London's top 50 restaurants: Indian

London's curry culture no longer starts and ends with Brick Lane. Here's where to find the very best Indian grub in town

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A sub-continent of spice – aromatic curries, sizzling grills and banquets fit for a Maharaja. London does Indian food better than any other city in the West, so discover the best places to experience it. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Amaya

Amaya Alys Tomlinson

Amaya

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Much of the menu at this chic bar and grill is grilled on the tawa (a thick iron plate), sigri (coal grill) or in the more familiar tandoor (hot clay oven) right in front of diners, which adds a great sense of theatre to the sparkling surrounds. The biryanis are light and aromatic; and if you’ve ever wanted to try proper ‘Awadhi’ dishes, from Lucknow at the height of the Moghul empire, this is the place to go.

When to go: When you crave Indian food but are tired of ‘curry’.

What to have: Biryanis, kebabs, or ask for any of the Awadhi dishes.

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  1. Halkin Arcade, (Motcomb Street), SW1X 8JT
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Moti Mahal

Moti Mahal © Moti Mahal

Moti Mahal

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Its Covent Garden location and lots of online offers means a regular flow of slightly more adventurous tourists and theatregoers populate the room, but serious Indian food fans shouldn’t turn their noses up. While lacking the glam factor of other top-end Indian restaurants, the room is smart enough and the refined new-wave cooking more than makes up for the bland interiors. Careful spicing and flashes of creativity means the menu is peppered with classic dishes (a ‘pickling spice’ lamb curry) to please conservative diners, as well as more inspired interpretations of well-known recipes. The prices on the à la carte are not too kind, but we’d dare you find a menu more vibrant and wondrous than this in theatreland.

When to go: When the idea of a budget Ruby Murray has lost its sheen.

What to have: Skip the online set menu meal deals, which are cheaper, but they’re also duller; go à la carte.

  1. 45 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AA
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Scott T
Scott T

I completely agree what other people are saying about La Porte Des Indes, it is one of the best Indian restaurants i have been to, and that includes Michelin star restaurants.

Aditya Mookerjee
Aditya Mookerjee

I wonder if the Moti Mahal restaurant is the same as the one in New Delhi. I haven't been there, and the 'tandoori' was invented by Moti Mahal, if I am not incorrect.

Bigsands
Bigsands

The food options in London just gets better and better. For Indian food, I recommend La Porte Des Indes on Bryanston Street. It is a great place to impress a date. If you are looking for private dining options, then there is a recent article on http://partyideaslondon.com/ which is worth checking out.

Lisa Moyes
Lisa Moyes

Try Hazara Belsize Park definitely on par with the Michelin Indian Restaurants

Allen Reesor
Allen Reesor

I am surprised that Porte des Indes near Marble Arch is not in your list. The menu is Indian but creative, the ambiance is superb and the service extremely attentive.

LEON COHEN
LEON COHEN

Mezem, High Road, East Finchley, London.... is brand new......a Turkish restaurant.....and quite superb. The food is on a par with anything to be found in London, and the service is equally good.

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