EATING INDIAN FOOD IN LONDON
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Well, if you can't cook it yourself, then you will have to eat it in a restaurant.
London has NO SHORTAGE of eateries serving INDIAN or PAKISTANI or BANGLADESHI food.
Where to go? This is the question!
Taste is a very personal thing, so here is my current list of places where my Indian wife and I enjoy eating food from the Indian subcontinent. This list is contains places WE like. We hope that you will also enjoy them.
For the grand splurge - super expensive:
Quilon: 41 Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London SW1E 6AF
Also costly, but reliably good:
Trishna: 15-17 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 3DG
Bombay Palace: 50 Connaught St, London W2 2AA
Gaylord: 79-81 Mortimer St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7SJ [I have not been there for a while]
NOW FOR THE REALLY GOOD VALUE PLACES:
Raavi Kebab: 125 Drummond St, Regent's Park, London NW1 2HL
Rasa W1 Restaurant: 6 Dering Street London W1S 1AD [Kerala specialities]
IF you are near Elephant and Castle:
Try the curry of the day at the café with a red chilipeper on its name board right next to the Undergorund Station.
FOR INTERESTING RETRO DECOR:
The India Club: Hotel Strand Continental, 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA [food is average, but decor is great, and you dine where famous Indian politicians once dined in the 1940s]
FOR A BARGAIN:
YMCA Indian Student Hostel: 41 Fitzroy Square, Bloomsbury, London W1T 6AQ
I HAVE BEEN TOLD IT IS GOOD, BUT HAVE NEVER TRIED IT:
Tayyabs: 83-89 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel, London E1 1JU
FOR GREAT INDIAN DESSERTS:
Head for a branch of Ambala (see: www.ambalafoods.com )