Afternoon Tea at Lalit London - Baluchi

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Delicious Indian food served like a high tea. The service is quite slow.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The tea wasn’t as great as the first time I went it needed more brewing. I booked under special occasion a birthday and they didn’t do anything about it which wasn’t great as this was the first time I took my husband out for his big40 and it wasn’t acknowledged at all.

SD
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great service but sadly did not deliver the 5 star dining experience we expected. Staff very attentive and helpful.

YJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exotic and delicious Indian styled afternoon tea for a change. It was nice experience.

A
London
31 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took some friends from out of town. It was a last minute as we were in the area. The food was excellent matched by the excellent service. Nothing was too much for the staff.
Will be going back for dinner.

R
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Celebrating a special birthday for a family member and the general manager arranged for us to have a nice table near the tree. When we arrived the table was taken by other guests. We then requested to have another table and they clean it up for us. Service was not on par with a 5* star experience and to be honest nothing has changed in this establishment - my third visit and now I’m convinced they know they where the problems are but do not do enough to resolved them. The restaurant manager even said to my guest, I can see you are very hungry from the look on your face, how wrong he could have been - simply seats us in the right place, not leave us waiting for 30mins would have bought a cheery smile.

Food was good & plentiful, just the service was not up to par.

JF
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best afternoon tea I’ve had! Following tea and lassi! If you like Indian flavours I would highly recommend!

BM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Really bad service and rude staff. We had to wait to be served properly and could hardly get any eye contact. They were also really short and just not the level of service i would expect for the price.

GK
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tea is served in very small glasses would have preferred a tea cup for masala tea it should piping hot which it was not. The mango lassi was yummy. The savoury snacks severed lots of choice and tasted good, would have liked more creativeness with the desserts found very basic, but overall a good experience, friendly staff, good service and beautiful ambience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Really average food and service was awful... we had a table full of empty’s and nothing was collected until I had to ask. For an afternoon Tea I would have expected a little bit more attentiveness

KM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Staff appeared uninterestinded and confused. Food was cold and the non veg option once served was completely vegetarian which was strange and disappointing. Staff failed to engage with us. Poor experience of a high chai might have to take a trip to india instead.
Waste of money sadly, but the venue is stunning.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing afternoon tea at Lalits

JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Great concept, cute presentation. However, the experience was underwhelming. I scheduled a High Chai for 2:30pm on a Friday. I was one of two dining parties in the entire Gallery of the Lalit. As a single diner, I was seated directly in the center, facing the wall. The empty space was quiet with soft music piped in; staff were mingling about setting up for (what I hope) is an evening rush and a phone loudly ringing near reception, and the echo of footsteps and dishes in the room over. First was the masala chai and mango lassi. Cute presentation, I was given a small whimsical glass of tea and a bottle of lassi with a straw. both good. I ordered the vegetarian plate. The samosas were good and probably the highlight. The veggie kathi roll was also okay but not a personal favorite. The second tray included the array of chutneys, bhel, and dhokla. The bhel had a slightly salty flavor that lingered, similar to a large flaky salt. Would have preferred a citrus or tangy aftertaste instead. And the khaman dhokla was dry, even with the addition of chutneys. Top level sweets were also good, but nothing fantastic and could have had more variety. I was provided only one cup of chai, and was not revisited by wait staff after the snacks were delivered and waited almost another 20 minutes past finishing before I was asked about the bill. The handful of staff in the Gallery seemed to be unaware there was a customer and spent this time pacing across the room in front of my table without so much as a smile to warm up my dining experience. While this is something unique and a wonderful space, it lacked passion, creativity, and liveliness that it should have had. I would my experience receiving masala chai while queuing for Dishoom was much more invigorating and provided more value in quality and environment. The lack of service and personality make the High Chai at the Lalit a pass rather than a can't-miss.

SI
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was bit disappointed with the food’s selection and taste was below mild for me. Being a well known name I would had expected more flavours in the food. I have visited few good Indian restaurant and they don’t compromise on flavours just being in London . Sorry to say but I expected more from this place.

BP
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Really enjoyed the food and the venue was lovely. The only thing I can say that was disappointing was that the actual food took so long to come out and the tea was cold when served. But they did try and bring out the tea a little hotter when I said it was cold - could be a tad hotter. But everything else was perfect.

KS
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was tasty, staff attentive, refills offered on a continuous basis - no complaints!

BL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful afternoon. Tasty bites, chai and l and lassi.
Deepika is amazing. Chef Shah is accommodating and creative.

SV
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Service could of been much better especially when it was quite quiet.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was early for my reservation but they were kind enough to seat me. The service is as outstanding as the beautiful room. The savory dishes and the mango lassi were my favorite. The chai was creamy and delicious as well. The sweets were definitely different and exposed me to something I'm foreign to, and thank goodness!

VS
London
14 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Went for Mother’s Day afternoon tea. 4 adults and a 2 year old. was called 4 times to confirm the booking in the days leading up to our booking, highly unnecessary considering they had taken my card details as deposit for the booking. Found it surprising they took deposit for 5 people considering only 4 of us would be dining and also considering the dining room was hardly full!
Service is very slow, 45 mins in received drinks. No one came asked us about food order or explained the afternoon tea menu, we had to ask someone and finally ordered. Food came another 45 mins later, we had been there 1.5 hours by then. Food is average. It was served hot but nothing was amazing. Bhel was soggy.
The room is beautiful and the ambience great, probably better to go for a meal other than afternoon tea. When someone did serve you they were friendly and accommodating but felt you had to ask for service.

C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It's a nice twist on a normal afternoon tea with good Indian snack foods, a bombay sandwich would have been a good addition rather than two Kati rolls. Service wasnt as good I was expecting (the staff forgot our refill order a could of times) and the tiny chai glasses meant you were constantly asking for refills. A teapot for the table would have been better. Overall a nice experience though.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The service was very poor. Waiting for a tea refill for 30 min is not acceptable. I would rather spend that money at the Ritz and get an amazing service.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent gluten free choice. Tasty food

F
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The afternoon tea was spectacular! Everything was super tasty; especially the bhel and dokhla. Best masala chai I have had in a long time also.. 100% recommend- if you haven't already this gem is a must visit!

K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a lovely afternoon tea celebrating my daughters birthday.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Booked afternoon tea for 5 of us + 1 child for my sisters 40th birthday, which was mentioned when I booked.

The food was nice, the tea (as part of the high chai packagae) was quite standard and nothing too special.

No special touches for the birthday girl though which was quite disappointing as I was asked if I was booking for a special occasion, and having been to several afternoon teas we have always been offered a little something extra for the birthday guest.

I had high hopes for the Lalit, and was quite excited to try an Indian high chai, overall we found it to be just average especially in terms of experience/service and we were all somewhat disappointed. At £47pp I'd say pay a little extra and go elsewhere especially for a special occasion.

GM
London
25 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was my first trip to the Lalit, the service was really extraordinary! It was in the detail.... so many hotels and restaurants miss them, the Baluchi certainly exceeded my expectations.
The hotel and indeed the restaurant is beautifully appointed as you can see in my pictures - the hotel has taken over an old school and turned parts of it it in to a fascinating (attractive) “Bollywood meets London” look. The tea comprised of street food like various “chaats”, bhel puri,samosas, kati rolls, chicken tikka and kebabs. The top layer of the 3 rung tray was dedicated to Indian sweets and unlimited chai and delightful mango lassi. The restaurant was staffed well under the watchful eye of the chef, our waitress looked very quizzically when we turned down a refill- there was way too much in the first serving! All v v delicious.
If you want afternoon tea with a twist, and you like Indian street, then you’ll love this. Well done Lalit!!!

AA
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I had booked tea for 3 for the 18th November - for a baby shower treat for my 7 month pregnant sister - we turned up only to be told that there was a function on in the venue and that there was no booking for us regardless of me having a confirmation of booking via open table.
Not an acceptable when you’ve dragged a heavily pregnant lady across London for a non event afternoon out.

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience5

A very nice venue and ambience. Service was great too, however the food is mediocre at best. Better Indian food can be found for a lot less. The idea is great unfortunately it has been let down by poor execution.

KG
Essex
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, beautiful room, service was spot on and they were always there when you needed them.

EJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely afternoon tea was spent here, we arrived early and spent three hours in total, drinking copious amounts of tea and enjoyed the lovely food. Its a great venue for spending time with your best friend away from the world.

SM
Shropshire
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic afternoon tea. Friendly knowledgeable staff.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

No record of Opentable booking, Gallery and main restaurant closed for refurb...placed in small sideroom. Only option was two tables pushed against a wall for 4 of us. “Lack” of booking meant request for cupcake with candle for daughters birthday obvs not noted. Forgot to bring tea with afternoon tea until we asked (!). Food actually tasty if overpriced. Staff attentive if a little uncertain of how the High Chai should go...

M
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea at Lalits is very different from an English afternoon tea with a variety of excellent Indian delicacies served with the traditional Chai. The service was impeccable and we were welcome to take as long as we wished with no limit on the amount of food that we could request. It may be a trifle more expensive than a traditional English afternoon tea but for such a very different experience in superb surroundings and with such excellent and welcoming service, it is well worth while.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. The staff are amazing and attentive. Our tea was kept topped up as were our dishes. Great value for the quality of food and service and the place was beautifully decorated. I will be returning and will most definitely recommend it. A very happy customer

LF
London
18 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic service and great food. Nice for a special occasion. Afternoon tea with an Indian twist was quite novel!

SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

just dreadful - a absolute waste of money. The food was cold, tasteless and dry.

Z
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great concept, surroundings and food. The service really let everything down. It wasn’t lack of staff , they just didn’t know what was going on! Forgot two items from our set menu and added an extortionate service charge To the bill. Which isn’t really a problem if the service warranted it! The staff need to watch how Claridges do it!

LG
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This is my second time at the Lalit and I really enjoyed it. I love the indian savory items - Bhel and Samosa are my favorite. The kati rolls were okay but the pakora was really good too. Masala Chai and Lassi were yummy. However, the indian sweets are a let down. I think they need to change what's on there as that is not a good representation on indian sweet items! Also, I don't see why they don't let us take items back if we don't finish it. Would they rather the left overs go to waste? Makes no sense. For this, i am only giving 3 stars. Service was good so I don't have any complaints on that. Overall, I enjoyed it. Tea in a BEAUTIFUL building!

LC
London
14 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience2

It was a good concept and a nice change to the traditional English afternoon tea.
The set out and food options were really lovely, the building is absolutely stunning and want to re-visit to sit outside when the weather improves.
The staff were very friendly but the service really tailed off, especially towards the end of the tea.
The biggest drawback was the lack of atmosphere, no music or bustle, the room felt a little eerie.
Would recommend but would needs improvements to consider a re-visit