I remember the food, service and friendliness well from the old days, and all is every bit as good as I remember.
From the welcome, (and welcome back!), information regarding the menu and specials, the timely service and the fantastic food - if only it hadn't taken me so long to visit at the new site.
The two of us shared the chicken kathi murghi kebab entree, so tender and tasty, also a garlic naan, and for mains, the spicy Garlic Murghi and Premayer Veera, a lamb dish with a fruity gravy, cottage cheese and banana pieces - just divine with a well balanced flavour.
Dessert was a lovely surprise, the mango mousseline, with I think a cardamon finish, subtle and sweet, and a lovely way to finish.
I think the mains options are perhaps fewer than previously, however I still have some 2nd choices to go back for.
Nobanno has previously been debated for the number of high scoring first time reviewers, myself being one (especially as I then didn't post again for a while, and am back in that lazy groove again). However the reality is that the food and the experience is so positive, that when the owner shows a personal and genuine interest in whether you enjoyed yourself, and encourages you to post feedback online, you come away with a real desire to fulfill a simple request and share the experience.
Well worth re-visiting, or trying out for a first time, and I'm determined to be back soon.
We had been to Nobanno when it was in town and really enjoyed it. They have moved to Ferrymead, which is great for us, as its closer. The service was outstanding, they were very accommodating and passionate about their food. I ordered a prawn curry which was quite possibly, the best I've ever had. My partner ordered the salmon which was delicious as well. As the salmon took a bit of time to bake to perfection, and it was, the staff brought out a complimentary vegetarian nibble for us during the wait. And the suggested naan with fruit and nut and saffron rice was an amazing accompaniment for the meal.
My only suggestion at all would be with the atmosphere. It was comfortable and lovely, but putting up a divider or something in the middle of the room might make it feel a bit more cozy and private.
Thanks so much, we will be back!
Went here with a large group of friends as they had not been here before, they weren't prepared for the fantastic service they received from the passionate host. I have never experience such a passionate restaurant owner who treats all customers equally and with such pride. We were warned that our meals may be a long wait as we were such a large group however we were all surprised when they arrived shortly after we received our entrées.
The mains are absolutely delicious! Presented as well as a curry could be. The healthiness and pure tastes are to die for!
Had a mango desert that was something I had never tried before and it was amazing, wanted a second one but was too full from the meal.
Defiantly recommend if your sick of the old boring Indian and want to be valued as a diner.
It's a while since we last dined here, in fact when they were situated on Armagh St [ if my memory serves me well?]
Restaurent is nicely fitted out, shame that the road is so near and busy.
I ordered Dhakai Shukoor Curry, which was spiced pork with some vegetables. This was a good tasting curry, however it was accompanied by frozen veg!
Hubbie ordered the Tok jhaal with chicken. He thought this was exceptional, and I must confess after tasting, my curry suddenly started to taste a bit bland. The chicken was so succulent, and I was disappointed I had not chosen this.
We ordered some fruit and nut naan, which was delicious, and piping hot.
The waitress was friendly and attentive.
On paying the bill we did mention that we felt they were doing themselves a disservice by serving frozen vegetables.
I was shown by the owner the vegetables that were freshly prepared by the chefs, however these were not the vegetables that were in my curry.
All being said, the meal was extremely good value for the money, and we will return.
Walked in tonight for our booking for three at Nobanno tonight- restaurant was empty but soon filled up. Great atmosphere, and we were greeted by the manager/owner: lovely gentleman who showed us to our seats and was very talkative and loved to discuss the business and the food. We ordered the meat platter and three mains (chicken and fish specials and a lamb dish); the platter was delicious with tender meat and lovely dipping sauces, and the mains were all very tasty and very unique- nothing like anything I've ever tried before. Well worth the trip, pleasant service too. Will definitely be back!
First visit to Nobanno today and we a thrilled we visited! Outstanding service, absolutely beautiful food. Best Mango Lassi EVER!!! The garlic chicken curry was devine. My son had a very nice vegetarian dish. The entrees were just delicious. We'll be back. Highly recommend this place :))))
I have waited eagerly for the reopening of Nobannos after Feb 2011 and this was my first visit to Nobanno's new location in Ferrymead. The food and service were just as good as I remembered. My friend and I went for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the two dishes we ordered and shared..Chicken Badam and Beef Narikaal. The meat was tender and the sauces were delicious. Both dishes were served with rice and a small salad. This restaurant deserves to do well and I am looking forward to my next visit there.
If you enjoy new flavours and cuisine you must try Nobanno. Bengali food which is a first in New Zealand. Naans to die for and the Spicy Garlic Murghai is a must. Subtle flavours that will astound. Very nice service with a humble owner.
The dining experience was matched by the exceptional attention from our waitresses by even placing the napkins on our laps. Which is also a first for us. My partner had the Shukta, with light flavours of chick pea and cumin, delicious traditional Bengal flavour.
We went to Nobanno about 6 o'clock on a Thursday evening for the 1st time.We were the only ones there but shortly after more diners arrived.We were made very welcome by all the staff and the menu and food was explained to us.We chose the Nobanno Platter for 2 as an entree which included meat and evergetarian nibbles.It was all very tasty..For our mains we had a prawn curry and a vegetarian curry with bowls of saffron rice and Basmati rice.It was well presented and delicious.Overall a very pleasant dining experience.Highly recommended.
My partner first took me to Nobanno soon after we'd met as it was one of his favourite restaurants, and it's obvious why. The staff are very welcoming and explain to you about the interesting and different range of food they offer. The curries, as other reviewers have said, are similar to Indian, but less "hot" and with much more interesting spices, suitable for people who are into hot curries and those who aren't a big fan of curries alike. All curries are offered as chicken, beef or lamb, and at a very good price. Last night we fed four adults for a little more than $100. A selection of unique and familiar entrees are on offer, as well as a range of excellent breads(naan etc) and traditional drinks, the mango lassi less sweet than at indian restaurants and more spicy. I would reccomend trying the Chicken Narikaal with a Mango Lassi.
Had a birthday dinner here last night with 9 friends after reading previous reviews, and have to say i wasn't disappointed! Staff were friendly and gave a good explanation of the type of food to be expected. Waiter was very efficient and double checked all orders before taking them to the kitchen. Food was well presented, with a range of dishes being sampled - Nobanno platter for starters went down very well. Some of the main dishes sampled and highly recommended were the chicken Palong (exquisite!), Narikaal Lamb (Very nice) and of course the highly recommended Nobanno mixed biryani - which was delicious and portioned more for two people rather than one, so those who ordered it took home a 'doggy bag'- perfect for lunch the following day. An extra special surprise and added bonus was being presented a bottle of Lindauer by the manager (as he goaded my friends into singing 'happy birthday')which really topped off the evening, so much so that my friends were squabbling over whose entertainment cards to use for the discounts, as most were reluctant to have Nobanno scratched from their cards as they were sure they would come back with their partners! A great evening was had by all and i am sure we will all be returning soon for more exquisite food!
My wife and I booked here following recommendations and were really impressed. We had two of the special main dishes of the day along with a starter, garlic naan and rice. The food was awesome with incredible flavours. I understand that no chilli is used in the food. This resulted in the flavours of the spices being more pronounced and I didn't end up with a sweat at the end of the meal. Quite a different and enjoyable experience when compared with some Asian restaurants I have been to in the past. The staff were very friendly and overall it was a great dining experience. We will definitely return.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR A LARGE GROUP the kitchen could NOT cope with more than a table of 4!!!
so my wife booked at nabanno for new years eve and told me it came highly recommended by a friend and that it was a byo -as she was told by their owner in person when she booked that it was BYO.
We arrived to find it was not a byo (we suspect they were trying to milk it for NYE) so had no choice but to get rid of or wine (A wait staff member told us the management decide wether it is BYO or not) we booked for 7:30 and ordered about 8ish at 9:30 they came up to us and told us that dinner was at least 40 minutes away because the food is prepared fresh but I'm sure that other restaurants are do too.
We ordered a banquet at 44.95 per head i asked for something on the entree to be swap with another item this did not happen at the time they apologized and replaced after this point they told us that the mains would be at least 40 minutes away and asked us if we wanted to leave to go to another restaurant (who does this on new years eve!!!). The food was good but not worth the wait then came the dessert which was awful who in there right mines has curried rice with parsley for dessert????? my experience at nabannos was disgusting and would not recommend it to my worst enemy. Staff were not consistent in what they were telling us either - one lady asked for no egg and was told what she had was mushroom and opened it up to find a hard boiled egg.
WOW this place is a little jem in central Christchurch a Bengali restaurant with wonderful drinks,service,atmosphere,food and friends a truly fantastic evening.
From the get go it was lovely we were welcomed and shown to the bar, 5 minute later we were seated ,we ordered our entree drinks and mains which all came out in sequence the staff are friendly and polite.
The entree was Lamb chop, chicken tikka, Dim Golla & Peaz bhaja(Served with fresh salad, mint and tamarind sauce) wonderful.
The main Chagol Mangsho , Goat meat cooked in specially made gravy and a touch of aniseed Delicious.
(PLUS THE OL STANDARD - Garlic Naan)
The dessert Misti Deep fried dumplings in rose syrup, served with vanilla icecream , now i felt like taking in the full Bengali experience and trust me when i say it is worth it !
Once again a fantastic meal at Nobanno. We live in Dunedin and travel to Chch 3-4 times a year. We have been back to Nobanno every time, ever since the first time we went to Nobanno for a friends engagement party just over a year ago. The service is wonderful and Chris always remembers us (even though it had been 6 months since the last time we went). We always enjoy the food and the atmosphere.
I recommend this restaurant to everyone.
Went for lunch last Saturday and found it was all ok but nothing as special as before. We shared two dishes- a dahl aloo and a chicken and spinach curry wth a garlic naan and a roti. The dahl allo was more bland than I remember the food, and only had three pieces of potato in it!! The menu description "A combination of spiced potato & Yellow lentils serve togethe to give you a unique & healthy taste" was a bit short of the reality. Once we had eaten the potato pieces the dahl was left. It was the same with the chicken and spinach curry Palong- only a few pieces of chicken in a sea of (tasty) spinach. The breads were both good. But that was it, overall just an ok experience. Or on this system of grading an average lunch
My friend and I have been to Nobanno for lunch twice. The food is great and the service exceptional!!! We love the combos and think they offer great value for money.
The only thing I'd recommend is better lighting at the tables. It was rather dark inside (dark wall paint) and hard to read the menu even at noon. Also our table was at the end of a column and whenever the patron behind me got in or out of his chair, it would hit mine. They finally moved to another table.
Nevertheless, I think it's a great little restaurant in the centre of town and I'd highly encourage you to try it!
Since arriving in Christchurch 3 years ago I have been searching for a high quality curry and have been disappointed over and over again until we came to Nobanno. We both had chicken biriani as we had heard it was exceptional and it really was. A week later and we are still talking about it and will definately be back!!!! The best curry I have had in years.
Was it just me or isn't this place just like any other Indian restaurant. Yes I know, its not Indian its Bangledesian. Don't be confused, it taste the same just not as spicy and the curry hangovers are just as bad. The restaurant itself is nice and modern,clean,welcoming, staff were pleasant. But,its just a flashed up curry house thats no better in my opinion than any other in CHCH.
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience dining at Nobanno. The staff were so friendly, the environment was inviting and relaxing. The food was a taste sensation. After travelling through west Bengal, it was a real treat to find a restaurant that serves such authentic Bengali food. In Christchurch! We loved it and recommend to all!!
We chose the Banquet meal (min 2 people), this comprised of a starter, entree, 2 main dishes with Naan and rice, dessert,a glass of wine(or beer) with coffee at the end.
For our main we had Baddam chicken and a spinach dish and were very happy with our choice. Overall, the meal was very enjoyable, the curries are not as hot as Indian curries and full of flavour.
If you are going with children, I would highly recommend they try a curry, our 8yr old loved it and the mango youghurt drink, he finished everything. The service was great and we will definitely go back soon.
Had a lovely greeting form the staff we were seated at a window table in the raised seating area, next to a large group at this stage we should of asked to move to the quieter area, menus water and explanation of Bengali not Indian and specials was well presented we opted for the mixed platter for two then Tok Jhaal (spicy Lamb) and Narikaal Chicken both meals were tender not spicy, I thought the chicken to sauce ratio was very good the lamb portion was a bit on the small side, saffron rice was excellent tasted like saffron had been used and not turmeric, over all the service was attentive and pleasant the only down side was being seated next tothe large group who allowed children to crawl around on the floor under the tables of other diners and in general making a major nuisance of themselves to the other diners and staff while they remained oblivious to the mayhem but this is a proably a forum topic, over all a nice dining expereice would be back
had dinner on Saint Paddys day, (for my birthday) after looking at the awsome reviews on this site, decided to give Nobannos a go! a VERY good choice i might add.
Nobbanos doesnt look too bad from the outside- although the posters on the windows were a detraction. we were the first ones there which had us worried for a second that things werent going to be good, but a warm greeting at the door and a seat next to the window had us warming up. Waiter that served us was friendly and informative. Decided on special banquet for two- which was another good choice. Thought we had to choose from a selection of entrees but the banquet selection allowed us to sample them all! Beautiful bowls of rice and naan- they were flavoured nicely and went well with our tasty mains. I had the chicken special of the day, which was delicous and my partner had the Vera Kosha which was suggested by the waiter as being a popular dish and was very tasty and flavoursome. There was plenty of food to go around in the banquet so by the time dessert came out we were pleasently surprised at the small portion of icecream and dumpling (just topped everything off!)
overall A+! will be back for sure.
A large group of us ate at Nobanno on a Thursday night. I had looked at the website first to get an idea about the menu and there were a few spelling mistakes, but it was easy to manouvre around and to get a good idea about the restaurant's philosophy, Bangladeshi food and their menu. I was pleasantly surprised once inside the venue. The decor was really modern and tasteful, service was attentive and everything was well explained throughout the evening. It was a surprise to receive a discount on the banquet option for our large group and we decided to try a bit of everything for each of the courses, which worked out really well and we had plenty of food!
It was obvious that they used fresh ingredients as our host had explained because the flavours were so clear and everything was really tasty without being too overpowering or spicy! Looking forward to going back, and would even venture to take family and friends who aren't into spicy foods! (Saphron rice is my new favourite!).
Two of us visited last Friday for an evening meal. While we only had naan and a main each, we really enjoyed our shared chicken dish Mushroom Murghi (subtle flavour) and a beef or lamb dish - possibly the Vera Koshi, and full of flavour. The flavours were a lovely change from the Indian meals I also enjoy, and we are both keen to return with others to sample more from the menu.
The service was friendly, helpful, and genuine without being intrusive.
I have already started recommending, and am looking forward to returning in the future.
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
I knew I had enough time up my sleeve to slip out of the house and enjoy dinner at Nobanno’s on Armagh St before the crescendo of rustling, crackling, tearing Christmas wrapping paper reverberated next morning throughout my suburban domain and awakened me to the joys of yet another day of memorable overindulgence.
Although I have dined at this restaurant on several occasions it never ceases to impress me that the owner manages to fully engage with every table once they are seated and ready to consider the menu. He explains, albeit with the speed of someone who has repeated his spiel a thousand or more times, that the restaurant is not Indian but Bengali and the food is, therefore, different to Indian. Refreshing in many respects as when your near neighbour has a populace of over a billion people it could well be difficult to avoid having your own country’s cuisine overcome & swallowed by the sheer magnitude of such a phenomena.
Furthermore, there is something appealing to me about the genuine friendliness of this family-run restaurant and their preparedness to go that extra mile in the interests of their customers. There is often a ‘nice touch’ that adds to those all important points of difference we look for in everyday experiences. For instance, after this particular meal, following payment at the till, we were given a 200mm tall wrapped, chocolate Santa each.
Entrée for me was the Mushroom Delight, fresh seasoned, breadcrumb-coated mushrooms stuffed with minced lamb, exotically spiced with an array of tantalizing herbs & tamarind sauce. Fairly priced at $9.90 .
Accompanying this was another deep fried dish, Dim Golla which was, essentially, a hard boiled egg encased in a spicy, washed potato shell, brushed with egg yolk & breadcrumbs. Not unlike a Bengali interpretation of a Scotch Egg.
Two delightful main courses followed and each was effusive in its delivery of subtle tastes, distinctive flavour differences and aromatic nuances. Citrus Beef Curry, although hailed as one of Nobanno’s signature dishes, wasn’t outstanding but did, nonetheless, largely deliver on its promise of experiential pleasure, its gently perceptible citrus flavour adding an interesting dimension to this beef curry. The Saffron Pulao rice was a divine partner.
The Nobanno Mach Curry ($19.40) comprised generous chunks of fish cooked in coconut cream and assorted spices, again with an accent on that old, ancient friend, tamarind. This was a beautiful dish and one I would have little hesitation in ordering next time.
Service during the meal was considered, courteous and professional. Our young waitress very successfully added to our enjoyment of the evening and is, unquestionably, an asset to this business in my view.
Me and my wife are Indian born Australians. Our parents were born in undivided India (before Bangladesh was born) in Dhaka (which is now the capital of Bangladesh). My mother and mother-in-law have a style of cooking which is typically Dhaka style and we have always yearned for a restaurant which is proud of Bangladeshi cuisine. We found Nobanno, in Christchurch when we were travelling in NZ. We normally do not go to the same restaurant twice (while trvelling), but we had to make and except for Nobanno. Ate there for all the 3 nights in Christchurch. We experimented many dishes and would love to go back there. They have captured the sublime flavours of that region and enhanced it for the modern times. So for all those who love Bangladeshi/Indian style food, this is definitely for you - the spices and flavours are genuinely from the region. The deserts are also representative for the region.
We found Nobanno through the entertainment book, and loved the idea of trying something different in the way of Bangladeshi cuisine. It was absolutely delicious, and would recommend to anyone.
The service was fantastic, with the waiter very attentive, and we got a lovely explanation of Bangladeshi cuisine. After a delicious free entree, I had a vegetarian cheese and spinach main, and my husband had the chicken tandoori. We both agreed that it was far superior to any Indian we had tasted. Usually I love my food super hot, but it was a very pleasant experience to be able to taste all the subtle herbs and flavours used in the cooking, without it being overpowered by chilli.
Am looking forward to going back for more!
We were in Christchurch and were looking for a tasty rather than gourmet experience for lunch before going to Starlight Express and we found it!! The front of house was very much promoting Bangladesh cuisine and we loved it! Come to Wellington please!! We were given a complimentary spicy tomato soup which was very more-ish and some bread while our mains ( a lamb and a chicken dish) were cooking...when he bought it to the table it was very well presented and looked very large in the portion department!! But it was a taste sensation...very different from Indian or Malay flavours, reliant more on spices than on chilli for heat. A wonderful lunch and will defintely recommend to all. great to find a gem like this
A superb friendly restaurant, with mouthwatering dishes that won't break the bank balance!
My friend and I headed to Nobanno on Monday evening. She always takes me to yummy places when I visit her in Tauranga, so I wanted to return the favour. After reading the reviews, I was really looking forward to some mouthwatering dishes. We were not disappointed.
We had the platter for 2 for starters. 'Best tandoori chicken' we have ever tasted and very tasty samosas.
She had a chicken special which was delightful, and I tried the extremely yummy lamb Tok Jhaal.
The staff really were exceptional. Very knowledgable and helpful.
I will definitely be returning!
A good friend recommend Nobanno - and a quick look at previous comments made the decision very easy, to experience Bangladeshi delights! The welcome was very warm and friendly, promptly seated (first customers of the night :-) - and the waiter (owner?) explained the concept of Bangladeshi cuisine. We started with platter for two, with four different items - all of them very delicious and served hot. My partner had a prawn dish with a spinach based sauce (sorry, can't remember the name) and I had the lamb special of the night - what a great choice (my partner was rather envious, even if her dish was exquisite, too).
As a previous reviewer said, I personally was a bit disappointed with the décor - however the great service by the staff and their friendliness balanced it more than enough :-)
We will definitely be back, with more friends, to enjoy Nobanno, its excellent food and caring staff!
Me and my partner went for lunch on a Friday - was reasonably busy as it seemed to have a few work lunches. We ordered quickly as i had been before and knew what i wanted!!
We had great service, once again, very friendly staff, quick service, meals were great as usual. Another bonus is the price, for lunch during the week its nice to be able to go to a nice resturant without the long wait and big price.
I love this place, the staff are amazing, always helpful and friendly. I cant applaud them enough.
Well,what a lovely surprise this place was!
First off our host greeted us warmly explaining the food was NOT Indian but Bangladeshy(hope that's the correct term!).Viewed a fantastic menu and decided on a mushroom delight entree and a special chicken garlic murgh(I think)
Blown away by how good each dish was-if like me you are over the BLAND,non-descript ethic food on offer in Christchurch,and have been lucky to eat elsewhere in the world-you will enjoy this food.Rich,aromatic,tasty as all hell.
My only regret was it was just myself and my 11 year old boy dining and we could'nt try more.
Definately be back-this place is seriously underated.Only thing that would improve it would be new decore -something more intimate and up to date. This place SHOULD be pumping on a friday night going by the serious line up of booze at the bar!
I popped in with a friend and despite not having a reservation the staff were really friendly and welcoming and seated us right away. After hearing that we didn't know anything of Bangladesh cuisine the waitress explained elements of the menu and food which was very helpful. Our food and drinks came promptly, were delicious and all the staff we met were lovely! They really go the extra mile. Definitely going back again.
My husband and I had read the reviews and decided upon this resturant based on them. We were not disappointed at all! The service was great and the food amazing. We had the banquet and enjoyed every part of it! The flavours were devine and very fresh and we were unable to finish the huge main ... hubby is a very big eater! I had chicken - very tender, Hubby had Lamb which was hearty and flavoursome. Lots of chicken and lamb! Both sauces were very different in flavour and the rices were fantastic - fluffy and tasty. Naan bread was yummy and well needed as you want to get all the lovely sauces soaked up! Dessert was small... but all that was needed. The banquet is the way to go - Drinks, starter, entree, main and rice with naan, as well as dessert and coffee to follow!! Well done guys - you have done yourselves proud!! As we were leaving we meantioned it was our Wedding Anniversary and were given free T-Shirts! A really nice gesture but we left feeling guilty as they were the ones who deserved all the praise!! We will be back with the family some time soon!!!
Nobano's was very clean and a nice decor. The staff were polite and efficient. Out of the children's meals that came, stay with the curries, I highly recommend the Chicken Badam Curry - this was not spicy, have never seen our son finish a large plate so fast... The food was Excellent. The cocktail children's drinks were a bit pricey though. We would definitely return. Great service.
After checking out other reviews of this restaurant we decided to go there for a Sunday lunch. The restaurant was very well presented. The food was great, very tasty.
Just some dislike - the waiter did not mention that the house special is a much more expensive dish ($22) than what is on the lunch menu ($12), also when I asked for rice which should have come with the meal free but was given a bowl of saffron rice (tasted lovely) which cost extra. I think the waiter should have explained this when the order was taken.
I've been here a couple of times, both times were great. Food was all good, full of flavour. The host explains all about the food which is good, I like it when resturants take the time to explain exactly what everything is. Entrées were great too. Its really suited to going with a group of people so you can share around and try a bit of everything. The service was good though I did have to explain to the waitress that cab sav is short for cabernet sauvignon. The host was really great though, the second time we were there we had a great conversation with him, about good and bad as I recall. Not often you get an enlightening and entertaining conversation with your meal! Hence I give it a straight 10 for service. Atmosphere was clean and modern, couldn't fault it. Nobanno's Bangladeshi food makes a great change from the usual and by and large mediocre choice of Indian food in Christchurch.
An awsum experience ! My first experience of Bangladeshi cuisine & i was not disappointed. The young guy was passionate about his country & cuisine and did a great job explaining what was on the menu , ingredients & today's special dish.
The food was tasty and had lots of flavor.We tried the Murghi Garlic , Murghi Mushroom & a Lamb dish which was the best....it was like a pickle....great with naan bread or rice.
Would love to visit again but would have to fly from Auckland!! Well done guys & hopefully we will a franchise here soon.
All d best & keep up the good work.
The food here is great, it's the service that's a bit too much. Not to mention their massive customer satisfaction chart plastered on the front window, which looks like it should be something that's stuck on the Westpac window directly opposite. Apart from this, I will still go back because I think the food is really tasty.
This restaurant is absolutely on top of my dinning list. Since the first time I experienced the wonderful service and delicious food, I have taken many of my friends to dine in, and all of them think this Bangladesh restaurant is one of the best! Very friendly environment and detailed presentations are definitely part of dining experience. I would love to go very soon!
This has to be the best restaurant in town! My partner and i went in last night after looking at the menu online. When we arrived we couldnt believe how nice the Enviroment and decor was, we were greeted as we entered by friendly staff. I couldnt believe the selection of premium beers and all drinks extreemly well priced!! The service was outstanding and friendly. The food was beyond belief! All three courses were tastey, morish and very generous. Three courses and a few drinks each came to under $40 a head. loved it!! we'll see you guys next week.
We had wanted to try Nobanno for ages as we had heard so many good comments about it. It was even better than expected. After reading the menu for a while we must have looked a bit unsure so Christopther said 'let me serve you with some specials'- he must be psychic we thought but what the hey.. it sounded like a fun idea.
When the 1st dish arrived I was a bit worried about our pot luck ordering method and thought that it was about to go terribly wrong. Instead it was a life changing event! Our non mushroom eater ate two meals with mushrooms and came back for seconds. Our no hot spice and no rice eater( YES I do know we were NUTS bringing him!!! HAHA) Loved the food so much he wants to come back. This is somewhat of a miracle as it is the first time in over 25 years he has even entered a restaurant that did not have steak or schnitzel on the menu!
The food arrived in good time and had great flow and compatibility. The service and explanations and food recommendations were fantastic. My advice- book now!!! and if you have a question -just ask -as the staff will go out of their way to please and serve. Quality food, unique spices and REAL genuine HOSPITALITY. I know where my hard earned $ will be spent next time I am hungry! This is quality, value and variety.
We spent Christmas day in this restaurant and conculded that it was one of the best Christmas meals we have ever had. Our waiter was very helpful and recommended suitable food that worked very well together. For startes we had chickpea battered vegetables that were deep fried -wow. The main meal was a special rice with lentils along a lamb stew. It might not have looked so great but the flavors were so good. Dipping the Nan bread into the sauce was a never ending story...
We get thet the menu is genuin from Bangladesh but there is room for improvment regarding the deserts.
A group of 6 dined here for a birthday celebration. Once we were seated a friendly waiter told us about the restaurant and it's cuisine. There was an excellent choice of dishes on the menu, as well as their daily specials. We ordered a selection of starters and mains and everyone enjoyed their dishes. The service was very efficient and friendly. A nice finish was the complimentary icecream cake (complete with candle!)which they presented at the end of the meal. We were also asked to complete a customer feedback form after dining. It is great to see an eating establishment that takes customer feedback seriously. The food itself was flavoursome, and not spicy hot. (if you prefer some heat in your food they are happy to add chilli) We will certainly be back to try some of the other dishes on the menu. This restaurant deserves to do well and is a welcome addition to the Christchurch dining scene.
Great restaurant. Recommended it through word of mouth. Beautiful food, which uses a large array of herbs and spices to flavour the foods. Service was friendly as well. Portion sizes were plentiful, so we got full early on in the banquet! They gave us the leftovers to take home. Overall a lovely experience.
A friend recommended this place as some of the best "Indian" dining in CHCH (her words, not mine). I gave it a try a few weeks back. Ordered the "special dish of the night" (which was priced about $4 more than most of the other mains) and was quite unimpressed. It was no worse -- but no better -- than most Indian restaurants. Just more expensive. I have had many, many Indian dishes, but I was not able to discern any specific Bengali characteristics in Nobanno's presentations.
I made it a point to dine there a second time last week as I trusted this particular friend's recommendation. I thought I had just caught the restaurant on an "off" night. I had one of the standard mains and again -- no worse, but no better than most. Just more expensive.
I will not be back for a third try.
Food here is really special and absolutely delicious. Did seem similar to Indian, but much much MUCH nicer than any Indian I've ever had! You could really notice that they'd used fresh ingredients, and even the complimentary soup was very very nice. We filled up on just the starters and mains, so portions were generous and prices very reasonable for the taste. Personally I would have preferred a more Bangladesh-inspired environment, but the existing one is still very pleasant.
Came for lunch with a friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The restaurant is well presented with modern décor and the wait staff are friendly and attentive. This seems to be a popular spot for work lunches during the week, and no wonder as the food was very reasonability priced and delicious. We both chose a curry for lunch which we loved, but several other dinners were having the kebab rolls and they looked divine (I must try one next time). I will definitely be returning to Nobanno!
I visited this restaurant with my wife and my 15 month old daughter on 28 June 2008. The food we ordered tasted very good and exceeded our expectations certainly. However as we were not provided with a baby high chair, we had some trouble in making our baby comfortable and ourselves inturn. Since I was advised not to walk around ( am really surprised with this ) with my baby to comfort her, we certainly did not enjoy our dinner. I would suggest the management to provide high chairs and think about how they can improve to be child friendly.
I appreciate their welcome address and I would suggest them to study a bit more about " Harvest Festival " ( Nobanno ).
We decided to go to Nobanno for lunch while walking past and saw their Sunday special offer. We were greeted by a very pleasant and welcoming host who saw us to a sunny table immediately. The waiter gave us a brief run down on the restaurant and pointed out this is the first bengali restaurant in NZ. He gave a clear expectation on the 'spice level' and advised us of the specials. This introduction was very professional and impressive. Our mains were tasty (however I asked for medium and think I got mild), well presented and served with handy ladles to serve from the bowls. This place is recommended for a nice relaxing lunch, the atmosphere is really nicely done, service is good and food meets expectations. Well done guys I hope you are successful.
I spent a week in New Zealand (coming from the USA) traveling in Wellington, the Marlborough Sounds, and Christchurch, and while I had many fine meals in NZ, my dinner at Nobanno was by far the best meal I had. My dining companion and I were impressed by the quality of the food, the wonderful friendly service and the sleek, modern dining room. We told the staff that we would be recommending the restaurant to our friends in NZ and when they asked we post a review on this site, I said I would gladly do so. So, do know that I am writing on the other side of the world in Seattle, and that I recommend anyone who is visiting Christchurch and who wants to experience wonderful cuisine quite different from the standard south Asian/Indian menus one sees anywhere, Nobanno is your place!
Great food and attentative service, Chris and his team deserve to do well.
I'm a frequent customer of Nobanno and really enjoy the freshness and quality of the food. The naans are stunning and the curries are more delicate and flavoursome than there indian counterparts.
Try it with an open mind and you will not be disappointed.
We had a very pleasant evening at Nobanno. We appreciated the explanation of the various dishes and the friendly and attentive staff. The food was exceptional,not as hot as Indian food and beautifully spiced. We thought that it was very good value for money, the wine list was good. We would definetly return
Tasty Indian sub-continent food. Promoted differences between Indian and Bengali food (categorised Indian food into one cuisine so not accurate). mains were tasty. Service was overbearing with too much talking (let the menu do this when the staff speak too fast to fully comprehend) wasn't helped by overtly friendly talk to female members in group by male staff. Music in background was pleasant. Restaurant took over from previous one and still environment too dark with poor lighting (neither well lit nor intimate). Wine list was good and reasonably priced; beer choice limited with not much Indian sub-continent selection; I know Bengalis wouldn't drink alcohol as Muslims). Onion bagis were good and naans ok rice was good Couple of dishes were nice but couple were just OK. Would be unlikely to return unless some special offer.
With so many mediocre researaunts in New Zealand it is always nice to find a researaunt that recognizes that service is part of the experience.
Dining at Nobanno, Bengali for harvest feast, one immediately feels part of the family. The hostess was gracious and helpful guiding the uninformed through the differences between Indian and Bengali food. As part of a large group we let the hostess guide us through the entrees where we enjoyed a selection of bajha (vegetable fritters), samosas, lamb chops and accompanying sauces. It is important to note that Bengali cuisine, unlike many Indian cuisines, is not spicy. There are several similarities such as aloo gobi (potato and caluiflower), panek paneer (spinach and cheese) and vindaloo (a type of stewing sauce for meats).
For my main I had the Sobji Badham, a stew of vegetables in a coconut and cashew sauce. Served with a fragrant basmati rice the dish was rich and satisfying. I requested it spicy and it arrived with just enough spice where the flavors blended into an exotic symphony that didn't overwhelm the vegetables. the mains were served with traditional naan, used to help soak up the rich sauce.
Judging from the others in my group, satisfaction was the order of the evening as every plate was cleaned after some serious "umm"ing and "yumm"ing.
A gem in my book, Nabanno will become a regular during my frequent Christchurch visits.
I stopped in to Nobanno for lunch some weeks ago out of curiosity. I was so impressed that I vowed to return for dinner sometime. Tonight we finally got around to returning. Now, I'm an (name removed) fan from way back and nothing else I've tried in Christchurch has come close to the quality of food I've come to expect from there. Nobanno, however, managed to change this. From the moment we walked through the door we were impressed with this outstanding establishment. Love the decor - smart, but unpretentious, with bengali music completing the scene. The staff are attentive, well presented, and made excellent recommendations from the many offerings on the menu. We started with the prawns (quite honestly the best I've had in Christchurch), the garlic mushrooms (smooth as silk flavours that warm the palette in preparation for the main course - an excellent appetiser that will compliment any main course), and the pakoras (crispy batter that was somehow not oily like everyone else's?). For our main course we had mach (spelling?) fish and a quirky specialty, honey mustard lamb. This was well matched with a saffron rice, rice with almonds, cherries and such, a matching naan, and a naan stuffed with potato and other bits. Unfortunately, we didn't feel we had room for dessert; something to look forward to on our next visit!
Amazing food, service, and atmosphere - this restaurant deserves to succeed. Do give it a try - you'll not be disappointed.
As a visitor to New Zealand we had no experienced too many excellent restaurants. We came across Nobanno a few days before leaving and were exceptionally happy with it. The owner is lovely, and explains exactly what Bengali food is. He is happy to chat with you about what to order, and where he comes from as this is a dream for him. Some people might be overwhelmed by the somewhat 'in your face' customer service, but it is only done because they honestly want to know your opinion on the food, service and experience. We came back a few days in a row, and if you are put off by the whole experience being explained to you, rest assured they will recognise you when you come back and you will not face the same spiel. It is a lovely place to eat with excellent food (and naan!), excellent staff and a very nice setting. The price is excellent for what it is, and i have to say if Nobanno was in Sydney it would be booked out! It's fantastic and i really urge you to try it. As for the food, every dish we had was excellent. Very filling and fresh.
On advise from my lovely daughter my lovely wife nd i went to Nobanno last week and found the food very good .Much lighter than Indian food and the overall taste was very exciting.We have been dining out most Wednesday nights and we have come to the conclusion that to be honest there are not a lot of good restaurants that we can say we really enjoyed.Maybe because my wife is an excellent cook and we/i are very spoiled.However the Nobanno was quite refreshing and i am sure they will do very well .Bengalese food will be on our To Go To in the near future.
Exceptional food and service.
This restaurant deserves to succeed as everything about the night was great.
Very friendly and helpful staff, took great pains to explain the differences between Indian and Bangladeshy food.
Will recommend this restaurant to friends.You should try it.
Came here with 6 others for my birthday dinner. Service was friendly, very prompt, and very thorough. Bengali food is like indian- but not as hot. more spices but less heat, their curries are lovely and smooth. We shared platters for entrees, very yum. mains we shared various curries and saffron rice, nan bread.
Yummy, price about right for that location, was very full afterwards. the best thing though was the service- cheerful, eager to help, and they sung me happy birthday. By which stage I had already had a few wines so it wasn't as embarrassing as it could have been. Will revisit.
Come across Nobanno with my friend on the way back from bakery, initially thought it might be another Japanese/Korean restaurant but then realized that it's a Bengali (Bangladesh) restaurant. Straight away served by the waitress as soon as we stepped in, with the menu along, she explained to us what the lunch special deals are, and clarify the dishes are Bengali rather than Indian (for every first visitor). As both were full with cakes and tarts, we shared a healthy vegetable roll which is one of the lunch specials. Reasonable waiting hours. I thought I might not be full for I'm still hungry but the roll is quite large. It came along with dipping sauce beside it in a small platter. The roll has lots of fillings e.g. lettuce, cucumbers, cabbages, carrots, potato cakes,etc..yum~I was so full after then, if not, I wanna try the naan bread and dessert. Efficient services, tasty food and reasonably priced, and a relaxing atmosphere..will definitely come back in the future..:)