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Benares
12a Berkeley Square W1J 6BS
London
United Kingdom

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Benares is a 1 Michelin star Indian restaurant in Mayfair, and arguably with Amaya one of the best known high end Indian restaurants in London. The main chef Atul Kochhar at Benares serves modern Indian cuisine with a contemporary British twist. The décor in Benares is very trendy, the restaurant is quite dark and stylish when you enter, actually a bit similar to Amaya. The dining room is quite big with tables scattered around it and there is also a bar before the restaurant.

I had been to Benares before but was not that impressed and always preferred Amaya. However I came back to Benares as they recently started doing an all day Sunday brunch for £45 which included around 20 different dishes and a glass of sparkling wine or a lassi. My fiancé was super pleasantly surprised when the waitress showed us the long food menu and said that everything was included for the £45 we paid. Benares is now one of my favourite value for money brunch restaurants in London.

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3.50

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Woodlands
77 Marylebone Lane W1U 2PS
London
United Kingdom

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Woodlands is a southern Indian vegetarian restaurant with 3 branches across London, in Marylebone, Piccadilly and Hampstead. Mr Ranjit Sood opened the restaurant in 1981 and since opening besides serving southern Indian food, they have also introduced a few dishes from the Northern Indian cuisine and Tandoori dishes. Besides serving vegetarian dishes, the dishes they actually cook are also healthier than what other restaurants serve, as 98% of their dishes do not contain any butter or cream and they make them tasty due to their unique recipes and methods of slow cooking, which makes the meal much lighter than in other Indian restaurants. I do have to say that after my meal at Woodlands I did feel full but my stomach did not feel heavy, despite the fact that I had very flavoursome food. Their wine list also contains organic, vegan and vegetarian wines. 

Maija rated: 

3.50

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Imli Street
167-169 Wardour Street W1F 8WR
London
United Kingdom

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We were craving some Indian food on a Friday night and so decided to go to a restaurant we had not been before, Imli Street in Soho. I found out about it through reading the Evening Standard (newspaper) section on “best in London” and they mentioned Imli Street as one of the best places in London for daal (Indian dried pulse (lentil, pea or bean) which has been split). We did not actually have any daal on this visit.

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3.00

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Roti Chai - restaurant
3 Portman Mews W1H 6HS
London
United Kingdom

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Roti Chai is an Indian restaurant just north of Selfridges. The restaurant is split into two parts, the upstairs bit (which I have already reviewed, MMM) which serves casual Indian street food and a downstairs restaurant, which I now visited. The downstairs restaurant can best be described as a cheaper Amaya. Amaya is one of my favourite Indian restaurants in London and as opposed to focusing on cheap and cheerful oily curries it uses spices to infuse food without the oil and does considerably less curries. Roti Chai is very similar to this but cheaper and the food is very tasty, infused with a lot of spices and not oily.

The dining room, as opposes to the casual street food bit, is darker and more romantic and a lot of fun. I came here on a Friday evening and there were so many birthday parties going on and in general everyone was having a great time.

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4.00

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Gymkhana
42 Albemarle Street W1S 4JH
London
United Kingdom

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Gymkhana is located in Mayfair, on Albermale street, not the obvious location for a trendy restaurant that bloggers love. It is a sister restaurant to Trishna, the Indian restaurant focused on seafood located in Marylebone, which I very much liked when I visited. Gymkhana is an Indian term which means a place of assembly, and the restaurant is inspired by Colonial Indian gymkhana clubs, set up by the British Raj, where members of high society came to socialize, dine, drink and play sport. Gymkhana serves contemporary Indian cuisine using seasonal British ingredients, with a strong focus in the tandoori oven, and you are supposed to share the dishes you order.
 

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Roti Chai
3 Portman Mews South W1H 6HS
London
United Kingdom

Roti Chai is an Indian restaurant just north of Oxford Street in Marylebone. The restaurant has two floors, on the ground floor they serve Indian street food and downstairs is a more formal Indian restaurant. The décor and the atmosphere are very different in both of these areas and downstairs feels like a very luxurious Indian restaurant, it is dark but as it is also full of people it also feels casual and trendy.
 

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3.00

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Omar Khayyam
34 Nguyễn Tri Phương, Phú Nhuận
Hue
Vietnam

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My guide book had recommended this place saying Omar Khayyam serves Indian and Vietnamese food and I thought they meant fusion food, which made me very interested, as I had not heard of this combination before, and so was keen to go. We had problems finding this place as it was located a bit further away from the main road and when we were walking there we thought some of the streets we passed were a bit dodgy.

 

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1.50

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Dishoom
12 Upper St Martin's Lane, UK WC2H
London
United Kingdom

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I had a really good meal at Dishoom and this is now one of my favourite casual eating restaurants in London. Dishoom is a Bombay Café, which I did not know what it was and had to google. Bombay Cafes (alternatively called Irani Cafes) were opened in the late 19th and early 20th century by Persian immigrants (who had been coming to India for over a thousand years) and at the peak at 1960 there were almost 400 cafes, but now there are less than 30, and these cafes were part of the urban Bombay life functioning as an eating, meeting and drinking places for people of all communities, rich and poor, and they had a look of faded elegance and they offered breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dishoom tries to be like one of these cafes with an all day menu full of Bombay dishes.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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Indian Raja
Skarnu street 7
Riga
Latvia

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This is such a gem in Latvia if you like Asian food. Latvia is so small we don’t really have any exotic restaurants and also historically there has not been much demand for authentic Asian food or even the desire from people to eat it, so you can’t really get good Asian food in Riga (there isn’t a good Chinese restaurant for example), which is why it is such a surprise for me that you can find amazing Indian food in Indian Raja in Riga.

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3.50

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Trishna
15-17 Blandford Street W1U 3DG
London
United Kingdom

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Trishna is located in Marylebone, and I have walked past this place quite a few times as I live quite close, and I had always wanted to go to Trishna, and after I found out it was awarded its first Michelin star in September I was even more keen, and when my friend Steven suggested he wants to go for dinner and have some Indian food, I was quick to suggest Trishna. I have read a lot about Trishna when they won their Michelin star and also because they apparently have a great sommelier there, a wonderful lady, and she was there when I went for dinner on a Tuesday and I did compliment her and tell her I had read about how amazing she was at combining wine with Indian food, as it is not the most straightforward thing and has not been the most typical thing historically.

Maija rated: 

4.00

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