Food & Drink

The 7 best curry houses in London

Published On 11/19/2014 Published On 11/19/2014

It’s a well-known fact that the most traditional of British foods is Indian food, which is why London is now one of the curry capitals of the world. But which are the shining exemplars that make it so good? Well, unless you’re planning on rolling the dice in Brick Lane, we suggest you check these places out...
 

Gymkhana

Mayfair
​What you’re getting: Kid Goat Methi Keema
Named restaurant of the year by The Telegraph, it's taking its curries up a notch with some stunning cookery, and earned a Michelin star in the process (though it's still kept the prices amazingly low). Dark, stylized, and delicious, this is the second venture from the same guys as long time favourite Trishna. The bar downstairs is pretty spectacular as well, so make sure to factor in time for a cocktail, too.

Dishoom

Dishoom

Shoreditch & Covent Garden
What you’re getting: Chicken Ruby
These guys really tick all the boxes: breakfast (bacon naan!), lunch, dinner, cocktails, snacks, Bombay-inspired decor that oozes cool without being overly kitsch, attentive staff, reasonable prices -- it's all that and big enough to never feel overly packed. Started in CG back in 2010, they’ve expanded to Shoreditch and the good times keep rolling.

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Tayyabs

Whitechapel
​What you’re getting: Lamb Chops
This institution has been drawing people in since 1972 with its grilled meats and superb curries. There is always a queue, but having reached a borderline cult status, no one cares and are happy to wait while breathing in the aromas emanating from the bustling vibrant space.

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Malabar

Notting Hill
What you’re getting: Monkfish
Tucked away in the West End, this spot is always packed, and do they really cram people in. Known for their friendly service and jaw-dropping monkfish, they have cultivated a set of regulars who happily pack into this small spot any night of the week.

Babur

Babur

Forest Hill
What you’re getting: Sandalwood Ostrich
Upscale Indian in the middle of nowhere, Babur has proven itself to be worth the trek. Consistently solid, with a wide range of dishes including some extremely exotic meats (Ostrich? Buffalo?), they also have a fantastic Sunday buffet.

Rasa

Rasa

Various locations
​What you’re getting: Chicken Samosa
Traditional South Indian food with locations all across town, Rasa has long been a favorite for veggies -- although it has thankfully expanded its menu for the carnivores. Each of the sites have a slightly different thing going on, but overall, the quality and price is thankfully maintained across the board.

Cafe Spice Namaste

Cafe Spice Namaste

Whitechapel
​What you’re getting: Beetroot & Coconut Samosa
Flying under the radar, Cyrus Todiwala’s casual eatery consistently takes newcomers by surprise. With brightly clad servers, some rather Crayola-colored walls, and a high-energy, happy atmosphere, it's only when the food arrives that you know they're taking this seriously, serving up next-level Goan cuisine that you’ll be dreaming about for days. 

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1. Gymkhana 42 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JH (Mayfair)

Gymkhana is a cozy, Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Mayfair. This spot, carefully decorated to evoke the era of British Raj, offers a seasonal, game-heavy menu.

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2. Dishoom 12 Upper St Martins Ln, , London, WC2H 9EF (Covent Garden)

This Covent Garden spot is touted as London's first "Bombay Cafe,” a '60s Asian staple resurrected here across two floors with the traditional bentwood chairs, marble countertops, low-hung lights, and slowly turning ceiling fans. Dishoom really tick all the boxes: breakfast (bacon naan!), lunch, dinner, cocktails, snacks, Bombay-inspired decor that oozes cool without being overly kitsch, attentive staff, reasonable prices -- it's all that and big enough to never feel overly packed.

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3. Tayyabs 83-89 Fieldgate St, Poplar, E1 1JU (Whitechapel)

This popular Indian joint is BYOB and has great, manly lamb chops.

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4. Malabar 27 Uxbridge St, London, W8 7TQ (Notting Hill)

Tucked away in the West End, this spot is always packed, and do they really cram people in. Known for their friendly service and jaw-dropping monkfish, they have cultivated a set of regulars who happily pack into this small spot any night of the week.

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5. Babur 119 Brockley Rise, London, SE23 1JP

Babur features upscale, top-notch Indian chow in the middle of nowhere, yet, it's totally worth the trek. It's consistently solid with a wide range of dishes (including some awesome exotic meats), and it also has a mega Sunday buffet!

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6. Cafe Spice Namaste 16 Prescott St, London, E1 8AZ (Whitechapel)

Flying under the radar, Cyrus Todiwala’s casual eatery takes people by surprise on the regular. With brightly clad servers and some rather Crayola-colored walls -- along a good influence of Goan cuisine -- CSN has a high energy/happy feel that's a bit like child's play, until the food comes out, and you know they mean serious business.

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