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The 7 best curry houses in London

Published On 11/19/2014 Published On 11/19/2014
Dishoom
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Cafe Spice Namaste
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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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