Chettinad Restaurant

4.3
416 reviews
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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”
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London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and outstanding service

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JS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was attentive. Very reasonable. Will definitely go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The frying prawn from starter menu is very delicious

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good experience in this excellent Indian restaurant. Arif who served us was helpful and kind. We recommend!

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PA
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff were friendly and helpful guiding me through the menu as I am used to Northern Indian cuisine and not southern. The food was excellent and we did not have to wait long for it to arrive.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and wasn’t that busy. Staff were great as well. However not sure why would they charge 12.5% service charge for a small family. That’s the only thing I didn’t like.

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DH
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was lovely, great variation to a standard indian

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ST
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate here last Saturday. It was busy so booking would be recommended. The staff were friendly and professional. The food was first rate, a lot of their own recipes (we tried two of these dishes and were very impressed with the depth of flavour and quality of ingredients) as well as the usual fare. It was reasonable value and I look forward to returning their next time we are in the area. I would heartily recommend Chettinad to anyone.

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NH
London
9 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really very nice. Interesting menu, nicely prepared fresh food and attentive staff.
Definitely worth a visit.

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ST
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Been before and wanted to return. Never been to south India but food seems really authentic.

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MC
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food highly recommend

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JT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly staff and a great atmosphere combined with well cooked Indian food. No complaints at all.

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M
London
18 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great genuine South Indian restaurant w great selection of dishes, very friendly service and informal and relaxed atmosphere. I am sure we'll come again.

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NM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food and service were average. Overall, the restaurant visit was satisfying but not impressive enough for special occasions.

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CM
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent restaurant for our group of vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Lots of choice for both. Loved the prawn and lamb curries.

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OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, really lovely. Tasty and enjoyable and will return soon

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EO
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The previous time we ate there we thought overall that the food was better. Perhaps we ordered dishes that were too alike - but it was not easy to tell the difference between the chicken and lamb dishes by taste, or look! However, the starter platter was superb, and the service very gracious.

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my first visit and I was impressed. Great food, fresh and authentic. Our evening was marred by a large, very noisy table next to us but this is obviously not the restaurant’s fault in any way. The dosa and vegetarian dishes were especially good and everything was good value, I’ll definitely be back...

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DA
Jersey
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The waiter could have smiled a little bit more seemed upset we'd arrived. Once we'd sat down he was only to happy to explain what was on the menu as it was very different to any other menu I'd come across. Food and service was very good

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AE
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Great spot, but the service suffers from being so popular! They were able to accommodate three groups greater than 6 people, but that drove the noise level right up. Recommend the restaurant for the food, but the service and noise are definitely detractors.

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FR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice food with an enchanting service
A flavour trip of senses

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B
London
17 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seafood thali was delicious! I will definitely be back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent flavours, subtle spices. Enjoyed every dish we ordered.

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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
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pleasant evening

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J
New York Area
22 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
6 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
14 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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