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

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


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

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

            1. 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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              1. re: scfinson

                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. :-)

                1. re: scfinson

                  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.