As the Cricket World Cup fever is picking high, it’s time to get your travel plans sorted. While you are taking care of the rest of the stuff, we’ll help you with the most important part- food!
With ‘curry’ being such a buzzword, you should have no trouble finding good Indian food in Britain. You’ll come across snacks, meals and desserts, as well as fusion cuisine with a distinctly Indian flavour. Top places for Indian food include:
Veeraswamy- Since 1926 Veeraswamy- Britain’s longest running Indian restaurant- has occupied this prime 1st-floor location, with windows looking over Regent Street. The excellent food, courteous service and elegant decor make for a memorable eating experience. The entrance is on Swallow Street.
Address: Victory House, 99-101 Regent St, Mayfair, London W1B 4RS, UK
Phone: +44 20 7734 1401
Tayyabs– This Whitechapel restaurant has become justly famous in London – so much so that the queue for a table often stretches out of the door and around the corner. The seekh kebabs, masala fish and other specialities are delicious. Expect a wait of up to an hour at weekends.
Address: 83-89 Fieldgate St, Whitechapel, London E1 1JU, UK
Phone: +44 20 7247 9543
Dishoom– Fashioned after old-style Bombay cafes, Dishoom’s decor comprises a mix of family portraits and bygone-era Femina covers; the music is modern Bollywood. But best of all is the food – outstanding and served with lightning speed. Try the chicken berry biryani, mattar paneer or the dal makhni.
Address: 7 Boundary St, Hackney, London E2 7JE, UK
Phone: +44 20 7420 9324
MaGoa– MaGoa is a hidden gem in the suburb of Putney. It is run by Deepak Kapoor, whose family spent time in Goa. Daily specials complement the excellent, long-standing favourites. The latter include chicken gallina, prawn kodi and porco vindaloo, as well as a host of vegetarian dishes.
Address: 244 Upper Richmond Rd, Putney, London SW15 6TG, UK
Phone: +44 20 8780 1767
Masala Zone– Masala Zone focuses on reasonably priced street food from across India. The menu ranges from small plates including bhel, sevpuri and golgappa, to a variety of thalis. There are also outlets in Soho, Earl’s Court, Islington, Covent Garden, Bayswater and Fulham. Each restaurant has its own joyous, decorative theme.
Itihaas– Voted the best Indian restaurant in the UK by drinkers of Cobra beer, Itihaas does everything right – presentation, decor, service, and, of course, flavours.
Address: 18 Fleet St, Birmingham B3 1JL, UK
Phone: +44 121 212 3383
Lasan– Gordon Ramsey gave his endorsement to this elegant Indian restaurant as Britain’s best local restaurant. From our experience, the service and style are spot on, and the north and south Indian dishes are masterpieces.
Address: 3 – 4 Dakota Buildings, James Street, St Paul’s Square, Birmingham B3 1SD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 121 212 3664
Vermilion– Classy Asian fusion menu, mixing Thai and Indian cuisine with a funky Buddha lounge for postmeal drinks
Address: Lord North Street, Hulme Hall Lane, Manchester M40 8AD, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 161 202 0055
Mother India– While this restaurant may lack the hip factor of some of the up-and-comers, Mother India has been a stalwart for years and the quality and innovation on show is superb. They also make a real effort for children, with a separate menu.
Address: 28 Westminster Terrace, Glasgow G3 7RU, UK
Phone: +44 141 221 1663
Vegetarian Food Studio– This place offers a huge array of Indian veggie/vegan favourites, from thalis, snacks and parathas to south Indian and Gujarati classics and sweets. Don’t expect grandeur, but good, honest Indian food served in a casual setting.
Address: 115-117 Penarth Rd, Cardiff CF11 6JU, UK
Phone: +44 29 2023 8222
Mint & Mustard– This critically-acclaimed, Michelin award- winning restaurant specialises in Kerala cuisine. You should not miss the seafood dishes, or the innovative desserts.
Address: 134 Whitchurch Rd, Cardiff CF14 3LZ, UK
Phone: +44 29 2062 0333