The London restaurant scene is bursting with great Indian restaurants and many of them are halal. With so many Indian restaurants around, trying to find a good one may seem daunting so we’ve made it easier for you to find a great fit. We’ve split them into categories to help you find the perfect restaurant for any occasion. Whether you want something for breakfast, a quick bite at lunch or somewhere for the family, look no further than this guide.

Sharing Plates / Lunch menu – Talli Joe

Talli Joe offers Indian half plates inspired by regional flavours. Their £10 lunch dabba brings to London an Indian tradition popular among Mumbai’s office workers. Served on weekdays from 12pm to 4pm.

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Street Food – Chit Chaat Chai

Formerly a market stall, Chit Chaat Chai now has a permanent site in South West London. Unlike most Indian restaurants, the focus here is not on curries but on beautifully presented chaats with incredible textures and flavours – sharing is encouraged!

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Michelin Star – Benares

Chef Atul Kochar’s British-Indian concept is one of the finest Michelin starred restaurants London has to offer. With four private dining rooms, Benares is also a great location for private functions.

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Breakfast – Dishoom

Dishoom pays homage to the post-colonial Irani cafés in Bombay with distinctive decor across the restaurants. Queues are common particularly in the evening though reservations are taken for groups of any size for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is served from 8am to 11.45am on weekdays and from 9am to 11.45am on weekends.

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Fine Dining – Gymkhana

A restaurant from the siblings behind some of London’s best restaurants (see Trishna and Hoppers), Gymkhana is inspired by the Colonial British-Indian gymkhana clubs where members of high society socialised. The Michelin starred restaurant serves contemporary Indian food using seasonal British ingredients with a strong focus on the tandoori oven and chatpatta sharing dishes.

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Supper Clubs – Darjeeling Express

Darjeeling Express started off with supper clubs at self-taught chef Asma Khan’s home in Kensington followed by residencies at various sites in London. Critics from the Evening Standard, Observer Food Monthly and the Financial Times have praised Asma’s food with Fay Maschler rating Darjeeling Express as one of the 15 best London restaurants of 2015. We can’t wait for her first restaurant to open in Carnaby’s Kingly Court this summer!


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Cheap Eats / Quick Bites – Kati Roll Company

Kati Roll Company is originally a New York restaurant which has been brought over to the UK. Serving spiced meat and veg mixtures in paratha wraps, this Soho cafe is covered with Bollywood posters and the wraps are great to go or to eat in. Prices start at £2.95 for one roll or £5.40 for two.


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Market Trader – Rola Wala

Trading in markets in London this street food stall combines spices, colours and textures to create naan rolls bursting in flavour. Rola Wala has a permanent site in Leeds.


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Date Night – Darbaar

Darbaar is the first solo project of Chef Abdul Yaseen (formerly Cinnamon Club / Cinnamon Kitchen). Located in the heart of the city, Darbaar offers modern Indian cuisine inspired by the banquets of the Indian Royal Court.

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Vegetarian – Vijay’s Chawalla

Located on Green Street, Vijay’s Chawalla serves vegetarian South Indian dishes and is known as a local gem. The restaurant is particularly busy on weekends with queues common.


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Family Friendly / Group Bookings – Saffron Kitchen

Fusion dishes and Mumbai street food make up the menu at Saffron Kitchen. The spacious restaurant is great for families and the private rooms are perfect for large groups.

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