October 27, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
Until fairly recently, the answer to where to find the top Indian restaurants in the world was not India but Britain. Some folks still reckon that’s the case and, with the old guard still dishing out the standards with spicy aplomb and young talents offering a 21st-century take on what makes South Asian cuisine so yummy, theirs is a strong argument.
For an inexpensive and authentically cosmopolitan experience, head to Whitechapel, where the kings of the old-school curry reign. There’s the cavernous Needoo Grill with 99p Seek kebabs (not to mention a fantastic vegetarian bhindi bhagi); Lahore Kebab House and its equally scrumptious and budget-friendly Punjabi-style dishes; and New Tayyabs, where the line around the corner offers insight into the most British of institutions: queuing (and try the lamb chops to find out if it was worth the wait).
Staying in Whitechapel but upscaling the setting, chef-patron
Cyrus Todiwala’s award-winning ode to fiery flavor, Café Spice Namasté, beckons those in search of a delicious blend of innovation and tradition.
Moving westward, The Cinnamon Club brings fine dining finesse with an avant-garde approach to its white linen swathed tables. Set within the Old Westminster Library, it’s an attractive venue and prime politician-spotting terrain. For another Michelin-starred curry “joint”, head to Tamarind of Mayfair (the first Indian restaurant ever to receive a Michelin star and still one of only six in the world) for traditional Moghul cuisine and impeccable service.
For a hip and frisky feast go to Dishoom and admire its kitsch décor while enjoying its menu of Bombay café treats.