Kanishka

4.0
59 reviews
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Kanishka in the heart of Mayfair focusses on the unexplored cuisine from seven sisters of India - THE NORTHEAST which is - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura & Sikkim.

It has a food culture that is as vibrant as its heritage and as beautiful as its people. From lanes packed with humble carts serving speciality dishes, to rows of eateries that overflow onto roads, the streets of Northeast India are a gastronomic kaleidoscope.

It is our humble attempt to bring this enchanting cuisine & culture in the heart of Mayfair through our experimental yet honest cooking at Kanishka.

Special Offers

Kanishka Tasting Menu £69pp £120 per person with pairing wines

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 15 March 2019

Ends: 1 September 2019

Availability: Sun 17:30-22:45
Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-22:45

Set Lunch Menu £24: 2 courses/£29 for 3 courses

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 15 March 2019

Ends: 1 September 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30

Set Dinner Menu £24: 2 courses/£29 for 3 courses

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 15 March 2019

Ends: 1 September 2019

Availability: Daily 17:30-18:30 21:30-22:45

Holi Tasting Menu £55 per person

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 18 March 2019

Ends: 30 March 2019

Availability: Sun 17:30-22:45
Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-22:45

Mothering Sunday: 4 courses and a Signature cocktail £55

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 31 March 2019

Ends: 31 March 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:30

Sensational Sundays: 50% off food

Enjoy 50% off.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 17 March 2019

Ends: 30 June 2019

Availability: Sun 17:30-22:45

What 59 People Are Saying
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R
London
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good to see Atul back to his best. Food absolutely on point with regards to flavor. Service was attentive and helpful. Look forward to returning soon.

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RB
London
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely new Indian restaurant, menu is slightly different from the usual Indian, incorporating lesser known dishes and innovative dishes which is a signature of the well known chef. Ambience & decor was ok, quite noisy for Sunday dinner due to groups and kids on other tables but manageable. Service was polite & unhurried.

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p
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 2

When we arrived, the restaurant temperature was roasting hot, it was pretty much unbearable. I had to go outside a number of times due to the heat and we hadn't even ordered yet. Eventually they turned the heating off and air conditioning on?!?!...so started to cool.

Service wise waiter forgot out order (he was honest enough to admit that I guess) so we waited over 90 mins for starters.

Got a photo with Atul and my friend as it was his birthday so that was nice and appreciated.

Now the most important bit ...food. The food was absolutely BRILLIANT couldn't fault. Every dish was great, butter chicken, mixed grill, goat, crab, pie all ace.

So service bad, restaurant temp bad, decor so so, food brilliant.

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a
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

some dishes here really sticks out, and other are not as well thought out.. the tandoori cauliflower, the biryani and the jackfruit stirfry were particular highlights

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Thankfully we were on the soft launch so all the food was half price, I'd have been thoroughly disappointed if it was full price. The service was okay, but we were in the corner and the waiters couldn't see us and didn't bring us our drinks until I got up and asked. The food was okay, paneer makhani tasted like a supermarket curry and the veg biryani was pretty flavourless. Desserts were good, starters were okay (momos were great)

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambience. Noise level lower than most restaurants. Food was good & decent portions.

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j
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was PERFECT. Only thing are the Cocktails--could use a bit more boldness/flavour enhancing--the old fashioned and the kanishka high ball signature didn't have all the tastes that were in the ingredients.

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S
Italy
8 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was overpriced. Wasn't inspiring at all.

Cocktails were average. Even the decor seemed cheap. Bar area was nice

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E
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a fantastic evening at Kanishka using the hot dinners offer.
Great food, excellent service and good atmosphere.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Really disappointing. Was hoping it would be wonderful but the dishes didn't wow me at all

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OT
London
33 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Atul Kochar takes Indian food to the next level at Kanishka. I had such a hard time choosing from the menu, because everything sounded so good, but in fairness I could have just randomly chosen anything on the menu because every dish was a winner.
Service was friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was vibrant without being over-powering. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is a fan of Indian fine dining.

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CC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The only negative I would say is that the cocktails were a little disappointing. They sounded amazing but they were actually quite watery. My husband said it perfectly - from the first sip it tasted like it was almost finished because there was so much melted ice. We switched to beer! Food and service was great though.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

*NOTE* we attended during the soft launch period and received 50% off.

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Kanishka. Before starting our meal we ordered both the mocktails which were delicious and were served a few complimentary poppadoms to enjoy with this.

For starters we chose the chicken tikka pie and the naga scallops. I found the chicken pie to be very tasty, especially with the jam which was served on the side. The scallops were fine but we were expecting something slightly spicier (Naga!)

For mains we enjoyed the mixed grill a lot, we've had a lot of mixed grills at previous Indian restaurants but here each piece was cooked to perfection. Along with this we had the goat curry, black daal and some garlic naan. All were fine, without being extraordinary.

I have scored the restaurant fairly low on value, as I did feel that whilst it is a nice restaurant, £15-18 for starters and £26-32 for curry mains is slightly steep. I felt lucky to have attended during the soft launch. In all honesty, would I return? At full price? Probably not.

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MD
London
41 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really fantastic food. Sweet well meaning service well, I wish the team here well. We both had the soft shell crab which is divine, I had the fish curry which was also fantastic and my husband said the sea bass was delicious too.

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YL
London
34 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Kanishka is worth mentioning. From the cocktails, to the amazing food and ambience. Notably, the service and front of house enhance the experience further by being polite whilst not intrusive, knowledgable of the food and drinks, but most importantly warm and friendly to ensure you have a wonderful meal and experience at this restaurant.

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S
London
27 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We went on soft opening launch and the restaurant still had some work to be done to it such as the ceiling finishing so maybe we didn’t get the right ambiance. The decor was relaxing and informal.

The food menu had a variety but didn’t seem to flow with each other and the set menu dishes. The taste was good and presentation. There was some Nepalese Chinese influenced dishes which we tried but didn’t fit with other dishes as one main dish is actually a soup. The starter momos were good but again didn’t fit the menu of indian and too much of a fusion. Best dish was the butter chicken kichdi. The desserts fell flat on themselves and the kheer pudding ice cold so the taste wasn’t right. The tandoori fruits were not at all tasty and didn’t understand the dish. Strawberries tandoori is a definite no! There is some creative flair but not enough. We had a value meal as it was 50% off and I wouldn’t pay more than that for what we had...I wish I could say that we would but competition in this sector and street with another great indian a few doors down will lead to too many comparisons on food and price.

The staff were great but finding their feet. They would need to love the dishes more.

I’d like to return again once it’s run a few months to see if there are changes to the menu and ambiance.

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R
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Good flavours particularly the chicken and veg dumplings. Cocktails were average all in all a decent meal, only the dumplings were memorable.

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GL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, attentive service, perfect.
A wonderful selection of vegetarian dishes also.

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N
London
16 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is amazing and interesting . I like how the chef play with flavours. The food quality is as good as if I were dining at a Michelin restaurant

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SA
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautifully decorated and downstairs has a jungle theme with the ceiling covered in foliage. Service was good and friendly and the extra bonus was having Atul Kochhar himself come and say hello and ask about the food at the end of our meal, which was a lovely personal touch. The food was tasty but nothing spectacular. The soft shell crab and scallops were nice and different to have on an Indian menu. The mixed grill had good quality meat and fish but lacked great flavour. The goat curry was lovely and nice to see on a menu, tasted like a rogan josh, however, the saag paneer was mediocre. Cocktails were nice and decent price for the location, £8. Due to the soft launch, we got 50% off our bill, however, we would not pay full price.

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R
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Unusual menu cooked by a very accomplished chef

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went for soft opening with my sister who came to visit me. Previously we have been to a few best Scottish Indian restaurants so expectations were high!
The crab is quite good tho salad are too spicy and we have not been advised before hand. The goat curry, garlic naan popadoms were just great! The dessert have had some frozen rice bits. Interesting cocktail lists and not expensive. The staff was really helpful!
I guess could have some more fish/ salmon dishes and mire variety of lamb.

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ES
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I liked all of the courses and thought the wine selection was well done. I enjoyed the promotional deal and thought the food for the price I paid was good value, however without the promotion I would have considered the meal overpriced for the portions.

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g
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

I was so hoping that this was going to be a great meal, but quite frankly, don't bother!
We had the set meal, as it seemed great value, and an exciting take on some of the traditional Indian dishes that you would expect to find in an Indian Restaurant. However, it just did not deliver. We had booked for 10pm, and were sat at our table for 10.10pm. We ordered a couple of drinks and then ordered the set meal, when it came, we asked for the rice or breads with our meal, and were informed that the kitchen was shut, and we could not have any! I raised this query with the server, and questioned, why we weren't offered a choice at the time of ordering. Who has an Indian meal without rice or breads? I almost felt that we were begging to be given something to accompany our meal. Would I go again? NO. We have dined at Sindhu's in Marlow, which was unbelievable! I think they need to take a leaf out of that book and practise a bit more at Kanishka's.

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CT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already recommended this restaurant to friends and family since visiting on Saturday. I had Atul's Chicken Tikka pie for a starter and it was perfectly crisp pastry with a nice warm filling and served with a dark fruit sauce which complimented it perfectly. The main was also very nice - as were the sides which I ordered with it. I had the peanut butter parfait for dessert, which comes with banana, although the banana wasn't mentioned on the menu. I really like banana so this wasn't an issue for me, but thought I would mention it as I know lots of people don't! The restaurant is in a good location and is decorated to a good standard. I ate on a Saturday lunchtime and found the atmosphere to be good and not too noisy should you be coming with friends.

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s
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Very bland uninspiring food. Total disappointment.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent. Really enjoyed the new North Eastern Indian style of cuisine. Service was ok and decor was average. Still some work required with waiters knowledge of menu particularly vegetarian options.

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b
London
74 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved this new restaurant. Thank you Atul Kochhar for making an appearances to chat to the patrons, nice touch. Food was so good and can’t wait to go back.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Clearly this is undergoing a ‘soft launch’ so all comments to be taken with that firmly in mind.
Service seemed slightly disjointed and appeared in need of some leadership on the floor.
Cocktails were a tad uninspiring but they had a great list of whiskeys which unfortunately were not getting tried at lunch time! Good selection of wine by the glass.
I wanted to try all the starters and 3 we tried were all excellent, especially the venison tartare. The little golgappas (or whatever they are called on this menu) were fun but the beetroot liquid makes for messy eating on all counts!
Fish curry and goat curry were both superb, as was the dhal and egg curry side dish.
No room for desert but my partners masala influenced espresso martini was a thing of beauty.
Whilst the food is very good I think they will need to up their game around the edges to justify the price point in a market place of other high end Indian offering which deliver better on the full experience.
Good luck team Kanishka

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J
London
13 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was fine. There was nothing that particularly blew me away. No stand out dishes that left me wanting to evangelise about them to anybody that would listen, but nothing that I would avoid eating again. I suspect our mains spent longer on the pass than was intended, but I'm happy to put this down to the steep learning curve that soft launches exist to provide.

The décor is a little odd in places. I really like the use of the paper cut designs that adorn the wall, but the weird, plastic, white rectangles that have been stapled to the walls look really odd.

Value-wise, it felt very reasonably priced because of the soft launch discount, but had I come away from that same meal having paid full price for it, I fear I'd have felt it was really rather steep for the meal/experience that we had.

Our booking was at 14.45 for lunch and while it stands to reason that a restaurant might want to give some of its waiting staff a decent break between lunch and dinner, it became all too apparent to us as diners that most of the staff had gone towards the end of our meal. The sommelier did her best to take things in her stride, taking our orders for dessert, but it did leave us feeling a bit like the restaurant was existing on a skeleton crew at this point.

All-in-all, it was nice enough. It didn't leave us wanting our time or our money back, but equally I find it highly unlikely that I'll feel the urge to hurry back or even remember that much about the meal in a few months' time.

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

Location is very good. It is a very pleasant , friendly and good food restaurant. The menu has dishes to please all palates. We enjoyed the soft shell crab,Naga scallops and Lamb sapta as starters. For the main course we had Goat curry, lamb Biriani and Mixed Grill with various condiments. All dishes were excellent and very well presented and tasty.

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BP
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff were all very welcoming, polite and attentive. This really stood out to me and made our visit more relaxed and enjoyable. We didn’t feel at all rushed.
We ordered two courses from the set menu. I had the vegetarian options which were both really delicious. We also ordered red rice and daal. The daal was the best dish for both of us.
The only negative was that they don’t pack up leftovers. We had quite a lot left and it felt like such a waste not to be able to take that away.
We were lucky to get a table during the soft opening so it was good value for money. Otherwise I’d say it’s somewhere you might only go as a special treat.
Overall though a great place. I would recommend a visit.

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M
London
10 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was interesting tastes and flavours a little different to your normal indian restaurant. Some didshes were a bit hit and miss - the chutney with the crispy fish starter I had was delicious but the crispy fish was nothing to exciting. My husbands main (Delhi. butter Kichidi) was disssapointing “too rich” he said! Desserts were mixed too - tandoori fruit custard wasn’t an amazing hit on the taste buds - unlike what the waitress had said it would be!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was incredible - from start to finish!! Service got very flow when we wanted to settle the bill.

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RS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I think it was a nice outing especially since as it was during its soft launch. I wanted to like it more than I did. It started off well with the bar snacks and the starters. The scallops is one of the BEST things I have had in a very long time. The fried fish, keema naan and momos were also good. It went downhill with the mains and dessert. The steamed bass had a nice flavour but it was not anything special and the venison just did not go over well. Regret not getting the goat curry. The peanut butter parfait was also too hard and grainy, and the roasted tandoori fruit was coated in a bizarre sauce, but the custard was yummy.

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S
London
25 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Struggled to open the door to the restaurant. Was taken to our table due to being a tight squeeze between tables it would have been nice if he moved the table for me to sit down. Would have been helpful if one of the waiting staff offered advice with the menu. Starters nice and hot momo and fish and oysters ok. Main course mixed grill exceptionally spicy coated too thickly in spice. Was under whelmed.

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AM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is still early days but Chef Kochhar has gone back to his roots and and created a menu filled with tasty and more importantly genuinely Indian cuisine for the Mayfair crowd. His signature creativity is interlaced with classic flavours and if resists the need to add unnecessary infusions, Kanishka will hopefully become a staple for many years to come. Best of luck with it and we will be back...with friends.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Cloakroom needs some work.
Service needs improvement

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a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I wanted to give you some feedback following a meal at the restaurant last night.

- On arrival, we had no front of house to greet us. He was busy talking to someone at the bar. We were waiting for almost 3 minutes, before we were even acknowledged!

- The waiting staff weren't the most knowledgeable. We had 1 person who seemed to know the menu well, the others didn't seem to have a clue, when we asked questions

- We had to ask the staff for our waters to be topped up. We were poured 1 glass and then they disappeared

Overall - i know the restaurant is currently in soft launch, but if I was paying full price yesterday, i would have refused to pay for the service. Something that probably needs to be looked into, prior to your main launch.

Thanks Amit Trivedi

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RB
London
9 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

No service and attitude of staff was really bad. We had to try to get the attention of someone many times and when they did come over they were not apologetic or polite

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