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Indiano John's Samrat Restaurant   厦门印度风餐厅

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Indiano John's Samrat Restauran, located next to Kaiming Cinema in Jiang Tou District, at No.69 Jiang Tou Bei Lu, Kai Ming Theatre Complex, is a favorite spot for the Indian food lovers, fine food lovers, Muslims, and expats. Priced at premium dining at Xiamen restaurant scenes, Indiano John offers top services and very refined Indian cuisine.

No.69 Jiang Tou Bei Road, Kai Ming Theatre Complex, Xiamen 厦门市湖里区江头北路69号开明电影城楼下
0592-5557699
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Female
Fr. France
31/05/2015

I was there again two weeks ago with few friends who never been there. They really liked it. I hope this restaurant will always be in Xiamen cuz all the dishes taste so good!!!

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Female
Fr. United States
29/04/2015

Top 3 restaurants in Xiamen!!! I think I will miss this place even when I leave! I love the chickpea marsala, garlic naan, yellow curry white fish, and the red curry pork(or beef)! We usually get 4-5 dishes (have leftovers) and its around 210rmb without alcohol! Excellent English speaking staff.. A must if you're in Xiamen!

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Male
Fr. United States
25/02/2015

Easily one of the best restaurants in Xiamen. If you haven't gone yet, you need to check it out immediately. Great service, great food, and a personable owner who cares about his product and his customers really sets this place apart from most of the other restaurants here.

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Male
Fr. Holy See (City Vatican State)
26/12/2014

Great place, food and atmosphere. Been going here awhile and always loved it. not just good indian food for china but good indian food anywhere. it isn't cheap but for this type of quality it wouldn't be. good selection of wines too.

After months of trying to get my wife to come and try it and being constantly told that she didn't like indian food, this place has finally convinced her she was wrong. we will be coming in regularly from now on!

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replied by yasir khan on 10:12:57 31 Dec
Great place hahahahahahahhahaha
Male
Fr. Pakistan
27/08/2014

I heard a lot about Indiano jhon is good restaurant. but i have really bad experience when i visited at Indiano jhon restaurant with my honorable foreign professor guest. the owner of the restaurant mr. jhon misbehaved after asking the questions about the price of roti/nan/bread. He has really no sense how to treat his customers and he don't know how to give a respect to his customers. After his behaved we left his restaurant and took our dinner at Marhaba. After getting this experience from now i m sure he is not offering the halal food for Muslim. so in future i would like to suggest all of you to visit at sham, troy and marhaba restaurant although their price is high but they know how to give respect to their customers.

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replied by robertmorrison on 17:16:55 27 Aug
Always two sides to a story and this sounds bogus to me buddy.... Only great reviews of Johns every time I have been there. Get lost!
replied by yasir khan on 17:43:50 27 Aug
its not bogus robert...dont be spokes men of indiano johns ..if customer will not get respect how can he will visit again..it really sucks
replied by yasir khan on 17:44:41 27 Aug
and i think if person use get lost for other person actually his own mind is lost
replied by redi on 23:18:48 27 Aug
i wonder how and what things going-on in mind during saying or supporting the other group/friend (for the person who used again rude words to the complaints). as i know those complaints for so long years being descent and honest persons, it is hard to believe he came out all this complains out of no where or as personal attacks, rather i can believe it is reality. Above all a costumers never ever said to be get lost or dont come here if you are poor or if you are like this or like that..., it is really humiliating. i appreciate them leaving the your place in peace and find another suitable and appropriate place to be served!
replied by robertmorrison on 15:30:25 28 Aug
redi your answer doesn't make sense and since you are reviewing this the same day you signed up to WOX I doubt you are who you are! Thanks friend of YK for the extra muscle but your post sucks!
Male
Fr. Pakistan
23/08/2014

food is really good but little expensive..liked chicken biryani(rice) and chana and chicken curry.

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Female
Fr. United States
08/07/2014

My last experience at this restaurant was very disappointing. Previous to this I was a regular customer (I would eat there every week).

Indiano John asked me to try some new fish he is considering serving. (I didn't order this fish, he just brought a little bit of it to my table to sample).

I then see he charged me RMB 50 for this.

One of the reasons I go to foreign restaurants to get avoid bad service/being scammed/etc.

I'll never eat here again.

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replied by W00ki33 on 13:05:07 08 Jul
Whoa, that's sneaky as hell! I'll probably not go here again!
replied by Indianojohn on 19:08:59 12 Jul
Dear Steve, In order to verify what you are saying is true, please give details on date n bill amount. If it matches, you will be entitled for a reimbursement of your entire bill, plus a personal apology from me, in case if it was a misunderstanding, as I would not deliberately do something like that. Cheers!
Indiano John -The Real Deal.
replied by Indianojohn on 19:14:09 12 Jul
Here you got my personal contact details....
Indianojohnsxiamen@gmail.com
Mob: 13600944337.
replied by T-life on 20:51:59 15 Aug
Can't believe John would do that on purpose. He's a great guy. A mistake by the Chinese staff? Did you say something to John when you saw the bill? If you didn't it's your own fault.
Male
Fr. Argentina
20/06/2014

If you like Indian food that's a great place, also great variety of good wine.

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Male
Fr. Australia
19/11/2013

John's restaurant is as much an essential and beneficial part of Xiamen as John is. Great food and John will always make you feel at home.

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Female
Fr. China
17/11/2013

Nice food and good service, but a little bit expensive. Definitely worth going

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Female
Fr. China
11/11/2013

It is very authentic Indian food according to my Indian friend. But personally I still prefer light food. Have been there twice, always have to drink lots of water while eating.

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Male
Fr. New Zealand
18/09/2013

Tried it once. I really like the food, and the service was great. The manager/owner was very friendly, and my friends and I had a great time there.

I just haven't had the opportunity to go there again in the past few months.

But I definitely recommend it to people who like Indian food.

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Female
Fr. France
16/09/2013

One the best restaurant in Xiamen! Yummy! :)

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Male
Fr. Greenland
30/08/2013

Wow! Now after renovation it became a great and nice place to stay!

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Male
Fr. Isle of Man
13/05/2013

Easily one of the best restaurants in Xiamen. John is awesome and his restaurant rocks!

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replied by yasir khan on 17:32:08 27 Aug
i also thought when went there first time that its good restaurant though expensive but what happen with my friend i will never will go again..if someone behave badly with customers like this then who will go even if food is so good
Female
Fr. China
21/02/2013

They store some really good wine and the owner writes:Life is too short for bad wine,I say:life is too short for GREAT wine!

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Female
Fr. American Samoa
03/01/2013

One of my favorites, but really expensive.

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Male
Fr. Germany
28/12/2012

One of my favorites in Xiamen. Good food and good service.

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Female
Fr. France
08/12/2012

Being French I am a picky eater. I've been to this place on a regular basis for the past four years and everytime it has been an amazing experience with a fantastic blend of Indian culinary flavors, food was tasty, portions overall were generous and the servers very very attentive. The atmosphere of the newly decorated dining room is very pleasant.

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Male
Fr. United Kingdom
07/12/2012

Not cheap. If you're looking for value in your eating, maybe in China Indian isn't the cuisine for you. Yes, there's no competition for this restaurant in the Xiamen market. But in the handful of Chinese cities where you can even find decent Indian food, you won't really be paying much less. That said, if the restaurant was cheaper I'd be there literally every week, or multiple times a week, where I currently can't afford to. With that out of the way, how's the food?

Well, I don't have the luxury of a before and after comparison of taste or of service, but what I ate was delicious. The tikka masala I had on both visits was great and stacked up with any I've had back in England. Beef vindaloo and Lamb rogan Josh also authentic and great flavours. Waiters happily accepted, and delivered, requests of extra spiciness on both visits. Naan bread totally fine, if thinner than those found in UK curry houses. Samosas not spicy enough for my liking, although I didn't request them extra hot, but texture and coating authentic.

Service was on both occasions exemplary, actually. Like when one of the bowls of complementary dips is empty a new one is offered when it's spotted. Small things. But definitely not feeling the reports of bad service here. There are loads of waitresses on hand. Environment is really nice too. Some gentle interpretations of favourite 80s power ballads playing in the background!

Probably would've given this place a 4 based on price alone, because food and service are great, but when I visited on my birthday and was basking in a post-curry glow a waiter mistakenly put some fresh plates on our table. John, the owner who was there on both occasions I visited, spotted this and corrected it before giving us some desserts on the house. Soon after, while paying, a lady who was later revealed to be his wife saw me peering over the bannister at the downstairs with its funky under-floor wine bottle decoration and struck up a conversation, asking how the night had been and offering to give us a tour. Pretty good if you ask me.

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Male
Fr. Greenland
04/12/2012

Nice name - average food. Used to be much nicer there. Good Xiamen offers better choices.

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Male
Fr. United States
30/11/2012

At one time it was the best place in town but new management has not worked out. The food has gotten poor, service isn't much better, and it is way over priced!

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replied by Carlito on 18:34:18 03 Jan
Go again. The og Indian chef is back at it again.

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