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Rotorua Daily Post

Review - Indian Star Restaurant - Eat Street
"From the moment you walk in to the moment you leave you feel like the most important person in the place.
So, it's no wonder that the restaurant is the most awarded eatery in the city."
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Matthew Martin, Rotorua Daily Post

Scion Research
"Recently a group of 30 people from Scion visited your restaurant in the evening for a banquet. We would like to thank you for a very nice evening and the food was just wonderful. We all had a good time and hopefully we will be able to have another evening at your restaurant similar to this soon"

Mark Watton, SCF Project Manager

Timberlands Ltd

"On behalf of the Timberlands Ltd Social Club, I would like to thank the team at the Indian Star Restaurant in Rotorua for hosting several very successful dinner evenings for our social club. The team at the Indian Star have certainly proved to us their ability to cater for groups of any size, with their fantastic food, service and atmosphere.

Our social club has held several dinner outings at the Indian Star and we have always found the food delicious, with a wide variety and something to suit everyone. We certainly all came away very satisfied and full to the brim! The service at Indian Star is absolutely outstanding and that little bit of extra effort that the team goes to in making our evening an enjoyable one is always very much appreciated.

We have all enjoyed ourselves immensely and would like to thank you for helping us to make our events such a success."

Jessica Cain, Timberlands Ltd Social Club Committee

"I had the pleasure of hosting His Excellency, Mr. Shankarsingh Vagela, Honourable Minister of Textiles, Government of India on his recent trip to Rotorua. During his visit, His Excellency, Family and business Leaders from New Delhi dined at your restaurant, The Indian Star. I had the pleasure of speaking to him the following morning when he remarked that his meal the previous night was 'absolutely superb' and one of the best Indian meals he has had.

As a Rotorua resident I was immensely proud that such an eloquent statesman and an Indian citizen would praise one of our restaurants so highly and with such an unprompted compliment. I congratulate you and your team."

Chris Innes

"The most fantastic butter chicken in all of Rotorua (in my opinion, & I've tried most of them). Complimentary papadums on arrival are a nice touch, and the staff are always friendly, efficient and polite. They also do a great mixed platter if you want to try a variety of dishes."

"PF Olsen and Company Limited recently used the Indian Star Restaurant as the venue for their annual Branch Managers dinner. The dinner was once again a success. Ray and the team not only met our expectations, but exceeded them once again by providing exceptional food and service for our large group."

PF Olsen and Company

"On 8th May 2002, 40 members and partners of the Rotary Club of Rotorua North dined at your restaurant. We enjoyed the cuisine, service, cordial atmosphere and hospitality. It was an enjoyable evening and the comments received were most favourable. We would recommend your restaurant as the place to dine and generally have a pleasant time. Sincere thanks and may your business prosper."

Murray Pollard,
Director International Services,
Rotary Club of Rotorua North

"The Indian Star Restaurant offers a superior food experience whether dining in or enjoying a delivery. Guests to our Motel always thank us for sending them to Indian Star. We ourselves have dined at the restaurant and enjoy home deliveries regularly."

Palm Court Motor Inn

"We held a very success mid-winter function at Indian Star. There were numerous requirements that we had to arrange to make our function successful. Ray and his team were more than prepared to accommodate these. At all times the Indian Star team have been very professional and welcoming. Their food is exceptional and competitively priced. We have no hesitation in returning to Ray and his team at Indian Star."

PF Olsen and Company

"As a 5 Star Business ourselves we have many discerning guests and on the occasion when they have used the Indian Star they have been very happy. We find his sincere attention to all his customers to be of the highest standard."

Silver Fern Motor Inn

"I would like to thank the team for a very successful curry evening recently. Many of the 54 members that turned out to your restaurant are regular patrons and there was no close competition when it came to choose a restaurant to host our evening. The food was to its usual high standards with everyone leaving well satisfied"

Kaingaroa Timberlands

"The staff are courteous, polite and very quick in their service. They realise the value of good which is delivered steaming hot to a patron's table. Really excellent service! The food at the restaurant is very good and all the ingredients of your menu's are fresh and of premium quality."

Rakesh Shetty, Tour Manager
Thomas Cook (Mumbai, India)

"It was indeed a wonderful experience to dine at your fine, exclusive Indian Restaurant. The food was excellent, the ambience is good and the people are extremely friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to our friends and family."

Biren M. (Bombay, India)

"Excellent food, accompanied with the courteous service - it really stood in my mind as a 'home away from home'"

Subramanian, Pagalam Group
Cox & Kings Pvt Ltd (India)

"The food was excellent and was more than our expectations. The service was really great and everyone is friendly. In our last 12 days of trip to Singapore, Australia and New Zealand, we have never had such good food and service before as we had today."

Mody & Family (Mumbai, India)
Patel & Family (USA)

"The Indian Star is a fantastic dining experience. I had the pleasure of enjoying lunch with my family a short while ago. The food, service and atmosphere was nothing short of excellent! Ray & his team have made The Indian Star a firm favourite venue for a great night out."

R Bartholomew

"Another fantastic dining experience at the Indian Star. They Prawn Malabari has the most succulent and plentiful prawns that we have ever had. Thank you again Ray and your team for a great night out."

Debbie Cory, TransPortable Cabins Ltd

"Best Indain in all of Rotorua. The service is always first class. Keep up the good work. "

Mr Williams, Rotorua Thermal Hoilday Park

"My wife and I had the pleasure of eating at your restaurant during a trip in 2008. We so enjoyed the Butter Chicken that we came back several times for this dish alone. I have been to numerous Indian restaurants around the world including in my own town of Vancouver, Canada and area. I have not had Butter Chicken as enjoyable and savory as in your restaurant. Should I return to Rotorua, your restaurant will be the 1st stop."

Barry Dashner

"very nice restaurant good smart staff.from sanjeev ludhiana."

kamal arora, photography

"We have been eating the Butter Chicken from the mall which is an Indian Star. But Once we realised we could get it delivered we ordered the Butter Chicken from the restaurant... WOW. It was the most amazing dinner meal Beautiful taste just Mouth watering good... I Love the Indian Star. Thanks you heaps"

Jared Adams, Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park

"Last Saturday we celebrated my sons 14th birthday at Indian Star. He had the choice of anywhere to eat and as always the Indian Star is what he chose! Not only was the food absolutely brilliant as usual, they made Billy feel special on his birthday. They bought out their delicious mango icecream with candles, turned the lights out and sang happy birthday. Thank you to all the staff at Indian Star. No doubt we will see you very soon for our next Chili chicken and chili cheese !!


"A fantastic dining experience. The staff were fantastic - amazing, friendly service. "

Rae Crosbie

"Fantastic service!! We felt very welcome & comfortable. We would definitely come again."

Ricky Daniels & Ruth Burns

"We have eaten Indian all over the world and this would be one of the best."

Mr & Mrs Slickener (Australia)

"We have always used the Indian Star for takeaways, but dining in was great! Nice staff & decor!"

Sarah & Duncan Stroud

"As always, the complete dining experience - the best I have ever had, thanks!"

Dave & Gez Hamilton

"Very impressed, we will certainly be back when we visit Rotorua again. We would definitely recommend your restaurant to others. Thank you."

Dusty & Chris

"I drove 3 hours for your Butter Chicken and it was worth it!"

Craig Foote (Auckland)

"A superb evening, we could not ask for better. Excellent."

Gareth Toms

"Very enjoyable breakfast, excellent as always.
(Multicultural Business Council Special Breakfast)"

Todd McClay, National MP

"Hi Ray, Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your team for our Council dinner on Thursday 8th July!
Everyone absolutely loved it and I have had nothing but positive feedback about the food, the atmosphere and the service! It was a fantastic experience.
We will definitely be back! Infact my partner and I will be back in the next couple of weeks.. so we'll see you then.
Thank you again."

Justin Wilinson (21 Guests), Rotorua District Council

"Compliments to the Chef, the Rogan Josh was the best I've ever had in NZ. Service was nice as well. Impressive bathroom, better than most Auckland places."

Amanda (Auckland)

"I am an executive with Tata's - India.
At the outset, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the delicious food preparations served in this great Indian Restaurant.
The ambience is good, and the service is simply great. However, what is exemplory is the warm and friendly service of the entire staff, beginning from Mr. R. Singh and all the others, who made us feel very comfortable & homely.
I am joined by my wife & colleagues to express our continued patronage & best wishes for the excellence in this hospitality service.
All the best."

Rusi & Maharekh Batliwalla (India), Tata Motors

"My family and I have travelled all over the world over 6 times. Your food is excellent and very tasty. We loved the Lamb Rogan Josh and the Chicken Vindaloo. Yum!"

Manpreet Singh & Family (Sydney, Australia)

"Always on the search for good Indian food, somehow the road from Sydney ended up in Rotorua. And the only question is... how soon can we get back here again?! From our combo platter, to the brilliantly spiced curries (tikka masala, paneer & tomato, yum!) & some of the best naans in recent memory, we enjoyed it all! Remind us again what else we supposed to do here??
With thanks,"

Irene & Jonathan Bennett (Sydney, Australia)

"Hi Guys,
Thanks for the wonderful meal on Saturday night, Friends of ours (Manthey Family) always rave about the meals at your restaurant and now I understand why.
The premises are beautifully presented, the staff were very attentive and your meals are delicious. I would recommend your restaurant to anyone.
Kind Regards Shon Meszaros"

Shon Meszaros, Used Vehicle importer

"The indian star in the mall has the second best butter chicken in town, The best butter chicken in town is at the Indian Star restaurant, They are the most tasty and delicious dishes we have eaten, and the naan bread MMMMMMMMM Y.U.M.M.Y!! Love will be back many more times for some!"

Jared Adams, Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park

"My husband and I had our dinner at your restaurant on Friday the 7th of January. We had our 3 year boy with us and the staff were great with him (and with us). The food was also really yummy - the whole experience was neat and really enjoyable. We just wanted to say thank you!! "

Sally and David

"We visit Rotorua on a rugular basis and make Indian Star our best Indian restaurant in NZ. The food is excellent and so are the wonderful staff the service and the cleanliness is A+++ very hard to find an alround restaurant. Friends from UK have also visited Indian Star and said they wished they lived in Rotorua because of your wonderful curries and the great service they ate at indian star the whole time they where in Rotorua and are now residing in Auckland but are going to visit rotorua so they can once again enjoyed the wonderful experience of your restaurant. We have not found a better indian restaurant anywhere in NZ. Thank you Indian Star. See you next time we are in Rotorua. "

Angela and Neil Reece

"My husband and I stay in Rotorua every now and then for a break away from work/kids.One of the things we look forward to is ordering food from Indian Star which we have delivered to our hotel.It is the best Indian food we have ever had,hands down! And the service is always friendly. Thanks guys,you can count on our custom in the future."

Shari Stevenson

"have just dined at rotoruas best indian restaurant and as always was fantastic. my wife and i have been dining here for more than 10 years and always feel a warmth from the staff,love the terrific food and great surroundings we cant find anywhere else. having traveled alot in recent years and dined at numerous indian restaurants around the world we always seem to compare our experiences to that of indian star and they always fall well short. should you be travelling to rotorua this place is a must! thanks again ray, good luck to you your staff for the new year will definately see you again when next in town "

mark pascoe, company director

"Easily my favorite Indian restaurant, the food is exquisite but above all the service is outstanding and personal "

Brent Giles, The ToolShed

"Been to the Hamilton Resturant a few times now, and its the best Indian ive had.Would recommend to any one.A+++++"

Aaron Lewis

"We drove from Auckland down to Hamilton in search of good food. As soon as we entered the restaurant, we felt the warmth of India as the staff was so welcoming and extremely friendly. The guy serving us was very well behaved and we felt like being served in a personalised manner. The ambiance were amazing and we liked the sitting arrangement which was excellent. The Food was amazing, by far the best Indian food we ever had anywhere in the country. Still relishing the food and waiting for our next visit to hamilton to have the same great experience again. Well done Mr. Singh! We wish we have one of your branch up here in Auckland soon :) ."

Ravin Kumar & Deepshikha Sohal

"I personally think, that use have by far, the best butter chicken EVER..My partner has tried so hard to get his tasting as close as he possibly can to yours, but its just never quite on. bhehe. but yes yous are defiantly highly recommended by me."

Sunny Brady

"I really appriciate the work and style to enchance the flavour of indian cuisine in tandoor.
Thanks & best regards,

MANJU SAROHA, g8 tandoor

"Delicious, awesome foods.
Unforgetable taste"

Manish Kumar, Fresho

"Awesome meal, I asked for takeaway and the service was outstanding, fast and efficient. Highly recommend"

Andrea Tukerangi

"Well we have just been to the Indian Star in Hamilton for the sixth time with friends,And i must say the food is fantastic every time,I definitely recommend to all. "

Mike Taylor

"This is the 4th time we have visited your restarant...amazing food and and friendly service...we alwayz order the banquet for 2...excellent all round.


Jackie Collins

"We had a fantastic meal at the Indian Star Restaurant and the service was excellent. They were great with my two young nephews, even though one knocked over his drink, and gave them some chocolate before they left. The food was really tasty and the atmosphere was lively and buzzing. "

Georgina Robinson

"Another lovely Hamilton meal and as all ways very good service,they even remembered what i ordered last year!! well worth the five stars.. priceless"

Mike Taylor

"Best indian food ever and always attentive and friendly service"

Marie aldcroft

"Had the most beautiful meal last night service impeccable,rest rooms immaculate and so clean would recommend to anyone.The boss even drove us to our motel.We will definitely be back.Thankyou to all the staff."

Al @Shirl Kristiansen Taupo

"Its amazing. Indian delicacies found in abroad
& likes by everyone"


"We had a great meal out with our children a few months back and to their delight were given a chocolate bar after dinner. Definitely a night they will remember. Great, efficient, friendly service, will definitely recommend to others."

Sharlene Forsyth

"A great vege meal again. Great service. Big serving size, ask for takeaway containers its so filling. "

Mark Baird7

"As usual we receive awesome food and awesome service frim the best Indian restaurant in New Zealand. Thanj you Ray you are a superstar as are your staff."


"Delicious. Went in to get takeout. The extremely helpful gentleman suggested a superior choice lamb dish. Back at 4star room with a 5 star dish. Will be back tomorrow night."

Michael, Publishing


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