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#590 of 3,092 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Haarlemmerdijk 28, 1013 JD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 625 1428
16:30 - 22:30
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280 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Just a great little place. Book ahead, we ate here on a Thursday night and it was absolutely full... a really popular place with the locals who are in the know. Lovely welcoming owner and his nephew... but the food... just superb. We had the butter chicken and the punjabi makhni, both just delicious. Great that dhal and rice came... More 

Thank tryanythingonce
Aqaba, Jordan
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

another wonderful meal last night! and a lovely conversation with the owner, who explained that they love to keep a warm friendly atmosphere -- like Inidan home cooking. The Saag Lamb is the best I've tasted anywhere and my partner says the say about the Saag Chicken. . . great location, in the lively but less crowded Haarlemerdijk and it... More 

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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Went here on a Friday night - lovely restaurant and quite busy though it closes at about 10pm. Good food, very authentic and tasty!

Thank 25stew
Noordeloos, The Netherlands
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426 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

My friend and I enjoyed a good dinner at Balraj's - they had a very nice curry, and good chicken and meat dishes. Service was friendly and efficient. The restaurant, otherwise, is quite simple and straightforward, but if you're in for a good Indian meal, you're at the right address!

Thank JWG_080353
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I ordered Shahi chicken with coconut sauce not spicy for me and Madras for my husband and both dishes were great and delicious. The staff are very friendly and the bill was reasonable. Recommended.

Thank layla k
Grass Valley, California
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92 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Dinner for around €10 a person. Lots of food. Attentive service. My only complaint was there was very little lamb in the curry...primarily sauce.

Thank CAtrkr
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Delicious food, very nice spices and overall good quality. I really like the Indian cheese which was in the curry (I didn't have it before and because of this I didn't miss the meat as I only had vegetarian dishes). It's not really cheap and I think it's really noisy inside, sometimes I was a bit distracted from the conversation... More 

Thank Daniëlle R
Lyon, France
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The Balraj will remain one of the best Indian restaurant I've been to. We went there with friends on an evening while looking for something still open after 10 PM and what a dicovery! The food is great, staff are really friendly and the price is cheap, even more once you tasted it. We tried the Butter Chicken and the... More 

Thank Vincent F
Hamburg, Germany
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

I don't eat at indian restaurants very often so I am not an expert in this kind of food but for me and my Mum the food was great! The dishes we had were very delicious, everything had a different distinctive taste. The staff is friendly and the prices are good as well.

Thank Blomma706
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Visited since it is near our place and has a good rating. Nothing like we had before, papadums were not really papadums and our curries were not really curries... Stuffed pirhata is also something they never heard of just like the lime soda... We tend to have at least one meal out in an Indian place everywhere we go besides... More 

Thank Maxim L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Pakistani, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Open Hours
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
16:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Haarlemmerdijk 28, 1013 JD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Centrum
  • Neighbourhood: Centrum
  • Phone Number: +31 20 625 1428

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighbourhood Profile
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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