London's top 9 Indian and Pakistani restaurants

The U.K.'s love affair with South Asian cuisine means its capital offers some exceptional Indian and Pakistani restaurants.

by Michael Carl Budd

The U.K.'s national dish is chicken tikka masala, a British creation with roots in South Asia.  It should come as no suprise, then, that Indian and Pakistani restaurants are popular in London.  From street eats to high-end dining, these nine offer up the cream of the crop according to experts.  

Gymkhana London 90

42 Albemarle Street

The pricey modern Indian menu majors on the tandoor oven and sigri charcoal grill at this cosy Mayfair venue designed to evoke the look of Raj-themed gymkhana clubs.

- Zagat

Tayyabs 82

83 Fieldgate Street

Tayyabs' gutsy food at low prices provides a welcome change from the more tourist-orientated Brick Lane Indian restaurants.

- Frommer's

Tamarind 80

20 Queen Street

When it opened in 1995, Tamarind was one of the first truly glamorous Indian restaurants in London, and it's still a sophisticated venue for the well-heeled and the well-traveled.

- Frommer's

Amaya 86

15 Halkin Arcade

“Sleek and chic”, this Belgravia “oasis” takes an “intellectual approach” to the “rich fabric of Indian cuisine”, producing “beautifully presented”, “mouth-watering” dishes “designed for sharing”.

- Zagat

Veeraswamy 83

99 Regent Street

You'd be excused for thinking it might be a tad old-fashioned but Veeraswamy is anything but: it is awash with vibrant colours and always full of bustle.

- Michelin Guide

Rasa N16 81

55 Stoke Newington Church Street

Vegetarian-style Indian cooking at its mouth-watering best.

- Not For Tourists

Cinnamon Club 83

Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street

We liked the sliced veal escalope with its toasted coriander seasoning – an innovative complement to creamy tomato-cumin sauce.

- Time Out

Cafe Spice Namaste 81

16 Prescot Street

Walk into this large restaurant divided into two dining rooms and you're instantly cheered up by its hot Indian colors and fanciful decor.

- Frommer's

Benares Restaurant & Bar 80

First Floor Berkeley Square House Berkeley Square

This glamorous first-floor cocktail bar and stylish restaurant blend modern furnishings with traditional Indian touches.

- Time Out

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