Indian Food in London
I will be in Hyde Park/Mayfair next month and was looking for best Indian food in the City. Price or travel distance no object. I just want the Best London has to offer. P.S. I am not fond of the search engine on the new chowhound site so I am asking for your help in my dilema.
You're going to get all sorts of suggestions.. plus people telling you there is no such thing as real 'Indian' food. Everyone has their own favorites. You'll get lots of names so the research will be up to you. Amaya, The Cinnamon Club, Bombay Brasserie (does a good buffet - check for days and times), Chutney Mary, Zaika, and Benares. The choice is yours...
P.S. I agree about the search engine!
I guess my first question is what you define as the "best". If you want posh curry then Zuriga1 has listed most if not all of the fanciest establishments save one, The Red Fort, which I am partial to.
If you want to get a real Indian experience then head to Brick Lane where you will get what I feel is excellent authentic curry at an affordable price.
In my experience most of the Brick Lane restaurants are very standard commercial British curries. Tooting has some excellent restaurants including some from South India. The one I know and love is Kastoori. The owners come from East Africa.
More centrally, Woodlands is good: south Indian.
DON'T go to Brick Lane under any circumstances. You want the Lahore Kabab House in Umberton Street which is off Commercial Road E1.
Don't argue just go there!