(North Wharf, Wynyard Quarter)
Auckland City 09 309 9990
- Mon – Fri 11am – late
- Sat – Sun 8am – late
- Business Dining
- Scenic View
- Romantic Dining
- Breakfast Meetings
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 120
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: Free
Urban Turban embodies the incredible spirit of Bombay street food, with its exotic Indian cuisine full of intensity and flavor.
You’ll find us at the brand new North Wharf development at Wynyard Quarter.
66 Reviews for Urban Turban
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Great authentic Indian food at a good price. Also a few alternatives for those who don’t want a curry, but with an Indian twist.
The service was also very friendly and efficient. Also nice to have Heineken on tap.
I will be eating here again soon.
Be back soon.
Menu is quite extensive, but food is not that great.
Prices are too high. I have better expirence at other Indian restaurant.
Bottomless curry concept is great but, after second time when you ask for for curry…portion seems to become lesser and waiting staff looks at you as you are a thief….not impressed.
There are many better places in Auckland to dine.
However found the chef in the kitchen staring at our table the entire time. It was uncomfortable and after a while we just ignored them.
Nothing much to fault here. As soon as we entered, we were attended to and seated with menus. Water was served as we pondered the menu. We were attended to by a very competent young waiter with a lip piercing. He was very patient with us as we took ages to decide what we wanted and answered all our questions. Drinks came out straight away, food came out promptly despite it being quite busy, food plates were also cleared away one by one when finished. Enough about the service; it was spot on.
The food: about as authentic as you can get being a mainstream Indian restaurant. The food was very honest and representative of Mumbai. They have this organic paneer, which is the best paneer I have had! The Bombay aloo is also fantastic, as well as the mango lassi.
Can’t wait to go back and try out the other things on the menu.
I liked how they had labelled vegetarian dishes but being an Indian restaurant, there really should have been more vegetarian options.
All in all, a happy diner!
Now this is where I am still confused……the menu states:
“All curry bowls are bottomless (subject to conditions*) and served with portion of rice & naan –
* bottomless curry is for one paying guest only”
There were 6 of us dining (ie 6 paying guests) and we all ordered a curry – so 6 different curries were ordered but apparently b/c we “shared” them (tasting all 6 curries rather than just eating one curry per person) we were not entitled to receive the Bottomless Curry offer. It certainly took some discussion and in the end when we asked to speak to the Manager, who never appeared, we were reluctantly provided with the 3 top up curries requested. I am still bamboozled as to what the issue actually was…..it was not as though we had only ordered 3 curries and shared them amongst the 6 of us – we all ordered a curry. If the stroppy waitress who told us “that’s the rules” had actually been able to explain to us in a rationale manner why we were “not entitled” to partake in the Bottomless Curry offer then I most likely would not be writing this review right now. If I have clearly missed something I would love to be enlightened.
The unisex bathrooms were also smelly and dirty. Plenty of other Indian restaurants in Auckland to choose from – this is one we will not be returning to.
We ordered one of the specials, a $20 butter chicken pizza with complementary Heineken which they happily switched for a Tiger beer. We also ordered a side of hand cut fries and a Monteiths cider to turn the special into a shared meal for two. The fries were delicious and a very generous serving, the pizza was nice but of an average degree of flavour like most butter chicken dishes served in Auckland but still enjoyable.
All up the meal, including drinks cost $30, quite a decent price for such a wonderful meal. We left very satisfied. Best service we’ve experienced since moving to Auckland 3 years ago.
The food was fantastic. We strove to order something a little different from our usual Indian choices, and the menu was very broad. We loved that there was a section pitched as ‘sharing plates’. I haven’t seen an Indian menu with that before, and it’s something we love doing. So we decided to share everything we ordered. We went for some Pappadoms that were rolled and stuffed with salad ingredients of cabbage & red onion and other freshly prepped veg. Very tasty, and refreshing to have some greens with our other choices.
We also chose 6 Garlic Prawns to share, which were sensational.
We didn’t want to over-stuff ourselves, so we chose to share a traditional main curry serving. (It’s actually a bottomless curry if you don’t share… but we didn’t want refills, so that was fine.) The ‘Himalayas’ chicken had “Auckland’s favourite” written next to it on the menu, so we went for this homestyle curry, that was really different to our normal curry choice, and really rather sensational in its flavour. The curry came out with naan and rice included.
My only recommendation for improvement, would be a description to accompany each wine on the menu. I’m no connoisseur of wine, but generally know what I’ll like if I can read a write-up about it… and I think I chose wrong, and I felt like I was buying blind without the little wine-blurb underneath any of the wines!
The atmosphere was stylishly contemporary, with cool coloured lighting of ochre and amber. And somebody must’ve engineered the acoustics well when they designed the place, becaMoreuse even though the place was packed, (plus with other people sitting at the bar to wait for tables to become available), there was absolutely no trouble talking at a normal volume, and hearing each other easily.
I’d also like to particularly mention how great the tall waitress with long brown hair was, as I think she had the perfect manner you could want from a waitress. Naturally relaxed, smiley and thoughtful.
A really lovely evening out for our first date-night in ages. Thanks Urban Turban!
They are good and keep topping you up with water, though I would recommend the cocktails if you are having a night out -or in need of a little cooling.
There is something on this menu for everyone even if you don’t like spicy food.
Keep going back to this place – give it a go!
Food tasted great and was good value.
Butter chicken tasted great and could definitely go bottomless as it didn’t taste as greasy as other places.
Also we didn’t have to wait long for the food and drinks, the food was good quality and served nicely.
I’m definitely going to return again!
Ordered juices, meals and coffees for four.
Food was underwhelming. My omelet could have doubled as a shoe innersole at short notice. Service – not good.
Nothing was co-ordinated – drinks and food arrived in dribs and drabs. By the time the last meal was served the rest of us had finished eating.
Not a good experience and can’t recommend this place.
I enjoy Indian food and was keen to try something new. Mine was the Himalayan Chicken and my wife had Chicken Frankie. We both comment on how nice the food was, mine was just hot enough with a little kick.
The hardest thing was selecting what to eat, so many yummy sounding dishes. Can’t wait to explore the menu another time.
Be adventurous you will not regret it.
The staff were very friendly and prompt.
As mentioned in previous reviews, the bottomless butter chicken quantity is just too much for one person and the waiter was very friendly and told us we could share the dish (we didn’t even make a dent in the first serving). They serve boneless chicken and I think that for the price its totally worth it.
I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.
Best Indian since being nz we had the snapper and the himalayan chicken curry both were delicious. Waitress’s and waiters really attentive and friendly food came really quick
Also had chocolate samosas yum!
Definitely be going back
We had great time and the staff looked after us very well…….Really value for money…..wish they open one in Sydney soon…..Well done Urban Turban & all the best …. Will be back soon…. .
The verdict – excellent! We choose a May Sunday evening when the weather was crap. The food was excellent, the service too was first rate.
Would we return – you bet!
The wine list is good as well and what I loved was the Indian cocktails that they make. Well done guys keep it up
Impressed with the overall ambiance and the layout of the restaurant – 5 out of 5 for that.
However, expected more in terms of food and service.
Firstly, when we entered it was super silent with no one to greet. No music throughout the evening.
Secondly, the Bombay vegetarian pizza was dry and we just couldn’t eat anything after that – that pizza needs to be looked at – probably a sauce on top or something. Paneer tikka masala was great – recommend that to all. We asked the waiter whats the special – to which he had no answer.
Thirdly the wine list, where are all the New Zealand wines and why is there dominance of so many international wines?
Lastly, when the waiter came and asked ‘hows the food’ we did tell him that the pizza isn’t good enough and very dry – he just smiled and walked away – just expected something more than that.
Again great concept – but bit ore training and attentiveness needed. Food menu definitely needs to be looked at and staff should have a complete understanding of the menu especially due to the premium menu pricing.
The waitress was wonderful – so bubbly and chatty, but at the same time respecting our “date”.
I got the bottomless butter chicken, which was a generous serving and more than I could eat – so she brought a refill out for my husband, who had also ordered the spicy chicken strips (which were SUPER spicy!). The waitress certainly checked with him that he liked hot food when he ordered that!
The food was divine – I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat food court indian again. I loved the mocktails as I can’t drink right now, but the wine list was extensive.
The atmosphere was great there – lovely decor, really well done and thought out. Lovely to be right on the waterfront. We’ll definitely be back.
There was a not a place anywhere on the North wharf and having spotted a small space in the restaurant, I cheekily asked if we could sit at the corner, which was a tight squeeze, to my surprise they agreed and I thought it would be ages before somebody took our order, in-spite of the rush we were served drinks and our meal in record time… very impressed considering how busy they were..
We have been back a few times, Last week took MUM (84 years old) with us, who is pure vegetarian and a fussy eater, She had the Paneer and wife had the gun powder prawns, they both loved it , I had the Soli Boti (Lamb) and it just melted in my mouth..
The food presentation, decor and the ambiance is just great.. Well done Urban Turban… keep it up
The food is amazing especially the “Hot-Six”. Himalayan Chicken is a must. It also have a good selection of wine.
A modern theme, mixed with traditional Bombay street food, the place just make you feel like you have to be back…. The view too..
Lastly my thanks to the Urban Turban Team that provide us the best service, best food recommendation each time we are there. The Head Chief have passion, the manager have passion, the team have passion.. all this equal to great place, great food, great experience.
The tastes were fabulous, the service outstanding and the atmosphere superb. Well priced and lovely ambiance.
Perhaps a wider selection of choices is the only only improvement. We will be back with bells on.
1st time was with a team of 4 and OK they needed polishing but that is to be expected everyone wants to try a new place. You need to get the feelers out and try it again and as it is a new place, new restaurant food, entertainment bar in a great location great layout, great atmosphere. Beautiful and relaxing at the waterfront.
“Yes I’ll be back”.
Second time I came with a party of suppliers and what a change in the menu and the food was great try the pita and roti what a difference wow I could eat that all night.
The lamb curry was divine and I am telling you if you have not tried the Gunpowder Prawns this is a classic you place it in your mouth and its like having fireworks exploding mouth watering. Its a bit of a teaser actually because the taste climax’s to your pallet and just when you think its over you end up getting a mouthful explosion.
Tried it the first visit it was a “tom thumb” now you have the fireworks of flavours great Urban Turban great.
Third time we went staff were more friendlier sharper and ready to provide assistance you know what I mean that customer care with the great smiles and friendliness that it is just what you need a bit of pampering, going the extra mile..
The atmosphere is always at its best and you have a wide range to choose inside, outside, long cosy sittings or the stool area. Don’t forget the large kauri sitting, its so beautifully shaped and comfy to sit.
The food has sharpen its edge again with more to come try “The Hot-six” you want hot, you want a kick to your pallet this is the one to go for it is a plate that you will not forget. “Care to try”? and with my all time favourites gunpowder prawns and pita selection this is an experience
Hey enjoyed the lamb curry, the taste, the flavour, theMore sauce, great with the pita and why not use your fingers its a great way to eat and experience taste. Selection of wines and beers to dress the occasion of the night.
The meal comes and it was worthwhile the wait.
Chef and team it was a great evening with associates, the entertainment fitted around the atmosphere of the evening. Impressive menu, Impressive night.
Callum was an attentive and friendly host and it was nice to have Mac the chef come out and talk with us.
We had a good range of tapas to share for our entrees, including gun powder prawns and yummy chicken tikka bites, followed by a selection of delicious curries. The wine was excellent, especially the Amisfield pinot noir and Pegasus Bay riesling.
I want to go back and have the extremely yummy Himalayan chicken curry again!
After work drinks – really cool place, the staff were great and truly enjoyed the Garlic prawns n Chicken Tikka.
Never had a Indian eatery serve garlic prawns – apparently they do like it is in Mumbai (charcoal BBQ) – it was the really super – great taste.
Lastly, great wine list – the chardonnay range is great.
We had a great night and they seemed to be actively wanting to improve their service as we found it very good and the “review us on MenuMania’ cards were prominently displayed. The four of us dinned and shared from a complete range of dishes on the menu. They were all ok and the gunpowder prawns were a hit for one of our team.
Don’t go to the waterfront if you want a cheap meal.
Went for a snack and a drink on a weekend afternoon.
Ordered prawns and got 6 prawns for a token small salad on the side for $16!!
I do not know how you can justify that sort of price.
Service was slow and we had to try for a while to get attention and ask for menus.
This place has a long long way to go!!
Needs to pick up its game if this is where our tourists are going!
Firstly, I was surprised that the guys who were serving and I won’t call them waiters because they are not! They knew the menu inside out. And there are no tablets to send tickets to kitchen. You order, they repeat, and that is what I believe is said straight to the Chef, and by large, that is how Indian food or any food for that matter should be asked to cook.
Service was great, big change, Wine was good, so were the Mojitos.
It is good to see head chef seeing the tables that are being served and making sure that message is conveyed directly through the people that are being served to the people that serving and lastly to the people who are cooking your food. This is what a restaurant should be, and Urban Turban has come a long way in a very short time. I hope they keep it this way.
For: Those who love food and could be patient enough for good, quality meal.
Against: Who think that food should be as quick and as generic as McDonalds or any other fast food.
Must Try: Samosa Chat and Chocolate Samosa.
Well Done guys! Very Well Done!
20/10/2011: It does not even deserve a one star! We ordered 2 starters and both were awful. The Chicken Tikka was uncooked and Bhel was just bland.
Then came the mains, and no one asked us if we were done with the starters. If the waiters had there way, they would have just shoved in our mouths and done with it! I had to order extra salt to make it taste better.
The whole experience was awful. Zero from us!
Hmm, Sol. Not my favourite Indian beer. I’d rather have Mumbai’s finest – Stella Artois.
Alarm bell #2 – “What’s the curry of the day?” Butter Chicken. Ok…
Wasn’t asked how spicy we wanted our curries – Mine had zero heat whatsoever. Pretty small portion, and each curry comes with a token bit of salad on the side as if it’s a cafe.
I’m not sure how anyone could describe the view as spectacular – most other parts of Auckland have a much more spectacular view.
This is not a restaurant which is finding it’s feet and isn’t quite hitting the mark yet – It is generic and failing from the ground up. Most staff not Indian (apart from the lady who told me about their Indian beers unfortunately!)
Literally the worst Indian restaurant I have ever been to, I cannot think of a single redeeming factor.
Very much setup for the tourist dollar.
Yes, the service could be better – they were very friendly and attentive overall but our initial waiter never came back after we asked for 5 minutes to review the menu. Once we had a different one though, service was great.
One thing that wasn’t pointed out – and would probably be why some of these reviews think that the curry is overpriced – is that the curry is BOTTOMLESS. Yes, that’s right, you can keep having it refilled as much as you want. We only found this out after we were a bit confused why the waiter was asking if we wanted more curry! So in this respect, I think the pricing is more than fair. This definitely should be advertised more on the menu etc.
The food itself was great – my colleagues had the butter chicken and found it delicious, I had a lamb madras and it was fantastic also. Meat very tender and the sauce was just right – not too heavy and flavoured well. The naan was a hit also.
I would definitely return here, a few service kinks to iron out, but they are new and the food is great.
Great location, and I hope they sort themselves out before the rush of the RWC crowd. I won’t be back though.
View was good, but that’s about it
Terrible service meant we didn’t even stay for the food.
After twenty five minutes of waiting for our food and noticing other tables that had ordered after us being served we asked the waitress to find out how far away our food was. After 10 minutes of watching her avoid our eye contact while working around us, we told the bar person to cancel our order and left.
We saw one other table walk out after 5 minutes without any staff attending to them.
So good to have Indian cuisine served in a way that’s never been introduced in NZ before.
Thanks guys – we had a great time on Sat night.
Good amount of people in the place but our friends all said the same, there are better places in that new area.