A taste of re­al­ity IN­DIAN

Where London - - Dining - Amaya

With his rep­u­ta­tion for star­ring in re­al­ity-TV shows such as Hell’sKitchen, it’s easy to for­get that Gor­don Ram­say is a se­ri­ous res­tau­ra­teur. When Lon­don’s Maze res­tau­rant opened 10 years ago, it quickly be­came one of the jewels (or stars) in Ram­say’s Miche­lin crown, spawn­ing a few smaller ver­sions called Maze Grill, the latest of which is in Chelsea. Maze Grill ex­cels in sushi and rare-breed steaks. The steaks are cooked to per­fec­tion; the beauty is in the de­tails, from the tem­per­a­ture of the but­ter to the pep­per­corn sauce. Karunesh Khanna’s Miche­lin-starred food is cooked in the dra­matic show kitchen. £££. Daily L & D. www.amaya.biz. 19 Mot­comb St, SW1X 8JT. T: 020-7823 1166. F6. Sta­tion: Knights­bridge.

Benares

Miche­lin-starred chef Atul Kochhar cre­ates mod­ern In­dian cui­sine with a con­tem­po­rary Bri­tish twist. ££££. Mon-Sat L & D. www.benares res­tau­rant.com. 12a Berke­ley Square House, Berke­ley Square, W1J 6BS. T: 020-7629 8886. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

Chor Bizarre

This pop­u­lar res­tau­rant spe­cialises in cui­sine from North In­dia. £££. Sat & Sun L; daily D. www.chor­bizarre.com. 16 Al­ber­marle St, W1S 4HW. T: 020-7629 9802. E7. Sta­tion: Green Park.

Chut­ney Mary

Ex­pect a gourmet tour of seven dif­fer­ent In­dian re­gions at this su­pe­rior res­tau­rant. £££. Daily B, L & D. www.chut­ney­mary.com. 73 St. James’s St, SW1 1PH. T: 020-7629 6688. E7. Sta­tion: Green Park.

Gay­lord

Lon­don’s sec­ond-old­est In­dian res­tau­rant is famed for its award-win­ning tan­doori and Mugh­lai-based cui­sine. ££. Daily L & D. www.gay­lord­lon­don.com. 79-81 Mor­timer St, W1W 7SJ. T: 020-7580 3615. D7. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

Imli Street

En­joy great-value dishes of Goan squid and Am­rit­sari fish. ££. Daily B, L & D. www.im­listreet. co.uk. 167-169 War­dour St, W1F 8WR. T: 020-7287 4243. Sta­tion: Tot­ten­ham Court Road.

Khans of Kens­ing­ton

This pop­u­lar res­tau­rant serves a great range of mod­ern North In­dian veg­e­tar­ian and fish dishes. ££. Daily L & D. www.khan­sofkens­ing­ton.co.uk. 3 Har­ring­ton Rd, SW7 3ES. T: 020-7584 4114. G4. Sta­tion: South Kens­ing­ton.

La Porte des In­des

In­dian cui­sine with a Gal­lic twist, inspired by the Pondicherry re­gion. £££. Daily L & D. www.la port­edesin­des.com. 32 Bryanston St, W1H 7EG. T: 020-7224 0055. D6. Sta­tion: Mar­ble Arch.

Lit­tle In­dia

This cosy es­tab­lish­ment near the Royal Al­bert Hall spe­cialises in dishes from Ben­gal such as fish bhuna. ££. Daily L & D. www.lit­tlein­di­alon­don.com. 32 Glouces­ter Rd, SW7 4RB. T: 020-7584 3476. F4. Sta­tion: Glouces­ter Road.

Masala Grill

A new res­tau­rant from the Real In­dian Food group, Masala Grill of­fers a re­laxed space in which to dine on grills, seafood, street food and de­li­cious cur­ries. ££. Daily L & D; Sun L & D. www.masala grill.co. 535 King’s Rd, SW10 0SZ. T: 020-7351 3113. Off map. Sta­tion: Ful­ham Broad­way.

Masala Zone

In­for­mal din­ing in this good-value res­tau­rant. Start with chaat (street snacks), then tuck into a grand thali. £. Daily L & D (and branches). www.masala­zone.com. 9 Mar­shall St, W1F 7ER. T: 020-7287 9966. D6. Sta­tion: Ox­ford Cir­cus.

Mem­o­ries of In­dia

Au­then­tic flavours from North In­dia. Spe­cial­i­ties in­clude spiced lamb. ££. Daily L & D. www. mem­o­riesofindia.com. 18 Glouces­ter Rd, SW7 4RB. T: 020-7589 6450. Sta­tion: Glouces­ter Road.

THE ARCH LON­DON

Inspired by the cap­i­tal’s latest din­ing craze, The Arch Lon­don has cre­ated a fab­u­lous Street Food Af­ter­noon Tea. In­dulge in mul­ti­ple cuisines from around the world with savouries and sweets such as mini beef burgers, tor­tillas and cof­fee éclairs.

CAFé PRE­STAT

Un­wind af­ter a shop­ping spree in Sloane Square with home­made cakes and pas­tries at Café Pre­stat. Cre­ated by the choco­latier to Her Majesty The Queen, Café Pre­stat is a fun and in­for­mal spot, with world-fa­mous truf­fles (filled with a love po­tion, ac­cord­ing to the chil­dren’s au­thor Roald Dahl).

THE ROSE­BERY LOUNGE

Set within the sump­tu­ous sur­round­ings of the Man­darin Ori­en­tal Hyde Park, The Rose­bery Lounge (above) of­fers an im­pres­sive se­lec­tion of del­i­cate pas­tries and be­spoke teas, blended by the venue’s ded­i­cated Tea Master. Gaze out over bustling Knights­bridge from the con­tem­po­rary din­ing area or head out on to the ter­race for an al­fresco af­ter­noon tea un­like any­where else in the city.

W HO­TEL

Served up on a unique or­nate hand­crafted tea stand, the W Ho­tel’s South-East Asian Af­ter­noon Tea is an in­dul­gent sen­sory jour­ney of sweet and savoury de­lights. In­dulge in steamed buns with pork belly, Thai shrimp cake and Malaysian fresh spring roll. The sweeter-toothed among you should en­joy the salted peanut but­ter nougat sa­tay or a mango and sticky rice roll.

Mint Leaf

Con­tem­po­rary In­dian dishes are the trade­mark of this stylish res­tau­rant. Try the grilled prawns with fenu­greek. £££. Mon-Fri L; daily D. www.mintleaf group.com. Suf­folk Pl, Hay­mar­ket, SW1Y 4HX. T: 020-7930 9020. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Veeraswamy

The UK’s old­est In­dian res­tau­rant mar­ries an op­u­lent in­te­rior with stylish cui­sine. ££-£££. Daily L & D. www.veeraswamy.com. Mez­za­nine Floor, Vic­tory House, 99 Re­gent St, W1B 4RS. T: 020-7734 1401. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Bbar

En­joy top-qual­ity meat at this re­laxed res­tau­rant and bar, close to Buck­ing­ham Palace. ££. Daily L & D. www.bbar­lon­don.com. 43 Buck­ing­ham Palace Rd, SW1W 0PP. T: 020-7958 7000. F6. Sta­tion: Vic­to­ria.

Cavendish, The

Fish, meats and sal­ads are pre­pared while you watch. ££. Daily L & D. 35 New Cavendish St, W1G 9TR. www.35new­cavendish.co.uk. T: 020-7487 3030. C5. Sta­tion: Baker Street.

Saras­tro

The­atri­cal decor, with arias from Royal Opera House singers (Sun-Mon), with Turk­ish starters and Euro­pean mains. ££. Daily L & D. www.saras­tro res­tau­rant.com. 126 Drury Ln, WC2B 5SU. T: 0207836 0101. D8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Boc­con­cino

Ital­ian res­tau­rant in May­fair, serv­ing au­then­tic pizza and pasta in a stylish set­ting. £££. Daily L & D. www.boc­con­ci­norestau­rant.co.uk. 19 Berke­ley St, W1J 8ED. T: 020-7499 4510. E6. Sta­tion: Green Park.

Cucina Asel­lina

In this out­post of New York’s Asel­lina, en­joy ar­ti­sanal Ital­ian dishes such as stroz­za­preti pasta with prawns. £££. Daily B, L & D. www.asel­lina.com. ME Lon­don, 336 Strand, WC2R 1HA. T: 020-7395 2445. E8. Sta­tion: Covent Gar­den.

Gigi's

Clas­sic dishes are given a stylish twist. Mains in­clude black tagli­atelle with cut­tle­fish and mus­sels. £££. www.gigis­may­fair.com. 22 Wood­stock St, W1C 2AR. T: 020-7491 8638. D6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

JA­PANESE & KOREAN Beni­hana

Chefs cre­ate grid­dle-cooked dishes at your ta­ble. Try the wagyu beef and prawn, sushi and sashimi. £££. www.beni­hanarestau­rant.co.uk. 35 Carter Lane, EC4V 5AJ (and branches). T: 020-7074 1001. D9. Sta­tion: Black­fri­ars.

In­amo St James

Funky Asian-fu­sion res­tau­rant, serv­ing boldly flavoured dishes. ££. Daily L & D. www.in­amost­james.com. 4-12 Lower Re­gent St, SW1 4PE. T: 020-7484 0500. E7. Sta­tion: Pic­cadilly Cir­cus.

Mat­suri

El­e­gant in­no­va­tive din­ing, spe­cial­is­ing in sushi and tep­pa­nyaki cooked at the ta­ble, in­clud­ing lob­ster tail, in this low-lit, fes­ti­val-themed res­tau­rant. £££. Daily L & D. www.mat­suri-res­tau­rant.com. 15 Bury St, SW1Y 6AL. T: 020-7839 1101. E7. Sta­tion: Green Park.

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