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.
Great hospitality, staff couldn’t do enough to cater for requests. Went for a belated birthday- they served cake and lit candles. Also let me open the prosecco!
Great service, food and atmosphere. Loved the special chips suggested by waiter.
Fantastic food as always and the staff coped very well considering we were a party of 20. all food came out together and was piping hot.
First time going in the evening after having a Groupon lunch a while ago , the menu has some nice options and the food was very tasty. We had good service and there was a nice atmosphere, will be back again.
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.
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
Great food. Very tasty, without being too spicy and hot. But if you want hot and spicy, it is on the menu. Excellent service too, with plenty of staff to make sure we were not left waiting around And our table was ready for us when we walked in through the door.