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The Red Fort (Bar, Restaurant)

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77 Dean Street, Soho, Soho, London, W1D 3SH
Cuisine: Indian Average Price: £45
Tel: 020 7437 2115 | Email to The Red Fort | | Transport: Tottenham Court Road | Write review

The Red Fort Review

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I regard Indian food as a friend, a good friend. We’ve known each other for years. We meet up often; whether for a quiet night in, lounging in front of the TV, or for a weekend powwow with other likeminded mates.

Needless to say, I feel I know Indian food quite well. Or, at least, I thought I did up until one fateful Monday.

Entering The Red Fort in Soho I noticed my friend looked different. There was a distinct lack of the fluorescent lighting and tacky artefacts I know my friend to usually display, there were no goldfish trapped in a watery prison and no overly dominant sitar music blaring. Instead my friend was dressed in Mughal art and architecture, low lighting and was accessorised in hints of red for a bit of pizzazz. I liked his new outfit; it fitted him well.

I opened my menu, a force of habit more than a necessity. I know what my friend has to offer me. It’s just a case of choosing whether to have chicken or lamb madras. But wait, what’s this? It seems my friend has reinvented himself; there is no option of anything ‘curried’. How strange, how novel.

‘Ok,’ I thought, ‘I’ll humour him’.

I ordered the lightly spiced monkfish with ginger and saffron to start, my equally bemused guest choosing to order the Scottish salmon with mustard oil and red chilli. Both were accompanied by a few small naan breads and dips more sophisticated than the mango chutney so commonplace.

I liked my friend’s changes. Both dishes were executed with an art worthy of a Michelin star or any other star available in this universe. What other surprises did he have for me?

During the mains of Welsh lamb and basmati rice with spices and corn-fed chicken in a spicy brown onion, coriander and red chilli sauce, beefed up with a few sides of baby aubergines and sautéed spinach, my friend showed me that unbeknown to me, he has a sophisticated palate. If this is Indian food, I don’t know what the hell it is I’ve been eating for years.

Usually by this point of the evening others have come to visit my friend. These others are nicely intoxicated and rowdier than a room full of England fans who have just learned they’ve won the World Cup. They never showed. Instead, a circle of friends I never knew my friend to have filled the room; I indentified them to be a refined bunch.

A selection of sorbets finished off a perfectly spiced meal and I sat contentedly mulling over all the new things I’d learnt. The Red Fort was a friend, just not one I knew. I’ll be back to continue to get to know him better.
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Customer Reviews for The Red Fort

Average (based on 2 votes): 2 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“Unlike many other Indian restaurant on almost all major streets in London, I was highly recommended this place by my friends. We had been there on a busy Friday evening and was quiet happy to get reservation at peak hours. Being Indian, I always had been fussy about quality of Indian food being served in eateries, but I couldn't find a better quality and taste we had at Red Fort. The starters were amazing!! We ordered Hara Kebab, Soft Shell Crab, Hariyali Jhinga (prawns) and Lentil dumplings. All were very different in taste, presentation and style of cooking. Menu is well designed with a high quality selection of vegetables, meats, game and seafood. Starters priced between £6 – £12 is fair considering the portion size. Our mains included in-house speciality Dumpukht Biryani (lamb) cooked in authentic Hyderabadi style, Lucknowi Murgh (spicy chicken curry), Awadhi Hiran (venison) are to find on menu in Indian restaurant, Saunfian Paneer Tikka (cottage cheese) and Subz Kofta (mix veg dumplings). All were very tasty, esp the biryani which was a total treat in a steaming pot. Manager was very kind to allow us to take a copy of the menu signed by their head chef Azadur Rahman. it was our anniversary so thanks for the relic we received. Desserts were a good selection of few hot and cold delicacies like Gulab Jamun, Mango Kulfi and Funky Pie. Service was flawless and unobtrusive with adequate help coming in recommending dishes for an unforgettable evening. Well worth asking their opinion. Wine list was very extensive covering almost all major wine producing countries. I was almost lost in such big selection and asked wine sommelier to help us out once again. Well, who could have chosen a white wine from Turkey, so perfect to start with and a red wine Marichal Reserve Tannat from Uruguay. Thank you so much for this wonderful experience. Hope to dine there soon.”
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Arti Pannu, London (3 years 10 months 6 days ago)

“I was completely by accident that I stumbled upon The Red Fort. I was in the area; hungry and looking for somewhere to eat, when I passed by the window which showed a swarm of bodies inside. Always a good sign in my book. The staff were so lovely, finding me and my friend a table even though they were packed to the rafters. Although the prices were more then I tend to spend at an Indian restaurant the food was more than worth it! Honestly, I was surprised at the innovative dishes The Red Fort offer! I even had desert (which I never do – the little Punky toy ice cream thing has never appealed) and rolled out of the restaurant very happy and vowing to return! Find yourself in the area then go. Not in the area? Still go!”
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Carolina Engleman, Hackney (7 years 4 months 22 days ago)

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The Red Fort Opening Hours

Monday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:30pm - 11:30pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:30pm - 11:30pm
Tuesday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:30pm - 11:30pm
Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:30pm
Wednesday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:30pm - 11:30pm
Sunday: Closed
Thursday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
5:30pm - 11:30pm
   

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The Red Fort Food & Drinks

  • Cuisine Type: Indian
  • Average Price: £45

The Red Fort Food Menu

The kitchen specialises in a unique blend of Mughal Court cooking, producing sophisticated, delicately spiced dishes with the finest ingredients. Meat, fish and vegetable dishes are expertly cooked on the traditional grill, and fresh breads and rotis are baked to order in the large Tandoor ovens and served with a range of exotic homemade chutneys.

Updated 18/01/2012

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Head chef Azadur Rahman’s unique Mughal Court cooking showcases the very finest of Indian food in elegant surroundings. Chef Azadur Rahman has been leading his team of seven chefs at The Red Fort for more than 20 years and continues to create authentic and imaginative dishes to inspire his high-profile diners. With Tandoor oven and traditional open-grill cooked dishes, homemade chutneys, sauces, freshly baked bread made daily on site, The Red Fort cooking is a memorable explosion of the finest f
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The Red Fort Drinks Menu

The acclaimed cocktail list includes uniquely crafted creations with ingredients such as lemongrass, coriander, cardamom and sweet spices, as well as clever twists on classic drinks, designed by award winning mixologist Ibo Hoxha.

Updated 27/11/2012

Item Description Price
CHOCOLATE ORANGE MARTINI Stolichnaya vodka, Cointreau, Mozart Chocolate liqueur & an undertone of fresh chilli £ 8.00
CORIANDER AND LYCHEE DAIQUIRI Chairmans Reserve rum, lychee juice, fresh lime & coriander, served in a martini glass £ 8.00
PINEAPPLE & SAGE MOJITO Chairmans Reserve rum with fresh Sage leaves, lime & pineapple juice £ 8.00
RASPBERRY AND MANGO MARGARITA El Jimador Bianco tequila, Cointreau, fresh raspberry & mango puree with fresh lime £ 8.00
VITA Lemongrass infused Stolichnaya vodka, raspberry puree, Chambord, fresh lemon & lychee juice with a dash of soda £ 8.00
REVITALISE CAIPIRINHA Abelha Organic Cachaca, Goji Berries, Aloe Vera juice, lime & Acai berries helps to detox/retox! £ 8.00

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Drink List
The acclaimed cocktail list includes uniquely crafted creations with ingredients such as lemongrass, coriander, cardamom and sweet spices, as well as clever twists on classic drinks, designed by award winning mixologist Ibo Hoxha.
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Wine List
Head Sommelier at The Red Fort is the talented Gian Luigi Baletta, a trained sommelier of the Court of Master Sommeliers. Gian Luigi has chosen a diverse international list of almost 300 wines, which he matches with technical precision. He can offer advice and guidance to perfectly pair the different wines with the chef’s Indian dishes to create a truly memorable dining experience for each guest.
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The Red Fort Hire Details

We offer private hire for bar bookings for 80-130 guests and semi-private hire of restaurant section for 35-50 guests. Please call on 02074372525 to discuss in details.

Updated 18/01/2012

Name: Section Three
Type: Restricted Area
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 0
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: None
Capacity: 50
Notes: Hire out a semi-private section of the restaurant for group bookings (35-50 guests) with pre-selected party menus. No minimum spend required.
Name: Zenna Bar
Type: Private Room
Days: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Cost - Hire Fee: £ 0 / Min Bar Spend: £ 3500
Options: Food Available, Seating Available,
DJ: Provided
Capacity: 130
Notes: Hire out Zenna Cocktail Bar for private party (80-130 guests), serving the best cocktails and canapes in London.

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