Top 5 Indian Bites in London, UK
By Ulpa Chauhan

 

London is such a diverse city in many ways and food is definitely one of them. You can sample almost any cuisine without even leaving London. I am a born and bred Londoner and being Indian have been sampling Indian restaurants most of my life. So, you can imagine that this task was quite a difficult one. However, I have managed to narrow down my 5 favourite bites to just 3 restaurants. And I will explain to you why. When I go out for a meal it has to tick 3 boxes: one – the food is great and consistent, two – the service is great and consistent and three – it is value for money. Very few restaurants have lived up to these standards. So here goes.

 

Lamb Cutlets

 

These Lamb Cutlets are succulent, soft and the flavours are spot on. I can really appreciate the thought gone into this dish. They can be found at Regency, a restaurant on my list that is local to me. I know it may be a little out of the way for some, but it is right next to Queensbury underground station on the Jubilee line, so really easy to get to. They have a celebrity following from many who have the inside info and know about the place. I recommend you make a reservation regardless of the day of the week. The atmosphere is buzzy, and the service is good and considering how busy they always are, is surprisingly quick at times.

 

Regency

18-21 Queensbury Station Parade, Edgware HA8 5NR
www.regencyclub.co.uk
+44 20 8952 6300

 

 

Garlic Chilli Mogo

 

 

You can enjoy this bite at Regency as well. No matter where else I have tried this dish, they cannot seem to get it right. Regency though have nailed it. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside with just the right amount of chilli and garlic to keep you wanting more. I can eat a whole plate of this myself! So, beware. Plates may say for sharing but I’m often told (or tell others) that I’m not sharing this one.

 

Regency

18-21 Queensbury Station Parade, Edgware HA8 5NR
www.regencyclub.co.uk
+44 20 8952 6300

 

 

The Bhindi Bhel

 

Hankies at The Montcalm is fine dining. Not to be confused with their first branch in Soho, which is more casual dining. The concept is Indian Tapas with dishes that are a twist on the usual. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, the service is impeccable, and the dishes look intriguing. I am going to be biased here a little and tell you to order everything. However, the Bhindi Bhel is a twist on a traditional Bhel and the addition of the bhindi really adds to the dish. The flavours are well complemented and I pretty much polished the lot off myself.

 

Hankies at the Montcalm


2, Wallenberg Place, London, W1H 7TN
https://www.themontcalm.com/hankies-10050.html
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7958 3200

 

 

Feta Roomali Roti

 

 

A second dish I love at Hankies is Roomali Roti, which just melts in the mouth. I was a little hesitant about the combination, but boy was it good. The flavours were just right, the roomali roti was so soft and the ingredients inside just melted away together. If you’re not keen on the ingredients they also do plain roomali roti which is a must to have with any dish. They have just updated to a spring menu with some new dishes and so off I go to sample some more!

 

Hankies at the Montcalm


2, Wallenberg Place, London, W1H 7TN
https://www.themontcalm.com/hankies-10050.html
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7958 3200

 

 

Paneer Simla Mirch

 

Located on one of the backstreets of Camden you wouldn’t stumble upon Chai Thali.  You need to know it’s there and I think the word has already got out. The place is buzzing and busy. Another Indian Tapas restaurant that seems to have got the combination right. There’s plenty to try out on the menu here too but the one dish which had my taste buds tingling was the Paneer Simla Mirch – Jalapeños stuffed with minced Paneer. Not a combination that I would have thought of, but they go brilliantly together. The inside mixture is spiced just right and the flavours of the two go well together. There’s a kick to it but nothing that would blow your socks off. I can’t eat anything too spicy so for me it was just right. And don’t forget, there is always a handy cocktail list to help soothe that spice.

 

Chai Thali

Workshop, Centro 3, 19 Mandela Street, Camden, London NW1 0DU
www.chaithali.com
+44  (0)20 7383 2030

 

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Ulpa Chauhan
By Ulpa Chauhan
Ulpa is a travel and food writer at Yummy Love Journey as well as other online publications. She has been working in the travel industry for over 20 years and now combines her two passions – Travel and Education. Getting everyone to learn to travel and travel to learn. Her blog Yummy Love Journey focuses on this and incorporates into it family travel. She has been fortunate enough to travel to many amazing places and shares her experiences and knowledge on Yummy Love Journey. She is currently working on a global charity project that involves microvolunteering. So, watch this space!

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