London: Best Indian on "Curry Mile"

May 8th, 2006, 02:48 PM
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London: Best Indian on "Curry Mile"

Hello...

We would like to treat our S&BIL to a fabulous meal while in London. They love good curry (although it is not my favorite).

I've been checking out viewlondon.co.uk for the best Indian restaurants in town. Price is not an issue, but food quality and ambiance is. Any suggestions?

Thank you!
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May 8th, 2006, 03:29 PM
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It's tough to beat the Red Fort in Soho.

http://www.redfort.co.uk/welcome.htm

Consistently excellent.
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May 8th, 2006, 10:30 PM
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"Curry Mile" is a term some locals use about practically the only part of Manchester that claims to serve edible food.

No-one in London ever uses such a silly phrase, for reasons that'd be obvious to anyone keeping their eyes open when walking down any stretch of road. Some travel journalists - to prove how hopelessly out of touch they are - use the phrase for Brick Lane.

Don't even think of taking anyone there for a treat, unless they really enjoy eating truly mediocre food while being deafened by hundreds of office parties. If the quality of food's not important, and there are loads of you, Brick Lane's actually quite a good choice for a rollicking good time. They're all about as lousy as each other: just choose whichever place, on the night, has the noise level that suits.

The best South Asian food is in the suburbs where affluent South Asians live (the Bangladeshis round Brick Lane aren't affluent and don't have an eating out culture, unlike the Indians and some Sri Lankans out in the boondocks), and South Asian restaurants in the centre are generally poor to middling.

I'd say the Red Fort is about OK. The poshest place is the Cinnamon Club. But if you really are interested in South Asian food, buy the Time Out Guide to London Eating and read through te reviews. You'll make a far better decision than by relying on one-liners here from people you know nothing about.
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May 9th, 2006, 02:21 AM
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Ok.

Everything is a lecture around here.

Forget it.
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May 9th, 2006, 02:27 AM
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Seetheworld: read Mr. Fab's last comment again and act accordingly:

"You'll make a far better decision than by relying on one-liners here from people you know nothing about."

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May 9th, 2006, 02:43 AM
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Asking for a restaurant rec on a travel forum? Geez, stw, what is wrong with you girl???

Knowing this will incur the derision of a certain old windbag, I'll nonetheless suggest Amaya in Knightsbridge.

It's also recommended in my copy of the Time Out Eating and Drinking Guide.
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May 9th, 2006, 02:52 AM
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You're two best choices are (IMHO) Tooting and Southall. Both main streets have lots of very good restaurants, and aren't too touristy.

They are aimed at the local population (the pub in Southall accepts rupees as payment).

As to the "best" once you're there - that's a matter of taste.
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May 9th, 2006, 02:53 AM
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P.s The Scouser's spot on about Brick LAne - it's pants unless you're in a party and drink has been taken.
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May 9th, 2006, 03:09 AM
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If you don't fancy dragging yourselves out to a scruffy suburb like Southall and would prefer to stay in the centre, then the Rasa group of restaurants serve wonderful food. They're vegetarian, as South Indian food should be, although there's a meat eaters version inf Stoke Newington.

www.rasarestaurants.com
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May 9th, 2006, 03:13 AM
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Oops, Rasa Samudra serves fish.

You can find reviews on www.hardens.com (free to register) for these and many many other indians.

For super posh, try Zaika. I think the food's much better there than the Cinnamon Club. Chutney Mary is another posh goodie. All these are better than the Red Fort, IMO.
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May 9th, 2006, 03:14 AM
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And if you like the vegetarian stuff there's Drummond St by Euston station and there's a place in King St in Hammersmith that gets nothing but rave reviews.

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May 9th, 2006, 05:42 AM
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No lecture here. I've dined at Red Fort half a dozen times with a variety of party sizes, and it has been consistently excellent. And the atmosphere is great as well.

(I haven't found better Indian cuisine in New York, that's for sure.)
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May 9th, 2006, 06:09 AM
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"Everything is a lecture around here.

Forget it.


What's w/ the attitude?!? You have received some very good advice from several folks who actually live in London. If you don't like it - fine -- but to get huffy over it is ridiculous.

Red Fort is certainly OK - but far FAR from the best south Asian food in greater London. Same w/ Cinnamon Club. If you want to stay in the very center of town you'll be OK choosing either one. In that case I'd probably choose Red Fort or Chutney Mary. BUT if you want the best food you need to do what CS and david_west say and get out to the suburbs.
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