London's best Indian restaurants

From restaurants serving classic Moghul food to modern interpretations of pan-Indian cuisine

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From homely, dhal dishes to Punjabi-grilled meats worth queuing for, get to know the best Indian restaurants in London. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Tayyabs

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
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We’ve featured Tayyabs every year since it opened in 1972, and every year it gets busier and busier. From its original premises in a small café, it has gradually swallowed up the pub next door. If you come here expecting a relaxing evening, cheery service or an intimate atmosphere, you’ll be disappointed: this is a full-on, massive, hectic, loud, in-and-out sort of place. Also, if you come here without booking, expect to wait up to an hour for a table. But we recommend this

  1. 83-89 Fieldgate Street, E1 1JU
  2. Main courses £6.50-£25.80. Unlicensed....
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Needoo Grill

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

In the great battle of the Whitechapel lamb chop – an unofficial war being waged between Needoo and its nearby neighbours Tayyabs and Lahore Kebab House – it’s hard to pick a winner. The sizzling plates of succulent lamb that you get here aren’t cooked to pink excellence like at Lahore, and aren’t as pungent as at Tayyabs, but they are spiced to absolute perfection. Opened in 2009 by a former Tayyabs manager, this squashed space doesn’t suffer from the same problem of

  1. 87 New Road, E1 1HH
  2. Main courses £6-£6.50. Unlicensed. Corkage no...
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Brilliant

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The glitzy interior doesn’t hint at Brilliant’s longevity (a photo of a glossy-haired Prince Charles meeting the proprietors provides a clue), but this Southall landmark has been trading for nigh-on 40 years. It now has a first-floor banqueting hall seating 120 and runs cookery courses – videos of which are shown on three flatscreen TVs in the ground-floor restaurant. Owners, the Anand family, hail from Kenya (see the carvings of Maasai tribeswomen), and the menu reflects

  1. 72-76 Western Road, UB2 5DZ
  2. Main courses £4.50-£14
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Cinnamon Kitchen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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There’s something almost karmic about the location of this new sibling to the Cinnamon Club, occupying as it does a former warehouse of the East India Company. And it occupies it stylishly, with walls in soft pewter hues inset with lustrous mother-of-pearl patterns. The juxtaposition of exposed air-con ducts with intricate filigree light-shades works unexpectedly well under the lofty ceilings – as does the long tandoori-grill bar where chefs cook to order. Most dishes

  1. 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL
  2. Main courses £12-£32. Set lunch £15 2...
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Dishoom

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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A swish Bombay brasserie in the style of the old post-colonial 'Irani cafés' of Bombay, Dishoom is filled with retro design features: whirring ceiling fans, low-level lighting and walls adorned with vintage Indian magazine advertising. The look is certainly distinctive, but the effect can be so slick when compared to the real thing that the venue can feel rather soulless and corporate. This doesn’t stop the design-conscious and Indophile thronging here through the day, from

  1. 12 Upper St Martin's Lane, WC2H 9FB
  2. Main courses £1.70-£11.50
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Moti Mahal

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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Class, poise, judgement: these words might well be embossed on Moti Mahal’s burnished copper bar, beside the serried ranks of expensive whiskies. This London outpost of Delhi’s celebrated restaurant group is geared to international business diners and priced accordingly. Weighty linen tablecloths, polished wooden flooring, an ambient soundtrack and a spotless open kitchen (viewed behind a curvaceous glass partition) lend gravitas to the ground-floor dining room – as do

  1. 45 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AA
  2. Main courses £9-£28. Set lunch £15 2 courses...
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Dishoom

  • Rated as: 4/5

Jugaar (pronounced ‘joo-gaar’) is the word used in Hindi to describe a certain type of problem solving. ‘Improvisation’ is one translation; ‘makeshift’or even ‘dodgy’ might be another. The point of jugaar is to get results, not to follow the rules. The second Shoreditch branch of Dishoom looks at first to have a jugaar approach to the decor – an industrial space has been turned into an aspirational Indian restaurant. But the interior design is inspired by the

  1. 7 Boundary Street, E2 7JE
  2. Meal for two with drinks and service: around...
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Zumbura

  • Rated as: 4/5

What do you do next if you’ve built two successful furniture businesses from scratch, and want a new challenge? Open an Indian restaurant. Or at least, that’s what Aamir Ahmad and his colleagues have done. Their background in fashionable interior design explains Zumbura’s good looks – but instead of the clean, modern lines of their Ocean and Dwell shops, the look includes South Asian influences. Saturated colours, Moghul-style bird prints on the ceiling, ornate tableware

  1. 36a Old Town, SW4 0LB
  2. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £65
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Lahore Kebab House

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

It might not look like much, but Lahore Kebab House is a place of pilgrimage for curry lovers. Queues snake out of the door at weekends, with diners travelling from afar to sample Punjabi-style tandoori grilled meat and generous portions of ghee-laden curry. Bargain prices, attentive service and a BYO policy add to the draw. Piles of sweet onion bhajia and heavily spiced lamb chops might start off a meal, before the choice velvety dals, boldly flavoured curries (many of them on

  1. 2-10 Umberston Street, E1 1PY
  2. Main courses £6-£10.50. Unlicensed. Corkage...
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Cinnamon Club

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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There’s a gentleman’s club feel to this grand, Grade II-listed Victorian building (once a library) and the high ceiling, book-lined gallery and crisp napery convey a sense of occasion. It’s an established haunt of sharp-suited power brokers and Westminster politicians who enjoy a fine-dining menu of updated rustic and regal pan-Indian dishes. We liked the sliced veal escalope with its toasted coriander seasoning – an innovative complement to creamy tomato-cumin sauce. The

  1. Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, 30-32 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU
  2. Main courses £14-£32. Set meal £22 2...
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Aditi S
Aditi S

Cinnamon Kitchen is best among all the Indian Restaurant in London

John James
John James

Neither my many Indian friends or I share your praise for Dishoom - which is mainly style, with uninspiring and slapdash food content. Lahore Kebab food is generally swimming in oil. Brilliant is Kenyan Indian food. Roti Chai inconsistent with a limited menu. For me the Masala Zone restaurants represent a good combination of value, proper Indian food, with good service and interesting interiors in central London. Outside central London, I rate Vijay highly.

Dazza V
Dazza V

Khan's in Baywater is the best Indian cuisine I've ever tasted - clean, rich, balanced flavours and not greasy at all. Also, Ganapati in Peckham do the most amazing flaky, buttery paratha.

DR KAMAL MOHANANI
DR KAMAL MOHANANI

indian cuisines out side india, delicious,testy,-dr kamal mohanani

mary hathway
mary hathway

Recently I visitied sister restaurant of best Indian restaurant the Cinnamon Club in Soho. It is a great value for money and offers a twist to the Indian favourites. My best bet was their award winning ( Time out's favourite too) the balls and Roganjosh pie. Cinnamon soho www.cinnamonsoho.com is a must visit if you are travelling and looking for best and affordable Indian food.

mary hathway
mary hathway

Recently I visitied sister restaurant of best Indian restaurant the Cinnamon Club in Soho. It is a great value for money and offers a twist to the Indian favourites. My best bet was their award winning ( Time out's favourite too) the balls and Roganjosh pie. Cinnamon soho www.cinnamonsoho.com is a must visit if you are travelling and looking for best and affordable Indian food.

Sapu
Sapu

I second Maxine's comment re Babur. Far by the best Indian reestaurnt I've visited in London, or even in the UK! The menu is inventive & the food is mouthwatering. I'd also vote for Diwana Bhel Poori on Drummond St. Amazing selection for their buffet especially the salads.

samuel imeh
samuel imeh

Good makes a good Health.I love Best & sweet meals.

DaveDoesLDN
DaveDoesLDN

I think you need a separate list just for Brick Lane. In particular I would have added Aladin to this list.

shweta
shweta

I visited all of them, and being an Indian, I can vouch that none of them...read...NONE OF THEM..sell real Indian food...all are crap and trying to fool around by just adding cream, yoghurt and some pickle.

Gordon Bayes
Gordon Bayes

I agree with the list, however i have just found a new restaurant on Hammermsith Grove called Mezban. The food is delightful and service was top notch. I even got a chance to speak to the chef who has worked in some of the oldest well known Indian restaurants in London. Allround a beautiful little restaurant with brilliant service and the food to match it.

Tom Hall
Tom Hall

Needoo Grill just around the corner corner from Tayyabs is equally good and cheap but far less busy! The food is almost identical due to the old head chef of Tayyabs moving to Needoo. THE best in London

Sarah Clemence
Sarah Clemence

The best thing about visiting Brick Lane is that you get a variety of choice, there is only about 30 plus Indian restaurants. I usually visit Papadoms a venue that has been used by our company on several occasions.

Debbie
Debbie

Some good indian restaurants in the list but for sheer quality and flavour of foods at reasonable price I would say some Brick Lane restaurants are the best. If you are going for good food and dont mind decorations I would say visit two of my favourites in London Sheba Restaurant in Brick Lane or Bengal Village and try some awesome dishes,