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Upper End Indian Places [London]

scfinson Aug 7, 2008 04:30 PM

Will be visiting London in early September. Will be staying in Soho area. Would really like to try one of the "haute" Indian restaurants. Some possibles on my list are Amaya, Benares, Quilon. Are there any others to consider. Which will provide best overall experience? In order of importance - food, service, atmosphere. Thanks.

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  1. zuriga1 RE: scfinson Aug 7, 2008 11:31 PM

    My daughter-in-law from the States loved Amaya, and she knows her food. If you want something a bit 'different,' I like The Cinnamon Club - lovely atmosphere and a new take on Indian cuisine. There are lots of choice in London.. best of luck and enjoy whatever you choose!

    1. jessjaws RE: scfinson Aug 8, 2008 01:22 AM

      I will second Zuriga1 with The Cinnamon Club - my favourite posh Indian.
      Wasnt so impressed with Quillon - a bit bland and cloying waiters.

      1. Gourmet Chick RE: scfinson Aug 8, 2008 05:34 AM

        I have heard good things about Urban Turban which is a bit out of your way in Westbourne Grove, Bayswater.


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          trav RE: scfinson Aug 8, 2008 07:19 AM

          Just ate dinner again in Amaya. Food was as delicious as it was when we were last there 4 years ago.

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            funkygirl RE: scfinson Aug 8, 2008 08:59 AM

            I'd also suggest Chutney Mary in Chelsea. Great food in a very nice, non flashy setting. Vama is also highly regarded.

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              scfinson RE: scfinson Aug 9, 2008 03:15 PM

              Both Amaya and Cinnamon Club look good but before I reserve can anybody comment on Tamarind, Benares or Zaika? Thanks again.

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                zuriga1 RE: scfinson Aug 9, 2008 11:43 PM

                The chef at Benares used to be at Tamarind. He's a well-renowned chef here and often appears on TV. I haven't been there yet, but I don't think you'd go wrong at any of these places. Opinions vary on this board about many of the restaurants so in the end, one just has to make a choice and hope it's a meal to be remembered. It's like art. :-)

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                  majmaj4 RE: scfinson Aug 10, 2008 12:27 AM

                  I have had lunch at Benares a few times. I liked it better than Quilon. Nicely prepared seafood, with the great indian spices without being overpowering. Benares lunch you could get 2 or 3 courses with a glass of wine. They give you a few sweets at the end so I didn't really need the 3 courses.

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