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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Loved the ambience in here. Gorgeous waterfall in the centre. Waiters extremely friendly and the food is clearly good quality ingredients and not cooked in a bath of oil. Very lovely restaurant and well spiced but the price is a bit daunting. Would be keen to go again if there's an offer on but otherwise I don't think I'd pay full price. Naan bread and prawn malabar particularly delicious!"
    dined on 30/09/2013
  • "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
  • "Second visit here and although being very busy meant that the service wasn't as amazing as previously, the food and cocktails were as brilliant as ever."
    dined on 13/12/2013
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Usually we eat at Amaya when we want an Indian treat but Top Table recommendations led us here. We went for a mid week lunch & the restaurant was quite empty, so the ambiance wasn't terrific, but I'm sure it could be magical because the restaurant is very lovely. The menu is extensive & exciting. We over ordered & tried many dishes; they were all delicious although most arrived luke warm, which isn't what we'd expect. The cocktails were poor & I wouldn't recommend them; but the wine list is very good. Service was mixed - our order was taken promptly, but service during the meal was slow, which was very tiresome considering there weren't many people to serve that day! I would recommend this restaurant, but would recommend Amaya more highly"
    dined on 06/12/2013
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Our party of 5 arrived in 3 bits and was left to wait on a sofa in the bar with no drinks..when eventually ordered, the server provided them one at a time(with gaps between)! And no menus till we moved to table. Once there all was very good!"
    dined on 20/12/2013
  • "Amazing decoration - discret service - good food and decent wine card"
    dined on 15/12/2013
  • "We booked this for a birthday dinner with the family. It was a nice treat. Food was delicious. A little pricey but a good treat."
    dined on 27/10/2013
  • "Had a family meal here - great as the cater for all age groups Great Sunday Brunch"
    dined on 18/03/2013
  • "Very tasty , except much food is preprepared and cold , Good vibe and service"
    dined on 26/10/2013
  • "Fine Franco-Indian dining in a spectacular room. Great spicing, lovely ingredients, professional service."
    dined on 10/10/2013
  • "I and my family go there quite often, and we can see the quality going down in every visit. The food is always lukewarm when it is served. Last time I had sent it back to be re-heated. This time I didn't bother. The service is poor. We had to wait inordinately long for someone to take both our drinks order and our starter order. Last time, they had billed us extra for food we did not order. The loos were unclean. I have seen cleaner loos in railway stations! In short: don't go."
    dined on 18/10/2013
  • "Lovely relaxing ambience, for that special occasion. Really excellent Indian Cuisine with first rate service and attention to detail. La Porte des Indes never fails to deliver excellent service, whatever the time of day, or meals being served."
    dined on 21/09/2013
  • "Third time to the restaurant. Good food but the cocktails we ordered were quite expensive and frankly not very good for the money (could hardly taste the alcohol). Service was slow - you cannot possibly be in a rush when you go there."
    dined on 21/09/2013
  • "We went to La Porte des Indes for my husband's birthday - after a gap of a couple of years or so. A bit of a disappointment this timr. We felt the service had gone down and little details such as an orchid on leaving had disappeared. The food was good, but we were too close to a very large and noisy business group on one side, and a guy whose mobile rang - and was - answered incessantly on the other. We may not go again."
    dined on 08/08/2013
  • "Found the Starters to be nice, Main Course food very bland. Service very poor, naan bread served to our table once the Main Cousre plates were cleared away, and we were on dessert. Ordered 2 coffee's only one arrived with no milk, had to request the 2nd coffee it appeared no one was in charge of the waiting staff, was not asked if we required more drinks - would not return to this Restaurant - for what you pay you would expect better service"
    dined on 18/08/2013
  • "Great succulent food. Distinct variety. Awesome presentation and decor. Spacious in the heart of the city!"
    dined on 16/08/2013
  • "We had a lovely meal but overordered as each main is enough for two!"
    dined on 11/08/2013
  • "The menu is big and some dishes do not match the description very well. However there are really nice dishes among. The strength are tandori grills. Some starters however are disappointing (like steamed fish in a banana leaves - comes out very dry). I like very much that they serve fresh coconut water. The ambience is not great mainly because it needs refurbishment. The pool downstairs looks dirty and the wooden floor is squeaking and moving whenever somebody passes by. Though, I do find myself coming back again and again because of great tandori."
    dined on 25/05/2013
  • "We had a nice meal at La Portes des Indes. The menu can be hot and miss, it takes several times to work out what one likes. I find tandori dishes very nice .The boring-sounding tandori chicken is actually not boring at all. However some more elaborate sounding dishes can be rather disappointing in my experience. The service is very random. Some staff are very friendly while others couldn’t care less. Generally the restaurant needs refurbishment and comes across quite shabby."
    dined on 15/06/2013
  • "The Blackened Cod is fantastic. The wine selection is quite limited, unusually so for such an expensive restaurant."
    dined on 03/08/2013