Best curry houses in Derby according to TripAdvisor

Derby has a rich and vibrant Asian community and so those who live in and around the city are spoilt for choice when it comes to Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Nepalese cuisine. Indeed, Derby is a destination for high-quality curry houses.

With that in mind, we wanted to put together a list of the best-rated sub-continental restaurants in Derby, according to TripAdvisor, in case you were planning on going out to celebrate with your family and friends.

Some of the below restaurants have been around for decades so there will be a few familiar names on the list for lovers of spicy food. There might also be a few surprises and the occasional hidden gem that you may not have tried. Many of the restaurants on the list developed their takeaway services during lockdown so you can enjoy the best curries Derby has to offer without having to move a muscle.

Shalimar Gold – George Hotel, 15 Midland Rd, Derby DE1 2SN

This restaurant was reviewed the highest on the list with one person writing:

“My girlfriend and I had a lovely meal at Shalimar Gold we had the £35 pp set meal. The food was excellent and the desi lamb dish I had was the most tender lamb I’ve ever had.”

Another wrote said “Exemplary food and service. An incredibly well run, exceptionally clean and friendly restaurant. Pal and the team go out of their way to personalize the experience and add special touches to make even more memorable.”

“Thoroughly impressed and genuinely couldn’t recommend any more highly.”

Bollywood Restaurant – Unit 5-6 Heatherton District Center Hollybrook Way Heatherton Village, Derby DE23 3TZ

The Bollywood Restaurant claims to make your visit an enjoyable and memorable experience by cooking to the highest standards only using the best quality and freshest ingredients.

With one person saying “It’s been a while since I have been to Bollywood however I went with a friend last week. The food was first class and the staff were polite and attentive. It cost £16 for a starter, main course, rice and coffee.”

“I enjoyed it so much that I returned later in the week for a meal with my other half. I definitely recommend this place. You won’t be disappointed.”

Fusion of India – 51-59 Abbey Street, Derby DE22 3SJ England

Established in 2017, Derby is the proud home for the very first Fusion of India. Fusion of India brings you dishes from the North, East, West, South & Central India, in a unique yet traditional manor.

One happy customer wrote “The most beautiful Indian I’ve ever had, everything was made so fresh and you could tell by the taste. The meat was succulent and flavors were amazing.”

“Everything was well presented and the staff were extremely attentive and could alter the menu to suit your tastes.”

Himalayan Gurkha – 80 Macklin Street, Derby DE1 1LF England

The Himalayan Gurkha claims their aim is to bring the best Nepalese & Indian Cuisine with a modern twist on traditional methods.

They aim to introduce you to some famous local Nepalese dishes and a selection of very popular Indian dishes.

A customer who went for a celebration before stated “This restaurant never ceases to deliver on excellent food. We went on Friday night to celebrate a friends birthday.”

“The whole evening was brilliant and topped off with the Kulfi birthday candle cake.”

“Service as always was first class and even with a full restaurant the food arrived together and quickly. Extremely tasty. We’d recommend the Himalayan Gurkha special. It’s a must eat!”

The Royal Raj Restaurant – Unit E1a Park Farm Center Park Farm Drive 2nd Floor, Derby DE22 2QN

The Royal Raj Restaurant claims that their promise to you is a unique experience. Indian food is as vast and multifaceted as the land. Our continue to work their magic in the new interpretations of old flavours, looking to suit all ages and ethnicities.

A customer said “The food was excellent and they catered to our needs Lamb very tender and the sauce was great. Timely delivery and previous orders just as good.”

Masala – 7 Curzon Street, Derby DE1 1LH

Award Winning Masala is a refreshingly modern but authentic Indian and Bangladeshi Restaurant located conveniently in Derby City Centre.

At Masala they aim to serve fresh, locally sourced ingredients prepared to long established authentic Indian-Bangladeshi family recipes.

A customer who had reviewed many restaurants previously said “Having a great passion for Indian cuisine I have been disappointed these last few years on the Derby Indian restaurant experience.”

“Until I came across the Masala Restaurant on Curzon St. Under new management, the restaurant environment was inviting. The new management and staff were very gracious and attentive.”

O-Kra – 5 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1BU

Okra (stylised O-kra) is an esteemed Indian restaurant found in the bustling city center of Derby.

Okra lends itself to the Indian fine dining experience, featuring a large and spacious dining room, a fully-stocked bar and separate lounge seating area.

The stunning decor transports diners to beautiful India, with its palette of rich reds and cozy creams, while striking Eastern murals adorn the walls.

A visitor commented on their visit stating “Huge, high end restaurant which looks amazing!”

“Lamb chop starter was a real treat, super lean and soft. Prawn puri was amazing too, puri was so light and fresh.”

“Mains was a mixed fish dish and a lamb Bhuna. Simple dishes but cooked to absolute perfection. Sides were perfect too, especially lemon rice and chapatis.”

“Staff were awesome too as he took time for 20 min chat educating us about other London Rd restaurants.”

Anoki – 129 London Road, Derby DE1 2QN England

Simply one of the finest and most popular restaurants in the region, Anoki combines sensational food with superlative service and stunning interiors to create an altogether unforgettable dining experience.

A world away from the traditional curry house, our restaurants exude opulence, with mirrored stairways it is reminiscent of an Eastern palace.

Lavishly decorated interiors adorned with dramatic artwork and extravagant chandeliers which hang from the domed ceiling and traditionally dressed waiting staff.

A customer celebrating a birthday said “From the impeccable service the moment you arrive, through to delightful cuisine – with a banquet meal of surprise dishes compiled by the ever amazing Ibrahim.”

“The whole team work to make you feel special, even taking tuition from my wife in the art of napkin folding in the shape of Christmas Trees.”

“Then to make the meal perfection out came a birthday cake with firework spectacle and then the finale was the free glass of Baileys. Thank you so much for yet another great memory and evening.”

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