Best Curry in London
This week marks national curry week here in the UK and we couldn’t be happier! Whether it’s a Vindaloo at the end of the night or a milder Chicken Korma out of a jar, we’re rarely happier than when we’re tucking into Britain’s National Dish.
To celebrate, we’re giving you a run-down of some of some of the best curries in our nation’s capital spanning both sides of the river from fine-dining to something more humble. National Curry Week runs from 12th-18th October. And remember – fight for your right Chapati!
Lahore Karachi, Tooting
The Lahore Karachi is one of the London curry scene’s real secrets. Located in the heart of Tooting and a 4 minute walk from Tooting Broadway Station, Lahore Karachi looks more like a deli from the outside but believe us, this is some of the best curry you’ll find South of the river. Serving stunning Pakistani dishes at brilliantly low prices, Lahore is unsurprisingly a firm favourite with locals. As it’s a Pakistani restaurant, alcohol isn’t sold on the premises but they’re more than happy for you to grab a four-pack from the corner shop next door. The Seekh kebabs are sensational and we recommend you try the Chicken Karachi, an authentic tomato and green-chilli based dished. Be warned the curries are all a notch hotter than you’d usually expect!
1 Tooting High Street, SW17.
Cinnamon Club, Westminster
If you’re in the mood for something a little more upmarket, the Cinnamon Club in Westminster is London’s go-to haunt. Serving creative modern Indian cuisine, the Cinnamon Club is set in the historic Grade II listed former Westminster Library. The restaurant is famed for its take on game classics and delicately-spiced fish dishes, as well as their tasting menu, which gives Joes a broad range of flavours, and also their set menus, which make things all a little more affordable.
The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith St, SW1P 3BU.
Founded over 40 years ago, Tayyab’s in Whitechapel has gained a fearsome reputation in London among young Joes who want to mix an evening out with a damn good curry. The family owned restaurant originally started as a small café and has since taken over the pub next door. It serves the finest in Punjabi cuisine including exquisitely spiced curries to Tayyab’s world renowned mixed grill and sizzling lamb chops. Be warned, this place is loud and gets busy with a capital ‘B’. Without a booking, expect to wait up to an hour for a table. Still, it’s worth the wait.
83-89 Fieldgate St, E1 1JU.
Zaza’s Restuarant, Whitechapel
But if your stomach won’t hold out any longer and waiting in the queue at Tayyabs becomes too much, head two minutes around the corner and head to another one of East London’s culinary delights, Zaza’s Restaurant. With food taken from the heart of the city of Gujranwala, famed weirdly for its wrestlers, Zaza’s delivers delicious Punjabi cuisine with an emphasis on healthy grilled food. Tayyab’s might get all the headlines but trust us, Zaza’s is just as good and the queues are infinitely smaller!
108a Whitechapel Rd, E1 1JE.
Rasa N16, Stoke Newington
Rasa N16 is the original of the Rasa restaurants and serves cuisine from South India/North Kerala, catering for you vegetarians out there. Small and cosy, Rasa is a popular among the locals of Stoke Newington and has twice earned the Time Out Best Vegetarian Restaurant award. As it’s predominantly vegetarian, food is fairly cheap, which means you can try a large selection of the delights on offer – one of our favourite things about an Indian! There’s also a Rasa near Oxford Street if you need some grub after a day out shopping but Rasa W1 is a bit posher and therefore a bit pricier.
55 Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0AR.