Asia is an eclectic continent with an array of different foods. You have everything from curries to noodles to rotis to dumplings, with a huge range of spices and flavours. Each and everyone of us will have their favourite restaurant of choice. And things can get very fiery as to whose is best.
But now those debates can be laid to rest as London’s best Asian restaurants have been announced, with only the best of the best makin it on the list by the Asian Restaurant Awards.
Quillon specialises in South West coastal Indian food. One Google reviewer wrote: “The food quality was superb, as Ragbir explained each time the dish was given to the table. The lamb curry was fiery. Perhaps it could have been forewarned. We paid £385 for a non-vegetarian tasting meal for four people and a bottle of wine.”
Address: 41 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6AF
Indian Essence, Orpington
The restaurant specialises in all things India. So much so that one happy customer wrote: “The staff were super nice and made sure that everything was just right. We went at lunch time and had the set 3 course menu with prosecco which was absolutely amazing.”
Address: 176-178 Petts Wood Rd, Petts Wood, Orpington BR5 1LG
Royal Nawaab, Uxbridge
It’s known for its delicious freshly prepared appetisers such as onion bhajis, meat samosa and fish masala. One satisfied diner said: “Great place. Love the variety of food on offer. So much to choose from and not enough space in the belly to fit it all in. Oh well just have to go again soon. Highlight though was the sticky toffee pudding with apple crumble bits.”
Address: Hoover Building 7, Western Ave, London UB6 8DB
Grand Trunk Road, Woodford
Its lobster and butter chicken is said to be exquisite. “I had a family dinner. Food was really good. Service was good too. Good vegetarian options. Shab was looking after our table. He was very attentive. Overall, would recommend,” commented one stuffed diner.
Address: 219 High Rd, London E18 2PB
Heritage Dulwich, West Dulwich
If you go there, order the Kashmir Lamb Curry. One reviewer said: “Amazing experience dining in. Staff were courteous and well informed. The food was delicious to say the least. Full marks to Suraj for being so informative about the dishes on the menu. Will be back for more. Never had a vegetarian kofta curry taste so delicious.”
Address: 101 Rosendale Rd, Norwood, London SE21 8EZ
All the meat in this Indian delight is said to be delicious here. And people have gone potty in the comments section raving about it. “I love the Babur! I have been eating there for over 20 years especially for birthdays (I had over 30 adults and children for my recent ‘significant’ birthday) although it’s great to just go there for an evening out,” wrote one full diner.
Address: 119 Brockley Rise, London SE23 1JP
This British-Indian fusion is on the list for its very high-brow take on Asian cuisine. Someone wrote: “Exquisite food and excellent service. The wine list is an extensive selection if white, rose, red and sparkling, ranging from £38-£999. All the food was explained which would probably be beneficial to someone not well versed in Indian and Indian fusion food.”
Address: 12a Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BS
Cinnamon Club, Westminster
It’s right by the Houses of Parliament, so it may well have hosted some famous faces. Someone wrote that the restaurant housed in a former Victorian library is “exceptional.” They added: “High-end Indian cuisine – inventive, bursting with flavour combinations, that wows you with the taste and not the quantity.”
Address: The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith St, London SW1P 3BU
The charcoal grills are a must in this Indian restaurant, as is the pigeon dish. A happy diner said: “Exceptional. High-end Indian cuisine – inventive, bursting with flavour combinations, that wows you with the taste and not the quantity. Mixed with Indian dishes you have european meats and ingredients but cooked in Indian-inspired spices and techniques – tandoori pigeon, smoked Romney marsh lamb etc.”
Address: 42 Albemarle St, London W1S 4JH