A taste of reality INDIAN
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.