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Best Indian Restaurants in London

London Curry Houses

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We love curry so, thankfully, there are many Indian restaurants in London. This list of recommendations should help you choose where to dine for the best Indian food in town.

1. Amaya

Amaya restaurant is the India Bar & Grill created by the owners of the renowned Chutney Mary and Veeraswamy. Head Chef Karunesh Khanna is one of a tiny number of Indian chefs to have won a Michelin star. He has been working as head chef of Amaya since it opened in 2004. The service is superb and the Indian food is non-traditional as they specialize in Indian grilling and kebabs. The food is designed to be shared and comes in tasting portions; 6-8 of these plates is equivalent to a two course meal.

2. Bombay Brasserie

Bombay Brasserie
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Bombay Brasserie in South Kensington has a reputation for Indian fine dining. Open for over twenty five years, in 2009 the whole restaurant was refurbished to create a comfortable yet still opulent dining space. Quality, understandably, doesn't come cheap so I visited for the set price weekend brunch. Read my review...

3. Chutneys

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Chutneys has been on Brick Lane since 2004. They offer contemporary Indian dining - there are plasma screens on the walls showing music videos from the East and West. Chutneys is known for its friendly atmosphere and there is dining for 130 over 2 floors. A children's menu is available, as is take away.

4. The Cinnamon Club

The Cinnamon Club - Indian Restaurant in London
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The Cinnamon Club opened in 2001 in a Grade II listed former Westminster Library. The wood panelled main dining room has a book-lined gallery around the room and offers contemporary grandeur with a nod to genteel colonialism.

This is Indian haute cuisine using modern recipes with the intention to revolutionize the way Indian cooking is viewed in the UK. Meals use seasonal ingredients and spices and remain some of the most creative Indian dishes in town. The restaurant's wine expert advises on wine pairings from an impressive 200-strong list and the Wine and Spice evenings are eternally popular.

5. Dishoom

Dishoom - London Indian Restaurant
© Dishoom

This is London's first Bombay cafe, based on the popular eateries in the Indian city in the first half of the 20th century, opened by immigrants from Persia. This was where rich businessmen rubbed shoulders with sweaty taxi-wallahs and courting couples gazed at one another over marble-topped tables.

Dishoom's checkerboard tiles and oak panelling, along with marble-topped tables and mismatched chairs make this a quirky venue. Look at the pictures on the wall as many are family photos from one of the owners including a photo of his grandmother that was sent to his grandfather to introduce her before their marriage.

The food is not your standard curry-fest and the all-day menu includes kebabs and salads as well as healthy roti wraps. The Bombay Breakfast Club gives a twist to the classic British breakfast with a cup of chai and Bacon Naan Rolls.

6. Masala Zone

Masala Zone is a chain of Indian restaurants across London, associated with Amaya, Veeraswamy and Chutney Mary. Masala Zone restaurants have contemporary Indian art decor and serve very popular and tasty Indian cuisine.

7. Mela

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Mela's menu may surprise you as it doesn't have the standard Indian dishes such as Chicken Tikka Masala which have been created for the English palate. Mela actually serves authentic Indian dishes from all over India. The dishes are clearly described on the menu and staff can elaborate further and also make recommendations.

8. Indian YMCA

Indian YMCA
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Not a fancy restaurant, but the canteen of the London Indian YMCA which is open to the public. It's where real Indian people eat and it's very well-priced. The Dining Hall is not open all day and evening so check the Indian YMCA website for opening times.

9. Tayyabs

This family-run Indian restaurant in Whitechapel started in 1974. They actually serve traditional Pakistani Punjabi food which is 100% Halal.

10. Veeraswamy

Veeraswamy is the UK's oldest Indian restaurant, established in 1926. It underwent an 80th birthday renovation and has continued to be very popular. There is a set price menu as otherwise it can be quite pricey to eat here. The food is considered fresh and high quality and they have many returning customers.

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