Located at the Strand Palace Hotel, on the Strand, diners can access this Indian restaurant either through the hotel foyer or by its own, separate entrance on Burleigh Street – just look for the big red awning.
The head chef here hails from Kerala, so expect dishes from India's south to be well-represented, alongside options from other regions as well as classic curry house staples. That means a menu that includes lamb samosa, chicken tikka, seabass varuval, various biryani and tandoori salmon with dill, ginger, yoghurt, lime and grape chutney.
Pre-theatre menus, thali lunches, an Indian afternoon tea and seasonal specials also feature.
Our Keralan head chef, Asharaff Valappil, combines his passion for regional home-cooking with original fine-dining twists.
Cooking with three tandoor ovens, he enhances each dish using traditional spices from across India, creating flavour, not heat.
For an unusual afternoon treat, try our Indian afternoon tea, one of the most original dining experiences in London.
Or for a light lunch, our light bites lunch menu offers a new range of Indian lunch options on the high street, or the express thali menu has two delicious courses for just £9.95.
Strand Palace Hotel
2 Burleigh St
|Opening hours:||Sun-Tue noon-10pm, Wed-Sat noon-11pm.|
|Transport:||Tube: Covent Garden|
|Price:||Lunch £8.95, pre-theatre dinner £15, dinner (three courses) £18|
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Average User Rating
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Afternoon tea here - much more interesting than the standard British fayre. 3 layers of slightly spiced finger food plus some lovely squelchy Indian focused treats and then more tradiional fruit tarts and (slightly dry) scones with jam and cream took nearly 3 hours to munch through. Lovely surroundings, charming staff
Had dinner here post-cocktails at the Gin Palace bar, also in the Strand Palace. There were some interesting and imaginative items on the menu that I haven't seen elsewhere, as well as the familiar dishes. All very tasty and really excellent value for such a central London theatreland location.
Went to Dawaat after a cocktail at the Gin Palace- perfect combination! The first time that I have truly "tasted" Indian food rather than the spices that usually smother it. I am not a very hot/spicy curry fan, so really appreciated the more subtle flavours to come through. Spoilt for choice here- coming back.
Went for a lovely dinner at Daawat with my husband, a real curry fan, and he loved it! I chose Pork Vindaloo and he had a lamb dish called Laal Maans - both were amazing. Definitely coming back.