Aniseed

4.3
56 reviews
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A modern Indian restaurant located on London’s Westferry Road, close to the Heron Quays DLR station, Aniseed is popular with the discerning Docklands types who insist on stylish surroundings as well as great food. A fairly intimate space, offering only a few tables, early booking is recommended to ensure your spot in Aniseed’s always busy dining room with its understated, attractive and contemporary décor. The restaurant is known for the excellence of its service with the waiting staff particularly efficient and polite without being overbearing in their friendliness – a must for business diners. Aniseed’s extensive menu covers not only the most popular Westernised curries and tandoori dishes but exclusive specialty dishes created by the kitchen team and authentic regional recipes with a particularly exotic flavour, the blending of meats and fruits particularly successful in numerous selections.
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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Visité Aniseed 2 veces durante mi estadía en Canary Wharf. Así de buena es la comida. Tanto el chicken chilli tikka masala como el vindaloo fueron deliciosos. En ambas ocasiones los acompañé de nan, arroz, cerveza, mango lassi y te masala. El servicio es bueno, pero podría ser infinitamente mejor. Los precios super accesibles para encontrarse en pleno distrito financiero de Londres.

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p
London
47 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The restaurant was very quiet at lunchtime, no atmosphere.
Very cold - don't know whether the heating was switched on, or broken. Then somebody decided to leave the front door wide open - it was freezing

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OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot and find, what great food!

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly place staff really nice food was really good and well presented and reasonably priced worth going

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NG
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate our 10 year Wedding Anniversary. We aren’t from the area and just thought we would give it a try.
Amazing food and service.
Would totally come here again.
Staff were lovely and so attentive 😍

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CF
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Very quite restaurant. Food is very tasty.
Surprised that the food is not alot though.
Some drinks were not available.

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J
Los Angeles
135 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a great restaurant...staff was fantastic and friendly, food was on the spot and value was incredible!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and very reasonable. Business stay locally and this best the hotel offering comprehensively in terms of quality, value and choice.

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Macau
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Went there for a birthday party place was nice food was very good service could of been a little better i.e long wait for food and drinks must admit it was busy in there on the night but overall nice curry and nice place to go and will return in the future

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was good and very reasonably priced. The staff were extremely attentive, polite and never pressured you for an order. All in all, a very nice Indian restaraunt.

The only slight downside was that it wasn't very busy when we (group of 4) arrived and we were the last ones there by the time we'd finished (and it was only 10pm). But that is not a fault of the restaraunt, as Canary Wharf is pretty much deserted by then too!

The complimentary after dinner shot was a nice touch.

Great meal, good value.

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here pre-cinema after reading reviews on here, and wasn't disappointed. The staff were very accommodating, friendly and attentive, and the food was divine. The menu itself is very varied and more interesting than most Indians I've been to, and could tell immediately from the popadom platter that it was going to be a good meal!

Would visit again if I lived closer

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from the waiters. Food was quality. Nice venue.

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B
London
39 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2015
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Went on a Wednesday evening. Most tables occupied with office workers out for an evening meal. The ambience in the restaurant was good, the waiter was very polite and friendly. The food was fine. the stuffed nan seemed to have a sweetish taste (perhaps the chef added sugar?) and very little mince. The currys were rather westernised instead of having a full depth of spices, flavours and chilli.
The only real disappointment was the spinach and potato dish. The potatos tasted as if they had been cooked previously and recooked with the spinach, so a bit off.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2015
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

It advised online to book on Fri and Saturday nights so we pre booked a table fo Friday 17/07.
First impressions of the outside of the restaurant is dirty and unkept.
It don't improve much on the inside.
There are three different floorings all mismatched and dirty.
The decor was quite dated.
As for needing to book there were only three tables.
Someone rang and booked a table for same night.
There were about 3 takeaways ordered.
Now the food;
The popodums were good three of the dips were good too.
We both enjoyed the onion barges three was three nice size ones in a portion.
I always have a plain prawn curry if we visit a different establishment as not much could go wrong with that and I did enjoy mine.
My husband ordered a chicken curry. The waiter said why not try a house one, so he did.
How wrong that choice was. It was not a curry more like a Chinese sweet and sour.
Which really gave him a bad tummy.
Would I go back no.
Would I recommend maybe as a say my food was eatable but nothing special pretty standard.
If you go don't be pressered by the waiter.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly, helpful staff, food was exceptional with amazing flavors, balanced spiciness but not overly done.

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good tasty Indian food - sensible portions - not overly spicy and not to greasy.

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a
London
66 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2015
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Normal menu choices and average curry lacking in flavour for me. Excellent service as small resturant in convenient location in docklands.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Booked for 6:30 Saturday, service was excellent, and the food was delicious. Price for two was quite reasonable. We ordered a wide variety of small vegetarian dishes, and each one was nicely spiced and richly flavoured. I would strongly recommend to anyone looking for a solid dine-in or takeaway meal.

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GR
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Well maybe this restaurant does very good biusiness in the evenings. I have been twice at lunchtime, and the restaurant was empty, not that I care, I came to eat not to stare at the other guests. And eat I did. Excellent and unusual choices. The food is original and delicious.
So two visits in two weeks, I expect to keep that ration going, although it might be nice to have some company at lunchtime.

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P
Essex
53 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We use Aniseed as our "go-to" restaurant for Indian takeaway, but thought we'd try the dine-out experience for a change.

The restaurant is easily accessible from Canary Wharf (less than 5 minutes) and all parts of the Isle of Dogs.

We were not disappointed, the food was brilliant - as we'd come to expect - but with the added bonus of the sizzling dishes actually coming out as such (which is lost in the takeaway experience).

The service was excellent and attentive but unobtrusive.

We were dining on a early evening but there was still a nice ambience with a good number of customers and by the time our meal ended, the restaurant was already filling up with the next sitting of people, and it was noticeable that there were a children at some of the tables.

A great Indian restaurant that we will be visiting again (as well as getting takeaways!!)

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here on the 21st Dec , got in to London late rang a head and changed the table time and quick response meant all was ok.

The atmosphere in the restaurant was great, a hubbub but not too loud, the table gave enough space for us to talk and not be eavesdropped by the table next door which is a problem with a lot of restaurants which push more tables into small rooms. The feeling was relaxed and enjoyable.

The food was delicious, I travel a lot and eat out a lot around the country and this was really good curry, the service was attentive but not over the top and all the staff had a smile on their faces. Finally the price was about right it was not in the overpriced league which many are in this part of London.

We had a lovely evening and would recommend to others.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Eating at Aniseed was a very pleasant experience. The staff are friendly and inviting, the service was very good and the food was also very good.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place very close to our home, we go there a lot and we love their dishes.
Lovely staff, you have the feeling you are in a posh restaurant,
but not as expensive.Thank you

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b
Warwickshire
203 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2014
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I confess I was expecting better from the reviews, so slightly disappointed it didn't live up to them. But it was fine - just not wonderful or special. The service was slow given here were only 4 small groups and 4 waiters..... We found a hair in the food. Now, to be fair, it was blonde, and they said none of the staff in the kitchern were, so I have to believe them. And, also to be fair, they did offer us free drinks oand deserts, even though they clearly thought it was one of ours! So, credit to the for that. The menu was varied, fresh and in teresting - the salmon curry was good and the chapatis fresh. So, worth it if ou are in the arrea, but not one to drive miles for

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very friendly and helpfull, food was great. You can have your favourite curry at different tastes from mild to v hot.

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DJ
London
16 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food! Excellent service! Aniseed excels! Recommended for some of the best Indian food in London.

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DJ
London
16 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first experience of Aniseed, and we weren't at all disappointed. Service is extremely good and the staff are friendly. The menu has a good range of both traditional dishes and more unusual ones. The food was a delicious; well cooked, tasty and fresh ingredients. The nan breads were superb. Recommend!

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b
London
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really can't recommend this restaurant highly enough. Everything (and I mean everything) we had was of the highest quality. I went with my girlfriend and after we had finished eating we were both so full up that we could barely move. But when I got the bill I was almost certain that they had given us a discount. Turns out I was wrong and Aniseed just serves great food at fantastically affordable prices. Top stuff!!

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j
London
27 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I visitied Aniseed for a business lunch last week with a colleague and we both enjoyed the experience very much.
The service was excellent, food served promptly but we did not feel pressured to eat up quickly.
We has starters and mains, which was probably ambitious for a lunch and indeed neither of us finished our mains as we were full.
The food itself was very tasty and I will return to the Aniseed.

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LV
London
11 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

we had lunch on sat. we were the only table. waiter served very well, explained the menu actively with good recommendations. the papadum with different dips were really tasty. mint meat nan is a must-try, it was so flavourful. food were nice at reasonable price. they do takeaway as well, I think it's a good option too!!!!

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N
London
15 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

New Years Eve 2013. Another great meal at Aniseed. The restaurant was completely booked however we managed to get a last minute table. The waiters were extremely busy however the the service was the usual attentive high standard. Food was of the high standard we have come to expect and we were not disappointed with the meal. As this is now our local Indian we'll certainly be back.

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L
London
67 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Went Ainseed on a Saturday evening. The food was very good and reasonably priced, the service was efficient. Bit of a lack of atmosphere as was quiet, lots of people coming in to collect take away's though so obviously fairly popular. Would recommend.

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good was beautiful, great service and waiter very helpful with food choice

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p
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2013
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Not as good as I expected form reading the website. The food was good but the restaurant looked shabby and was pretty empty.

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N
London
15 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2013
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Second time this month we have been to Aniseed and must say once again we have not been disappointed. This a great little Indian restaurant tucked away between the modern developments of the the docklands. Food is excellent and value is great. We have now made this our go-to Indian restaurant in the docklands.

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N
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2013
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and fantastic value. We are locals having lived in the area for over a year. We have often noticed but never tried this little place however we're glad to have finally given it a go. The service is great and the food was amazing, not too sweet like some Indians we have tried in the area. Would definitely return again in the future.

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h
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff were very friendly and the food was very good. Would eat there again

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KD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Very nice restaurant only 10 min walk from main Canary Wharf.
Food was very nice, but surprised the restaurant was empty while we dined.

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MJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Outside, inconspicuous unlike some ostentatious neighbours. Inside, fitted with modern decor for a clean, airy feel. Usual classics on menu but also chef specials and altogether unique fusion dishes. We chose tandoori wings and prawn puri to start, which came out in good time and portion (two bread pieces with the prawn), and no complaints. For main, we chose lamb chops and lamb jalfrezi, with special fried rice and a garlic naan. We also decided to sample the masala daal out of curiosity. The naan was delicately soft, rice was cooked very well, daal flavoursome, jalfrezi enjoyable, but the chops stole the show: very generous portions (6 pieces), it was even enjoyable to see it brought out still sizzling on the griddle. Well worth a visit.

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r
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2013
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I booked this restaurant for Mothers day, being a typical man i left it late so the the options of restaurant were only a few. I booked this on other reviews as it seems people had a decent experience. From the outside it dosen't look like much but inside i think is very well laid out. The service was ok as they forgot to bring the water i ordered and the food was ok. We ordered lamb chops to start which were miniscule and over cooked and the mains we had were nice but not lovely if that makes sense! Also the food was warm but not hot either! I probably would not recommend this restaurant to a friend as i was not blown away.

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