Pilau

Restaurants, Indian Fitzrovia
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An Indian café doing wraps, salads and rice bowls.

Having started out life as a pop-up on the site of an old Soho sex shop, Indian café Pilau has opened their first permanent location on Goodge Street. While what they’re selling isn’t quite as titillating as handcuffs and blindfolds, it’s still proving popular. On my visit there was a big queue of working lunchers scanning the refreshingly short menu. You pick between a wrap, a salad and a rice bowl, and pair your choice with butter chicken (good), lamb curry (better) or paneer (nasty). There’s a nice heat on the chicken, and the lamb tastes home-cooked, but the paneer is flabby and bland, and it comes doused in a synthetic-tasting mango chutney. Everything’s very generously portioned, though, and the service is excellent. Plus, on the sweet side of the menu there’s a lovely, creamy mango lassi, and a seriously delicious cardamom-infused custard tart. If you’re after a quick bite you could definitely do worse. Just don’t expect any fireworks. And avoid that paneer.

By: Kitty Drake

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Venue name: Pilau
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Address: 34 Goodge St
London
W1T 2QL
Transport: Tube: Goodge St
Price: Dinner for two with drinks: around £25.
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Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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tastemaker

I was invited to the opening last week, so didn't get to sample the full menu range but I was really impressed by the food served. The Paneer curry way my favourite, the cheese was fried and full of flavour and the lamb was also delicious. As a take-out shop, I'd highly recommend this place as a quick and tasty lunch. It's not the most incredible Indian food I've ever had but it does make a nice change from the usual to-go places in the area.   


Really tasty food and friendly staff. Always make a visit whenever I’m in central London.


This is just around the corner from my office and its so great to know I always have somewhere I can rely on for a quick, delicious and affordable meal. Can't recommend it enough to anyone working in the area.One try and you'll be hooked too!


I'm not that familiar with so many restaurants in London but I'm so glad I found this one! The paneer rice bowl with mango chutney is absolutley amazing. And the staff is very nice and always greet you with a smile and will help you out in however way they can. It's a small, charming restaurant with amazing food, couldn't ask for anything else. Defo one of my favourite places in Central London.


This is one of the best central London lunch spots in my opinion. The food is great, the staff are friendly and quick, what more could you want. I will definitely be coming back. 


Love it every time. Simple, brilliant and soul warming food especially good then you know some of the profit goes to the charity supporting schools in India. Brilliant job Pillau!!!

tastemaker

Not particularly "Indian" in my opinion. At least not the dish I ordered. I had the chargrilled chicken ricebowl which was quite new on their menu. The only Indian elements to it were the yellow rice (turmeric obviously) and the sauce which was tandoori yogurt. The chicken was nicely cooked, but not with any Indian spices or anything.

Having said all that, I think it's a great spot for a quick lunch, especially if you work in Marylebone. I have heard a lot of good things about their lamb. Gotta try that next!


Lamb rice bowl is my favourite, brilliant food and service!!!  


Great for a quick meal fix or sit down, my go to for lunch. Keep up the good work. 


Found the lamb rice absolutely delicious. My first time visiting the place and found it amazing


Wicked wraps, quick service, friendly staff and the mango lhassi is the perfect summer pick-me-up. One of the best quick eats in this part of town.


Great staff, service, delicious wraps and rice bowls with your choice of fillings and toppings. Definitely recommended if you need a quick pit stop when out and about or if you work close become a lunch time regular!


Great atmosphere, really nice people and lovely delicious food! Cant believe every wrap I buy also feeds a child! I will be back :-)