Londoners have a long-time love affair with Indian food. In fact, many of the dishes that are considered to be Indian classics are actually product of the attempts of Indian chefs to create dishes that will be more appealing to Brits, the iconic Chicken Tikka Masala is one obvious example of that.
There are hundreds, even thousands of Indian and Indian inspired venues in London, so it is really hard to name the best ones, not to mention that a short list wouldn’t do justice to many high-quality, unique and affordable Indian restaurants. However, we’ve decided to make a list of five restaurants that are definitely worth visiting.
Darbaar is a luxurious Indian restaurant located in Shoreditch, on Snowden Street. The banquets and royal dinners that took place at Indian royal courts are the main inspiration for the chefs of Danbaar. The menu is quite diverse, you will find quinoa salad, fish and chips with mushy peas, as well as dried-fruit side dishes and a lot more. The breads are baked in an actual wood oven which gives them a distinct flavour. One thing that we definitely recommend is the nanza – a great pizza and naan crossover. There are plenty of different options, including chicken.
Taste of Nawab
Taste of Nawab is an Indian and Bengali restaurant, established in 1996, located in Muswell Hill. The menu includes starters, tandoori specialties, biriani dishes (they use an alternative spelling for biryani), Bengali specialties, Thali specials, various curries, traditional dishes, vegetable sides, rice dishes, sundries, breads, desserts and you will also find a long list of Chef’s recommendations.
We would recommend the King Prawn Biriani for less than £12 or the Egg Biriani for £8.50. If you prefer Tandoori, then you’ll surely enjoy the Lamb or Chicken Tikka for £6.80 or the Tandoori Mixed Grill for £11.50. If you fancy Bengali dishes, then you must try the Torkari – a lamb or chicken dish with coriander, garlic, ginger and mint.
Kricket is a Soho restaurant that started a popup in Brixton. It took them less than two years to open their first restaurant. They use British ingredients, but they deliver authentic Indian flavours, Kricket is the place where London meets Mumbai. You’ll find a variety of dishes, including Keralan chicken, and tandoori-cooked Monkfish. There is a spectre of vegetarian dishes, including Date and Tamarind Chutney, Crispy Onions, Smoked Sweet Potato and more. If you like to try to cook some of their innovative dishes at home, the chef, Will Bowlby has also written a cookbook.
Flora Indica is a name that was borrowed from an old book which catalogued numerous Indian vegetables and other plants which weren’t known in the West prior to that. The restaurant uses a lot of these plants in their recipes. The menu is quite unusual, you will find Pickled Octopus, Cooked Duck with Coconut and Potato Sauce and they also serve an amazing Prawn Curry. For £44 per person you can enjoy a dish from every section of the menu.