A special attraction of the restaurant is the Naanery i.e. the bread bar offering a selection of artisanal breads baked in an unusual iron tandoor instead of the universally used clay tandoor.
The Restaurant’s wine cellar features a range of old and new world wines, that can be paired with the bread & chutney combination for an authentic Baluchi Rhapsody!
Sat, Sun 07:00–10:30
Tower Bridge/Tower Gateway 10mins
What a beautiful restaurant - the great hall of a converted school.... The food was amazing. We had the scallops and the fish tikka for starters - both superbly done with very distinctive flavors. We picked a couple of mains from the Chairman’s Favorites and they were both brilliant. We ordered the kulcha with potatoes and truffles - which was such a clever unique combination. Excellent Indian fine dining...
The service was great and the food delicious.
The great hall is almost a little too big as the restaurant wasn’t full and the atmosphere, which whilst it was fine, felt a little empty due to the cavernous surroundings.
The executive chef popped to the table which was nice.
Overall a nice evening.....
The service and Food was spot on would recommend and go again
The breads weren’t cooker properly. The service was terrible. The waiter forgot our starters
Amazing place to eat and very calm ambiance
Food was amazingly portioned and filling
Will be back soon again with more friends
We booked the restaurant for a family celebration with our two daughters and their husbands.
I was a little surprised that with almost one months notice we could not get a table reservation for the evening. Taking this as good sign for the popularity of the restaurant we settled for a 16:30 booking.
The building itself and the interiors are impressive, unfortunately given the reputation of The LaLit London -Baluchi and the associated premium prices charged, the Service did not match.
When we arrived we found our way to the very impressive vaulted Great Hall restaurant which was virtually empty. The front of house was a little confused by our arrival , it took some time to establish that we had booked for dinner, not afternoon tea.
We were directed to the lounge area where we sat for at least fifteen minutes before I had to go to the bar and ask for someone to take our drinks order. It took almost an hour from the time we arrived before our cocktails arrived , which to my surprise arrived without placemats or aperitif snacks.
For this class of establishment our arrival experience got our celebrations off to a poor start.
We were shown through to the restaurant which although beautiful was sadly virtually empty , lacking in any kind of ambience.
With the exception of the poppadum’s delivered at the start of the meal that were cold , dry and could easily have been sourced from the supermarket, the overall food quality and cookery was good.
The restaurant waiter service was adequate , but although we paid it , it was not of a standard to merit the service charge on what was already an expensive bill.
In terms of value for money I have to say for us this was at best an average experience.
The starter menu is over elaborate and impenetrable. The main courses were much better and worth a second visit.
We arrived early and, from the first moment, we’re trwated like royalty!
Very attentive staff who continued to care for our every need.
The dining room itself is gorgeous! Grand, high ceilings; elegant flower arrangements, lovely table arrangements ( ample space to provide privacy and yet still a sense of coziness! Romantic or professional, as you like.
The food was delicious! Very creative and yet still authentic Indian.
This is a sumptuous gem jut off the Tower Bridge and yet a short walk to London Bridge Station, Cannon Street, etc.
Atrocious service, truly, truly inept and rude. Cocktails in the bar beforehand were very good, service there couldn’t be better.
Not the first time I have dined at Baluchi. A fantastic meal in great surroundings. Staff very helpful and friendly.
A very interesting and exciting menu with a great ambience. The food was very well presented and tasted delicious. A relaxed environment with good service- an excellent choice agreed by all of us.
some of the most wonderful Undian food I have ever eaten...
Service was exceptionally attentive and the food was hot (thermal), authentic and delicious. The ambiance was palatial as the restaurant had been tastefully reconstructed from a converted old school hall about eighteen months ago. The place felt more like colonial India than contemporary London. Food and drink were relatively expensive: for example, a 500 c.c. bottle of cider cost £8. The ambiance, food and service were conspicuously upmarket and priced accordingly. I would recommend this restaurant to people, who appreciate excellent, authentic Indian cooking, attentive service, a classy atmosphere and who are not on a strict budget. My wife remarked that the ladies toilets were amazing and the most impressive ones that she had ever come across.
All the staff made us feel very welcome. The food was a wonderful experience and being invited into the kitchen by the head chef to see how they make naan bread in the tandoori was a special treat. They even produced a little cake for my birthday and sang happy birthday too.
Starter was good, main (Venison) was very tough, Dahl was bland. Expected much more
Service was excellent and wonderful cuisine and ambiance
Amazing food and service ! But bit over priced !
Food quality was good but lacked taste and menu should be expanded in particular starters as choice is limited. Not suitable for children. Quite expensive in comparison to other Indian dining.
Food was beautifully presented and cooked well. Not enough options for vegans though chef agreed to make a special vegetable curry on request. The floor of main dining room was under repair, so the floor was restricted to a wide corridor - not the look and ambience implied in the photos on the website. Dishes were pricey.
Went with family. Limited vegetarian options. Veg platter in starter was average but the main course was tasty. Good portion size.
Chef was extremely accommodating, made me a dish from the high chai menu (Khama Dhokla) and food was exquisite. Leaves you wanting to come back for more, best birthday meal. Thank you
Restaurant was under refurbishment. The starters we requested were unavailable. The craft beers we selected were out of stock. The appetisers tasted stale.
We left and ate elsewhere.
Good Indian cuisine and service. There are some renovations being done behind a wood panel but not when guest are dining. Will be more opulent in future.
Lovely food, there were repairs going on in the main room (Baluchi) which was disappointing
I also think you need a few more asian staff to get the feel of the place
Ive been to the hotel a a number of times but its lacking something
Average food and dining experience
Great food with great ambience. We’re huge fans of Indian fine dining and this certainly impressed.
Very good ambience and food. A lovely time had with great service.
Lovely indian food and dining room very beautiful. Its expensive however with 2 mains and bottle of wine costing £100.
The restaurant was empty and the food was average (and quite expensive). The service was faultless though.
Good food, Chef Jomon took excellent care of us, great service, Good ambience
Enjoyed the food. Will definitely go there again. The desserts were yummy
The food was very good and the chef, who came to our table twice, was a charming a lovely man.
The venue as well is quite beautiful however it wasn't particularly busy and therefore the ambience wasn't what we expected.
But I still recommend the restaurant and bar!
Wonderful Indian owned hotel in the building of a former grammar school. Very opulent, but tasteful and not blingy. Immaculate service.
Pleasant evening for a special occasion but expensive , especially the drinks. The Chef du Cuisine Jomon Kuriakose was very welcoming and took time out to show us around some of the rooms of the Old School.
Great Indian food. Unusual but memorable setting. Converted Victorian school with the enormous auditorium made into a very grand dining room with Indian decor. Very good service.
Good choice for a good meal with friends or special occasion.
I booked this to celebrate my husband's 70th birthday, inviting 4 other 'Old Boys' of the former School, and partners. They very much enjoyed sitting in the Great Hall, but had a long time to look around and reminisce as no food came for nearly an hour and a half after our booking time! No nibbles...nothing. I was surprised that they had to ask whether we wanted Afternoon Tea or Lunch at 12.45! I had booked for lunch, of course.
I think people mostly enjoyed the food when it came. I’d chosen fish, which came with pretty blobs of puree and no sauce, so wasn’t filling. I was glad I’d asked for bread, which I’d really wanted with the soup, but came later. One of our friends asked for a beer but there was only a gluten-free one, so he declined.
When choosing what to eat, it would have been helpful to have a translation. The staff were very helpful with explaining, but you don’t feel that you can ask them to translate everything.
Great venue for a special occasion with exquisite dishes - take your wallet as it’s bit pricey !
Tandoori Prawns were the best part of the meal.
Excellent five-star quality food. Very tasty Indian dishes. Not too spicy so quite suitable for Western palate. Wide range of vegetarian and meat options. Myself and my family enjoyed our evening and also afterwards went for a walk along adjacent Thames riverside with view of Shard and Tower bridge. This time we ordered from a la carte but definitely will visit again to try Nannery and also Chai tasting menu.
This former boys' school , dating back to the nineteenth century has been transformed into a dazzlingly colourful modern hotel but retaining elements of the great hall, classrooms, staffrooms.... Go for the ambience!
Generous portions of delicious Indian food are well presented and service is friendly.