Best of regional Indian cuisine in London

Indian restaurants and curry houses have been a permanent fixture in London, long since the arrival of the first Bengali population in London in the early 1900s and perhaps even further back. However, when a friend visiting from France recently asked me about the best place to go in London to get typical Indian food, I found myself wondering, where does one actually go to find the typical curry in London? For each region of India brings its own distinctive flavour and style to what is seen as typically Indian food, such that it no longer becomes just typical Indian food but rather food that is typical to one region. It struck me that instead of promising to encompass a ‘typical’ taste of Indian cuisine, in recent years many restaurants are priding themselves in perfecting disinct regional Indian recipes. I was hard-pressed to advise my friend on where to find typical Indian cuisine.

Looking for typical Bombay Hakka chicken lollipops? Or perhaps traditional Calcutta dhokas? Nepalese fritters? Here at The Halal Dining Club we certainly know where to find the best of regional Indian cuisine so without further ado, let us invite you to embark on a culinary journey tour across India without having to leave London!

Try something from our collection and don’t forget to share your review on our website and earn some halal charity points.

Best of Bombay Hakka Cuisine:

1. Bombay Chow

BEST HALAL REGIONAL INDIAN CUISINE LONDON

The warm and attentive service coupled with the impeccable attention to taste makes Bombay Chow a THDC favourite! No visit is complete without sampling the famous chicken lollipops but be sure to book a table in advance.

Address: 220 King St, London W6 0RA

Nearest Station: Hammersmith

Halal Status: Halal Kitchen, Alcohol Served

Calcutta contemporary:

  2. Calcutta Street

BEST HALAL REGIONAL INDIAN CUISINE IN LONDON

What began as a series of successful pop-ups paying homage to Bengali home cooking has now become a permanent favourite for the culinary charm of the West Bengal region. Having opened just last year, Calcutta Street is the brain child of Shrimoyee Chakraborty, which has been so successful that a new branch opened this summer in Brixton too!

Address: 29 Tottenham St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4RU

Nearest Station: Goodge Street

Halal Status: Halal Friendly, Alcohol served.

 

3. Darjeeling Express

BEST REGIONAL INDIAN CUISINE IN LONDON

This one’s been on the tip of everybody’s tongue since it recently opened and Asma Khan’s homage to her hometown is apparent in all the flavours. In a ground-breaking and long overdue move in the London restaurant scene, everything is cooked by an all-female team in a warm environment encompassing a real taste of Calcutta. We highly recommend you try the chilli prawns!

Address: Top Floor, Kingly Court, 48 Carnaby St, Soho, London W1F 9PX

Nearest Station: Oxford Circus

Halal Status: Halal Kitchen, Alcohol Served

 

Delhi delight

4. Jamavar

BEST HALAL REGIONAL INDIAN CUISINE IN LONDON

This upscale restaurant has fast become an Indian fine-dining favourite since it recently opened in Mayfair, putting an upscale twist on Indian street food classics. It also won a Michelin star in its very first year – no wonder it can be hard to book a table.

Address: 8 Mount St, Mayfair, London W1K 3NF

Nearest Station: Bond Street

Halal Status: Halal Friendly, Alcohol Served.

Gujarati Gusto

5. Gujarati Rasoi

BEST REGIONAL INDIAN CUISINE IN LONDON

This cosy family-run restaurant proposes a weekly changing menu of long-kept and well honed family recipes originating from Gujarat. Everything is vegetarian but they’re only open for dinner, which can get pretty busy so do reserve in advance!

Address: 10c Bradbury St, London N16 8JN 

Nearest Station: Dalston Kingsland

Halal status: Vegetarian, Alcohol Served

Kashmir

6. Kashmir Restaurant

BEST HALAL REGIONAL INDIAN CUISINE IN LONDON

Photo Credit: Kashmir Restaurant

‘Athiti Devo Bhava’ is the simple philosophy which drives Chef Razdan and his wife Shweta to bring the best of Kashmiri hospitality and flavour to London diners after the success of their restaurants in Delhi and Singapore. With more than 25 years of experience under his hat, Chef Razdan has successfully exported the delectable tastes of Kashmir Valley to Putney exclusively using dry spices giving . Chicken and lamb is halal.

Address:18-20 Lacy Rd, London SW15 1NL

Nearest Station: Putney

Halal Status: Halal Friendly, Alcohol Served

Nepal:

7. Yak and Yeti

BEST HALAL REGIONAL INDIAN CUISINE IN LONDON

Photo Credit: Yak & Yeti

This relaxed and friendly restaurant has become synonymous with bringing the high quality tastes of the Himalayas to London, with plenty of vegan options too. Yak and Yeti in Finsbury Park is one of three branches and has confirmed that their chicken and lamb is sourced from halal suppliers.

Address: 143 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, N4 3PZ

Nearest Station: Finsbury Park

Halal Status: Halal friendly, Alcohol Served

Pondicherry Pearls:

8. La Porte Des Indes

BEST HALAL REGIONAL INDIAN CUISINE IN LONDON

Photo Credit: Les Portes des Indes

Situated in an Edwardian ballroom, La Porte Des Indes offers a real fine-dining French-Indian experience. The restaurant boasts many Pondichery specialties, such as a rich seafood stew, all enjoyed in the surroundings of antique Indian art and a vibrant jungle display, making the sorry streets of London a distant memory for the night.

Address: 32 Bryanston St, Marylebone, London W1H 7EG

Nearest station: Marble Arch

Halal Status: Halal friendly, Alcohol served

Taste of Punjab:

9. Needoo Grill

BEST HALAL REGIONAL INDIAN CUISINE IN LONDON

Perhaps the most popular of regional Indian cuisine in the UK, Punjabi cuisine is well loved by many. Needoo Grill was opened by a former manager at the hugely popular Tayyab’s and is notorious for its lamb chops, spiced to perfection and cooked just right, making it a hotspot for authentic Punjabi food in a simple setting. Don’t leave without trying the lamb nihari!

Address: 87 New Rd, Whitechapel, London E1 1HH

Nearest Station: Whitechapel

Halal Status: Halal Kitchen, No Alcohol Served

Sri Lankan:

10. Hoppers

BEST HALAL REGIONAL INDIAN CUISINE IN LONDON

Photo Credit: Hoppers

Hoppers is celebrated by Londoners for its family-style Sri Lankan cooking and is so popular that there is hardly a time when there is no queue outside. Eager diners need not fear however since a new branch with al fresco dining has just opened close by on Wigmore Street in Marylebone. Okay we know Sri Lanka isn’t in India but the same cuisine is enjoyed across Chennai through to Kerala – so technically we can still count it as a regional Indian cuisine.

Address: 49 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4SG

Nearest Station: Tottenham Court Road

Halal Status: Halal Friendly, Alcohol Served

Bombay Parsi

11. Dishoom

 

Inspired by the Iranian cafes that were a fabric of yesteryear Bombay, this popular restaurant group now has 6 outlets under their belt and always has a queue outside. Their breakfasts are delicious and each venue has slightly different specials.  Check out our app or website for the different branches.

Halal Status: Halal Friendly, Alcohol Served

 

 A culinary tour across India:

12. Chai Thali

BEST HALAL REGIONAL INDIAN CUISINE IN LONDON

Photo Credit: Chai Thali

Finally, if you don’t fancy hopping between restaurants, go on a culinary journey sampling the best of regional Indian food from street food to thalis all washed down with a perfectly brewed cup of chai.

Address: Workshop, Centro 3, 19 Mandela Street, Camden NW1 0DU

Nearest station: Camden Town

Halal Status: Halal Kitchen, Alcohol Served

We hope this has been helpful – don’t forget to upload photos of your visit and review your meal on our newly updated app to earn some halal points!