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Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Indian, Asian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Table Service, BYOB
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All reviews curry nan mixed grill prawns indian food priced meal co op delicious takeaway other customers behind the counter new owners his son great meal food was lovely first class first night spicy
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Reviewed 15 August 2022 via mobile

I was visiting the island for a long weekend. We had booked a table for my Dads birthday on the Saturday night. They cancelled our table with 1 hours notice. We had to book something else very quickly. So decided to try out the Takeaway...on the Sunday night. We waited a hour for our order. We got home and our order was wrong. My Mum phoned try and get another curry only to be accused of being a liar. My sister had to walk down to the Takeaway to prove that our Order was wrong. I have to say that it was the worst curry I have tasted. The owners really need to learn how to communicate and speak to their consumers. Please Try the coop for a better curry when visiting Islay!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 14 August 2022 via mobile

Specially booked for a family birthday. Cancelled with less than an hours notice. Decided to give them another chance before we left the island and order a takeaway. Big mistake! Waited for an hour for our order which was still wrong. Phoned to explain and...the little man who answered my wife basically called her a liar and was arrogant and cheeky. The food we did get was absolutely rubbish, sweet, tasteless and horrible. Please avoid and don’t waste your money. I would advise to you to go to the coop and get a ding dong curry it will be more tasty and far far cheaper and you won’t have to get abuse from the cheeky wee gentleman on reception.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 7 August 2022 via mobile

Really delicious meal for My son and I. Though they were busy with takeout meals they were very accommodating. Both meals were exceptionally good. A lovely balance of flavour and fire. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced meal, I would recommend highly.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 7 August 2022

Travelled over from Dumbarton for Islay Half marathon, and had planned to have a meal in the restaurant. I had called at least a month before to be told you dont need to book, just turn up. On turning up we were told at 8pm...we are not serving meals, and something about takeaway only. There were customers in the restaurant, with the open sign on, so this made no sense. The attitude of the individual was pretty dismissive even though we explained about distance travelled, and previous instructions to just turn up. Overall would not consider using this restaurant. I have been to Islay many times before and find the folks friendly and helpful, certainly not this establishment!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 6 August 2022 via mobile

Came all the way from Dumbarton for the Islay half marathon, and decided to try this place after being told we could just walk in any time and get a table. Arrived to then be told that they stopped serving at 7.30pm for sit down...meals. Not good enough and won't be going back.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 28 July 2022 via mobile

They tried but failed on so many levels. Starters were unfortunately way below par, tasteless. Main courses were distinctly poor with only the Chicken being tender, rice was fine but the sauces were seriously awful. Absolutely nothing like they should have tasted, infact overly sweet...to the point of being sickly and uninspiring. Don't waste your time or money. The Co-op curries are far superior compared to what we got served. Extremely disappointed.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 5 July 2022

Tonight I bought a chicken Bhoona, rice and nan from this lovely wee restaurant. I expected it to be ok but not exceptional, but how wrong I was. The Bhoona was absolutely delicious and was perfectly balanced and packed with flavour, a veritable feast for...the taste buds and my tummy. I have eaten Indian food in many big cities throughout the UK, however I can honestly say this is the best. This place is a little gem so it's a pity I go home soon, but maybe not for my waistline !!!! 10/10 and keep up the excellent work.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 6 June 2022

What more could you ask for ? It was such a surprise to find a great Indian/Bangladeshi restaurant on the island. The place has a simple, unassuming frontage and inside the decor is plain and simple but there’s nothing plain about the extensive, interesting menu...with lots of dishes I had never tried before. The staff were terrific explaining the menu and making recommendations and even though the place was packed with a great atmosphere, our food soon arrived. In fact at one point, even though we didn’t think we had been waiting for long, a waiter came out to apologise for our wait and to explain that our food would be ready in 3 minutes, wow, I have never had that service even in top restaurants. We ordered the Islay Special Tandoori which was excellent and the Peshwari naan was as good as we have had anywhere. All in all I thoroughly recommend this place so if you are in Bowmore, give it a try.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 4 June 2022

Went there because they were the only restaurant available without a reservation. Seated promptly since we were the only customers other than take out. We were a group of four and the one appetizer came out quickly. After that, it was a forty five minute...wait for our food. We had chicken korma, chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, and a vegetarian dish. Unfortunately, we had been to an Indian restaurant in Edinburgh that was fantastic for comparison. The sauces were all bland with the only flavor coming through being coconut. The amount of chicken was amazingly small and the rice serving which is extra also small. The three chicken dishes were warm at best with the vegetarian dish being the only dish served hot. The Peshwari naan was a total disappointment. I think a rookie cook could grab a cookbook, follow the instructions and make better food than this.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 25 May 2022

The food was top class, Naga Special - hot but not overly so and very tasty. Not great decor and no alcohol licence but the food more than made up for it.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 22 April 2022 via mobile

All good. Was last here 10 years ago, owners have changed but the food is still great. Current owner very helpful and chatty. I’ll be back!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 18 April 2022

Ordered takeaway from here. It was good, had better, had worse. It thought it was “decent”. Would recommend.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 22 March 2022

The food was lovely and the staff were helpful and polite . I would recommend a takeaway from here xx

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 17 January 2022

Vegetable Nan bread had no vegetables in it, but the Nan itself was actually very good & not saturated in oil like many Indian food places. The chicken dansak was superb.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 16 October 2021

This had new owners in 2018, food improved vastly then. Back now in 2021, now we are allowed to travel and unfortunately this owner has passed away this year,but his son is now running the restaurant & takeaway. Food is still very tasty, starters are...generous, but a bit more meat or prawns in mains would be good. Big change is that they now (only in the last 6 months) have stopped selling alcohol to go with your meal, BYOB is also not allowed. Just to let you know and set the right expectation. We were shocked at first, but stayed, and had excellent food, returned for a 2nd time as food was good, just had wine prior to visit. Recommend, and heard takeaway is also good. Only Indian style restaurant on Islay. P.S. Covid: None of the staff wore masks at any point in the building, not even when serving restaurant customers, not good, and currently illegal in Scotland at time of writing this review. Your risk. We had caught Covid earlier from an unmasked waiter in Edin - Be warnedMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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  • Food: 3.5
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