Indian Restaurants in Soho
1. Pali Hill Indian restaurant in Soho 79-81 Mortimer Street - W1W
Rahul Khanna and Kabir Suri, the duo behind Azure Hospitality, have taken over the veteran Indian restaurant site that was home to Gaylord (RIP); in October 2020 (delayed from May by lockdown) they opened Pali Hill, a Indian seasonal restaurant, and also Bandra Bhai, a basement cocktail bar that's inspired by an illicit smuggling den.
2. Kricket Indian restaurant in Soho 12 Denman St - W1
“So many layers of taste… a throwback to living in India” – their “fantastic take on subcontinental flavours and textures” has helped blaze a trail for Rik Campbell and Will Bowby’s street-food brand. Since mid-2015, their “always interesting and very tasty” bites have taken them from a Pop Brixton shipping container to three permanent outlets in Soho, Brixton and White City’s TV Centre. “Busy” Soho in particular is “great for counter dining”. Top Menu Tips – “spot-on bhel puri”, “fab chai, dazzling deep-fried chicken and delicious halwa”.
3. Tamarind Kitchen Indian restaurant in Soho 167-169 Wardour St - W1F
“A hidden pearl in the heart of Soho”, this “smart-casual” spin-off from Mayfair’s Tamarind has a “lovely, buzzy vibe”; and serves “really impressive and refined modern Indian cooking” – “with a fresh-tasting twist to the traditional dishes” – from “a short menu that changes regularly.
4. Gopal’s of Soho Indian restaurant in Soho 12 Bateman St - W1
“For a cuzza in Soho”, this “good Indian in the centre of all the action” is just the job thanks to its “flavoursome and so tasty” cooking and “top price/quality ratio”. Family run since 1988, its unfashionably traditional basement setting is also a great antidote when you’re sick of being dazzled by trendy new restaurant design-concepts.
5. Hankies Indian restaurant in Soho 67 Shaftesbury Avenue - W1D
Anirudh Arora’s two-year-old, north Indian, street-food café on the West End’s ever-bustling Shaftesbury Avenue also has a new outpost in a smart hotel dining room, near Marble Arch. The duo’s title refers to classic Roomali Roti: bread, hand spun into thin sheets, cooked and folded into a ‘hankie’, and both branches win praise for “great food at a relatively small price”.
6. The Kati Roll Company Indian restaurant in Soho 24 Poland Street - W1F
“You’ll be lucky to get a seat at this bustling, Indian street-food outlet” in Soho – London outpost of an NYC-chain with six Manhattan locations. It serves “excellent, wholesome south-Asian-style filled rolls” – “there’s a huge variety of rolls to choose from” – and “Bollywood posters and songs make up for what’s a very compact space”.
7. Dum Biryani Indian restaurant in Soho 187 Wardour Street - W1F
“Magnificent biryanis” are served in a ‘dum’ – a heavy pot – at this three-year-old Indian café just south of Oxford Street, the first venture from Dhruv Mittal, who quit his job in the City and retrained as a chef in Mumbai. “All the individual spices, often quite unusual ones, could be identified and appreciated”, and there’s a “good choice for vegetarians”. But the basement setting isn’t its strongest point.
8. Soho Wala Indian restaurant in Soho 21 Great Marlborough Street - W1F
Designed to capture the spirit of the Indian market place, this new hotel restaurant (with its own entrance) is an ideal spot for a quick street-food pit-stop or one of their spiced cocktails.
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