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Summary

£49
   ££
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It ain’t Bibi or Tamarind, but it’s less than half the price and it’s jolly good” – this “ever-reliable” Covent Garden institution has earned devotion from generations of fans for its “authentic” Punjabi curries and “great staff” (“I’ve been coming here for excellent meals for over 40 years”). Founded in 1946 – the year before Indian independence – it claims to have been the UK’s first north Indian restaurant and is now run by the fourth generation of the founding family. It’s run with a conscience too – “during lockdown they served over 45,000 meals to the needy and homeless”.

Summary

£46
   ££
4
Very Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This veteran curry house to the north of Covent Garden has survived for 76 years by providing “fine-value and well-above-average cooking”. Founded in 1946 and claiming to be the first north Indian restaurant in London, it is now owned and operated by the fourth generation of the same family and still sticks close to its gastronomic roots (“ate with a friend whose family come from the Punjab and he said the food was thoroughly authentic”). In recent years, “real effort has gone into the wine list, but the best wine to drink with curry remains…beer”.

Summary

£43
    £
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This Covent Garden institution lays claim to being the oldest north Indian restaurant in London, est. 1946, and is now run by the great-grandson of the founder. It owes its staying power to the “great Punjabi regional dishes” on the menu – “a friend was so impressed, he said it was nearly as good as his grandmother’s cooking” – and these days there are also “interesting vegan and vegetarian options”.

Summary

£42
    £
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Many Londoners have tried this very traditional, north Indian veteran on the fringe of Covent Garden (founded in 1946, and now in the 4th generation of family ownership) at some time or another, but it lacks a regular local following due to its touristy location. It wins consistent praise, however – including for its support of the armed forces (10% discount to those who’ve served).

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80 Neal St, London, WC2H 9PA

Restaurant details

Highchair,Portions
No dress code
150

Punjab Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Punjab Restaurant in WC2, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Punjab restaurant.
Haris M
Old style Indian which we found impeccable ...
Reviewed 5 months, 29 days ago

"Old style Indian which we found impeccable on all fronts. Very good quality/price ratio. Above all it claims to be (and feels) authentic and this an added plus. Most enjoyable. "

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Prices

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£4.00 £16.70 £4.00 £4.15
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £24.95
Filter Coffee £3.10
Extras  
Bread £3.65
Service 10.00%
80 Neal St, London, WC2H 9PA
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑11:15 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑11:15 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11:15 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11:15 pm
Friday12 pm‑11:15 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11:15 pm
Sunday12 pm‑10:15 pm

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