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Searching for the best Indian food and Indian dishes in London? Break through the Indian takeaway barrier! 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.
The Cinnamon Club Restaurant by Vivek Singh
Westminster / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
With an impressive backdrop of the prestigious former Westminster Library, this long-standing dining establishment has proven popular with not just local MPs. Renowned executive chef, Vivek Singh entices the taste buds with a selection of menu choices - from breakfast through to the chef's tasting menu - each giving a playful twist on traditional Indian cuisine paired with seasonal British ingredients. For a refined eastern experience, this restaurant comes into its own!
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: 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
113 Restaurant & Bar
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
Although this lunchtime-only, quite dull looking restaurant has a predominantly British menu containing the comforts of fish and chips and Eton Mess, the brief moments of brilliance labelled 'Dawaat' are as good as Indian food can get in London. These rare but delicious Indian dishes are created by Chef Ranjit who is a master in his art. Book ahead and don't bother going back to the office.
Marylebone / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
Fancy an Indian, but don't want the average combo of chicken tikka and some veg samosas? Then Trishna's could very well be the restaurant for you. Serving up a medley of coastal cuisine from south-west India, this Michelin star Marylebone restaurant is buzzing pretty much every night of the week. Fresh ingredients, authentic cooking methods and great service in minimalist surroundings, make this restaurant a firm favourite with locals, suits and couples alike.
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
About as far from the flocked wallpaper, belly-busting and beer drinking stereotype as possible, this Indian tapas joint is a diffusion line from the curry kings at Tamarind restaurant. As befits its location in the centre of Soho, Imli has a minimalist canteen-style design and a modern, non-greasy menu which includes interesting takes on classic Indian street-food snacks like sev pur and papdi chaat, and a range of Eastern-inspired cocktails. (Kelly Parsons)
Mayfair / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
A creative and ambient setting, Chor Bizarre has an array of authentic Indian dishes on offer. It's easy to park, the staff are friendly and for Indian food lovers (such as myself), it's a pleasure to dine. Sample two glasses of wine with a meal and pay for the cheaper of the two - a brilliant bonus which contributes to an entertaining evening. (Greg Hall)
Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: 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).
Forest Hill & Honor Oak Park / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: 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.
Camden / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Indian
Located in Camden Town, Namaaste Kitchen is intimate and boasts a mixed clientele. The modern restaurant with an exposed grill, low-lighting and mood lights is a stark contrast to the usual Indian restaurant décor one might find. Enjoy cocktails, tall and thick mango lassi or glasses of crisp white as you sample life beyond the usual kormas and vindaloos. Enjoy grilled lamb, chicken with yoghurt or prawns with dried mango with delicious fluffy white rice. With a buzzing atmosphere and delicious unknown treats for all to try, Namaaste Kitchen is a great place for any kind of night time outing.
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: 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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