Daawat

Restaurants , Indian Charing Cross
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Venue says: "Spice up Christmas at Daawat. Enjoy an Indian afternoon tea, or book our 'spicy Christmas' menu for £38, including prosecco (min 10 people)."
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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.

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Daawat says
Just off The Strand, Daawat's red entrance stands out alongside The Strand Palace Hotel, tempting West End diners to enjoy a truly authentic Indian feast (‘Daawat’ means ‘Indian feast’.)

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.
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Venue name: Daawat
Contact:
Address: Strand Palace Hotel
2 Burleigh St
London
WC2R 7PX
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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MatureLinda

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

Aelita

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.

Hank H

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.

Emma T

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. 

Adrian H
Tastemaker

I can't speak of this restaurant highly enough. The food is superb and the staff are friendly and attentive. The above time out offer makes the food prices very reasonable so you can really enjoy a starter or a few extra side dishes without busting your budget. Some may describe the menu as a little limited, however I believe allows the finer details to be practiced and perfected, making for some stunning dishes that will have you booking in your next visit before you've even finished eating.


The only reason that 5 starts haven't been awarded is the speed of service. It really felt like they wanted us to finish our first bottle of wine before they would grace us with our starters. The main course was then equally slow, turning the meal into a battle of endurance. That said, I would happily eat hear again, as the food is that good.