Chettinad Restaurant

4.1
393 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Spicy
  • Casual
Welcome to Chettinad, the world of phenomenal South Indian cuisine. Chettinad is a small village town of southern Tamil Nadu state, India. Chettinad is known for its culinary delicacies and now is one of the many reasons why people get to know Chettinad. We are a no fuss, no frill, stylish, laid back diner, just speaks of truly and honest South Indian food in the heart of Central London. We only know how to cook-up good home comfort authentic food freshly made to order with understated approach to service. No meal is complete without traditional Dosa, lentil pancake eaten any time during the day. Well! Certainly it isn't just another Curry House!!! . Today we appreciate and respect that you have entrusted your palate to us, we will take great loving care and take your taste buds on a journey where each mouthful sings a new magical ‘‘WOW’’ note. Enjoy your meal at Chettinad- The Village Restaurant, where “QUALITY MEETS TRADIITON”
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of Operation
Open daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, 5:30pm - 11:00pm

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Phone number
020 3556 1229
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MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Additional
Outdoor dining , Takeout
What 393 People Are Saying
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic authentic food. Great service. Love to go again.

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k
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Decent food at a standard central London price. Service can be poor at times.

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EV
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

It was very nice and pleasant moment . The food and the waiters were good.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pleasant evening

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J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Casual, comfortable and very busy. I went for the dosasa which were very good and can be hard to find. The food is spicy but not overly. I will recommend the restaurant to friends visiting London.

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VH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, a real Tamil Nadu experience.
The paratha was to die for.
Would recommend this very highly!

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YA
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience ! Very nice choice of south indian meals. Arif was very friendly to us. We appreciated very much to share everything !

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JH
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food wasn’t interesting. Vegetarian dishes were very mushy, especially two spinach dishes.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We visited Chettinad for my birthday with friends. The front of house service was a bit haphazard, but improved throughout the night. The highlight of the evening was the starter: The Chettinad Platter - Wow, Simon Lynne delicious and would thoroughly recommend this with some rice or breads. The paneer dosa was a disappointment. It was folded flat and soggy and heavy. I have had dosa once before from a London Street food stall on the South Bank and was hoping to relive this amazing experience, but it just didn’t compare. The accompaniments were bland and didn’t add anything to the dosa, I would either try a different one or avoid altogether. The curry’s were OK. My friend had the Lamb Madras and really enjoyed it (if you truly like chilli spice). My husband and I had the same lamb curry, but I asked for mine to have a little extra spice. What I got was the same curry, but with some fresh chopped green finger chillies added in at the last minute. The result was quite unpleasant as the chillies hadn’t been cooked in or through the curry. I wish the waiter had either recommended an alternative spicier curry or suggested that that might not work as a dish. Either way I didn’t eat the majority of my dish and it marred my eating experience. The Sicilian red wine we ordered was delicious! All in all a mixed experience. Their Chettinad Platter would be worth another visit for, but I wouldn’t eat the remainder we ordered that night again.

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B
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

It was my daughter's birthday, I resheared the place first but the food was mediocre at best I was disappointed

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SA
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

This is a South Asian Restaurant. The food is excellent. Specially the paper thin Dosai. There are vegetarian and meat and we ordered different Dosais and they were all very good.
The ordered drinks came on time but the jug of water we asked for did not come to the table until two reminders were given!
Chin

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r
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Bad food - hard lamb appetizer tasteless dosa. An example of a featureless restaurant

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ML
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Southern food was a first for us. Our waiter made good suggestions. The dinner was delicious. The atmosphere was attractive and the noise level moderate. We enjoyed this and if in London again would go back.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was good and well priced. The spicing had surprising complexity. But the array of other ingredients in each dish was less interesting. The options for indian food in the vicinity are pretty good. So if the specific location is a must, the budget is spare, and ambience matters, Chettinad is a good choice.

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J
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food! Would definitely recommend :)

PS: A little Smile from the staff wouldn’t hurt.

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FB
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Gutes Essen, aber sehr laut, wenn gut besucht. Keine Fenster. Am besten einen Platz nahe am Eingang wählen

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KH
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, fresh and authentic. Service lovely and atmosphere great. We visited as part of a trip to London but would return if we were in the area again.

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SD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was stellar! The biriyani I ordered was a good level of spicy and the rice was very flavorful! My friends ordered the chicken masala and they both liked it. One of them had had a bad experience before with curry and didn’t think he would like it be he was very happy with it.

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OS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Really nice and good indian restaurant. The food is very tasty but nothing outstanding. The atmosphere is craudy and noisy but in a good way. The service is really disorgenized but somehow it works. The prices are resonable.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, great, friendly service, and a nice ambience in a great location! What's not to love? :)

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SG
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, reasonable prices. Excellent service. Would recommend.

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MT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The waiter mucked up the order big style. Wrong beer and only 1 starter and 1 main despite there being 3 of us. However they reacted well to their mistake and were very friendly and courteous. The food was very tasty especially the mini massala Dosa. Price was reasonable.

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MN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A 12.5% servicecharge was added and min spending is £15 per person

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ML
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is delicious; we went for an early evening meal and the service, friendliness and quality of the food were excellent. Would definitely go again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant and very nice desert. I recommend the gulab jaman with ice cream. Food was slightly spicy.

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K
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Ok food - nothing special. The service was good and price was fair.

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OT
Mainz
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Nice and authentic south Indian Food! Very Nice massala dosa and Curry Madras

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Service was very slow but they had gluten free options and decent portions. Food was a bit bland but still good. There was however a very unpleasantly strong odor of bleach throughout the restaurant.

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SP
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

Fantastic food, but a very noisy restaurant - no soft furnishings: hard wood floors, stone and plaster board walls and tall ceilings. To be fair to the restaurant, we did go at 7pm on a Friday night before Christmas, so it was full of large groups of people celebrating. I would go back at a quieter time as the food was very good - the two of us just found it hard to hear each other, and ironically I has requested a quiet table!

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KP
London
34 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Authentic Food. The thali is very filling and can actually be shared between 2 people with some extra rotis or rice.

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OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant for beautifully prepared authentic South Indian food.It is so different from the standard Bangladeshi curry house.Excellent for vegetarians and carnivores and very good value for money.

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LO
London
15 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Let's get real here guys - this is a very average but clean Indian restaurant. It is well positioned off Tottenham Court Road and the staff were pleasant but the previous rave reviews are a total exaggeration. We had a perfectly acceptable meal before the theatre but it is nothing outstanding and just had the normal 'run of the mill' Indian food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ambiente accogliente ed elegante, servizio attento, cortese e sollecito. piatti dell'India del sud e di una regione particolare, quindi non le solite cose che trovi ovunque. Il problema è che non ci sono soluzioni per chi non mangia piccante. Anche il mio piatto, indicato come mildly spicy era hot! Mio marito voleva qualcosa non piccante ma anche il suo piatto, anche se meno del mio era piuttosto piccante. A parte questo, un buon rapporto qualità prezzo.

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ME
London
21 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Selected at random on the basis of reviews. We had a perfectly acceptable meal, but not a stand out. The dishes were all good enough and the Service friendly.

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F
London
19 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Super impressed with the food esp as our punjabi relatives had never sampled South Indian/Tamil cuisine.Thali was the perfect choice to sample lots of veg and non veg dishes

They were very busy so took some time to get us drinks but are so warm and lovely we didn’t mind and the food made up for it!
Recommend and would go again!

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C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great dosa's and thali's. Tables were a little small so we were a bit squashed, but the food was great and service as you'd expect. Highly recommended.

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L
London
70 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We love the South Indian food, the central location, the huge dosas and the affordable pricing. We don't love the very noisy restaurant, the rather sullen service from some (not all) waiters and the fact that they marked us as a no-show two days after our reservation so we had to chase the points we were owed.

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LF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing! The meat was cooked to perfection and had the right amout of spices. If you like south indian food I recommend this place :)

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was tasty, not very hot when it arrived though. The service was poor, my guests commented on it being cheeky that a service charge was added. Though the food was good I wouldn't recommend as things such as repeatedly forgetting drink orders was awkward.

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PR
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant produces a varied menu of very flavoursome choices.

The Staff are attentive to personal preferences and helpful with suggestions on the level of spice and what to accompany a dish with.

My only disappointment was that despite the service being swift and attentive, the actual temperature at which the meal was served, was luke warm. However, I still enjoyed it, and left nothing for the dog.

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