It’s no secret that the UK is curry-mad, and nowhere more so than London. From Brick Lane to Westminster, Indian food fanatics can find mouth-watering dishes, from budget street eats to South Asian haute cuisine. Competition is fierce among the capital’s curry-houses, so we’ve updated our previous guide to bring you 10 more places to get the best curry in London.
Whether it is time for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon chai or supper, Dishoom Shoreditch is always open and welcoming no matter what the occasion. The restaurant finds its inspiration from the ‘Irani’ cafés that populated Mumbai in the late 20th century. At the entrance, a sign reads ‘permit room’, which is the equivalent of an alcohol-licensed premises. On the ceiling, a giant clock reminds guests of the timepiece that can be found in Mumbai at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Even the bentwood chairs and the tiled floors are designed in authentic Bombay style. The menu complements this design with dishes from old Bombay, including spicy seekh kebabs, juicy minced lamb, bhel and pau bhaji. But more modern dishes such as the lamb raan bun are available too.
Although Masala Zone has various locations across the city, these restaurants certainly don’t feel like a chain. Serving some of the tastiest and most authentic Indian cuisine to be found in London, each venue has a unique interior combining modern design, atmospheric lighting and an interpretation of one of the many Indian folk stories. The one thing that each location has in common however, is that the menu focuses on offering real Indian food, not dishes adapted British tastes. Guests can enjoy delicious Indian food in the Bayswater branch, where the vibrant pop art collages are inspired by the city of Sivakasi in South India, known for its firecrackers; in the Camden Town location humorous posters from the 1930s and 1940s hang on the walls; in Covent Garden hundreds of puppets from Rajasthan hang from the ceilings. At affordable prices, guests can enjoy both Indian street food and ‘home-made’ food prepared by chefs from all around India.
Various locations in London, United Kingdom