When in London, in search of a good curry, one usually makes a beeline for Brick Lane. But it’s often hard to tell the good curry houses from the bad. To make life easier, we’ve rounded up some of London’s best Indian eateries packed full of flavour, with plenty of vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy-free options…
Best for… a business breakfast
Get those creative juices flowing first thing with a visit to this Bombay cafe. Feast on eggs on chilli cheese toast, a Bombay omelette or a bacon and egg naan roll, washed down with a nice warming, comforting chai. Vegans can opt for the Vegan Bombay with vegan sausages, vegan black pudding, grilled field mushrooms, masala baked beans, grilled tomato, home-made buns and avocado with chilli and lime dressing. Too good.
Best for… all day brunch & chai
The Camden Market chai specialists, serve up traditionally brewed chai and delicious eats from India and Sri Lanka and are one of the few places in London where you can find Lamprais – traditional Sri Lankan curry – wrapped and baked in banana leaf. Their Brinjal Moju Lamprais, a sweet and spicy aubergine curry is a vegan favourite. You’ll also find vegan chais and lattes.
Best for… a dinner date
The new restaurant by Peter Joseph, ex-head chef of Michelin-starred Tamarind promises to redefine Indian dining. Kahani, meaning ‘story’ in Urdu, combines Peter’s passion for British ingredients with his upbringing in Tamil Nadu. Seasonality and sustainability are at the core of Kahani’s philosophy. Dishes set for the menu include: Smoked Malabar prawns with coconut and Keralan spices, Gressingham duck with coriander, apple chutney served with a kumquat salad, as well as a revolutionary melt-in-the-middle rose and pistachio cheesecake. A range of vegan dishes are also available.
Best for… grab & go lunch
Dedicated to capturing the real taste of North India via meticulously prepared and consistently healthy dishes, featuring vegetarian and vegan options. Everything on the menu is prepared from scratch using a special combination of ground spices and the freshest of ingredients.
Best for… a special occasion
Located in the heart of London’s Marylebone Village, Trishna delivers a contemporary taste of Indian coastal cuisine, and an extensive wine list that focuses on emerging regions and fine wines from niche producers and boutique wineries from all over the world. Try the Taste of Trisha Diwali Menu. Vegetarian options included.