Karma Restaurant - West Kensington

4.2
51 reviews
£25 and under
Indian

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Located near the end of High Street Kensington just behind Olympia, Karma has for years been a well kept secret of the residents of Brook Green and Hammersmith.

Embark on a culinary journey of the Indian Subcontinent and explore the many regional styles of cooking that India has to offer. From Tamil Nadu in the South to Rajasthan, Delhi and Punjab in the North, from Goa and Kerala on the Western Coast to Hyderabad and Calcutta in Central and Eastern India, discover for yourself the hidden flavours and aromas of individually prepared dishes from these regions.

Under the guidance of Chef Sanjeev Singh, Karma offers an exciting menu consisting of authentic dishes not very often seen in UK Indian restaurants. A talented and well travelled chef with an immense passion for Indian food, Sanjeev trained with the five star Oberoi Group in India and worked for them for several years before moving to the UK.
What 51 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal as always, very accommodating with the late meal to coordinate when Olympia horse show finishes and it never affects the food or service. Thanks again, see you in 2020!

JH
JoHu8YungSG8
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Unfortunately I couldn't recommend a restaurant that thinks 2 pieces of chicken for a main dish @ £13 is a portion.
There was also a problem with a family who gave their child kids TV to watch at the table via a tablet. Personally I don't go out to listen to Pepper Pig! Big shame the waiters felt unable to deal with this effectively.
The food itself was excellent, waiter was couteous & efficient, our complaints were addressed, but the experience left us rather underwhelmed.

JA
vipJoeA
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Looking for a late-night eatery and came across Karma, which opens until 11:00pm. Dishes were very well prepared and staff was cheery - evening though it was late at night - and very knowledgeable of the dishes. The maitre did very well suggesting a variety of plates. Food was well seasoned but not overbearing. Worth returning!

GW
vipGWSP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful dinner my final night in London and tried dishes I hadn't had before.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Now our regular place for food after watching Olympia horse show, highly recommended to all

PM
PhilippeM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food is very nice. Service is good. It lacked a bit of ambience as there weren't many people in the restaurant on the night but I have been there loads of times and it is a good neighbourhood restaurant, worth going.

RM
RoseMarieE
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Fine food with poor service....No wonder that on a saturday evening, the place was almost empty.... They're doing much more business with takeaways. And this is too bad because the room is quite pleasant. But please.... change job if you dislike working in a restaurant with customers in it !!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simply put one of the best Indian meals we have ever had, after a long day at Olympia horse show it was the perfect end to the day. Our booking was after 10pm and service was still perfect, food fantastic with a huge variety of regional choices. Will definitely visit again in the future!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The restaurant was expensive but food good. Almost double the cost of a main meal elsewhere. Service was pleasent but not very attentive considering I was the only one in. Staff were on their mobile phones...finally had to say 'hello ready to order'.

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Waterside
London
15 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good curry menu at reasonable prices with very friendly staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We chose this from the reviews on Trip Advisor and used open table to book it., Worked seamlessly and the food was different and fantastic. Great place to eat

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Nij1
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Prompt service and delicious food. The chilli paneer was a bit sweet and not spicy enough for my tastes, but that is just my personal preference. The mixed starters were great and the dum biriyani was superb. The waiters were very helpful in recommending dishes.

JM
JohnnyMac68
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Karma once again came up trumps. An excellent variety of classic dishes along with a host of names new to me. This time I plumped for the chicken 65 starter and the dry mutton main - delicious.

MP
MicheleP
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very good Indian food restaurant worth a try with friends or family.

KC
KatC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great - really fresh and tasty, with some original dishes. Service was a bit slow.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg omg best Indian food we have had. We have Indian food in Texas but it is nothing compared to this. I highly recommend this place.

FH
FromHolland
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meals, were prepared.
One of the best Indian restaurants we have visited through the years.

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bjorn
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

exellent experince with the food & drink 7 course meny. relaxed and proffesionall staff.

hope to be back in the future!
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Bjorn

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Lynne
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2016
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This restaurant needs a good clean in the seating area and the toilets and thats the area's we can see so I dread to think what needs cleaning behind the scenes...
I can honestly not understand why this restaurant has such good ratings the menu offered some unusual dishes so the hope of trying something new was appealing but the service was very slow and sloppy (the take always seemed to take preference over a table for 8 people) and the food when it came was not very tasty at all.
As I am not from the area and I needed to find an Indian Restaurant close to Olympia for a business meal I was very disappointed with Karma and the false ratings. I suggest that the staff are putting false ratings on tripadvisor and this site.

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Lovefood
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. Good service. A lovely neighbourhood spot with yummy food.

C
Carung
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Staff very attentive. Good description and good choice of food offered. Food was delicious. There were seven of us in our party and so we sampled quite a number of dishes. Everyone enjoyed what they had.

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vipGastronought
New York Area
318 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Karma used to be our local - we lived across the road - so it was a regular haunt until three years ago. Went back for a trip down memory lane but the food was not quite as good as we remembered. The tandoori prawns were still a hit but the monkfish a tad overcooked.

J
Jill
Gloucestershire
9 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Sunday evening visit. Very quiet indeed in the restaurant but not a problem for us. The takeaway side seemed busy however. A lovely meal with excellent flavours and attentive service. Thank you.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious vegetarian food at excellent prices. Staff attentive and knowledgable. Will definitely visit again when we're in London.

C
Candlejack
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality of the food is fantastic and the staff really go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable and welcome. Best masala tea I've ever had :)

DB
DeborahB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2015
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We read reviews about Karma that were so positive that we decided to try it out one evening when we were in the area. Well, we shouldn't have bothered. Although the whole thing - food, ambience, service - is fair, or good enough, it certainly is not worth going out of your way for. It's also quite pricey for what it serves. In the end, it was ok, but we were not impressed.

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jmccullo
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my second time to the Karma and it was every bit as good as the first. The menu gives a selection of classics as well as some dishes that I'd never heard of before which made it a much more interesting experience than the standard fare. Everything was cooked beautifully and I will be visiting this restaurant on future visits without hesitation.

FH
FromHolland
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic food, perfectly prepared. Service was very much OK, the timing was perfect. The restaurant is not very easy to find but it is worthwhile the effort.

JM
JohnnyMac68
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I loved this restaurant - the menu had enough regional specialities that I had never heard of as to make it an interesting experience whilst having a fall back of Indian classics for those not wanting too much adventure. I went for a couple of regional specialities and was extremely impressed - I'll definitely be going back here on subsequent London trips.

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Steve
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bottom line: A wonderful experience and some of the best Indian food we've ever had. The Classic Chicken Tikka was absolutely delicious! Service could not have been better. Great find and a wonderful Xmas Eve dinner. Highly recommended!!!

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Annika67
Miami
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were two swedish families looking for great indian food near Novotel London West and we really found it! Great staff, wonderful food, good price. The Tikka Masala was fantastic! The teenagers also loved it all! The staff treated us so well. We went home with a smile in our faces and very satisfied !

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Baldrich58
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I liked the location and the service but most of all the food was really good and tasty,I liked the fresh background flavors in which the spices and the food were perfectly matched.The staff and the service made the experience very enjoyable. I would recommend without hesitation.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quite a good choice, we picked up this restaurant by chance since it was close home, and we found it on Opentable. We were satisfied for the quality of the food and the courtesy of the service. Not being experts of Indian cuisine we followed the waiters' advice and it was a good move since everything was very good. Ah I was forgetting: the tablecloth was very appreciated,together with the good food quality he doesn't give you the idea of the typical cheap ethnic restaurant, and it is a hint of the owners attention for the guests. We will come back!

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catcurious
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2014
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Slow, inattentive and extremely surly service made us feel unwelcome and completely spoilt an OK'ish meal.

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viplovetoeat
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The menu is fabulous! Our first meal was so good - we ended up returning two days later. And we love it so much,we will be back again tomorrow!

MS
MarkwSims
London
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The two curries my girlfriend and I shared were pretty good, the meat (chicken and duck) was very well cooked. The bhajees were were sublime as was the peshawari naan. Only downsides had to pay for the poppadoms (used to getting them free) and the restaurant lacked any real Indian character, that you'd expect to find in a curry house in East London for example.

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Sj888
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2014
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We are both big foodies & love curry. I had read a few reviews online & thought this sounded good. We were not disappointed at all. The restaurant was quiet & almost empty which did make me nervous although I noticed quite a few people come in through the course of the evening come in to pick up take-away orders & when we left two large groups had just arrived. The appetisers that we chose were the prawns & the stuffed paneer- outstanding! And then for our mains we stuck to the 'regional specials' & away from the standard curries that you can find in most places instead opting for a duck 21 spice curry and a mutton biriyani. The biriyani was the winner, with nan baked over the top to lock in the flavour. Service was off but food was great!

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vipGastronought
New York Area
318 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2014
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Returned to Karma after many months away last week and very pleased to report that the high standard of food and service has not diminished since we were last there. We particularly enjoy the seafood dishes, which are always very tasty and perfectly spiced (although if we had one minor complaint this time, it was that the monkfish was slightly dry). Always reliable. Just a shame it rarely seems full.

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Tibi
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had my brother's birthday-dinner at Karma on 10th Oct. Great real authentic Indian cuisine, with a spotless service! Absolute worth every penny, welcoming atmosphere, we really enjoyed our time there, def will visit again soon! Well done Karma!

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Xenssa
London
24 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We'd spent the day at Olympia and just wanted to have nice quick meal afterwards - but there seems to de a dearth of places within a short walking distance of the exhibition hall. Saw the reviews for this on TT and booked. And it was such a delightful surprise! Lovely food with all the usual favourites but some very unusual ones too (try the meat briyani - quite unlike what you get in the high street Indian!). Friendly relaxed service and even though it was a Friday night we weren't being hustled out as is often the case. Would definitely go again even though it is outside my usual patch.

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Karma Restaurant - West Kensington is rated 4.2 stars by 51 OpenTable diners.

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