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La Porte des Indes
La Porte des Indes

La Porte des Indes Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.laportedesindes.com/london/
  • Phone: 0207 224 0055
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 3pm, 7pm - 11pm
    Friday and Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm, 7pm - 11:30pm
    Sunday: 7pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar

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  • Parking: No
A word from La Porte des Indes
Dining at Porte des Indes, near Marble Arch is an unforgettable experience, on every level. Opulent and luxurious, it features art, antiques, a marble staircase and nine-metre high waterfall. Tropical plants and flowers adorn the spacious eaterie – 5,000 stems are imported each week. As well as classic Indian cuisine, the eight chefs whip up specialities from the former Indian French colonies and the restaurant is famous for its fruit cocktails. Porte des Indes offers a treat for all the senses and is perfect for corporate shindigs, romantic dinners and family Sunday all-you-can-eat buffet brunches.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was my second visit to La Porte D'Or. I had been two years ago on a business trip and had not had a chance to return until now. It was as good as I remembered. The décor is so lovely, the service attentive, and the food out of this world. The tandoori salmon had a delicate mustard glaze that was delicious. while the saag paneer was very fresh and not as heavy as it normally is at your standard Indian restaurant. My husband and son were similarly impressed with their meals. The champagne with mango cocktail is a great start to the meal. Given the exchange rate the price was pretty hefty in US dollars, so if you are American be prepared to splurge."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "Good variety of food on offer; service is friendly and attentive. Nice ambiance, but they if it is warm, they need more Air Conditioning."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "The overall ambience of the restaurant is lovely, but unfortunately we were sat at the back of the restaurant which wasn't as nice. The service was fantastic - the staff were attentive and the food came reasonably quickly. The food was tasty and well presented. However, we did not feel that there was a 'French twist' to the food - this may just be with the beg options though, not sure about the non-veg."
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "I have always been very fond of this place and my last visit did not disappoint."
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "Glorious over the top decor and setting, fairly good service, but grossly overpriced. Food well presented, but main courses lacked flavour. The house speciality was actually quite tasteless, and when commented on, our waiter wasn't really surprised. Glad I went but wouldn't go back."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "La Porte des Indes has been one of our favourites for years. It has always given us good tasty food without burning our taste buds out. The prices are very reasonable by London standards. The ambience is wonderful. The restaurant looks like a small "Mom and Pop" place from the outside, but once you are inside you enter into a cavernous, multi-floored and beautifully decorated hall with many areas where you can be seated quietly. Most large UK restaurants are too noisy, but this one seems to have a quiet attitude where anyone can have a wonderful conversation without having to shout at one's partner. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a good tasty meal quite contrary to some other Indian restaurants!"
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Much bigger restaurant than it seemed to be from outside, the service was good and they easily coped with our group. Food was a nice mix of Indian and Franco-Indian and on the whole was a good fusion rather than one that didn't work but overall nothing really stood out in the food we had and we have had far better Indian elsewhere. Sorry PdI."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "One of the most beautiful restaurants in London; palm trees, marble staircase, glass domed ceiling, water features, Sunday Brunch buffet, cool jazz, excellent food, attentive, very good service. Only £35 for this, fabulous! It looks pretty pricey at other times."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I found the food to be lacking in authentic taste. The service was painfully slow and the staff was fairly unattentive -- probably due to each staff appearing to be responsible for the whole restaurant (both floors)! Given the price, we expected the the food to taste more authentic which it wasn't, not by a long shot. I wouldn't recommend this and you should consider other options first."
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "An amazing venue, with very unusual decor. Feels like going back in time and a veritable Tardis inside!"
    dined on 05/06/2014
  • "The ambience is lovely, the place is unexpectedly large, but the tables still feel cozy. The food is great and the service was attentive. The cocktails are excellent, as was the vegetarian food we had."
    dined on 03/06/2014
  • "A lovely venue. I've been a few times and always recommend...but think my opinion has changed as it doesn't seem as tasty as it used to be. service is still very good and would still go but not as my first choice for this type of cuisine. "
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "La Porte des Indes was just a 2 minute walk from our hotel Park Lane Marriott and we really enjoyed the restaurant experience. Ordered the price fixed meal which came with a wonderful sampler of 4 appetizers, main course, accompaniments, and dessert. I was full and totally pleased. Highly recommend it. We arrived at opening at 7 pm and the place was full at 8 pm. We weren't very knowledgeable about Indian food and the servers were all very patient with us and their recommendations superb."
    dined on 20/05/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant on three previous occasions and have not been disappointed in the variety or quality of the food . Indian food with a twist is freshly prepared and stimulates the taste buds. On this occasion however the restaurant was undergoing extensive refurbishment ( ground floor dug up concrete dust everywhere ) this did detract from the overall enjoyment . A further issue was that it was extremely warm inside the restaurant "
    dined on 19/05/2014
  • "The first time I came on my own. Service for a woman solo is definitely not the same! I had to ask for a better table and the service was rather poor. Unacceptable in 2014 and for a restaurant of that level. "
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "Unusual environment, very good service, high food quality standards. Definitely recommended."
    dined on 28/04/2014
  • "Curry is normally quite a bold choice for a business lunch but it was a Friday and we were feeling quite bold. The variety and quality of food on offer at La Porte Des Indes was excellent and went far beyond what you'd expect from most Indian menus. The French influenced dishes certainly added some interest to the menu while the more traditional Indian dishes we tried were of a very good standard. The soft shell crab and monkfish dishes were both excellent but there was so much more of the menu to try so I'll definitely be returning."
    dined on 25/04/2014
  • "Last minute birthday dinner. Staff accommodating, and extremely friendly!! dissapointed with birthday singing, expected a wow! Maybe a bit overpriced! Food was good! Not what u pay for. The decor needs a clean! But can imagine how it would have looked like!"
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "Food is excellent and with a twist on what you find in other Resturants la Porte des indes is a must eat place. Service is excellent and the staff are very friendly and engaging. A place where the person who brings over you food bit only places it on your table but takes you through what has been served and recommends the combinations to try and mix when eating. "
    dined on 19/04/2014
  • "Great selection of food. Beautiful venue and unbeatable service from the moment you walk in the door. Not your usual curry menu so don't expect vindaloo on the the menu! Great creative menu which is difficult to find elsewhere. The thali's were fantastic - so filling. Little pricey so would only reserve for special occasions."
    dined on 18/04/2014
  • "The restaurant itself looks amazing - the palm trees ,the space . The waiters are well dressed. The cocktails are good. This is my 5th /6th time at the restaurant . It seems service is not a priority here. We had a trainee chef - had to wait to place drinks orders , mains . For paying 50-60£ per head you expect them to get the basics right like changing / checking cutlery between courses. Some attention like checking on drinks. I have previously been impressed with food on Sunday lunch. They are sitting on a gold mine location - there needs to be a revamp of the service culture here as it is sorely lacking."
    dined on 16/04/2014
  • "My first impression of the place was very good, and our drink orders were taken quickly. However, out of the four of us two ordered sparkling water and this never showed up. We had to remind them three times before it was served. I normally like to try new things in restaurants but this particular day all of us just wanted tikka masala. He tried pretty hard to convince us to not order the same thing, which would have been fine if he did it one time, but each time one of us ordered he repeated himself and not in a funny or humble way (more like he was mocking us). After this he seemed angry for the rest of our visit. Later we saw that the immigration police was searching the restaurant, might have something to do with the lack of service..."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "really enjoyed the service ambiance and food once again "
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "A business colleague and I returned to La Porte Des Indes, having been there the previous year. Once again everything was perfect. Fantastic ambience and really good service. We both had the slow roasted lamb shank, which was magnificent! Well worth a try. Looking forward to my next visit."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "Food is good at La Porte des Indes, a little over priced but tasty and good sized potions. Service is good and atmosphere great. I would recommend this place again."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "La Porte des Indes is much larger than you would expect from the outside. It's well designed and gives a sense of atmosphere. Beyond that however, things go downhill. Service was fine. The food was decent - my mixed starter was ok, my lamb chops were tasty. The biggest problem is the prices. They just aren't justified. Our bill for two mains, two starters, and a watermelon juice, was £86 including tip. I can eat much better food for that money."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "This is a magical place that never fails to provide unusual Indian food, beautifully presented in an amazing setting. While not cheap, everything about this restaurant is several cuts above the average. Walking up from the bar past a three storey waterfall to your table will certainly impress guests who have never seen anything like it. There are plenty of vegetarian options and a fair wine list. The food is derived from Indo-French Pondicherry food and is invariably tasty without being over-spiced. We have never been disappointed here."
    dined on 13/03/2014
  • "I booked La porte des Indes for a dinner with 10 French colleagues travelling in London with no plan for a nice dinner in London. The food was superb, they very kindly accommodated our large group and were very helpful in suggesting options"
    dined on 11/03/2014
  • "This was my second visit to La Porte des Indes and I have to say it was amazing, whilst its not cheap, I still believe it is excellent value for the quality of the food and service and would recommend it to anyone."
    dined on 06/03/2014
  • "We arrived half hour prior to our booking, and were "allowed" to have a pre dinner drink, the bar waiter was excellent and treated us well, after that it was all downhill. We were shown to our table. The restaurant used to have a veg. menu in the past. I requested the veg menu, and immediatly the barriers went up. "We don't have veg menu". The waiter was rude, (if I wanted to be treated like this I would have gone to my local), We ordered papadums,starters and main. Even before we finished papadum, the starters were shoved on our table. Mains- a total disaster.Crries delivered Warm, with bread- NO RICE! even though it was ordered, by the time rice arrived, food was stone cold, and to top it up water was spilt on the bread, need I go on!"
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "Been here before for a work Christmas function and loved it so decided to take my fiancé here for Valentines Day. We were persuaded to go for a set menu at £55 a head as it was a selection of dishes. The food itself was good however the service was poor. Had to wait nearly 25 minutes for our main which was bit cold, waiter forgot to bring water to our table and the discretionary tip should not have been added which was another £17! I will not be dining here again which is a shame."
    dined on 15/02/2014
  • "Having eaten at La Porte des Indes twice, we invited friends from Yorkshire to join us for a special experience. Everything was as I hoped and expected, EXCEPT for seeing a C*ckroach walking across the bar floor as we waited to be seated. The beast was about an inch and a half long, surprised our ladies, and scared the waitress. She called a male colleague who trod on it, picked it up with his fingers and took it away. Nothing was said about it until I mentioned it to the Head Waiter as he showed us to the table, he merely said "where?" and walked away. But for previous visits, we would have left, however we went on to enjoy a very good meal off their 'Sampler Platter Menu'. I will probably return, but the C*ckroach event will be mentioned"
    dined on 08/02/2014
  • "This restaurant is like a tardis - it opens out into a very large space so never feels claustrophobic even if it's very busy. The staff are very attentive and the food is lovely and tasty. I particularly liked the guinea fowl on my last visit. If you're not drinking alcohol, there's a range of fruity concoctions that are just right. I shall be returning!"
    dined on 04/02/2014
  • "First visit to La Porte and I look forward to the next time I can go there. The cost is slightly above average but the food, service and ambience was excellent. We were a group of 9 and all of us were fulsome in our praise. I will certainly recommend La Porte to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion. Try the Parsee fish and the Rubiyan Jhinga (Tiger prawns). Both were exceptional. The place specialises in seafood and there is an interesting variety of unusual choices, SUPERB!"
    dined on 18/01/2014
  • "I have been to this restaurant a number of times a couple of years ago. I have to say my most recent meal there was a bit of a disappointment as the service was very slow and almost unresponsive. The prices has also increased and I would not say that it is good value."
    dined on 11/01/2014
  • "Went there for my son's birthday. Food was not as good as on previous occasions. A bit pricey for the actual quality of food. Service is very good. Would not go again as my last visit was the 3rd and was left disappointed. Discretionary charge is quite high but as can't fault the service so felt obliged to pay."
    dined on 04/01/2014
  • "We had never tried French / Indian cuisine before but I was given a gift voucher by a friend so we went along. Food was good, we ordered tasting platters as we were not sure of anything on the menu - it wasn't the Indian food we were used to or recognised!! Everything set before us was very tasty and nicely presented and it was good to try things we had never had before. I'm a vegetarian & my partner isn't but there was plenty for both of us to try and the vegetarian food wasn't just an after thought on a meat lovers menu! It was expensive, £90 for 2 people, for three courses incl drinks (not alcoholic ones) but for a special occasion I would go back there, the palm trees & waterfall make it feel very exotic ."
    dined on 03/01/2014
  • "Booked meal for two for NYE and was called back to advise only NYE special menu available at £85 per head. So took this as it was a special occasion. Only to find a la carte menu was available after we were sat down and saw others ordering off the menu. Got screwed on the cokes - charged for bottled coke but given coke from a gun. Good see others given a bottle and their glass and we just and pre filled glasses. did say anything or make a scene - did not want to embarrass my guest. Shame that such an upmarket joint can be a crafty and sneaky. food was good - not worth the £85 per head and a toatl bill of £230 - felt quite shortchanged - nice place and recommend it and will go again but will be on my guard!"
    dined on 31/12/2013
  • "We have been fairly regular users of the P des I for many years, particularly for the Sunday lunches. We have always felt it to be quite a special place. This was my wife's birthday, so we had our usual anticipation for the tasty starters and good choice of curries. It was good to hear the mellifluous saxophone of Dave Lewis on entering but thereafter things went downhill. It took a good 15 minutes to place an drinks order. Thereafter, the service was diffident at best; in fact it was often downright rude. I have never before known staff to actually obstruct ones movements to and from the buffet. The food was reasonable but not up to the standard that we had become accustomed to. We'll not go again unless we hear of improvements. "
    dined on 29/12/2013
  • "My family likes this place for sentimental reasons so we went again. But as other reviewers have said, you do not get a good Indian meal but do end up paying a lot for the ambience and fancy cocktails."
    dined on 27/12/2013