Red Fort has long been a haunt of moneyed tourists and business diners. It’s a smart ground-floor destination with a basement bar, sandstone walls, a stylish water feature and crisp white linen. A decade ago, the kitchen turned out outstanding regal dishes from Lucknow, but the chef moved on and the cooking has since been given a pan-Indian makeover.
On previous visits, waiters have been reluctant to offer the moderately priced pre-theatre set menu and their aloof manner has done them no favours. Star dishes this time included juicy seekh kebabs made from cumin-spiced lamb mince mixed with onions and seasoned with ginger, green chillies and coriander. Shaped around skewers and cooked over charcoal they made a memorable first course, as did our other starter – but for the wrong reason. Spinach patty cakes, coated in crunchy poppy seeds, were inexplicably stuffed with melted cheddar: a disastrous mash-up of flavours.
A rustic lamb curry to follow made partial amends, with chunks of meat covered in caramelised onion masala, seasoned with coriander seeds, ginger and toasted garlic. However, Red Fort is no longer a leading light for Moghul cooking, and must fight to hold its own among Soho’s dressy restaurants.
Founded in 1983, the delicious cooking and unparalleled service of The Red Fort continues to attract politicians, state dignitaries, entrepreneurs and celebrities alike.
With traditional tandoor ovens, charcoal grilled Lucknow and Hyderabadi kebabs and barbecues, homemade chutneys and freshly baked bread, our cooking is a memorable explosion of the finest flavours designed to excite and delight the most sophisticated of palates.
|Venue name:||Red Fort||Contact:|
77 Dean Street
|Opening hours:||Bar Open 5pm-midnight Tue-Thur; 5pm-1am fri, Sat. Restaurant Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 5.30-11.30pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road|
|Price:||Main courses £15-£18. Set meal (12.30-3pm; 5.30-6.30pm; 10-11.30pm) £15 2 courses, £18 3 courses|
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Tasting Menu: £49
from the set menu. Also with wine pairings for £69.Offer valid until Jul 4 2016
25% a la carte menu
From the a la carte menu.Offer valid until Jul 4 2016
Express Lunch menu: 2/3 courses £15/£18
From a set menu.Offer valid until Jul 4 2016