More than bringing Brick Lane to your bedroom, delivery apps and services in London have helped open up London’s rich Indian restaurant scene to those on the hunt for a dhal fix at home. Not only can you now order from Tayyabs (thus avoiding those queues for a table altogether) but you can also take your pick from modern tandoori plates from the much-loved Tandoor Chop House and Indian street snacks from the likes of Apollo Banana Leaf and Spicebox. Read on for our selection of the best Indian restaurants in the capital bringing the heat to your door.
The best Indian takeaways in London
Covent Garden’s modern tandoori small-plates specialist is on Deliveroo, which means meaty, smoky delights straight to your door. Its delivery menu is a greatest hits affair, with favourites like masala-rubbed ribeye and whole roasted cauliflower present and correct. For a so-wrong-it’s-right sofa dinner, wrap a butter chicken naan around a portion of nimbu masala fries.
Star dish The Amritsari crispy lamb chops – add a smoked aubergine raita and tandoori roti to mop everything up.
Order a takeaway from Tandoor Chop House by clicking here.
Gunpowder’s second outpost (the original is in Spitalfields, and it delivers too) serves the cross-continental likes of Karwari soft-shell crab and crispy Nagaland pork ribs. The dishes it has selected for its trimmed-down takeaway menu generally travel well, with the smoky aloo chaat and the chargrilled organic half chicken probably the surest-fire bets. It’s on a certain kangaroo-fronted delivery app.
Star dish Don’t overlook the judiciously sauced egg curry masala, with its fruity chilli heat.
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Open since 1975, Brilliant is one of the brightest stars in Southall’s Punjabi restaurant firmament – and it’s on Uber Eats. We love the methi chicken with fenugreek and coriander and the deep-fried gulab jamun for dessert. There are a few delicious nods to the Anand family’s Kenyan links too, like nyama choma (lamb ribs barbecued in a secret Kenyan sauce).
Star dish The alu chollay, a potato-and-chickpea curry studded with mango and pomegranate seeds is, well, brilliant.
Order a takeaway from Brilliant by clicking here.
Nearly half a century after it opened, east London legend Tayyabs can still be tricky to bag a table at during peak times – the good news is, it’s on Deliveroo. Although there are vegetarian dishes this is really one for the meat-eaters: the Punjabi grills never fail to impress (and travel well). Don’t miss the sizzling mutton tikka.
Star dish The Karahi lamb chop masala.
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This west London favourite takes its name from Punjabi roadside eateries and serves fabulous chaats, along with more substantial dishes like highway chicken with a bread basket. The spicy lamb keema, served with lightly toasted pav rolls to spoon it into, is a must-order. It’s on Just Eat.
Star dish Dahi sevpuri: crisp, puffed puri stuffed with spicy potato and topped with yoghurt and chutneys
Order a takeaway from Dhaba@49 by clicking here.
Tooting’s finest South Indian and Sri Lankan dishes can be found at Apollo Banana Leaf – and on both Deliveroo and Just Eat, handily. The dosas are superb but might not arrive looking their best after fifteen minutes on the back of a bike; wiser to stick to the mutton rolls and fish cutlets, selection of string hopper frys and banana leaf specials like deep-fried chilli fish.
Star dish The luxuriously rich crab masala.
In the decade since it opened, mini-chain Shree Krishna Vada Pav has found fame across the capital for its renditions of Mumbai street food. Vada pav, the dish from which it takes its name, is a must-order: a soft bread roll stuffed with a crisp deep-fried potato dumpling. There are Szechaun-spiced and cheesy versions too, plus a stupendous samosa-stuffed pav. The spring onion-sprinkled Indo-Chinese chilli paneer is great too. It’s on Deliveroo and Uber Eats.
Star dish The Bombay potato wrap: delicious and eminently portable.
Order a takeaway from Shree Krishna Vada Pav by clicking here.
This Goan specialist has been going since 1993, and is one of south-west London’s most beloved Indian restaurants. Cuisine-wise it’s branched out somewhat recently, but Portuguese-inflected southwestern dishes are still a speciality: try the shrimp balchoa, tangy with palm vinegar and Goan red masala, or the pork vindaloo. It’s on Deliveroo.
Star dish Aunty Bellas: diced boneless lamb shoulder cooked low and slow with tomatoes and garam masala.
Order a takeaway from Ma Goa by clicking here.
This all-vegan Indian restaurant used to be a street-food stall – we’re delighted that it’s made the jump to bricks and mortar, not least because it now has a proper takeaway offering. It’s all up for grabs: think griddled, tandoori-spiced meat-free chick’n pieces and chana chaat, followed by a fiery jackfruit jalfrezi or a soya ‘shroom’ keema. While this one doesn’t yet deliver, regulars get their own refillable tiffin tins, to be filled with a choice of three special set menus. So you’ll be doing your bit for the planet when dining in.
Star dish The tarka dhal with kachumber salad was voted the nation's best at the British Dhal Festival 2018.
Order a takeaway from Spice Box by clicking here.