Mains can cost anywhere from £17.50 to £31.50, and range from both seafood and meat dishes as well as a variety of different vegetarian dishes as well. From the Goa Green Chicken Curry (a hot and spicy curry with green chili, coconut, fresh green herbs and tamarind) or the Aloo Bukhara Ghost (rich plum-flavoured lamb curry with kashmiri dried plums, green cardamom, sun-dried ginger and cinnamon leaves) you will almost certainly find a dish that cures your curry cravings.
2. Tayyabs (Whitechapel) 83-89 Fieldgate St.
Tayyabs has become a “secret favourite” among food critics in London, and the restaurant has become so popular over the years it actually had to move to bigger locations just to keep up with the demand.
Some of their many popular curry dishes include the Pumpkin Curry, Potato and Lamb Curry, Ground Chicken Curry and Mixed Vegetable Curry, although their lamb chops are apparently to die for as well.
Because Tayyabs is a Muslim restaurant they don’t serve alcohol, but they do allow you to “BYOB.”
3. Roots at N1 (Barnsbury) 115 Hemingford Road
All it takes is one visit to Roots at N1 to realize that this is not your average curry house, as the restaurant serves a ton of unique dishes you won’t find anywhere else in London.
The restaurant is known to experiment with their dishes by pairing each meal with a white, red or rose wine, and some of their many favourite dishes include the Butter Chicken and Curry Leaf ‘n Mustard Tempered Vegetable Medallions.
4. Gymkhana (Mayfair) 42 Albemarle St
With marble tables, dark wooden booths and mahogany and oxblood leather panels, Gymkhana offers a one-of-a-kind experience that any foodie will appreciate.
Not only do they have a wide range of popular curry dishes like Prawn Curry, Kebabs and Tikkas, they also serve popular drinks as well (such as the Quinine Sour – a “re-imagined” gin and tonic with Tanqueray, tonic syrup, ginger, lemon, egg white and curry leaf).
Their lunch menu offers two courses for £20 or three courses £25, but if you want to get the most bang for your buck check out their early evening menus which are served until 6 p.m.
5. Benares (Mayfair) 12a Berkeley Square House
Although many of the dishes at Benares are inspired by traditional Indian meals, some of the many items on the menu have some classic British cuisine elements hidden in the mix as well.
Some of their most popular curry-related menu items include the Khasta Murgh (chicken-tikka pie with wild-berry chutney), Pan-Roasted Stone Bass with vermicelli and a coconut curry leaf sauce, and the Dhansak Pathia Prawn Curry; (but if you have some extra cash to spare be sure to sample some of their ever-popular cocktails as well).
6. Cinnamon Kitchen 9 Devonshire Square
Just a short walk away from Liverpool Street Station, Cinnamon Kitchen has become a favourite among vegetarians especially, and is known to be one of the best contemporary Indian restaurants in London.
Some of their many popular mains include Scottish Lobster Momo’s with tomato and curry leaf and the King Prawn “Malai” Curry; but with starters like Hot Fruit Kebabs and Red Chillies Stuffed with Lamb Mince, and desserts like Stem Ginger and Anise Pannacotta, Cinnamon Kitchen is perfect for any type of meal, anytime of the day. s