FeatureBest Indian restaurants in London

October 5, 20210

London is famed for its thriving Indian cuisine scene. It would be almost impossible to choose the best Indian restaurants, but here are a few of our favourites

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Discover Indian spices incorporated into Chinese dishes. Begin with some hearty Nepalese dumplings packed with aromatic fillings such as beef, leek and chilli, or kid goat, garam masala and cardamom. Somewhat uniquely, there is only one curry on the menu – Saffron Butter Prawns are a new take on the Malabar Monkfish Curry – or alternatively, Honey Chilli Duck is served in crispy strips perfectly seasoned with five-spice and ideal for wrapping in freshly steamed pancakes. Finish up with the Lady Kenny, inspired by a favourite Bengali sweet.

6 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA. Open Tue-Sun 12pm-10pm. fattpundit.co.uk

Amaya

Amaya opened in 2004 to immediate acclaim and awards including a Michelin Star. It remains revolutionary and one of London’s hottest restaurants to this day. Situated in the heart of exclusive Belgravia, enjoy sophisticated, modern and unique grilled Indian cuisine, cooked in full view in a clay oven, an open grill, a searing hot-iron-plate, or stir-fried. While visiting, try the Smoked Chilli Lamb Chops or Tandoori Foie Gras and for vegetarian options, the Chargrilled Aubergine and Spinach Tikki with Spiced Fig are winners in our eyes.

Halkin Arcade, Off Lowndes St, SW1X 8JT. www.amaya.biz

Chutney Mary

The trendsetting landmark fine dining Indian restaurant with a glamorous bar can be found in elegant St. James’s. When visiting, try Hyderabadi Lamb Korma – Boneless lamb Osso Bucco is slow-cooked in a rich sauce infused with aromatic spices to reach a tender texture. The small plates are perfect for trying a bit of everything: Tokri Chaat, string potato basket filled with veg goodies, Golden Fried Prawns and Andhra Lobster Chilli Fry. 

73 St James’s St, St. James’s, SW1A 1PH. chutneymary.com

Farzi Café

 

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Heading to the theatre? Nearby on Haymarket, you’ll find Farzi Café. The first branch opened in 2014 in Gurgaon, 30km southwest of India’s national capital, New Delhi. Now, there are restaurants all around the world, including Canada and Dubai. It is a modern restaurant that serves unusual dishes such as Paneer Popcorn (pictured), Avocado and Pomegranate Tacos, Dal Chawal Arancini (fried lentil and rice balls) and Asparagus & Edamame Kolhapuri. Perfect for a pre- (or post) show meal.

Farzi Cafe, 8 Haymarket, SW1Y 4BP. farzilondon.com

Kahani
Opposite to Cadogan Hall, famous for its classical music, jazz and other musical shows, Kahani offers a high-class dining experience in luxe, seductively lit interiors. The finest seasonal and traditional British ingredients are brought to life with heady spices and Indian culinary techniques. As a result, meals are so delicious you will want to share – maybe. From the two or three-course pre-theatre menu or the six-course tasting menu to the weekend roast menu – the slow-cooked Somerset lamb shank with Kashmiri spices is heavenly.

1 Wilbraham Place, SW1X 9AE. kahanilondon.com

Masala Zone

 

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48 Floral St, WC2E 9DA. masalazone.com
Veeraswamy

 

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Overlooking Regent Street, Veeraswamy has been an iconic institution since it opened in 1926 and offers classical Indian cuisine tuned to the tastes of the 21st century. The Roast Halibut with Pandan Leaf is a recipe inspired by the town of Karaikal in southwest India, and the Roast Duck Vindaloo is a proper Goan Vindaloo – it’s not for the faint-hearted!

Victory House, 99-101 Regent St, W1B 4RS. veeraswamy.com

Madhu’s
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A family-owned business that began in 1935 in Nairobi, Kenya, Madhu’s is now a highly-regarded brand in Britain. They’ve catered the House of Commons, as well as Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace twice! New for 2021, Madhu’s of Mayfair is a stunning new dining destination offering authentic Punjabi cuisine with a Kenyan twist, including secret recipes handed down over four generations. Madhu’s Macchi is the signature seabass dish seasoned with the legendary marinade. Boozi Bafi is lamb chops in a thick curry sauce, while Madhu’s Makhani Dall consists of slow-cooked black lentils in a creamy tomato and garlic sauce.
21 Piccadilly, W1J 0BH. madhus.co.uk
Bombay Bustle

 

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Bombay Bustle captures the essence of Mumbai, suited to a leisurely dinner with friends, a quick lunch for one and evening dining. The menu is inspired by the city’s diverse flavours and home-style cooking. The À la carte menu sees recreations of some of Mumbai’s most loved dishes and Indian comfort food alongside family recipes from Founder Samyukta Nair and Executive Chef Surender Mohan. Try creations such as Rarah Keema Pao and Madras Chicken Curry with Southern Spices and Coconut Milk. The all-day Sunday brunch menu offers decadent feasts that a slow Sunday morning calls for, including Railway Breakfast, a full-English with Indian twists: Indian Spiced Potato and Masala Akuri Truffle Naan.

29 Maddox St, W1S 2PA. bombaybustle.com

 

Cinnamon Kitchen

 

High-energy, theatrical, all-day dining with an open tandoor grill create a memorable, interactive dining experience that’s not to be missed. Since Cinnamon Kitchen opened, it has established itself as one of the finest modern Indian restaurants in London. It continues to challenge the status quo by fusing the spice of the subcontinent with the finest British ingredients and culinary traditions to create modern dishes that remain classic and timeless. While here, try Samosa Chaat (pictured) – Punjabi vegetable samosa, curried white peas and served with tangy tamarind chutney. Branches in Spitalfields and Battersea offer brunch, a la carte and set menus, plus special festive offerings for Christmas.

9 Devonshire Square, Spitalfields, EC2M 4YL | 4 Arches Lane, Nine Elms, SW11 8AB. cinnamon-kitchen.com

 

Dishoom

 

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When Iranian cafés first opened in Bombay, people from all walks of life shared tables, rubbed shoulders and broke bread together. Dishoom pays homage to this style of Irani café from the past, and the food of all Bombay. Tuck into lamb or vegetable samosas, Vada Pau – Bombay’s version of London’s Chip Butty – and Jackfruit Biriyani.

Branches in: Kensington, Shoreditch, King’s Cross, Carnaby, Covent Garden. dishoom.com

 

Kricket

 

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In search of the divine? In Brixton, Soho and White City, you will find a modern and minimalistic take on the basement speakeasy. Kricket is a collection of modern Indian restaurants which combine British ingredients with the flavours and aromas of the Indian subcontinent and neighbouring countries. Enjoy flavours including date, pistachio, mango, tamarind, ginger, garam masala and much more. Kricket now operates three permanent locations in Brixton, Soho and White City.

12 Denman St, W1D 7HH / 41-43 Atlantic Rd, SW9 8JL / 2 Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, W12 7FR. kricket.co.uk

 

Kolkati

 

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Kolkati was opened in 2016 by Kate de Lord and Jack Hogarth, after 5 months of adventuring around India. While travelling, the Kati Roll grabbed Kate and Jack’s attention in Kolkata. As a result, they decided this was the ultimate street food dish to bring back to the UK. Kolkati serves hot Kati rolls with a punchy balance of sweet, sour and spice for the ultimate flavour satisfaction.

KERB Camden Market, West Yard, Camden Lock Pl, NW1 8AF. kolkati.com

 

Gunpowder

 

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Celebrating traditional family recipes with a modern twist. Gunpowder restaurants showcase the vibrant, bold flavours of the subcontinent through responsibly sourced ingredients. Small plates include Spicy Venison Doughnut, Tandoori Chicken and Karwari Soft Shell Crab. Try the Feast Menu – six dishes, steamed rice and a dessert served for two people. Additionally, vegetarian options are available throughout. The new Soho restaurant will open from 15 October but in the meantime, visit the Spitalfields or Tower Bridge branches.

11 White’s Row, E1 7NF / 4 Duchess Walk, SE1 2SD / 20 Greek St, W1D 4DU. gunpowderrestaurants.com

 

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