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Best Indian restaurants in London

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

London is known the world over as a true multicultural, city whose society is made up of people from different parts of the world. As a result many London restaurants specialize in cuisines from different parts of the globe.

Great Britain has enjoyed close ties with the Indian subcontinent for many years and this has led to the British enthusiastically adopting and adapting the usually spicy and flavorful Indian cuisine to suit their own palate. For instance the most popular Indian dish in the UK is ‘Chicken tikka masala’. This is a British adaptation of Indian chicken curry found only in the UK and nowhere else on the subcontinent. Moreover connoisseurs of Indian cuisine often remark the Indian restaurants in London serve excellent authentic Indian cuisine which is often better than the food served at the restaurants in India. To judge whether this is true or not you would have to eat at London’s finest Indian restaurants in order to make a decision.

  • Veeraswamys

One of the oldest Indian restaurants in London is Veeraswamys. The restaurant which is located in the elegant neighborhood of Mayfair, established by the great grandson of an English General, along with an Indian princess. Today this eighty year old restaurant managed and owned by sisters Camelia and Namita Punjabi who also own other renowned London eateries such as Amaya and Chutney Mary. These sisters have recently refurbished the restaurant and restored it to its former glory. The décor of the restaurant evokes the ambience of a Maharaja’s palace from the 1920’s. The restaurant possesses a magnificent ten foot high silver painted ceiling and its walls are adorned with colorful opulent turbans which once belonged to the Maharajas who patronized the restaurant during its early days. Veeraswamy’s menu reflects the various different cooking styles of the subcontinent, the restaurant is a must do for any Indian food buff on a visit to London.

  • Amaya Bar & Grill

If you prefer to try Indian food with a more contemporary style and taste you should head to Veeraswamy’s sister restaurant the Amaya Bar and Grill. This restaurant serves top notch contemporary Indian food with a distinct western twist. The award winning Indian restaurant is one of the few Indian restaurants that have received a star in the Michelin Red Guide. Amaya has a sleek, modern look and a menu which features Indian grills or kebabs which are cooked on the spot in its large show kitchen. Amaya is located on Motcomb Street in the area of Knightsbridge.

  • Zaika

The first Indian Restaurant in London to have received a Michelin star is located in the coveted district of South Kensington and is called Zaika. Zaika is located in a building which was previously a bank and the original architecture of the bank consisting of arches and high ceilings has been preserved which helps to enhance the colonial era feel of the restaurant. Its large menu features many permutations and combinations to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

  • The Cinnamon Club

The Cinnamon Club is an inimitable Indian restaurant that is located in a building that once housed a Victorian Library in the area of London known as Westminster. This restaurant which serves modern Indian cuisine is a favorite of politicians and movers and shakers of the business world. It even has its own exclusive single malt whisky which is bottled for the restaurant and is available for sale.

The restaurant has a constantly evolving menu which keeps it fresh and exciting.

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Venere Travel Blog writer anjeeta nayar

Anjeeta Nayar is a professional freelance writer and blogger based in New York City. She relocated to the Big Apple from Mumbai two years ago. She loves New York City for its incredible buzz and energy. It really is the city that never sleeps and there is always something to do and see here. In addition to being a writer and blogger, she is also an avid traveler with London and cities in S.E.Asia being the places she enjoys visiting the most!

9 responses to “Best Indian restaurants in London”

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  1. Micaela says:
    May 6th, 2008 at 13:00

    I adore Amaya !!!!!!! The best tandoories in town and a wonderful environment…

  2. Sian says:
    June 30th, 2008 at 15:25

    What about Tayyabs in Whitechapel? That definitely deserves a mention!

  3. Tony says:
    May 10th, 2010 at 10:25

    Indian takeaway in sutton surrey
    Mr India is in the fine art of cooking blending those fresh authentic spices and herbs to produce an intoxicating assault on the senses.

    The sensuality of texture, vivid colours, mouth-watering aromas and exquisite tastes demand one’s complete undivided attention.

  4. nala rans says:
    June 21st, 2010 at 20:50

    Mr India is in the fine art of cooking blending those fresh authentic spices and herbs to produce an intoxicating assault on the senses.

    The sensuality of texture, vivid colours, mouth-watering aromas and exquisite tastes demand one’s complete undivided attention.

    Celebrating the culture of food, people and places in the Indian sub-continent, our award-winning team brings you the delights of classical regional dishes as well as our unique specialities.

    Mr India’s principle is quite simple, using only the first ingredients and a health conscious approach to provide quality, contemporary Indian cuisine with efficient, friendly service.

    All our Dishes are made to order and we therefore request your kind patience as your food is being prepared.

    IT WILL BE WORTH THE WAIT!

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  5. Anjeeta says:
    June 23rd, 2010 at 04:38

    with such a sales pitch, I better check out Mr.India in Sutton on my next trip to London.

  6. baghsarai says:
    August 1st, 2010 at 01:39

    If you require a dish that is not on the menu, or have any allergies or dislikes to certain ingredients, then please enquire from the manager who will be pleased to cater for you

  7. indian restaurant says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 14:14

    I’ve been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this blog. Thanks

  8. Manish Sharma says:
    July 29th, 2013 at 10:25

    Good Blog. I have been all the four restaurants and found the food and the services top class.

    But Veeraswamys has always been my favorite and my No. 1 Choice.

  9. Miguel Taborda says:
    November 18th, 2013 at 18:16

    I love the Indian Vegetarian just off Leicester Square, Woodlands in Panton Street!
    Great food, vibrant enviroment and amazing staff! One of my favourites while in town!


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