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$$ - $$$
Asian, Contemporary, Indian, Balti, Gluten Free Options
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85 Devon St West | Central New Plymouth, New Plymouth 4601, New Zealand
+64 6-758 4444
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I had a Sunday special dinner at Pankawalla. Beautiful food, friendly and attentive service in modern, tasteful surroundings. Great value and highly recommended.

Thank rcwhw
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a pleasant experience. Restaurant decor is contemporary with quotes from Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain among others, regarding their experiences of India. The wait staff were attentive and professional. The menu offered more than standard fare. The Pankawalla Chicken is recommended, with its combination of Indian spices enhanced with the addition of whisky. The food is flavoursome. One recommendation... More 

Thank Glenda P
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly let me say I have no issues with food, price or friendliness of the staff. I think that the restaurant has problems with how it does things. I arrived at 7.15pm and was told that they were booked out. The place was half full, so I supposed there were bookings to fill it. They said they would find me... More 

Thank platypus150
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A super dining experience and the service level is first class. Rupunder and his team give total customer focus, coupled with wonderful flavors and great Indian cuisine, a well worth experience

1 Thank Mandy P
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten here several times and its always great. The menu is quite extensive, the food is excellent and service is always very good.

Thank Neil D
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here to meet up with friends on a Sunday evening, not particularly busy. Service and food very good. Enjoyable time.

Thank Philip_UH
Hawera, New Zealand
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An extremely comfortable and attractive Indian restaurant with a superb ambience and clever decoration (especially the back-lit wall of tiles, each colourfully different with English and Maori sayings), with better than average food, but oh-my-gosh, the service seriously lets it down. But first the good stuff. Absolutely delicious curries - even my husband, who is not (or at least until... More 

Thank HaweraNZ
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food. Great service from Rupi. Would highly recommend! One feedback would be for another vegan option on the menu! Many thanks and see you again!

2 Thank SimonNZL
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful evening with my wife for our fifth anniversary. Delicious food and attentive staff. Our go to restaurant for special occasions.

1 Thank notyournormal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service at Pankawalla is excellent, it couldn't be faulted! The food was awesome, we had Pankawalla fish for an entree and Pankawalla special for a main and they were both spectacular. I highly recommend this Indian restaurant!

2 Thank Sonya B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$28
Asian, Contemporary, Indian, Balti, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Delivery
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85 Devon St West | Central New Plymouth, New Plymouth 4601, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Taranaki Region  >  New Plymouth
  • Phone Number: +64 6-758 4444

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