La Porte des Indes
La Porte des Indes

La Porte des Indes

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.laportedesindes.com/london/
  • Phone: 02072240055
  • 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

Getting there

  • 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.
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La Porte des Indes reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since 26 October 2013
Average Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambience4.2
    Value3.2
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (38)fit for foodies (34)good vegetarian options (32)group bookings (27)romance (23)business meals (21)sunday lunch (14)brunch (10)pre/post theatre (6)child friendly (5)outdoor eating (3)outstanding value (2)disabled access (1)afternoon tea (1)Show More
  • Evening meal
    Winnerlives1
    Dined on 16/10/2014
    Nice atmosphere with friendly staff and excellent food. It wasnt quick service,but as we were in no rush it was not an issue for us. It was busy,and had a nice buzz,but we could still hold a conversation without shouting. We would go back.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellent meal at Porte des indes
    leslieVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    First time I tried the menu Maison it is excellent make sure you add the black cod and don't bother with the soup or sorbet you won't have room the wines paired with meal were very good
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great indian restaurant in london
    mowc2b
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    food is very very tasty. ambience is great and makes you feel far from london !! however... the service is very very slow..... painful.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings
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  • Lovely evening
    Leena
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    One of our party had allergies which were catered for amazingly well - the special attention was unexpected but very very welcome. They made a real effort to make sure she was clear on the ingredients and what she could and couldn't eat and also substituted some items to cater for the condition. Food was great as always - and no oily, spicy residue that stays with you for hours afterwards. Everything tasted fresh and was beautifully prepared and presented. Good wine, smiley service, couldn't really have asked for any more.
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    brunch, business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • beautiful place
    amamelo
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I was surprised by the ambience of the place. It was beautiful. The food and options of drink were very good also
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    romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad
    ATYZ
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Not the best Indian restaurant in London....but not bad..
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  • Good restaurant.
    Alexi
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We were very impressed with the ambience and service. However, this is in a touristy area of London so you pay a further premium. This isn't an undiscovered gem, but a large, good quality, premium (and expensive) restaurant.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • nice authentic indian food
    Neha
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We chose this place as it is child friendly for dinner. Nice tasty meals but portions size are small even for main course. Some veg main course like the one I ordered - lotus root is good for starter but you can't have it with bread or rice.
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    child friendly, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service and Average food
    BigT71
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    They certainly werent ready and open when they advertised, we arrived for a mid day brunch with a young child who was obviously hungry, they werent ready, we were ignored several times, big apologies when i raised this but for the price one would expect at least some service. Had to chase a waiter for drinks, they charge 7.50 for orange juice even though alcohol was included, the NAN bread was served 45 minutes after we started dining and all in all it was pretty average food, higgly over priced with poor, poor service. Very disappointing and a wast of GBP100!
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    brunch
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  • Fabulous Food
    kpnycVIP
    Dined on 31/7/2014
    The food choices were so varied, and wonderful, that we got the platter that gave you a little taste of everything both for our appetizers and main course. The decor is fun and unique and the service was excellent. Don't let the humble outside exterior fool you. Inside is a little gem.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, special occasions
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  • As Wonderful As Remembered
    Londonfan
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Good Sunday buffet lunch
    nicholasfinlay
    Dined on 20/7/2014
    Good variety of food on offer; service is friendly and attentive. Nice ambiance, but they if it is warm, they need more Air Conditioning.
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    group bookings, Sunday lunch
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  • Good veggie options and ambience
    HappyAP
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    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.
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    good vegetarian options, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kingoffoodVIP
    Dined on 18/7/2014
    I have always been very fond of this place and my last visit did not disappoint.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinnerwithfriends10
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    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.
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  • A Welcome Choice for Indian Food
    WJP1
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance
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  • Nice fusion but nothing special
    Andy
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    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.
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    child friendly, good vegetarian options, group bookings
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  • CDiner
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    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.
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    brunch, good vegetarian options, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Lacks taste and too expensive
    DesiBoy
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
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    good vegetarian options
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  • ccjcVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    An amazing venue, with very unusual decor. Feels like going back in time and a veritable Tardis inside!
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice experience
    geta
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    sMyleeVIP
    Dined on 22/5/2014
    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.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Excellent...and reasonable prices!
    Pwrshift
    Dined on 20/5/2014
    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.
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    business meals, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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  • Interesting Indian fusion
    Bollinger
    Dined on 19/5/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Cris
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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  • Very Good
    MonpasVIP
    Dined on 28/4/2014
    Unusual environment, very good service, high food quality standards. Definitely recommended.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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  • lunchtime curry
    MA121VIP
    Dined on 25/4/2014
    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.
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    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodating!!!
    Shazyb
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fancy and indian with style?
    Rockster
    Dined on 19/4/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely food, service and atmosphere
    Yazniv
    Dined on 18/4/2014
    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.
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    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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  • Weekday Dinner
    Motherof3
    Dined on 16/4/2014
    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.
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  • Fantastic food but rude staff
    Helene
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    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...
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  • porte des indes another good meal
    leslieVIP
    Dined on 28/3/2014
    really enjoyed the service ambiance and food once again
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Return to La Porte Des Indes
    GuerroVIP
    Dined on 26/3/2014
    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.
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    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Porte des indes
    Alka
    Dined on 21/3/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice venue, poor value
    DaneelVIP
    Dined on 15/3/2014
    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.
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  • Remarkable French Indian Restaurant
    Anon
    Dined on 13/3/2014
    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.
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    business meals, disabled access, special occasions, group bookings, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    KatLondon
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    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
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was my second visit to
    Stevep73
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must have been a bad day!
    vegifoodie
    Dined on 15/2/2014
    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!
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