Indian Restaurants in Westminster
1. The Cinnamon Club Indian restaurant in Westminster Old Westminster Library, Great Smith St - SW1
“Still a classic” – this “elegant” destination in “Westminster’s lovely former library” has long been one of London’s most pre-eminent posh Indians; and its “interesting and idiosyncratic” cuisine has made it “something of an institution” (including amongst the politico classes – “being within division bell distance of Parliament, there’s a fair chance of spotting a well-known face or two”). Its enjoyment was “tempered by episodes of wobbly service” in the last survey, however, and those who found the staff “over-stretched” were more likely to judge it “too expensive”.
2. Farzi Cafe Indian restaurant in Westminster 8 Haymarket - SW1Y
In the heart of the West End, this decidedly glam yearling scored better in our survey than the mixed rep it received in press reviews. The first UK outpost of a 30-strong international chain hailing from India and the Gulf, its repertoire of tapas-y offerings are very much of the funky, evolved school of Indian cuisine, and reporters salivate over “an amazing choice of inventive dishes” that are “far better than you would expect” in this touristy locale.
3. Chutney Mary Indian restaurant in Westminster 73 St James's Street - SW1A
“Still very much an institution, even though it moved from its original SW10 location”: this “buzzy, glitzy high-end Indian” – nowadays in St James’s – delivers a formidable, all-round formula of “delightful” nouvelle Indian cuisine: “the variety and quality of the menu is truly impressive”, backed up by “a well-matched list of wines and whiskies”. Top Top – “sitting in the bar area is more fun than the main restaurant”.
4. Kanishka Indian restaurant in Westminster 17-19 Maddox Street - W1S
“Off to a great start”, with “superb” cuisine, say fans of Atul Kochhar’s “upmarket” (and sizeable: 130 covers) new venture on a site that was previously the Mayfair branch of 28:50 (RIP), and which specialises in the “strongly flavoured”, relatively undiscovered cuisine of India’s north-eastern states (bordering Tibet and China). It’s “not cheap” however, and while “some star dishes” are reported “some of the rest are a little more forgettable”, while the interior design is “relaxing and warm” to some tastes, but – to others – can appear “cold” or “incoherent”.
5. Fatt Pundit Indian restaurant in Westminster 77 Berwick Street - W1F
Hakka (Indo-Chinese cuisine) is centre-stage at this new Soho 60-seater, where its few early-days reviews are brimming with enthusiasm, particularly regarding the “excellent” food. You kick off with spicy ‘momo’ (Tibetan dumplings) and move onto the interesting selection of mains (dishes including crab, rabbit, venison…). There’s even a “sizzling brownie dessert to die for”.
6. Curry House Coco Ichibanya Japanese restaurant in Westminster 17 Great Newport Street - WC2H
Near Leicester Square tube and need a quick bite? – maybe grab a meal at this simple two-year-old: the first London outpost of Japan’s largest (1,000-strong) chain specialising in kare raisu dishes – curry and rice: over 40 different rice toppings are available, including hamburgers, scrambled eggs and fried oysters.
7. Mathura Indian restaurant in Westminster 4 Greycoat Place - SW1P
Hot on the heels of Kanishka, Atul Kochhar has announced his next venture to open in autumn 2019, also in collaboration with Tina English. Based in an old fire station building in Victoria, the big (200-cover) operation will, a press release informs us, ‘use premium, locally-sourced British produce, while offering unique and unexpected elements which set it apart from his previous restaurants’.
8. Manthan Indian restaurant in Westminster 49 Maddox Street - W1S
Rohit Ghai (of Kutir) returns to Mayfair with this late summer 2021 opening with his eyes on the Michelin star he won in his Jamavar days. Taking over the site near Regent Street of Covid casualty Lucknow 49 (RIP), the offer incorporates traditional-with-a-twist dishes and lots of cocktails (including of the non-alcoholic variety).
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