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Top 10 Best Indian Restaurants in London

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Searching for the best Indian food and Indian dishes in London? Already typed "Indian restaurants near me" into your phone and having difficulty deciding which of a mediocre bunch is best to visit? Break through the Indian takeaway barrier! Avoid the average curries along Brick Lane. Seek out a top Indian restaurant, London! While curries have been prepared on these shores since the 18th century, cooking from the subcontinent only truly arrived in Britain the 60s, when Bengali immigrants introduced a generation looking for life beyond meat and two veg to our new national dish. Londoners love a good ruby as much as the next, but rather than dogmatically clinging to balti dishes (take a bow, Birmingham and Bradford), or claim the dubious honour of inventing the chicken tikka massala (stand up, Glasgow), London can boast a host of innovative, varied, and plain old tasty Indian restaurants – a long way from soggy poppadums and funny-looking gravy.

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City of London
Bar / Restaurant
Indian

A chrome-granite hunk of minimalism, the Cinnamon Kitchen's been making considerable waves among London's curry cognoscenti of late, taking the spoils as best newcomer at the recent British Curry Awards. This modern Indian dining might be familiar to devotees of 'ver Kitchen's big brother, the acclaimed Cinnamon Club, but you'll find the 'dining experience' somewhat more relaxed - particularly if you've treated yourself to a cocktail from the Anise bar before getting into chef Vivek Singh's menu

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Mayfair
Restaurant
Indian

This Michelin star fine dining Indian restaurant in Mayfair is fully deserving of the accolade. Not all Indian cuisine needs to be the sauce-laden, rice-heavy dishes that your local Indian restaurant serves. If you love Dishoom, you'll be in for a real treat at Gymkhana. Tell the staff what level of spice you love the most and they will guide you through the menu towards the most suitably subtle dishes such as the butter chicken, the wild Muntjac biryani, and the shrimp. Combine with a visit to Fortnum and Mason, the Royal Academy of Arts, Green Park or the Royal Institution nearby and you have yourself a rather splendid day out in London.

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Battersea
Bar / Restaurant
Indian

A new addition to the London dining scene, Chokhi Dhani boasts riverside views situated South of the river between Battersea Park and Vauxhall. Chokhi Dhani Battersea offers an exciting Indian culinary experience and a celebration of all things royal Rajasthan - a social melting pot of food, drink, entertainment and culture. Chokhi Dhani has something for everyone; Street Food available all day in the Lounge, a fine dining restaurant upstairs, an opulent private dining room and an outdoor terrace this venue does offer something for everyone.

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Soho
Bar / Restaurant

What started life as a pop-up restaurant in Pop Brixton soon became so popular that it needed a more permanent, centrally located home. And so you'll find Kricket Indian restaurant in Soho, right near Piccadilly Circus. Within a year of opening, the small-plate, modern Indian restaurant had been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmands, which it still holds. Advice number 1: book in advance to avoid waiting. Advice number 2: ask for a seat at the bar so you can dine New York style, watching the action behind the bar and in the kitchen unfold right before your hungry eyes. The chefs change the menu constantly to keep up with the British seasons so ask for recommendations or try one dish per section.

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Marylebone
Restaurant
Indian

Fancy an Indian, but don't want the average combo of chicken tikka and some veg samosas? Then Trishna restaurant in central London could very well be for you. Serving up a medley of coastal cuisine from south-west India, this Michelin star restaurant in Marylebone is buzzing pretty much every night of the week. Fresh ingredients, authentic cooking methods and great service in minimalist surroundings, make Trishna London restaurant a firm favourite with locals, suits and couples alike.

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Marylebone
Bar / Restaurant
Indian

Ooty Station is an all-day café and cocktail bar in Marylebone, serving a menu of Indian-inspired bar snacks through to more substantial mains, alongside an extensive cocktail list and bottled beer selection. More casual than its sister Ooty restaurant, Ooty Station has an off-street outdoor terrace and counter bar dining inside. Ooty?s Head Chef, Manmeet Singh-Bali, alongside Sous Chef, Niru Palakonda, have created a varied menu of contemporary dishes inspired by south Indian street food classics, alongside more traditional British bar snacks with an Indian twist, with plans to launch a breakfast menu.

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Victoria
Restaurant
Indian

A new addition to the Indian scene, the newly launched Curry Room at The Rubens serves an inspired three course menu created by Chef Arun Kumar. Working closely with Head Chef Kevin Joseph at our sister property, The Oyster Box Hotel in Durban, the menu celebrates authentic flavours made with the finest ingredients and exclusively imported spices from India. The intimate and supremely comfortable setting of the restaurant incorporates Rajasthani hand embroidery and rich red colours which reflect the vibrant diversity of the dishes. A wide selection of old and new world wine has been carefully selected to complement the dining experience including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson, our

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West End
Bar / Restaurant
Indian

A classy, stylish, contemporarily designed Indian restaurant with exemplary service to match. This is proper living. The emphasis here is on taste rather than size (which many Indian restaurants are guilty of). The seafood is especially worth having a bash at. As is the substantial wine list. If you're after a bit of buzzing atmos, book yourself in for a Friday night (if you can, it's very, very popular).

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Forest Hill & Honor Oak Park
Bar / Restaurant
Indian

Proving that there's much more to Indian cuisine than shag carpets, greasy poppadums and lashings and lashings of ghee, Babur promises sophisticated modern Indian cuisine in suitably refined surroundings. The menu's a brilliantly conceived melding of traditional Indian and modern British ingredients and techniques. It rewards the adventurous so plump for the tamarind-glazed quail breast, followed by dum cooked rabbit in star anise and ginger broth and you're guaranteed to be one very happy bunny.

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City of London
Bar / Restaurant
Indian

Darbaar is the brainchild of Abdul Yaseen, protege of Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen. This restaurant and bar boasts an interactive grill seating area, private dining room and a bespoke chef's table. Darbaar's cuisine takes inspiration from the diverse regions of India, cooking with traditional clay ovens and a large charcoal Robata grill on display. Signature dishes include: Nawabi slow roasted leg of lamb, Keralan shrimp cocktail and kid goat biryani. A real highlight will be The Royal Pot popularly known as Shahi Degh, which is served in an earthenware pot and inspired by feasts of the Maharajas.

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