Red Fort

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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.


Venue name: Red Fort
Address: 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

Average User Rating

4 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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I just came back to dine once again within days to try out special lunch menu. Three course with a big selection of dishes coming on the table. Initially, thought we need to choose an item each in starter and mains. But we were completely thrilled that entire menu items were brought on the table. At £25, this is feast. How can someone say no!!! Refined cooking, suitable for business lunch. Not too busy, just to give us adequate privacy to continue our meeting. I would certainly recommend this place. Red Rocks!

A Pannu

Unlike many other Indian restaurant on almost all major streets in London, I was highly recommended this place by my friends. We had been there on a busy Friday evening and was quiet happy to get reservation at peak hours. Being Indian, I always had been fussy about quality of Indian food being served in eateries, but I couldn't find a better quality and taste we had at Red Fort. The starters were amazing!! We ordered Hara Kebab, Soft Shell Crab, Hariyali Jhinga (prawns) and Lentil dumplings. All were very different in taste, presentation and style of cooking. Menu is well designed with a high quality selection of vegetables, meats, game and seafood. Starters priced between £6 – £12 is fair considering the portion size. Our mains included in-house speciality Dumpukht Biryani (lamb) cooked in authentic Hyderabadi style, Lucknowi Murgh (spicy chicken curry), Awadhi Hiran (venison) are to find on menu in Indian restaurant, Saunfian Paneer Tikka (cottage cheese) and Subz Kofta (mix veg dumplings). All were very tasty, esp the biryani which was a total treat in a steaming pot. Manager was very kind to allow us to take a copy of the menu signed by their head chef Azadur Rahman. it was our anniversary so thanks for the relic we received. Desserts were a good selection of few hot and cold delicacies like Gulab Jamun, Mango Kulfi and Funky Pie. Service was flawless and unobtrusive with adequate help coming in recommending dishes for an unforgettable evening. Well worth asking their opinion. Wine list was very extensive covering almost all major wine producing countries. I was almost lost in such big selection and asked wine sommelier to help us out once again. Well, who could have chosen a white wine from Turkey, so perfect to start with and a red wine Marichal Reserve Tannat from Uruguay. Thank you so much for this wonderful experience. Hope to dine there soon.


Avoid like the plague...... Very Very spicy lamb curry in a small bowl costing £19.Bland plastic tasting chicken kebabs.over priced and not so good food.

Nicolas B

Dined here a couple of weeks ago. The food is well above average for an Indian restaurant - you won't find any of the standard British-Indian dishes on the menu. But, while it is very nice, the prices are perhaps just a little steep. It wouldn't cost you much more to go to Moti Mahal in Covent Garden, and the food there is definitely over the line between "good" and "superb".