Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean

Indian and South Asian

0.5 miles
Indian Ocean, 4 West Cliff Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5EY

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This pair of very exciting established curry houses in the bustling Bournemouth centre have built solid reputations for themselves, not only for first-rate service but, more notably, for their innovative and traditional selection of dishes. So, after exhausting yourself in retail therapy or stretching out on the sensational South Coast seafront, reward yourself at one of the two finest Indian restaurants in Dorset.

I visited the Indian Lounge and, on entry, was met with an interior of rich reds, pure whites and mixed browns. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal a view of the busy street and beyond, where beautiful emerald trees stand tall in a pleasant city park - a relaxing sight to prepare you for the deliciousness to come.

Once you have fed your senses, feed your appetite. A plentiful serving of poppadoms could start you off and then, over a cool, refreshing Kingfisher, you can marvel at the myriad exotic delights of the menu: tandoori massala, balti, karai, phindi and phatia curries to name just a few. Having started with a juicy and deliciously marinated chicken tikka, I still couldn't help but envy my partner's huge golden-brown king prawn butterfly in an egg and breadcrumb batter. Both delicately presented, the chef had perfectly measured these starters to stir a hunger for an exciting main course. Highly recommended is the Bangladeshi special, tawamurg, and its daring challenge to the Italian pizza; this creative chicken dish with pepper and onions comes served on the tava (the flat cooking plate that gives it so much extra flavour) with grated cheese, much like a pizza topping. Furthermore, this innovative curried stir fry can be accompanied by a generous serving of pilau rice and a massive side of peshwari naan bread.

Friendly, chatty and professional staff made this excellent night even better; and a must-see is the 'magic trick' involving your plate and some pilau rice. I won't, however, give that away - you must visit and see it for yourself.
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Open: Mon-Sat 11.30am-late; Sun 11.30am-2pm, 5.30pm-midnight