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Reviewed 2 days ago

The decor is sparse which is like most Indian restaurants in India and the staff are friendly. It is not easy sourcing ingredients but cooking primarily Northern Indian meat dishes makes it easier than Southern vegetarian cuisine and so the curry gravy as they call...it is authentic making the ones they offer worth trying. I opted for the chapatis as to me that’s what the majority of Indians eat to accompany a curry in the north. They were excellent. I was not impressed by their samosas that are bland and too much pastry but were improved by the mint and tamarind sauces. All in all a good place to tuck into Indian food.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ashoka should be #1 on everyone's list when they visit El Nido. I first discovered good Indian food in Manchester, UK. Since then, I will try Indian cuisine whenever it is served wherever I may be. Disappointing, those "authentic" restaurants. Finally, chanced upon Ashoka and...their restaurant was very impressive. Serving size was generous. Serving time was quick in my opinion. Delicious food (ordered Chicken Tikka Masala and Garlic and Cheese Naan). I look forward to trying out their other dishes. The owner (i assumed he was the owner) even approached our table to check if we liked the food, the spiciness was just right (i'm Filipino so i think he understood that our spice tolerance isn't much). Ashoka should be ranked 1st in Tripadvisor!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Ashok Kumar, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Getty, thanks a million for your lovely word and comment. We asked each of our guests to make sure that they got the perfect flavor and spiciness level. if ever anyone says to us about spicier or less spicy then we fix it right...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff at the restaurant are super abusive and not welcoming. They were very rude, and verbally abusive. Can go any extent and were short of physical assault for giving service feedback. Not worth.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Ashok Kumar, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Let me explain. This couple came to eat at our restaurant for lunch. When they enter, I asked them to have seat and get the menu. I personally took their order and they order 1 butter chicken, 4 plain chupatties, 1 steamed basmati rice, one...More

Reviewed December 18, 2022 via mobile

Authentic and super delicious Indian food made by Indian chefs. Very casual place serving food made with love! All vegetarian dishes can be made vegan. Great for meat eaters too. I would have gave 5 stars if we could have paid by card. Why cash...only, it’s 2022! Nonetheless, this place is great and would highly recommend!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Ashok Kumar, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Thanks for your kind words and soon I have a swiper machine so that customers can pay by card. once again thanks

Reviewed November 15, 2022

We came here twice to eat during our time at El Nido and we enjoyed some great food each time! The menu has loads of options and great for vegans and vegetarians. You can also specify how spicy you want your dish which is great....Very authentic and the owners are really friendly.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Ashok Kumar, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks a lot for reviewing and you enjoy our food.

Reviewed November 14, 2022 via mobile

We visited here because the reviews here were so good First impressions were disappointing simple cafe style nothing to make you feel like it's a special place for an evening meal. We were not too hungry so ordered just main meal each 1 biriani plus...1 jalfrezi , plus 1 beer and 1 water. Food was OK... Nothing more. Price wise at 1,500php for a simple meal plus 1 drink this was the most expensive meal we ate in the holiday. Seriously not worth it sorry. For half that price I might have returned but at those prices you won't see me here againMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Ashok Kumar, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks a lot for your feedback. you came to eat in our restaurant because of good reviews, did you find in any review that anyone said that our restaurant is fancy or a special place? we have already fixed the price in our menu so...More

Reviewed October 30, 2022 via mobile

Excellent Indian food, probably the best restaurant in the area. Authentic cuisine and generous portions. We came to eat several times during our stay and it was always so excellent! Very friendly and pleasant staff Thank you

Date of visit: October 2022
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Ashok Kumar, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

thanks, Mohey. hope to see you on your future visit to El Nido.

Reviewed October 8, 2022

We discovered this great authentic Indian restaurant up a side street in El Nido. Delicious food and the best Naan bread. Run by husband and wife -Filipina/Indian and Indian chef .

Date of visit: October 2022
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Ashok Kumar, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

thanks for your lovely word

Reviewed September 25, 2022 via mobile

Very friendly owner and insane food !!! Try chicken rogan josh 😍😍. You can taste the love. Der Service ist erste klasse gewesen, sehr aufmerksam.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Ashok Kumar, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

thanks for your lovely word

Reviewed September 8, 2022

As soon as the food arrived on the table, I said to my wife "this is going to be good". I was not wrong. The samosas, curry and garlic nan were cooked to perfection. I could not believe that were having such great Indian food...in El Nido. The owners told us that they have an Indian chef with 17 years experience and that their spices have been purchased in India. Family run business.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Ashok Kumar, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

thanks a lot for your kind words

Reviewed August 2, 2022

I am originally from Manila and we have a lot of good Indian places here. Needless to say this place was so much better than any place in Manila. I went with 3 of my friends and they all loved it. We even took home...the bits we couldn’t finish because we couldn’t bare wasting the food. The owner was so nice and you can tell the food is authentic. Get the mango lassis if you can!! One of the best ive hadMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Ashok Kumar, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

thanks a lot Amanda for your positive review

Reviewed May 20, 2022

Something different and a pleasant surprise to have this quality restaurant option. The food qulaity was really good. I highly recommentd

Date of visit: April 2022
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Ashok Kumar, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

thanks a lot for your time to write a review and your kind word

Reviewed April 24, 2020

It was really difficult to find a restaurant from El Nido that had not got any reviews of the food poisonings. However Ashoka was one of the rare ones, and luckily the food was superb as well! Loved the butter chicken and tikka masala, and...the garlic naan was excellent. We ate here three times during our three days stay in El Nido and even though the menu was a bit pricey and portions not very large, it was definitely worth it not to get any stomach pain.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Ashok Kumar, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

thanks a lot for your kind word. we have changed our portion size and it is bigger than the first one.

Reviewed March 1, 2020

This very unassuming family run restaurant is really a huge taste surprise. We would have walked past it if the reviews were not so good. Run by a husband and wife team it is very modestly furnished. But ignore all of this because the food...is superb. We stayed in El Nido for 4 nights with a plan to check out 4 different restaurants. However we discovered Ashoka on the second night and ate there for the last 3 nights. I’ve eaten the street food in Ragistan and it compares well for flavour, spice and freshness. What more can I say? We loved the food and the service was excellent. Don’t miss this placeMore

Date of visit: March 2020
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shoki1980, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2020

Hello, thanks for your kind review and kind words. I know that our restaurant is very modestly furnished. We had no time left because the season was close but we will make much better in the coming low season because we also have the room...More

Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

This is a very nice restaurant with friendly staff and tasty food. However the positions are quite small and compared to other restaurants in the Phillipines, the prices are very high. A small plate of plain rice costs P130 instead of P20 or P30 everywhere...else!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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shoki1980, Owner at Ashoka - Authentic Indian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded March 3, 2020

Dear Emmeline, thanks for your visit to our restaurant and you like our food. We have an average portion that serves all restaurants in India and I bought them from India. we are sorry that our price was expensive for you but our price is...More

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  • Food: 4.5
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