Five Rivers takes its name from the English translation of the word Punjab, the geographical region that every fan of Indian cuisine will be familiar with but that means, in the original, ‘five rivers’. This Royal Leamington Spa restaurant does indeed represent a confluence in culinary terms, with a family of chefs coming together to showcase their passion for northern Indian cookery. Recruiting top-notch chefs from the best hotels and restaurants and India, Five Rivers’ Victoria Terrace premises are an unmissable destination for truly unique South Asian cuisine.
The owner of Leamington Spa’s Five Rivers was born in the Punjab, and its his knowledge of northern Indian cuisine and the standards required for a world-class restaurant that has led Five Rivers to become not simply another Indian restaurant but a culinary theatre with a carefully curated menu and an expert team of handpicked chefs at work in the kitchen. Guests to Five Rivers Victoria Terrace restaurant are encouraged to dine like Indians do, snacking before and after the main event on a host of mouthwatering and healthy delicacies fresh from the tandoor oven and grill. The dosa come highly recommended – south Indian crepes filled with spicy potato or chicken tikka, fresh coconut and tomato chutney.
Everywhere you look on Five Rivers’ exceptional menu one notices that a great deal of effort has gone into articulating the rich culinary culture of India. Each dish is carefully annotated, with historical and regional insights appended to descriptions of the ingredients and techniques used. The chicken Chettinad, for instance, is described as a fiery curry from Tamilnadu in southern India that is best paired with parathas. Rarely do you find an Indian restaurant so eager to exhibit more than simply a list of curry house staples. The people of Royal Leamington Spa are lucky to have Five Rivers in their midst, right in the town centre in fact, indeed over the river at the foot of the Parade.
Delicious food served promptly at great prices. Very friendly and welcoming staff. Everything immaculately clean and nicely decorated. Very impressed and will certainly come back again.
From the outside the restaurant looks like something I would pass on, the kerb appeal is not very good. However step inside and it's pleasantly pleasing, nice comfortable arrangement with nice decor, tables are set for a fi e dinning experience and the food is fabulous. We had a mixed plate starter consisting of popodom, and chutney shis kabab, onion bhaji, Masala fish, chicken tikka and a delicate paty (which I do not know the name of). Followed by a curry myself I chose the lamb bhuna which was tender and the tasty sauce was thick ( can't stand it when the sauce is like coloured water). The o The person's in the party chose fish curry (the best option we all agreed light and fragrant perfect after a large starter and for the lunchtime period which we dined), butter chicken ( absolutely delicious and tender chunk of meat filled the dish), and chicken tikka masala (this tasted similar to the butter chicken wasn't so tikka as we are use to but still very nice). It was nice the the sauce was think and the Nan breads were a real nice accompaniment to the rice as to ensure you scooped up the tastey curry sauce. Desert was also included in the lunchtime deal spiced carrot and vanilla ice cream ( the ice cream is one of the best we have tasted and the spiced carrot cake was like a cookie dough really suited the ice cream and something most of the party thought they wouldn't like but their wasn't any left on the plates! Service is kept at a good pace, although their was only five other tables vacated at the time we dinned, the restaurant can serve around 30 tables The toilets are clean, tiles from top to bottom and fully functioning, they are a little bit cold visiting them down a flight of stair to the basement, i don't know if they have a wheelchair accessible facility upstairs so would need to check that out before bringing my friend who relies on the use of her wheelchair. Service was ok, a bit robotic and flat, our waiter tried to crack a joke or two which we didn't find very funny. One of the waiters did whisk away our popodom plates very quickly and we were surprised as we were still using them, causing my husband to drop his food on his clothes, no appologies or offer to provide a cloth to wipe it off which was a shame. If the service was spot on and the outside was more appealing, with a lunch time promotion board outside would bring in a full lunchtime period service, as the food is excellent and the lunchtime 4 courses was excellent value. I would say this restaurant would be excellent for a evening meal to, it is cosy and warm in the restaurant and offers a modern twist to Bengali foods. Absolutely delicious food and beautiful internal design. Would definitely go back again and would recommend to other people.
A great variety of very good food, high quality service and stuff. It is my second time there, had a lot of fun and I will definitely return.
Amazing food, excellent service, superb value for money. Will definitely come back again to try some of the other dishes. Thanks for a wonderful afternoon.
Five Rivers curries are very varied, with something on offer for every taste, from the very mild to the very hot, for those who like meat and those who don't, for those who crave fruity sweetness to those who prefer a drier texture and taste. They didn't bat an eyelid about proving jeera rice, even though it wasn't advertised on the menu. Good lighting, shame about the dodgy music!
We really like Five Rivers. The food is excellent and plentiful. The service is also very good. The restaurant is superbly decorated with wood panelling and the outlook over the street from the large windows at the front adds another dimension. Prices are very reasonable. Highly recommended.
Our meal was a birthday present Groupon for a lunch time buffet. This was the first time EVER that we were not presented with a menu but had to have what was on offer which was kept a guarded secret. We didn't know what we were going to get which was very odd. However, the restaurant was lovely and the food very good. We shall be going back as we like eating at lunchtime rather than in the evening. So that in itself is a recommendation.
Excellent food, Excellent service, Excellent price. Very much value for money, pleasant staff, nice surroundings, wouldn't hesitate to recommend Five Rivers. Lunchtime curry, this is as good as it gets !
Went for Xmas Day dinner. Service was efficient but unfriendly and hurried.The starters and main course were average but nothing to get excited about. Two slices of cold plum pudding for dessert (no cream, no ice cream no custard) was the low point of the experience. As I couldn't eat it like that and rather than waste it I wrapped it up to take home with me. We asked for coffee but were told it was not available. What type of establishment does not serve coffee ? Wouldn't be in a hurry back.
Located in the heart of Leamington Spa the Five Rivers restaurant offers great food atmosphere and service for small and large groups alike. We took young children and staff were flexible their needs