London has always had some nice Indian food restaurants, but over the years the Indian culinary scene has evolved so much and many new places have come up. I am a sucker for Indian food and always looking for good Indian restaurants to go to. I have been to many Indian restaurants in London, some didn’t impress me, and some became my all-time favourites. So, I have combined them for you all. Here are the best Indian restaurants in London. You can also checkout more restaurant reviews here.
- Pali Hill
Pali Hill is a beautiful and spacious restaurant in Fitzrovia. Named after an affluent residential area in Mumbai, this is the place to be for good regional Indian food. It is an open kitchen restaurant and everything from their ambience to food is so exquisite and will leave one wanting for more. The bright colours and eye-catching paintings on the wall make this place welcoming. They offer a wide variety of authentic Indian dishes, so there is something for everyone.
Where – 79-81 Mortimer St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7SJ
2. Chokhi Dhani
After many successful restaurants in India, Chokhi Dhani brings the rich heritage and wholesome food of Rajasthan to London. As soon as one enters Chokhi Dhani, it is like a whole new world. The ambience is so inviting & instantly lifts up the mood. Most of their furniture, cutlery, and decor has been sourced from India and it seems like they have gone the extra mile to make one feel at home. The food is authentic and has a contemporary twist to it and there are so many options to choose from.
Where – 2 Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane, London SW8 5AW
One of the most famous Indian restaurants chain in London, Dishoom is a restaurant that pays a tribute to the old Irani cafes of Bombay. The ambience is cosy with painted brickwork and photographs on the wall. The place has a relaxed, fun and vintage vibe to it. They serve brilliant, classic Indian food like bhel puri, pav bhaji, samosas, chole bhature, the list is endless. The fabulous food and retro feel make it a number one choice for Indian food lovers. It is usually very busy and there is waiting, but it’s worth it.
Where – 12 Upper St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9FB
4. Masala Zone
Masala Zone is a restaurant that has many branches in the UK and they specialise in Indian thalis, curries and street food. With elegant and lovely interiors, it is an ideal place for a lunch or a family dinner. They offer so many different recipes from all over Indian, that choosing just one can sometimes be hard. The food is great & authentic and they also have some famous Indian soft drinks like jaljeera, masala coke and nimbu pani which takes one down the memory lane. All the fans of Indian food will love this place.
Where – 9 Marshall Street, London W1F 7ER
Benaras is a Indian fine dining restaurant that has won a Michelin star. The restaurant gets its name from the holy city of Banaras and is a perfect combination of elegance & luxury. A person who is fond of everything classy is a place to be. Apart from the lovely ambience, the food here is exceptional and creative. It is not like the usual Indian food, they have added their own unique, modern touch to it. For someone who loves trying fusion Indian dishes, this place is a must-visit.
Where – 12a Berkeley Square House, London W1J 6BS
6. Bombay Bustle
Bombay Bustle is a lovely and relaxing place that draws its inspiration from the Mumbai dabbawalas. The decor of this place is superb and bears a slight resemblance to the coach of Mumbai train. It is intimately lit and a calming place to be in which makes it perfect for a cosy evening. The food is scrumptious and they have an extensive menu with a combination of familiar and new dishes. Everything about this place is amazing, and if one is looking for good Indian food Bombay Bustle won’t disappoint.
Where – 29 Maddox Street, Mayfair W1S 2PA
Gymkhana is a Michelin star restaurant and is one of the most preferred Indian restaurants in London. It is inspired by the elite clubs of India and serves classic & contemporary Indian cuisines. The fine Indian food and magnificent decor make it an ideal place for an incredible dining experience. The food here is top of the line, flavourful and is beautifully presented. The decor at Gymkhana is elite and surely does justice to its name and makes one feel like a member of a private club.
Where – 42 Albemarle St, London W1S 4JH
8. Cinnamon Kitchen
Cinnamon Kitchen is a modern Indian restaurant that serves modern-Indian dishes. It is a lively, industrial themed restaurant with magnificent glass doors, brickwork, mirrors and high ceilings. It also has an open terrace area where one can enjoy a meal in natural light. The menu is a fusion of classic Indian dishes and British dishes with an Indian twist. The food is high on flavours, is perfectly balanced and moderately spicy. All in all this is a fantastic place to enjoy a scrumptious meal with a drink or two.
Where – 9 Devonshire Square, Spitalfields, London EC2M 4YL
Jamavar is a fine dining Indian restaurant from The Leela Palaces. This place is dimly lit and calm and its extra & lavish decor makes it what it is. They also have a lot of Indian artwork on the walls, which makes it bright & vibrant. The quality of the food is top-notch with many interesting options on the menu to choose from. It is a bit pricy but the beautiful decor and excellent food make the spendings worth it. Jamavar is an ideal place to go for an extraordinary dining experience.
Where – 8 Mount St, Mayfair, London W1K 3NF
Brigadiers is a barbecue restaurant and sports bar inspired by the army mess clubs of India. It has a comfortable, friendly atmosphere with a pool room, whiskey vending machine and flat screens. One can go here for a nice lunch with friends or a family celebration. The menu is huge with various types of Indian BBQ, from tandoor & charcoal grills to a wooden oven. The tasty food combined with a lively environment makes the overall experience at the Brigadiers one of a kind.
Where – 1 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR
So, the next time you are in London, do checkout one of these restaurants. Hope you liked this blog. For more For more fun fashion, beauty & lifestyle content, follow me on Instagram.