Indian Restaurants in Kensington
1. Dishoom Indian restaurant in Kensington The Barkers Building, Derry Street - W8
“There aren’t many restaurants where I will queue for nearly two hours to get a table but it’s worth the wait!” – This “madly popular” Mumbai-inspired chain “has taken London by storm” and is now the capital’s most mentioned chain. Even if the heady days of its Covent Garden debut are long gone, criticisms that it’s “too popular for its own good” are most notable by their absence; and instead its “a firm favourite” for its massive army of fans who feel “it never fails to impress”. The “buzzy, Indian, faux-retro vibe” (“I felt transported to the Parsi eating houses of Bombay in the 1960s”) helps set up a “crazy, frenetic atmosphere”; and even if the “noise levels are pretty bad”, “somehow it all comes together”. It helps that service is “always punctual and friendly” (respect: it’s such a busy chain), and the tapas-y food – though no longer as bleeding edge as it once seemed – still feels “vibrant”, with a selection of dishes that’s “far from run-of-the-mill” (“recommended by all our Indian friends!”), plus “an exceptional list of drinks”. Breakfast here is unexpectedly “a true thing of beauty” too: “so different” in a brilliant way. “You can book during the day, but not at night” – “the wait is tedious, but the buzzer system works well” and cocktails at the bar help blur time. In mid 2019, the chain acquired the former Jamie’s Italian site next to its original WC2 branch in order to expand its footprint. Top Tips – “black dahl is still the best” and “the bacon naan is the greatest restaurant breakfast dish of all time!”.
2. Zaika of Kensington Indian restaurant in Kensington 1 Kensington High Street - W8
The forgotten sibling of Mayfair’s swanky Tamarind inspires shockingly little feedback nowadays, but all reports continue to applaud this posh nouvelle Indian, which occupies an impressive converted banking hall near Kensington Palace Gardens: “top cuisine, with excellent service, and grand style”.
3. Malabar Indian restaurant in Kensington 27 Uxbridge St - W8
This “high-quality” Indian has fed happy Notting Hill diners “with some style and on metal platters” for more than 30 years, and – having taken over the premises of an Italian trattoria back in the day – has always had a contemporary look. The odd regular says “is it me, or has this old favourite gotten a bit tired?”, but perhaps that’s more a comment on how outstanding it once was, as its overall feedback is pretty solid.
4. Raj of Kensington Indian restaurant in Kensington 1 Abingdon Road - W8
New Indian restaurant on High Street Ken, inspired by the days of British Raj India, serving dishes from Jaipur and Bhopal alongside gin-based cocktails.
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