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"BEST Indian we've EVER HAD"

Reviewed October 2017 - Trip Advisor

Don't go anywhere else for your Indian fix. Trust me, I've had a lot of Indian over the course of my life, and this is hands down the paragon of Indian cuisine. Amazing service that can't be beat, either.

"Excellent Indian with a varied menu"

Reviewed September 2017 - Trip Advisor

As other reviewers have mentioned this is not your common or garden Indian. All the usual suspects are on the menu, but complimented by some excellent Southern Indian dishes including some excellent fish dishes.

Service is excellent, staff really friendly and, although it is quite small, I noticed that they now have an alfresco dining area in the rear garden now as well.

All in all probably my favourite Indian in Oxford.

"My make-my-day-better favourite choice"

Reviewed 5th June 2017 - Trip Advisor

I am very lucky to live near Qumins, and the food there always makes my day. The staff is very friendly and very helpful. The food is very tasty and great quality... and they do 10% off for students! Definitely recommend!

"A really good meal... "

Reviewed 1st June 2017 - Trip Advisor

There are many choices of where to eat around the Cowley Road, but we were close to Qumins and we never regretted it!

I usually judge an Indian/Bangladeshi restaurant by the standard of the pickles with the popadoms and these were good, fresh and varied.

Our appetites led us straight to main course with a firey chicken jalfrezi for my hedonistic companion and a delightfully spiced lamb saag for me, with plain rice and a shared matar paneer & peshwari naan on the side.

Cold beer completed a truly exceptional meal.

I'm going back for the butter chicken next time.

"Great family run restaurant!"

Reviewed 11th March 2017 - Trip Advisor

Been visiting here for the past few months, and regularly too! What an amazing restaurant. Family run by father and two sons and you can tell how passionate they are. The food bursts with so much flavour, and each bite tastes even better. Have tried many dishes there now and none have disappointed. Great meat and veggie dishes. Always happy to help and recommend a new curry if you fancy something different. Atmosphere is lovely. Always a good buzz and the staff are wonderful and accommodating. Highly recommended and the best indian restaurant in Oxford by a mile.

"Work Christmas curry at Qumins"

Reviewed 29 November 2016 - Trip Advisor

We had our work Christmas lunch at Qumins this year. There were 23 of us altogether so it was a big group booking. The service and food were both excellent. Many people said they would be going back with friends and family.

"Great Indian Cooking, free delivery"

Reviewed 28 October 2016 – Trip Advisor

Really good proper cooking. Lots of veggie choices and not too salty. We had a takeaway, it was delivered to time and with two free side dishes.

"Great Asian Food"

Reviewed 27 October 2016

Three of us ate there early and it far surpassed our expectations. If you are looking for a far more authentic Asian meal that has bags of flavour ( not just heat ) this is for you. Non

We had the curry of the day ( chicken with black eyed beans) which was wonderful along with a lovely fresh tasting cauliflower dish. The onion bhaji was wonderful - crisp , light and not at all greasy. The service was good - friendly and helpful. We hope to return on our next visit to Oxford.

"Classy Indian food"

Reviewed 25/07/16 - Trip Advisor

My wife and I sat on the outdoor patio. Beautiful weather and great service. very reasonable priced. I would go again, the food is high end, a cut above most Indian places we have been to.

"Consistently High Standards"

Reviewed 18/07/16 - Trip Advisor

Visited with friends on a Monday evening. Varied menu with many unusual dishes. Very good service, offering clear advice when asked for. As always the standard of the food was excellent. Well worth making a reservation if in a group

"even indians rate this!"

Reviewed 25/03/2016 - Trip Advisor

Goan food is the speciality - and the manager's service is a delight! I have taken friends from India who usually are scathing about British 'Indian' food and even they grudgingly admit the authenticity!

"Excellent party food"

5 of 5 starsReviewed 18 December 2015 - Trip Advisor

Great flavoured food, excellent service, clean and tidy. We had our christmas party at Qumins and they looked after us with real care and attention.

“A real delight”

Reviewed 07 Novemeber 2014 – Trip Advisor

The positive reviews of Qumins are absolutely spot on. We thoroughly enjoyed our after work meal last week. The waiters were attentive, the ambience wonderful and the food just gorgeous. I loved my own dishes of Kojili Puri and Marathi Lamb Steak Korma and somehow also found room for a mouthful or two of some of my colleagues' dishes too! With it all being so delicious (and reasonably priced), I'll have to visit again soon to begin working through the rest of the menu! Highly recommended.

“Best in Oxford”

Reviewed 27 October 2014 – Trip Advisor

Fantastic distinctive flavours between all the dishes unlike the heavy sauces you get in most so called Indian restaurants, The mohili fish dish is a triumph and their tarka dall is pretty good too. The best curry I've had in Oxford and one of the best outside of London. The staff are attentive and friendly too.

“My favourite Indian in Oxford”

Reviewed 18 April 2014 – Trip Advisor

I've tried a few Indian places since moving to the UK and this one is my favourite. The flavours, and ingredients, are very fresh. The restaurant is very clean, which is important. The service is pleasant and the decor is modern. Being Indian myself, I'm quite picky and this place definitely gets my seal of approval.

“Sophisticated Indian cuisine”

Reviewed 3 February 2014 – Trip Advisor

This restaurant has a particularly high accolade from me in that I arrived after a long and frustrating day feeling angry, irritated and upset (nothing at all to do with the meal!) and left feeling great. The quality of the food, the warmth of the service and the lovely atmosphere of the restaurant all contributed to this. Each dish combined simplicity and sophistication. There was real subtlety in the spice mixes, without any harshness. And I thought the portion sizes were excellent - we all left feeling beautifully well fed, rather than uncomfortably full. Alongside the quality of the food, I would once again emphasise the quality also of the service and the atmosphere all of which combined to make this a lovely evening.

“Delicious Food, Attentive Staff”

Reviewed 7 January 2014 – Trip Advisor

We actually ordered food from Qumins to go. When we arrived the food was ready and a discount that we didn't even know existed was applied to our bill. The food was delicious.

“Best Curry Ever”

Reviewed 19 October 2013 – Trip Advisor

Popped in on a Saturday night after hearing good things from friends. When we arrived we saw that the restaurant was full, but after juggling a few things around they managed to fit us in with no reservation. The service was friendly and prompt but not too intrusive, as it can be in many nice restaurants. The food arrived quickly and was absolutely divine, the best curry I can remember having! Although the portions are smaller than in a normal curry house, it was the perfect amount for me and my boyfriend and we left feeling absolutely stuffed.

I would 100% recommend this restaurant to anyone for any occasion and will be returning soon. I would however definitely suggest booking, especially at weekends as it was packed

12/06/13 – (

Really rather good: our takeaway was ready when we turned up on the fifteenth of the specified fifteen minutes, and all nine dishes were aromatic and flavourful. The garlic naan is lovely too: thin and pungent. The peshwari naan is also less stodgy than average, so one tends to eat even more of it than usual.

I particularly liked the saag paneer (big chunks of paneer cheese saturated in a sauce of tender spinach shreds) and the piquant onion bhaji. The okra was tasty too: crispy and succulent, in tiny nibbly chunks. It's a good place for vegetarian dining: the vegetable dishes aren't just an afterthought but are properly designed in their own right with careful attention to the strengths and requirements of each vegetable.

The interior of the restaurant is clean and calm and elegant with minimal fuss. The service, albeit I only experienced the minimal exchange of a takeaway order, seems like everything else here, thoroughly professional. Dinner for three, which stretched easily to provide for an unexpected fourth guest, cost £31: which I felt was good value for the quality of the food and number of dishes. I will definitely use Qumins again.

In Oxford Magazine Article – 09/02/14

Many restaurants have a ‘philosophy’ and it is usually about quality, originality and service. Qumins also has a philosophy, and it is all these things, but it adds a more grounded element – a desire to go back to the sub-continent and create dishes that the owner’s parents and grandparents would recognize.

This sense of family runs deep at Qumins as it is a family restaurant from the owner to chef, waiters and bar staff. When stepping in off St Clements you get a sense of family, the restaurant is warmly and stylishly decorated, regulars are greeted by name, and first time visitors warmly welcomed and offered a table; while we visited on a Sunday evening it was still half-full with a pleasant buzz.

The menu is of a familiar format with the usual range of curries, biryani and tandoori dishes, but as a regular curry-eater I always enjoy exploring the house specialities, and finding out what makes them ‘special’. In the case of Qumins this is where the philosophy of offering genuine Bangladeshi food comes through. Six months ago the menu was overhauled, and the result was the ‘specials’ being dedicated to genuine, traditional dishes cooked as they would have been in Bangladesh. This means the sauces are lighter, the spices more delicate, and the meat cooked slower - in some cases on the bone to add flavour. With some guidance from our waiter we ordered dishes we would never have normally tried: starters of Koliji Puri (stir-fried chicken liver with ginger, garlic, green chili and puri bread) and Chili Paneer (honey and chili glazed paneer cheese), and mains of Marathi Lamb Korma (lamb shank cooked slowly in a creamy onion and cinnamon bark sauce) and Butter Chicken (chicken in a creamy tomato and kasuir methi sauce).

Every dish was delicious. Most notable was the delicacy of the spicing – the cinnamon, clove and cardamom all coming through individually while allowing the meat to be the main flavour, be it the lamb that was falling off the bone or the butter chicken in its sauce of reduced tomato. Producing food his grandparents would recognize is the owner Ali Azam’s vision, and at Qumins he is doing this by introducing his guests to a new, older, type of cuisine, and that is something I believe makes his restaurant worth visiting!
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