Indian Restaurants in Leicester
1. Hambleton Hall British, Modern restaurant in Hambleton
“A stunningly beautiful position overlooking Rutland Water” helps set an appropriately stately tone at Tim Hart’s “lovely” mansion (previously owned by the Hoare banking family, and actually built before the surrounding lake was created in 1975). In its rather traditional-looking dining room, “the consistency of Aaron Patterson's cooking has proved extraordinary over three decades. Ingredients from the kitchen garden and the area are superb – beautifully presented but without fuss”. And “sommelier Dominique Baduel’s wines complement the food to perfection”. Despite its un-flashy style, it’s one of our annual diners’ poll’s most commented-on and highly rated destinations. (And hospitality clearly runs in the blood, as Tim’s children run a string of high-profile London hits, including Barrafina, Quo Vadis and El Pastor).
2. Kayal Indian restaurant in Leicester 153 Granby St - LE1
“One of the best Indian in this ‘hot spot’ for Asian food” – this well-established outfit near the station offers “excellent” Keralan cuisine, including a range of speciality fish dishes. “The distinctive menu helps it stand out from standard Indian restaurants in Leicester”.
3. Tandem Indian restaurant in Leicester 59-59a Highcross Street - LE1
2021 Review: Cyrus Todiwala OBE, the acclaimed Bombay-born TV-chef behind London’s Café Spice Namaste, has chosen a Grade II listed building in the city-centre for his first restaurant outside London; and will feature five separate areas over two floors, including a bar, casual dining and fine dining room. For the town with the biggest Diwali festival outside India, Leicester has always curiously lacked a go-to Indian dining destination – maybe this is it?
4. Bobby’s Indian restaurant in Leicester 154-156 Belgrave Rd - LE4
This 45-year veteran of “Leicester’s Golden Mile”, one of the first Gujarati canteens to open in the city, serves “great vegetarian food, with lots of options”. Still run by the second generation of the founding Lakhani family, it has been smartened up and now has a deli alongside its sweet shop. Co-owner Enna Lakhani spent lockdown compiling and publishing a book of her late mother-in-law’s recipes.
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