uses a simplistic style of preparation, where chunks of meat, seafood and veg are marinated and cooked in a Clay Tandoor at a high temp. This means they remain succulent and deliciously tender. The rusticness of this fare and the focus of preserving flavour is the highlight of this cuisine. The Colonial revives the age old cuisine and cooking style to bring you an experience which is a feast for the stomach and the soul.

Best Dish: railway goat curry

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