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Imli Street
Imli Street

Imli Street Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.imlistreet.com
  • Phone: 0207 287 4243
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 08:00 - 23:00
    Saturday 09:00 - 23:00
    Sunday 09:00 - 22:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Executive Chef: Alfred Prasad
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Car Park
A word from Imli Street
Part of the Tamarind Collection and sister to the Michelin starred Tamarind of Mayfair, One Kensington and Tamarind of London; Imli Street serves a unique menu inspired by Indian Street food.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Imli Street has completely revolutionised its interior and menu which has been developed by Tamarind Collection’s multi-award winning Director of Cuisine, Alfred Prasad.
The all-day menu features a range of small dishes inspired by four distinctive elements from across the diverse regions of India to give guests a real street food inspired dining experience.
In addition a combination of international breakfast and selection of breakfast dishes with an Indian twist is served daily with a takeaway option.
The 130-seat urban street style venue opens 7 days a week.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerIndian
Diner Reviews
  • "Mixed bag really. Halloumi was good, but the lentil soup was terrible. Was clear that was mixed with a lot of water. Runny and tasteless. Lamb dish had barely any lamb, mostly all vegetables. Unfortunately, I will not be ordering from here again"
    dined on 15/07/2014
  • "Being an Indian myself I will definitely recommend this restaurants to others. The food was very good with perfect ambiance. Would love to go there."
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "Great food, lots of choice, great service and great atmosphere"
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "I've been wanting to go to Imli Street for months. It didn't disappoint. We ordered lots of little dishes which were all very tasty. It's a different way to eat Indian food and have a bit of everything."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Had some concerns about booking this restaurant because of the Trip Advisor reviews...but it turned out to be a great choice for us. They have a concept of Indian tapas based upon various types of "street food" and it works well. Lots of small---and not so small---dishes to share, all of which had wonderful favor. There were familiar dishes (chicken tikka masala, saag paneer) and others we had never had (potato patties with a fantastic chickpea curry as one of our starters). Chicken biryani was spicy and quite good & the naan chewy & warm. The wine list was fine & the Malbec I had went well with all the dishes. Service was fast (helpful as this was pre-theater) and friendly. In conclusion, we loved it and look forward to returning."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "I had a special guest from USA who is a foodie, and also happened to have spent over 3 months in India, hence knowing Indian cuisine very well. We were pleasantly surprised by authenticity of tastes, yet by that modern and innovative approach towards that unique cuisine, which was relevant to our specific meeting, and could have been well appropriate for a bigger occasion. We asked a lady waitress to recommend us something, and all three dishes she vouched for were of an outstanding quality. I will definitely go back again, especially to try something different, and share a quiet atmosphere with my family or / and friends."
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "This wasn't our first choice for the evening but we needn't have worried. The service was great: attentive, friendly but not excessive. The choice and quality of the food was impressive. We particularly enjoyed the railway lamb. This is an Indian with a twist and it works brilliantly. We'll definitely be back."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "We were greeted at the door with a big welcome inch smile. The Manager took us to our table and gave us a chose , which was great. Our server was outstandingly attentive but not over bearing. The food was great ."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "I didnt know what to expect. Ive eaten at their rivals dishoom before. Walked in. Got a warm friendly welcome. The food was really nice. The starters i got waa the samosa chaat and papdi chaat abd both where brilliant. The mains i got was the naan pie which sounded intresting and it was actually really nice. Desserts again could not be faulted. Amazing service too. Only feed back being to add maybe few more vege options. Ie vege curry or even make a naam pie for veges too. I ll 100% definatly be back again"
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "We got there Friday evening and was a bit empty which is unusual for Soho but it filled soon. Good decor and very friendly service. They explain dishes well, took the starter order and left us with the menu to choose the main later. No push to choose everything at the same time like in most Asian restaurants. Food was good, different take on some Indian dishes, good value all around. Will be back."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "For those not familiar with the Indian cuisine, Imli Street is an excellent initiation... You shall be helped in your course selection by expert (and young) service people, the final result being higher than your expectations! Good selection of wines at reasonable price."
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • "We went for the special which allowed us to sample 3 starters, 3 mains and two desserts - very good value. The food was excellent - authentic Indian food completely different to a traditional British Indian. Loved the Puchka, terrific tilapia, even the bhaji was much better than usual. Rounded off by great service (by an Italian!) we need to come to this place again - so much to try!"
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Great ambience and fantastic service but need to improve the menu to cater vegetarian options, Just panner tikka or veg naan pie is not sufficient!!"
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Absolutely loved the restaurant, our 4th visit. Cannot complain about the food at all, loved every single thing we had. Highlights were the papdi chaat, chicken 63, cheesy naan bread."
    dined on 20/06/2014
  • "Starters were good, as were some of the desserts. I would go back, but I do think there are better indian restaurants in London. However the main course was weak in quality and authenticity."
    dined on 18/06/2014
  • "Attended on a Saturday evening for 9 year old daughter birthday. A very picky young lady indeed when it comes to food and SHE LOVED IT. So thumbs up all round, good food, EXCELLENT SERVICE and refreshing background music. All in all had a great time. Desserts to die for too! Thank you Imli Street to adding goodness to her special day!"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "Food was great as was service. We're able to let us know immediately what was gluten free for our guest. Excellent. The only slight issue was that despite being above average height I was still dangling my legs uncomfortably because of the high seat. Needs the foot rest to be higher to be comfortable."
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "good for first time experience but not a very varied menu ... difficult to find something suitable"
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "My husband and I went to this restaurant for pre-theatre dinner and drinks despite some of the reviews and were very glad we did. Loved the decor and layout. Marco, our waiter was professional and friendly (as were all of the staff we chatted to). Cocktails were lovely and the food interesting and, we thought, fun and tasty (aubergine dish especially delightful). Would gladly visit again!"
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "Food & service were excellent as were cocktails! The indian food was far superior to the average Indian restaurant."
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "Very efficient, friendly and helpful service. Great atmosphere. Delicious food. We were three work friends catching up and we had a great time sharing all the dishes. Two of us do not eat meat so that ruled out the opentable offer, which was not great value anyway. Nonetheless the bill came out just over £30 each including a bottle of decent wine between us so that seemed reasonable value. Good fish dishes and fish curry recommended as well as king prawns. Not a lot of options if you eat neither meat or fish. The complimentary bottles of chilled water were really appreciated as most restaurants charge a premium on these. A lovely evening."
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "The food was really excellent and much more than we could eat even though it appeared small. More green vegetables instead of ubiquitous chickpeas would have been welcome. The noise for the drunken people at the table at the end of the room spoilt the evening and the waiters didn't do anything about it."
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "Great food, good service. Interesting good. What's not to like!"
    dined on 17/05/2014
  • "I took a group of 12 for a friend's birthday to Imli Street on a Thursday evening. The booking process was very straightforward and when I needed to make a change, the restaurant responded quickly. The service was excellent and the waiters took time to explain the menu to us and help us with our choices. We found the menu a bit confusing but I expect some people are more adventurous than us! We had a few people in our group who weren't drinking and I think they were pleased with the choice of non-alcoholic drinks. The restaurant was full and therefore quite noisy but we had plenty of space."
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "Really interesting and tasty dishes that put a new spin on Indian food for me. The restaturant was cool - informal and buzzing in a typical Soho way, but the service let it down. Apparently (despite there being several free waiting staff) we had to wait for a manager to seat us. We ended up pointing to our name on the list and telling the waiter the table we had been assigned, at which point he agreed to take us there. We waited for ages for drinks orders to be taken and then when the beers arrived we were asked if we wanted them "with or without foam"??? Service was generally slow and quite inattentive which slightly spoiled what was a delicious meal. I would go back if I knew they had trained the staff properly!"
    dined on 15/05/2014
  • "Fantastic food and atmosphere with very very good service. We had a pre-theatre meal from the A la carte menu. Would highly recommend and are planning a another trip to try the weekend brunch."
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "The street food at Imli Street is fantastic - delicious chaat and excellent pani puri. There are lots of vegetarian options for main courses too, although I definitely preferred the starters. Excellent service and a lovely setting. "
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "Having been regulars at Imli, we found the rebranded Imli Street a real disappointment. The staff were friendly and attentive, but the seating, next to a service station, despite the place being practically empty was not a great start. The refitted restaurant has absolutely no atmosphere, the food was at best adequate, but very overpriced for what it is. An overall poor experience and we won't be coming back."
    dined on 02/05/2014
  • "I had visited Imli Street previously with a group of 10. The tapas style menu allowed us to sample a wide range of dishes, and everyone left with smiles on our faces. I returned again after recommending it to some friends, and they were all impressed with the quality of the food. The service is friendly and efficient, and our waiter showed great knowledge of the menu when describing the dishes to us. Our favourites included the Tagdi Kabab and Street Sliders. It can become pricey depending on the appetites of your fellow diners as some dishes are quite small in serving size, but the fantastic atmosphere and delicious food more than make up for it."
    dined on 28/04/2014
  • "I loved this place because it was funky and trendy. We sat near The window and it was s lot of people walking by. The food was delicious and nice to share. The service was good and helpful and they played nice house and jazzy music. "
    dined on 28/04/2014
  • "We keep getting drawn back to Imli Street, sister to Michelin starred Tamarind. The menu is short and simple but full of flavour. The kebab platter is a fantastic light lunch. Go and try it!"
    dined on 26/04/2014
  • "Very good services with special attention to advise you about the food. Menu a la carte is really good, probably better value than the totable deals actually"
    dined on 20/04/2014
  • "First time experience, was a great one. Service was great, food was great and the atmosphere was excellent."
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "I came with two french friends who had never tried Indian food and myself who was cynically sick of your typical uk indian meals. This was fresh, delicious and different. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and I came across tastes I hadn't encountered before. The ambience was great. This is certainly a restaurant I would recommend and return to."
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "Since Imli Street turned all Indian tapas-esque, they parted with some of my favourite Indian street food - namely bhel puri - which is ironic considering they changed their name to Imli 'Street'. Still a good spot to go for near-enough authentic Indian food (nothing is the same as when you're in India) and much better than the touristy slap ups you get on Brick Lane. Puddings and after-dinner cocktails are particularly appetising. Will continue to come here for fresh, no-fuss, reasonably priced Indian fodder."
    dined on 13/04/2014
  • "Great food, service was good too. Didn't like the idea with sauce in tube for samosa chat not authentic or special doesn't bring anything special to the dish. "
    dined on 11/04/2014
  • "Took the girlfriend here of a Birthday meal, they sat us downstairs where it was quieter on a table for two. Food was tasty especially the prawns and I'd recommend the Nashik cocktail"
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Imli Street provides a good range of cuisine in a relaxed setting. The lunch platter is good value. Service is friendly . Typical modern deco with exposed concrete ceiling and wooden chairs but works well. Good location just off Oxford Street for tourists while also serving the local media community in and around soho."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here for her birthday last Thursday. The staff were very friendly and the food was absolutely fantastic. We will definitely be coming back and recommending the restaurant to others."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "Imli never fails to deliver. I have been there several times and the staff & food are always superb. It's a relaxed atomosphere with great food that is innovative & hearty. As a vege I reccommend the paneer naanwich. The staff do deserve a shout out, went for a friends birthday last week and they made it really special and could not do enough. No silly table turnaround policy either so we had a leisurly dinner that lasted 4 hours with no hassles. I'll always go back! ;-)"
    dined on 03/04/2014