Masala World, London :
Chutney Mary
Masala Zone - Soho, Bayswater, Fulham, Camden Town, Covent Garden, Islington, Earls Court.

There are now several top rated groups in the Indian restaurant sector, with high standards and the following are awarded a

Ashoka, Scotland : Ashton Lane, Johnstone, Brasserie, At the Mill, At the Quay, Bearsden, South Side, West End, Kama Sutra, Spice of Life, Shak Coatbridge, Dundee, Linwood, Livingston

Aagrah, Yorkshire : Shipley, Leeds, Sheffield, Pudsey, Gosforth, Tadcaster, Skipton, Wakefield, Doncaster, Denbydale, Midpoint Suite, Aagrah Cafe.

Juboraj, Wales : Rhiwbina, Lakeside, Mill Lane, Newport, Swansea

India Dining, Surrey : Warlingham, Esher, Epsom

Spice Merchant: Henley, Uxbridge, Beaconsfield, Cookham

House of Spice: Aylesbury, Haddenham, Princes Risborough, Thame, Thame Tandoori, Wantage, Watlington

Jimmy Spice's: Epsom, Solihull, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield

Akbar's, North East : Bradford, Leeds Eastgate, Leeds Greek Street, Manchester, York, Sheffield, Newcastle(2010), Middlesbrough. Birmingham(2009), Bradford Cafe

Anoki : Derby, Burton, Nottingham

Jinnah, Yorkshire: Harrogate, Sheffield, York Flaxton, York Viceroy

THE 2009

in conjunction with

The Federation of Specialist Restaurants

Bombay Brasserie, London SW7
Cafe Spice Namaste, London E1


Bombay Brasserie, London SW7

After over 25 years as the Indian restaurant in Britain that set the standards for all others, the venerable Bombay Brasserie was closed last year whilst it was re-designed, refurbished and re-invented.

The new BB is a delight even down to the delightful surprise of how they present the hand towels at the end of the meal (I will leave you to find that out for yourself). The prices are not hefty, in fact they seem to be lower than the old Bombay Brasserie and certainly well in line with other top London restaurants. The service and atmosphere are as wonderful as ever and now they are offering an adventure in taste which makes the meal memorable. A great evening, a packed restaurant and great food. Mr Harnal and his team are back at the top of their game. Check out the Bombay Brasserie's new look at (

This year we have joint winners of the Restaurant of the Year title. Both have been at the top for many years but continue to re-invent themselves and innovate in a difficult economic downturn.


Cafe Spice Namaste, London E1

Run by Cyrus Todiwala MBE (seen in background) and his wife Pervin, Cafe Spice Namaste appears to be a whirl of continuous activity ranging from Gourmet Adventure programmes, to a new cookery book, to Mr Todiwala's chutnies and pickles not forgetting demonstrations, wine tastings and appearances by Cyrus at events seemingly all over the world. And by the way, he still finds time to sit on government committees and raise funds for charity. A perfect example of how to cope with the economic downturn whilst still maintaining the highest standards in food and service. (

Such has been the improvement in standards in the Indian (Indian - Bangladeshi - Pakistani - Nepalese - Sri Lankan) restaurant sector that we feel it is no longer useful to designate a Top Thirty or even a Top Hundred as has been done in the past. The Ashoka Group in Scotland, Aagrah in Yorkshire and several others, have many outlets, all worthy of awards, sufficient to occupy a Top Thirty without reference to others.
We have, therefore, taken the online votes together with our own opinions and research and selected restaurants throughout the country we feel are worthy of recognition for 2009 where any curry lover could go to enjoy a memberable dining experience. These restaurants operate to the highest standards in our opinion and your experience is as good. (Restaurants open a year or less in italics)



Eastern Eye - Bath

Rajpoot - Bath

Saffron Plaza - Steppingley

Cinnamon Tree - Winkfield

Emperor of India - Bray

Spice Oven - Caversham

Malik's - Cookham

Jaipur - Milton Keynes

Calcutta Brasserie

Silk Road - Milton Keynes

Dilli - Altrincham

Zumar - Sale

Anoka - Derby

The Polash - Shoeburyness

Jalsa Ghar - Dunmow

Kanchans - Gants Hill

Vojan - Ongar

EastzEast - Manchester

Zouk - Manchester

The Pearl - Manchester

Shere Khan - Manchester

Shimla Pinks - Manchester

Kuti's - Southampton

Pink Olive - Andover

Cafe Mumbai - Southampton

Poppadom Express - Southampton

Balaka - Winchester

Vatika - Shedfield

Chez Mumtaj - St Albans

Cinnamon Lounge - London Colney

Tamarind Tree - Bishops Stortford

Chilli Raj - St Albans

Dil Se - Orkney

Millennium Saagar - Isle of Man

Zarin - Ashford

Kosturi - Bromley

Tamasha - Bromley

Calcutta Club - Halstead

Indian Ocean - Ashton under Lyne

Victoria's India - Longridge

Raj - Rochdale

Bukhara - Samlesbury

Cinnamon Tree - Coalville

Raitha - Kibworth

Bobby's - Leicester

Feast India - Leicester

Kayal - Leicester

Kabalou's - Leicester

Megna - Scunthorpe

Mehek - London EC2

New Tayabs - London E1

River Spice - London E1

Dockmasters - London E14

Lime - London E14

Kasturi - London EC3

Zeen - London NW1

Elephant Walk - London NW6

Babur Brasserie - London SE23

Dewaniam - London SE23

Bengal Clipper - London SE1

Quilon - London SW1

Cinnamon Club - London SW1

Rasoi Vineet Bhatia - London SW3

Mint Leaf - London SW1

 Bar Asia - London SW5

Memories of India on the River SW

Painted Heron - London SW10

Mango & Silk - London SW15

Ma Goa - London SW15

Chor Bizarre - London W1

The Gaylord - London W1

La Porte des Indes - London W1

Tamarind- London W1

Bombay Palace - London W2

Benares - London W1

Imli - London W1

Indali Lounge - London W1

Trishna - London W1

Agni - London W6

Indian Zing - London W6

Mela - London WC2

Moti Mahal - London WC2

Tamarai - London WC2

Brilliant - Southall

Madhu's - Southall

Zan Zi Bar - Edgware

Indian Zest - Sunbury

Sipson Tandoori - West Drayton

Mem-saab - Northampton

The Valley - Corbridge

The Cumin - Nottingham

Curry Lounge - Nottingham

MemSaab - Nottingham

Aziz - Oxford

Aziz Pandesia - Oxford

Britaniia Spice - Edinburgh

Cafe India - Glasgow

Dil Se - Dundee

Ignite - Edinburgh

Mother India - Edinburgh

9 Cellars - Edinburgh

Roti - Edinburgh

The Dhabba - Glasgow

India Quay - Glasgow

Shish Mahal - Glasgow

Thornbury Hall Rasoi - Kingsley Holt

Planet Spice - Addington

Le Raj - Epsom

Roz - Ana - Kingston upon Thames

Bengal Clipper - Weybridge

Cafe Rasoi - Heathfield

The Chilli Pickle - Brighton

Tamarind - Chichester

Vujon - Newcastle upon Tyne

Last Days of the Raj - Gateshead

Cinnamon Tree - Cardiff

Spice Quarter - Cardiff

Mint & Mustard - Cardiff

Bengal Dynasty - Shotton

Coconut Lagoon - Kenilworth

Agra Palace - Nuneaton

Itihaas - Birmingham

Rajnagar - Solihull

Turmeric Gold - Coventry

Asha's - Birmingham

Al Frash Balti - Birmingham

Lasan - Birmingham

Rajdoot - Birmingham

Sweet Chillies - Birmingham

Mango Tree - Stonall

Red Fort - Wolverhampton

Anokaa - Salisbury

Royal Jaipur - Landford

Kiplings - Bradford

Sheesh Mahal - Leeds

Saffron Club - Sheffield

Mumtaz Paan - Bradford

Zouk - Bradford

Nawaab - Bradford

Jaipur Spice - Easingwold

Vijay's - Sheffield