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Oh Calcutta
4 out of 5

Renowned for it’s award-winning Indian cuisine, Oh Calcutta on Parnell Road will rock your taste buds from hibernation without putting a large dent in your wallet.
Caught having a nosey at the menu and checking out the welcoming terrace, we were greeted by a fleet of professional waiters, clad in traditional black and gold uniforms. The heated terrace was quickly forgotten as we were lured inside by the dark, warm interior. Once our eyes had grown accustomed to the candle light, we found ourselves in a very smart restaurant, beautifully decorated with authentic Indian relics.

Surrounded by a full house of cheerful diners, the atmosphere was very relaxed. We poured over the extensive wine list and menu, all the while tempted by the scents arising from the kitchen. BYO is an option at $3 per corkage and Glengarry’s is across the road. There is also a large bar as you walk in on the right, with plenty of familiar beer, wine and spirits. We chose a couple of Kingfishers initially - brewed in NZ, with the authentic Indian-brewed variety at roughly twice the price.

The entrée’s were amazing and for a Saturday night came out at record speed. I had the Tandoori Fish Tikka ($9.90), deliciously fresh and moist. My companion enjoyed the Tandoori Chicken Tikka ($8.90), which we’d had the pleasure of viewing whilst it was created. There is a huge window at the back of the restaurant allowing you to see the chefs in action, guaranteed to keep you entertained if your company isn’t.

All the familiar Indian options are available. By adapting her family’s traditional recipes and embracing the local produce, the Head Chef - Meena, has revolutionized Indian cuisine. The Prawn Malabar was a decision well made. At $19.50, everything was so fresh with the individual flavours of coconut, coriander, onions and capsicum combining to create a mouth-watering dish.

With loads of Naan bread, lashings of spicy pickles and sweet mango chutney, my companion indulged in the ‘Ghost da Piaza’ ($18.50), a boneless lamb dish. Put simply, ‘melt in your mouth stuff’ apparently.

The dessert menu was worth a quick glance – Indian treats and a few western options – all priced at under $10.

In my opinion, Oh Calcutta sets the benchmark for Indian Cuisine in Auckland. Great food, good atmosphere and a moderately priced menu, what’s not to like.

Reviewed by - Phoebe Williamson

Oh Calcutta
$$-$$$, Indian, Parnell

Fodor's Review:

When executive chef Meena Anand moved to New Zealand, she applied her traditional cooking skills to new produce, focusing on fresh seafood and vegetables. The results are fantastic. You'll find plenty of traditional dishes -- it would be hard to beat her butter chicken -- but her own interpretations, such as prawn malabari (fat shelled prawns sautéed with onions, peppers, coriander, and fresh coconut cream), are light and brimming with flavor. Her fish tikka, made with deep-sea kingfish and served with a sharp mint chutney, is another standout. This is widely considered the best Indian restaurant in town, and on Friday and Saturday nights you need to reserve ahead.

Oh Calcutta Indian Cuisine Auckland

Of all the Indian Restaurants in Auckland, Oh Calcutta Indian Cuisine ranks on a relatively higher scale than most. This popular food mart has been the winner of a number of Auckland Restaurant awards, the last being the Top Auckland Indian Restaurant, voted by the Auckland Herald Viva in August 2003. The Oh Calcutta Indian Cuisine stands up to the expectations of its clients and is any match for the best in the world. It was chosen the Best Indian Restaurant by Michael Guys Café Magazine '97 - '99. The restaurant also collected a couple of gold ratings at the Mobius awards in Chicago in January 2001.

Once at Oh Calcutta Indian Cuisine, you are simply going to love the food and you will definitely be left wishing that you could have the whole of it, it is so filling. If you want the best of Indian food, show in at Oh Calcutta Indian Cuisine unless you have a chef from Mumbai to live with you! You will love the service, done in cute little curry bowls. The beautiful surroundings and exceptional décor go to make this place desirable. You will love to check out Oh Calcutta time and again, for this place serves just perfect whether it is your family or dear one you choose to bring along.

Earning rave reviews from Metro, NZ Herald, Lifestyle and Lonely Planet, the Oh Calcutta Indian Cuisine, Auckland was a gold award finalist in the entertainment publication of 2000-2001. Celebrities too place Oh Calcutta among the best. To name a few, the place has been frequented by eminent sports personalities like Simply Red, Billy Conolly and Joe Cocker to name a few. Join the crew at Oh Calcutta Indian Cuisine, Auckland for fine Indian dining at the Parnell Restaurants strip. Oh Calcutta is meant to impress even the staunchest of the food critics.

Arguably the country's best Indian (they will argue), Oh Calcutta ventures beyond the familiar butter chicken into exotic and ebullient menu territory. Try the sweet chilli duck, fish tikka (spiced and smoked) or something from the tandoor.

Blogger At Large

On Blogger at large 8 August 2009 - it is said "Oh Calcutta is the best curry house in Auckland"
and that we are Auckland's Best Indian Restaurant.

Yes, we think so too!

They say - "It’s been my favourite for over 10 years and last night I went back after a long time (I moved out of the ‘hood and Parnell seems so far away now…). Meena, the gorgeous owner and creator of the fabulous dishes, still remembered me and our table of 5 were mightily impressed..." Click through to view the full review.