There are now several top rated groups in the
Indian restaurant sector, with high standards
Masala World, London :
Masala Zone - Soho, Bayswater, Fulham, Camden
Town, Covent Garden, Islington, Earls Court.
: 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,
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, Manchester, York, Sheffield, Newcastle(2010), Middlesbrough.
Birmingham(2009), Bradford Cafe
Anoki : Derby,
Harrogate, Sheffield, York Flaxton,
'BEST IN BRITAIN' ASIAN
The top ten choice of Mood Food
Magazine editor's Peter &
One of the most stylish Indian restaurants in Britain
occupying the site of the old Tiberio where Frank Sinatra used to be
regularly seen. Chef Alfred Prasad has built on the reputation for
wonderful food such that the restaurant has been awarded a Michelin
star for several years running. The interior of the 94 seater
restaurant was designed by Emily Todhunter and provides just the
right setting for the exciting food. Tamarind is the haunt of many
top stars including Tom Cruise when he is in town and the whole scene
is smoothly handled by 'BIBA Front of House Personality of the Year
1999' Mr Rajesh Suri. Style, comfort and quality.
Brasserie London SW7
Opened in 1982 under the stewardship of Adi Modi and
still the benchmark for the industry. In the days when Udit Sarkhel
was the Executive Chef we enjoyed what we still consider to be our
best ever meal in a restaurant.
The restaurant was given a makeover in 2009 and is now
larger, airier and more visually exciting than before. The new bar
area, studded with old Raj era art and decorative mirrors, can host
up to 32 guests for a reception and is an ideal spot for pre-dinner
cocktails. The 78-capacity conservatory now boasts a private dining
room for up to 16 guests and the venue's piece-de-resistance - an
open-show kitchen with counter seating where diners can experience
first hand the skill of the Bombay Brasserie's chefs under Taj Group
Chef Hemant Oberoi and the very ralented Executive chef Prahlad
Hegde. Arun Harnal keeps the whole place running like a well oiled
machine and the long list of happy celebs shown on the BB website
shows a lot of discerning diners share our view.
Spice Namaste London E1
Owned by Executive Chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE and wife
Pervin (and originally restaurant entrepreneur Michael Gottlieb),
Cafe Spice grew from exciting humble beginnings when Cyrus and Pervin
ran the nearby small but widely praised Namaste. Opened in 1995 with
110 covers Cafe Spice is a destination restaurant for many and
members of the City in particular.
Cyrus is ranked by most as one of the top Indian chefs
in Britain and is known for his Goan and Parsi dishes from his days
with Taj International Hotels in Goa. The menu is always exciting and
varied including exotic meats and regional dishes. In 2010 Cyrus
received an OBE to add to his MBE and too many other awards and
honours to mention. Suffice it to say they are all richly deserved.
Both passionate and knowledgeable about the cuisine
Cyrus is always on hand to help, instruct or support and plays
numerous government support roles alongside his many TV apperances.
Cafe Spice is unique and if it were closer to us we would be there
Mumtaj, St Albans, Herts
Chez Mumtaj is a 120 seater boutique style restaurant
opened in 2008 set in the historic romanesque city of St. Albans,
Hertfordshire. Chez Mumtaj passionately projects itself in showcasing
a unique style of haute cuisine in Modern French-Asian dining. The
Main restaurant offers elegant and intimate dining. The interior is
soothing, luxurious and opulent with meticulous attention given to
detail in a classy and club-like setting.
Chez Mumtaj is led by award-winning Executive Chef
Chad Rahman, who is one of the most exciting chefs on the scene at
present. We were completely entranced with our visit to this
restaurant and feel it is the most exciting Asian restaurant outside
London. The food is innovative and perfectly presented and the decor
reminiscent of days spent in ocean liner restaurants, such is the
oppulance. Asian food with French style. Well worth the trip to
historic St Albans and we once again wish we lived nearer.
Brilliant is an institution in the Indian restaurant
scene and has stood for all that is best in authenticity since it was
opened in 1975 by K.K.(Gulu) & D.K.Anand. The food is Punjabi
style with a touch of Kenyan and a series of 'healthy options'
introduced by Gulu Anand's highly qualified daughter Dipna in recent
years. The kitchen is under the control of the very talented
Jasvinderjit Singh and the food is considered some of the best in the
country by many including Chef Gordon Ramsay.
250 diners can enjoy the food and tremendous
atmosphere of what must be one of the friendliest restaurants in the
country. Gulu's son Shankar Anand is now the
General Manager and runs front of house. The Brilliant has had
every award and accolade bestowed on it for years, every guidebook
recommends it, and many VIPs including HRH Prince Charles have been
here. Once again we wish it were nearer where we live but every visit
has provided some of the most enjoyable dining experience we have
Another Anand family top class restaurant, this time
run by Sanjay and Sanjeev Anand. The 104 seater restaurant opened in
1980 and the decor and food then had a heavy Kenyan influance and the
Kenyan Punjabi food was very special and 'dinstinctive'. Nowadays the
decor is very modern and the food is still wonderful.
Sanjay also runs one of London's most successful
outside catering businesses and often caters for groups of over 1000
for weddings or other functions. Sanjay Anand was awarded an MBE in
2007 Birthday Honours for services to catering and must be Britain's
top Asian ouside caterer and serves most of London's top hotels and venues.
Madhu's certainly deserves its place in our top ten
not only for the top class food and service enjoyed in the restaurant
but also for the many meals we enjoy produced by the Madhu's team in
Since opening in 1985 Emdad Rahman and his and his
team have made this restaurant one of the most talked about outside
London for the quality and innovative style of its food. People don't
come here and ask for curry house dishes - instead they enjoy the
wonderful offerings of the highly talented Chef Jiwan Lal and his
team. The restaurant only has 56 covers and is very popular so
booking is advised despite the unlikely location.
If you live within striking range watch out for the
regular festivals giving you the chance to try regional dishes. Very
friendly and a must visit. Run by Amin Rahman, Babur continues to
surprise and must be the leading restaurant in UK for its specialist
festivals and events ranging from Burns Night and its Nepalese Haggis
to fantistic regional Indian cuisine events..
Porte des Indes London W1
The largest and most exotic of London's Indian
restaurants, La Porte comes from the same stable as the fabulous Blue
Elephant Thai restaurant in Fulham Road. What was once the old
Mayfair Room was redesigned by architect Yves Burton to have a
central marble staircase plus a 40 ft waterfall along one wall.
The restaurant seats 300 diners plus a room for 10 to
dine privately and the 'Salon du Gouverneur' for 12. Originally based
on the cuisine from Pondicherry, the small French influenced part of
India, the menu has developed to be regional and exciting under the
guidance of head Chef Mehernosh Mody, one of the best in the country.
The smooth operation of this exotic restaurant is one of the elements
that make this one of the favourites of our whole family.
Opened in 2005 by entrepreneur Raj Rana to introduce
stylish Indian cuisine where "the guest is God". Itihaas is
a stunning restaurant where contemperary meets traditional, developed
at the staggering cost of £2 million. As well as the main dining
area you can enjoy the Colonial Room seating 60 or the plush Tiffin
Room for a cosy 12.
The menu is create by award winning chefs trained at 5
star hotels in India. Owner Raj Rana was acknowledged for his
contribution to the British Hospitality Industry at a reception at
The Buckingham Palace by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on
Tuesday, 6th May, 2008. Stunning decor and award winning food and service.
Thai Milton Keynes
The Jaipur has had full marks for style since opening
in 1988 but the owner Mr Ahad moved on to exciting things at a new
site in 2001. The new Jaipur built on the reputation of the old site
near the railway station and is the biggest purpose-built Indian
restaurant in Europe including a fantastic Royal Thai restaurant on
the upper floor.
Apart from a unique building, Jaipur offers a great
dining experience and has had a huge following since its triumphal
opening. Multi award winner and if you want a change from Indian
cuisine the Royal Thai on the upper level is fantastic.
EDITOR'S BEST CHINESE :
Mayfair London W1
In our opinion Kai is head and shoulders the best
Cinese restaurant in Britain and we are proud to say that we were one
of the first to recognise it with a 'Best in Britain' Award. Since
then they have received award after award including a well deserved
Michelin star in 2009 which was repeated in 2010.
The exciting and innovative menu is in the very
capable hands of Head Chef Alex Chow and service is refined and
completely charming. A meal here is likely to have you talking about
it for many weeks after, such are the standards and if we had the
time we would return here again and again. Not the cheapest
restaurant in the world but definitely one of the best.
EDITOR'S BEST THAI :
Elephant London SW6
A fantastic restaurant that is more a dining
experience than a simple restaurant. Opened in 1986 with 250 covers
its stylish traditional "thatched roof village" decor and
imaginative food have kept its tables packed ever since. If you are
lucky, you may be able to sit alongside the relaxing fish pools and
tuck into the Royal Banquet which allows to to sample dish after dish
of exquisite tastes. Such is the atmosphere that you can see people
all around you running up their bill with cocktails, extra dishes or
even champagne but everyone seems delighted with the value. Top class
and a must visit.