Curry Time Indian Restaurant
(cnr Daniels & Main North Rd)
Christchurch City 03-354 5485
- Dinner: Mon – Sun 5pm – late
- Lunch: Mon – Sat 12noon – 2pm
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Out Catering
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 50
- BYO/Corkage: BYO, Corkage Charge
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Free On-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Halal, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Soy-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: No
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
- Wi-Fi: None
Curry Time Restaurant – contemporary Indian & Bangladeshi Cuisine.
Dine in – Take Away – Halal Food – Delivery.
Curry Time Indian & Bangladeshi Restaurant.
(Fully open for business, following Feb 2011 earthquake.)
38 Reviews for Curry Time Indian Restaurant
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The Manager did give us a small discount for not serving two of the dishes on a hot plate and when we advised that we had been slightly disappointed she said the usual chef was away.
Usually we have raved about this restaurant but after our last meal here we are hesitant to return again.
The food was great and up to the high standard that people seem to have for this place. However the service of the staff could be a bit faster and they could be more attentive since the restaurant wasn’t busy when we went. Other than that it was a great restaurant.
We ordered drinks and she plonked down a bottle of beer in front of me, WITHOUT a glass. I had to request one from another waitress who sincerely apologized. The restaurant was full and people were still coming. Our meals arrived and were enjoyed. Hubby tried the Lamb Madras while my daughter and I had the Chicken Tikka and a Chicken Kashmiri curry. Same quality as always. But, we were there scarcely an hour when the unsmiling Kabuki-faced Emma, came to clear away our dishes and sternly announced, “On Saturdays, we only allow 45 minutes for lunch, because there are so many people, as you can see. So, as soon as you’re finished, please leave.” I could not believe her rudeness! We had certainly never experienced it from anyone there before. No wonder diners from various tables were leaving one after the other.
As we stood to go, Miss High and Mighty briskly brushed past us with a water spray bottle to clean our table for the newcomers. No smile and no “Thank you”. We bumped into a couple of diners outside the restaurant. They’d left the restaurant just before we did. I asked them if they were asked to leave and the lady said “Yes! It was quite rude!” I’m relieved to know we were not the only onMorees picked on.
Perhaps it was because it was the last day for the restaurant’s deal vouchers to be redeemed that there were so many people. Still, deal vouchers serve as a good introduction to a business, but if the business treats customers shoddily just because they are using vouchers, why would customers want to return? And, if Mgt. knows there will be lots of people, why not extend the lunch hours or give the people an extension on their voucher or simply say, “Sorry, you’ve left it too late. We can’t accommodate any more people. We are fully booked.” That’s how a professional business would handle it. But to tell us to leave because we’d already been there for over 45 minutes is the height of rudeness and unprofessional behaviour. If we wanted fast food, i.e. in-and-out in 45 minutes, we would have just gone to McDonalds! We’d have received better service there!
We’ll certainly never go back to Curry Time on a Saturday for fear of encountering the Iron Maiden. This restaurant is not bad. Both food and service are usually good, but this one sour apple sure spoiled the whole barrel!
The staff are amazing, very nice and very helpful. They have great knowledge on the curries and can advise a nice drink to go with it.
BYO which is also a bonus
Staff very pleasant and helpful.
great little local restaurant which serves quick and tasty food.
Looking at the old negative reviews, no idea which place they went to as we come here often and have never experienced anything like described.
Highly recommend…we keep coming back!
The unobtrusive service has been very good with friendly wait staff who go out of their way to help.
The ambience of the restaurant has been worked on over time to provide the right balance of lighting and privacy for each table.
A very pleasant night out with reasonable prices.
Which surprised me after reading the reviews on here. How opinions differ, perhaps based upon previous experience I was expecting a lot more, but both my partner and my food tasted as if they came out of a can, albeit at least with a can of food you know there is a little more than water being used for ingredients.
We won’t be back there, there are plenty better Indian eateries in Christchurch. Service was very friendly though.
Will definitely be back and highly recommend to anyone.
We are ordering takeout tonight, can’t wait!
Only 2 ways this place could improve…
1 – A liquor licence would save the trip to the bottle store around the corner and 2 – Get chicken dopiaza on the menu
As for comments by “Dave-T” we think he must be either the owner of another local Indian restaurant trying to run this 1 down, or stumbled into the chip shop next door by mistake!!!
Thank you guys
We were the only dine-in customers, arriving just after opening. First impressions were good; nice, neutral décor, relatively intimate settings and, unlike many Indian restaurants we have been to, the place, including what we could see of the kitchen, is exceptionally clean and tidy. Service was initially great with what appeared to be the owner taking our drinks and food orders. However, things soon went downhill from this point. Drinks arrived non-pre-chilled and with 1 small piece of ice in each that soon disappeared. Several take-away customers arrived, one with a small child that ran around screaming and throwing things and all milled around the counter/till area, which is not far from where we were sitting. These people stood around talking among themselves about whatever made up their day, as is their prerogative. Maybe we are weird, but we feel uncomfortable with people standing close by us while we are trying to eat and hold our own conversation. Our ‘intimate’ setting soon dissolved into putting up with everyone else’s comings and goings. Before long another parent/child combo arrived along with even more take-away clients. Busy disruptions aside, the worst thing was that our meal appeared to be put on hold while these orders were taken care of as it took roughly 50 minutes to arrive (we were still the only dine-in customers at this point). Perhaps some sort of screen separating the restaurant from the counter area would help make the dining-in experMoreience a more intimate one? In Winter I can imagine the door opening and closing with constant traffic would be seriously upsetting to the people sitting at the first table inside the door, not much more than a meter away.
To be fair our starter platter arrived relatively promptly and the selection and sauces were fine but the somosas and bahjees were not to our taste. From where we sat the kitchen is visible through the door and we were pleased to see tongs being used and good kitchen practices in place. No problems there.
When the mains finally arrived, the naan, which has to be purchased separately and is relatively expensive at $3.70, was almost dead cold, as by this time were the hot plates put out in anticipation of our mains. The rice was beautifully cooked and very hot. Our mains though were awful, with my Butter Chicken tasting like Watties tomato sauce with ten tablespoon of chilli and sugar added. Even now, an hour after eating what I could of it I can still feel it, and it isn’t overly pleasant.
My wife’s Madras was not much better. The tandoori chicken in both our meals tasted like it was covered in Chicken Tonight sauce to give it colour, then microwaved. Nowhere to be seen was the slightly burnt edges and accompanying flavour that a good tandoori-cooked chicken should possess.
All in all, we could only manage about a third of it before giving up. We are not gourmets, but not total heathens either. We always give a new restaurant a fair go and, if good, we go back. I don’t think we will be going back to Curry Time. Our waiter guessed we weren’t altogether happy and mumbled an apology for something, I’m not sure what, but still charged us 66 bucks for the meal.
This restaurant could be up your alley if you like your Indian food really sweet and you might strike better service on a non-public holiday. We are usually willing to forgo certain aspects of dining if the food is great – or we are made to feel exceptionally welcome – but sadly none of these applied in this case. Unless something happens to convince us otherwise, we will likely not be returning to Curry Time, though we wish the owners no ill-will and the best of business.
I travel about 5kms to get Curry time and pass a number of other Indian restaurants with pleasure. The service is fantastic too. Always friendly and helpful.