The days of eating a curry in an a place that also serves chips are well and truly over as high-end Indian restaurants are popping up all over London to accommodate the demand for them. Whether you are already a fan of Indian cuisine of looking to have your first taste, we have found the top 8 Indian restaurants in London for you.
What: Ever popular chain of Bombay restaurants
Why: The increasingly popular set of restaurants has just opened a new venue in Carnaby to join 3 others as the demand for Dishoom seems to have no end in sight. They have an all day dining menu which means you can pop in any time from breakfast for a bacon naan roll through to dinner. They also a boast a cocktail menu which sees the venue transform into a bar like area at night.
Where: Shoreditch, King’s Cross, Carnaby, Covent Garden
What: A 'Thieves Market' in Mayfair
Why: Chor Bizarre simply means ‘Thieves Market’ which is where the interior claims its inspiration from with a collection of imported pieces from India giving it a unique look and feel. The food is stellar as well with dishes like Chicken tikka cooked in a rich tomato gravy flamed with brandy and Gulab jamun; spheres made of thickened milk, fried and infused with sweet rose flavoured syrup, which are also known as Indian doughnuts.
Where: 16 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4HW
What: Delicious Indian cuisine in an epic setting
Why: When a restaurant serves chocolate samosas they already get rated highly with me, when they also have an intimate bar with a tempting selection of cocktails like a Mango & Chilli Mojito Havana (White Rum, Mango pulp, green chilli & soda water) they pretty much become my favourite venue. Past the bar you find the opulent main dining area with dramatic chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The Sundried tomato basil naan is a must have as well as the prawn hara pyaz ka (Black tiger prawns and scallions with tomatoes and spices).
Where: Courtfield Rdy Brasserie, London SW7 4QH
What: Located in the former venue space of Chutney Mary
Why: While the people behind Chutney Mary moved the venue they decided to keep the space and transform it into Masala Grill with a summery conservatory. Now the food is all of a high quality but you haven’t tried anything until you get to the puddings with options like Gulab Jumin with Salted Caramel Ice Cream, and Carrot Halwa Shortcrust Biscuit with Saffron Ice-cream which is akin to the Indian version of carrot cake.
Where: 535 King's Road, London SW10 0SZ
What: Former bank
Why: After a thorough refurbishment, an unused bank found itself transformed into an impressive looking Indian restaurant and bar in Kensington although not all traces of the bank were erased with little nods left around. The bar runs along almost the length of the restaurant with cash register shaped features still attached as a quirk. In a nod to the Northern Indian cuisine more than a few of the cocktails are infused with chillies while the dining area offers dishes like Ajwaini Macchi – Monkfish chunks marinated with ginger, yoghurt, ajwain and turmeric.
Where: 1 Kensington High Street, London W8 5NP