Top Five Indian Restaurants in London

Eating superb Indian food in London today is a luxury we can all afford.  World famous restaurants offer you a variety of cuisine, location, atmosphere and price.  Indian cooking is traditionally based on regional dishes combining aromatic herbs and wonderful flavours.  The result is an amazing choice of dishes to suit every taste and pocket.  Whilst there are many restaurants to choose from we’ve selected some of our favourites to help you decide where to dine.

Photo by Find Your Feet
Photo by Find Your Feet

Amaya

Located in Knightsbridge this elegant and sophisticated restaurant is ‘upmarket and unmissable’ (according to many reviewers).  Its rosewood panelled walls, Indian sculptures and leather upholstery transport you into another world.  This romantic scene is set for enjoying top quality food and wine.  “As much or as little” is the intelligent option offered by Amaya.  The heartiest appetite is satisfied and all at a reasonable price.

Chutney Mary

Head for the lively Kings Road and in Chutney Mary you can sample quality regional dishes like fish accompanied by ginger or mustard sauces combined with subtly flavoured vegetables.  Leave room for a dessert, the choice is sublime!  If you fancy a leisurely brunch on Sunday accompanied by live entertainment a three course meal will set you back about £22.  At prices like this you can sit back and relax!

Benares

Situated in  the classic Berkeley Square House within easy access of Green Park Tube station Benares attracts “celebs” and “serious foodies” alike.  Polished dark wood clad walls and illuminated flower filled water pools ooze romance and style.  Well marinated meat and fish dishes cooked divinely are accompanied by innovatively spiced vegetables.  Wash each course down with your own choice of wine from an exciting list and enjoy “celeb” spotting!

Quilons

When reviewers rave: “Outstanding service and truly extraordinary food” and others comment on the unhurried atmosphere and wonderful presentations, they have dined in St James at Quilon’s. This is coastal Indian cooking at its best; the food is refined, and what one would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant.  Their approach is modern, combining the creative variety of dishes with a traditional respect for quality and presentation.  Highly recommended are their curries, but particularly the Korallum fish curry.  Indeed all their fried fish is delicious.  The wine list is extensive and effortlessly compliments the food.  It is more expensive when dining at night but the set meals and lunches are well within reach and won’t dent your pocket.

The Cinnamon Club

Get ready to open your eyes and ears and to satisfy your appetite any time of the day and night and feel part of Westminster’s vibrant world.  The Cinnamon Club is housed in the Old Library and is a reminder of a past era.  Expect to see the Prime Minister or other Parliamentary figures.  This is their local and you can dine with them at breakfast, lunch time or in the evening.  The atmosphere is stimulating and the high quality menu changes daily.  Locally sourced produce is their staple and lovers of exciting food will not be disappointed.  Service is lively but discreet and the excellent wine list completes the picture.  Think tradition but the best of ‘now’.

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