In London we are fortunate to be able to taste some of the best flavours from around the world and Britain’s love affair with curry shows no sign of ending. In our list we feature some classics, alongside the places adding a dose of imagination to spice up their menus.
12a Berkeley Square House, Mayfair
Celebrity chef Atul Kochhar was the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star with his first venture Tamarind (featured below) and his current restaurant – named after India’s holy city – combines modern cuisine with delicately spiced dishes from all corners of the subcontinent. The minimalist decor remains loyal to its Indian roots with authentic handmade furniture and gerbera flowers floating in water pools. Enjoy a passion fruit chutney martini cocktail along with the excellent smoked tandoori lamb.
Lifestyle concierge members and their guests receive a complimentary champagne cocktail when booking through us.
20 Queen Street, Mayfair
This was the first Indian restaurant in London to embrace fine dining when it opened in 1995 and it is one of only nine in the world to be recognised with a Michelin star. Dishes of fish, meat and game are inspired by traditional Moghul cuisine and head chef Alfred Prasad keeps the presentation simple, allowing the delicate balance of flavours to do the talking. We recommend the kadhai gosht, a slow-cooked lamb shank with turmeric, yoghurt and freshly ground spices.
Lifestyle concierge members and their guests receive a complimentary glass of champagne when book
ing through us.
42 Albemarle Street, Mayfair
There was no way we were not going to include this Raj-era inspired venue from Karam Sethi on our list, believing it to be one of the best restaurants in town. Start the experience with a spiced cocktail at the bar followed by classic Indian dishes with a contemporary twist such as the tandoori scallops and lasooni wild tiger prawn kebab. It was deservedly awarded a Michelin star in 2014.
15-17 Blandford Street, Marylebone
When Gymkhana burst onto the scene it brought our members’ attention back to the delights of fine dining, Indian-style. It had all the hallmarks of when Trishna landed in 2008 and brought a new wave of cooking from the subcontinent – no longer about late-night chicken tikka masala washed down with beer, this was something altogether more exciting. Nine years and one Michelin star later, it remains at the top of its game and is a regular haunt among our members.
Serving simple, traditional Indian dishes adapted for the palates of Londoners, these Bombay café-style restaurants can be found in Covent Garden, Soho, King’s Cross and Shoreditch. The menu is a collision of street food and high-end Indian cuisine and all four restaurants are open all-day, serving signature dishes for breakfast like the bacon naan roll.
The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, Westminster
It’s not just the impressive Victorian gothic decor of this Grade II-listed building that made us include this restaurant in our list but the renowned experimental cooking of chef Vivek Singh (pictured top). Modern twists on game classics such as the tandoori loin of Oisin red deer and tandoori breast of Anjou squab pigeon are just two examples of the high-calibre cuisine served all-day.
Lifestyle concierge members and their guests receive a surprise intermediate course when booking through us.
41 Buckingham Gate, Victoria
This is the fourth name on our list that still holds a Michelin star. Diners can expect an exquisite range of fresh seafood and meat dishes, artistically presented and bursting with the flavours of south India. Seafood is central to the restaurant’s menu, though the wide range of meat and vegetarian dishes are equally delicious. The Quilon fish curry is a must try.
Motcomb Street, Belgravia
Now one of the most established Asian restaurants in London, this Michelin-starred Knightsbridge venue was among the first to pioneer nouvelle Indian cuisine. The chefs pay as much attention to reinventing street food as they do to recreating traditional curries and diners can choose between tapas-sized dishes to share or more substantial individual portions. Our long list of highlights includes the charcoal-grilled kebabs and the signature smoked chilli lamb chops accompanied by spinach and fig griddle cakes.
83-89 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel
Another family-run classic from the 1970s, this Punjabi restaurant has had to open a second floor to cope with the demand of eager diners desperate to taste signature dishes like the Karahi mutton tikka masala and the mixed grill. This is one of the best value restaurants on our list and we know you won’t be disappointed here.
1 Kensington High Street, Kensington
Having originally opened in Chelsea 27 years ago, the restaurant relocated to Kensington three years later and held a Michelin star from 2001 to 2004. It joined the Tamarind Collection four years ago and it’s now back to its best, offering contemporary north Indian cooking inspired by the ancient Moghul palace kitchens. Don’t leave without trying the monkfish marinated with ginger, carom seeds and turmeric.
73 St James’s Street, Piccadilly
Once the pride of Chelsea’s New King’s Road, this well-established Indian restaurant upped sticks to St James’s, where it settled into a grander location with a revamped menu, breakfast options and a cocktail bar. As one of the first Indian restaurants in London to blend the country’s food with haute cuisine, Chutney Mary remains one of the best there is. The legion of regular diners love the specials like the lobster biryani, which tend to outshine the signature dishes.
10 Lincoln Street, Sloane Square, Chelsea
At the beginning of the summer Vineet Bhatia closed his Michelin-starred Rasoi restaurant and began work on reincarnating it as something even more special. The eponymous new venture is now open and we’re pleased to see that it’s living up to expectations by showcasing some of the most impeccable contemporary Indian cooking in the capital. There’s only one tasting menu which changes almost every day and searches every corner of the subcontinent for its influences.
1 Snowden Street, Broadgate West, Shoreditch
Head chef Abdul Yassen was part of the founding team of The Cinnamon Club and his first solo venture is included in our list as it offers a feast of Indian cuisine inspired by the banquets of the Indian Royal Court. We recommend dining with a big group to enjoy the seasonally changing Royal Pot, a sharing feast featuring dishes served at the courts of the Maharajas.
Last updated on 30 November 2016