Harden's survey result
“Consistently excellent” Keralan cuisine – “beautifully presented and served” – from chef Sriram Aylur ensures this 20-year-old, from the luxury Taj Group, remains at the summit of modern Indian gastronomy in the capital. Despite the swish hotel decor, though, it’s a decidedly low-key institution – if it wasn’t for such “friendly and thoughtful staff” the ambience could become stifling and leaden here. A short walk from Buckingham Palace, it’s close enough to Parliament to have its own division bell to summon MPs for a vote. Top Tip – “set lunch is tremendous value”.
Sriram Aylur’s “amazingly light and delicate Keralan cuisine” is twinned with “impeccable service” at the Taj Group’s formidably good Indian, which “maintains the great standards it’s set for the last decade or so” (and which was the highest rated posh Indian in the survey this year). Even fans acknowledge the space looks “drab”, which “takes away the feeling of a special occasion”, “but hey, you don’t eat the decor”.
Sriram Aylur’s “glorious, creative, original take on Keralan cuisine, with great integrity to its origins, but enough latitude to feel very unusual and special” has long established Taj Group’s luxurious venue near Buckingham Palace as one of London’s top subcontinentals (“My Indian colleagues swear by it when they’re in the UK”). Staff “go out of their way to be polite and helpful too”, and the only reservation is that the “spacious” interior can seem “a bit sterile”.
“Sophisticated and beautifully presented” Keralan cuisine has won much foodie acclaim for the Taj Group’s luxurious Indian, near Buckingham Palace, whose plush modern decor teeters between bland and stylish. It’s a practical choice too – “is this the only Michelin Star restaurant ever that understands and delivers a perfect working lunch?”
|Wine per bottle||£25.00|
41 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF
|Monday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:45pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:45pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:45pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:45pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:45pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||12:30 pm‑3:30 pm, 7:45pm‑11 pm|
|Sunday||12:30 pm‑3:30 pm, 7:45pm‑10:30 pm|