Indian Restaurants in Mayfair
1. Benares Indian restaurant in Mayfair 12a Berkeley Square House, - W1
Sameer Taneja’s “exceptional” cuisine continues to maintain the high standing of this well-known Berkeley Square destination. Despite the odd “unexciting” report, most accounts are of “fabulous” meals from “a menu that’s very spice-led and refined-tasting”. Located on the first floor, its modern design “doesn’t feel too ‘posh Mayfair’ in ambience terms”, with meals here said to be “well-paced” and “refreshing”.
2. Jamavar Indian restaurant in Mayfair 8 Mount Street - W1
“Real Indian cuisine” – “exquisite flavours from top-quality ingredients and stunning preparation” – have won a major reputation for this “top-class Indian”, founded by Samyukta Nair, whose family own India’s luxurious Leela Palace group. It occupies a “fantastic”, tastefully decorated Mayfair site, near Berkeley Square: “quiet enough for conversation whilst busy enough to create a reassuring hum”.
3. Tamarind Indian restaurant in Mayfair 20 Queen St - W1
“An absolutely fabulous place”, this pioneer of upscale Indian food for almost 30 years (and the first in the world to bag a Michelin star) is flying high again after a major refurb doubled the size of its Mayfair premises a couple of years ago. “Despite newcomers” taking curry to new levels, fans say “this remains the best Indian food” – “the brilliant taster menu is exceptional and demonstrates the skill and versatility of the kitchen” (now run by Karunesh Khanna, formerly head chef of Amaya).
4. Gymkhana Indian restaurant in Mayfair 42 Albemarle St - W1
The “standard-bearer for subcontinental food in London” – the Sethi family’s “exceptional” Mayfair destination nowadays ranks in the Top-20 most-mentioned restaurants in our annual diners’ poll, and is the highest-ranking Indian. “An amazing selection of traditional dishes not found anywhere else” delivers “top-quality flavours relying on taste, not heat” (“so delicious, I couldn’t stop eating!”), all in a “vibey” two-floor setting, with Indian-inspired décor referencing Indian clubs and mansions. “Unbeatable… if you can get in, that is…”
5. Bombay Bustle Indian restaurant in Mayfair 29 Maddox Street - W1S
“Noisy and aptly named bustle” – this “well-executed and brilliant concept” (sibling to Jamavar) is inspired by the street food of Mumbai: a “deeply impressive range of dishes” and results are “mind-blowing” – with just “the right balance of spices and herbs”.
6. Manthan Indian restaurant in Westminster 49 Maddox Street - W1S
Rohit Ghai’s “comfy and stylish” Mayfair yearling offers a homely menu inspired by the chef’s Punjabi childhood. “Awesome” flavours from “the good variety of dishes” make it “a must-try” for fans. Sceptics, though – while acknowledging that “effort is put into both good food and service” – feel some results “lack punch” or “aren’t quite at the top levels of food from the subcontinent in London”.
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