Lovage

3.7
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77 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian

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Pre/post Theatre
Luvvies looking for a top pre-theatre curry near Victoria need look no further. Lovage is a bright and buzzy Indian restaurant on Wilton Road that has an excellent menu and a fun vibe, making it the perfect spot for group dining, family nights out, and tables for two. The restaurant has white walls decorated with splashes of colour, and the suited waiting staff are helpful and attentive. Lovage's menu includes all of your favourites as well as some house specialties, and we love the special Kufta Masala – a homely dish made with spicy meatballs; the spicy and creamy Rezala lamb curry; and the Tandoori trout marinated in light spices and baked in charcoal served with salad.
What 77 People Are Saying
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3.7based on all time ratings
3.8
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3.5
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3.3
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3.7
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EmilyL
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had dinner at Lovage on Valentine's Day and the food was fantastic, some of the best Indian food we've ever had. The service was fantastic for friendliness and efficiency. The music was also lovely and very relaxing, without being too loud or overbearing. I highly recommend eating at Lovage.

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vipSteevie
London
132 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A good local 'Indian'. They looked after us well, including catering for a fussy vegetarian (her description, not mine!) and service was prompt.

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CompanyMealer
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Average quality food for an average price. Would recommend for a low budget company team meal. Their Biryani is above average quality for the price you pay.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Nice staff. Helpful with choosing dishes

MB
MichaelB
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Booked for a staff night out, everything went smoothly. Food was nice, waiters were prompt and pleasant, prices were reasonable.

JM
vipJohnM
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just alright covers it all. Average food average service and average price.

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vipDavid
Gloucestershire
6 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Butter chicken was lovely, rice was great. Disappointing cheese naan that didn’t seem to have cheese.
Place was quiet which is good for me.
4/5

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vipFoodie
London
13 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dined at New Jomuna as found as a nearby restaurant on Open Table. Food and service really good. A bit of updating required in the cloakroom/lavatory area but overall a nice meal. I would dine again.

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Stardust
London
23 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overall a decent dining experience.
Portions are good size and staff happy to let you take home left overs.
However a couple of issues to note 1) flush in women's toilet needs fixing and 2) waiters should not show their displeasure when paying as tip can sometimes be left in cash and not on credit card

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vipVIP1000dines
Orange County
412 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great authentic Southern Indian cuisine. Super nice folks who aim to please.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The roof leaked on my head.

GC
GarethC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely Indian food and the service was friendly and quick.

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Wendy
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Very disappointed with this restaurant. The food was ok but the service was dreadful. Will definitely not be going back.
I booked this for my husbands birthday and we were both disappointed.
They would not even speak to me. I would say something but they would just look at me and say nothing back. They looked very moody and did not make us feel welcome at all.
I think they really need to work on customer service skills.
The restaurant was empty (not surprised) when we arrived and only 1 other couple came in when we were there.
I would avoid this restaurant if I was you.

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YKLondon
London
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2017
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I will not recommend this to anyone and will never visit this place in future. Service was very very poor. Waiter was very rude and was not co-operative. He doesn't care of the customer and business at all. We had been there with one of our clients and found hair in the food, and waiter said it is not their hair instead of apology. I would request management to look into this and focus on customer and providing better service.

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vipGeorgiaH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were not experienced at ordering Indian food but we wanted to experience this type of food. The waiter made us feel at home and took time to explain to us about the food and the different regions of India from which they originate. He ensured that everything we ordered was suited to our tastes, two of my kids don't like curry, one likes spicy, one likes sweet. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The waiter also brought out a wonderful assortment of starters before our meal which allowed us to try a wide variety of foods with different sauces. All the food was well prepared and tasted fresh.

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eparsons
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Rather tired restaurant, average food and so so service. Not terrible but could not really recommend it.

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Tahir
London
29 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Awful restaurant. Booked a table for 5 people via OpenTable. Two of us turned up 10 mins early and there seems to be no awareness of our booking, the Manager kept asking if I really wanted a table for 5, I confirmed several times. The restaurant was completely empty. Just a bizarre conversation. Very unwelcoming Manager/staff. For some reason clearly didn't want the business from a group of friends meeting to chat over dinner.
Went across the road to the Turkish restaurant Kazan - they could not have been more welcoming. Moved some bookings around to clear a table for us immediately. Proper service, very welcoming. Perhaps the staff from here should get some tips.....

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vipPeterP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food wqs delicious and the service professional. Small place but I would go back.

JE
JE34
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent Indian food and good service. We always go there when in London.

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XXXX
London
17 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2016
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Food was nice but not exceptional. The waiter was not able to explain the dish on the menu. Part way through ordering, he stopped me in order to get pen and paper, stating that he can't remember it all! Then he needed to see the item on the menu being ordered because he can't spell! I asked for tap water and was told that they do not serve tap water and I can only order large bottled water! There was extra charge for chutney which got taken away when main course arrived! Ambiance is lacking, service is poor, food is fine and price is reasonable.

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OpenTable Diner
London
20 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Poor service, felt like I was in the way. Good food

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate at New Jomuna as we were staying overnight on business.
We were all very pleased with the meal and the service was largely very good. In particular one of the staff members was very friendly and attentive and we were asked many times whether all was ok. I was a little disappointed at the angry look I received upon paying from the bill on card without an added tip. I was using a corporate card and cannot leave a tip on card as it would not have matched the value of the receipt. We did leave a cash tip and I always tip in cash anyway whether business or pleasure but it did not dampen the experience, it was just something I though unnecessary.

The food was really good and I felt it was all fresh - just a note that I ordered a curry that I did not expect to be spicy but it was quite hot so perhaps just let a staff member know how you like it before ordering!

All in all I would recommend the restaurant to anyone who enjoys the cuisine.

KP
KeithP
Surrey
47 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2015
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Chosen for location. Otherwise average Indian restaurant, food is good but a little overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2015
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Me and my partner went for some pre theatre food to be greeted in a rather unfriendly way. I also got told we couldn't sit in a reserved table before even being asked wether we had a reservation. As we were the only people in there at the time we could hear a small bit of the music as it was being drowned out by the waiting staff eating crisps behind the bar to then have them not wash their hands before serving our food. Overall it was a poor dining experience that gave let down what could have Been a lovely meal. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone that's looking for a friendly and pleasant dining experience!

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SW6Silkey
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2015
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Our group (5) ordered a variety of starters and mains, everything from a mild korma to a hot jalfrezi, and everyone enjoyed their meal. The portion size is good, and the food is full of flavour. Loved the lime pickle with the pompadoms too.

The waiting staff was very attentive, the value was good, and I'd recommend as a good choice for Indian food in the area.

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vipTheatregoer
London
13 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our overall impression was of a rather unfriendly restaurant. We asked for a different table than the one offered and that didn't seem to go down well though the restaurant was not full. The staff seemed rather unfocused - kept trying to take away the poppadums and sauces before we had finished and missed bringing one of the main dishes until we asked. The food was ok and the house wine surprisingly good but I don't think we'll rush back.

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Prospero
London
33 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Always reliable, the New Jomina is a nice local Indian restaurant with a good choice of well-cooked meals

KP
KeithP
Surrey
47 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Enjoyable curry with friends, but the drinks are expensive.

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vipHaylo
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2014
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Quite simply the food is awful and the service matches. The food is not marinated and the prawns far from fresh. Dishes are greasy and bland. Will not be returning.

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smumani
London
46 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food there is quite good though the service can be a bit hit and miss. We had ordered different kinds of beers and they brought the same bottled beer. At first they were not happy that I sent it back and then the manager came over and I had to explain it again. Otherwise the service was good.
The portions are not huge but enough. The did push the papadoms a bit heavily.

KP
KeithP
Surrey
47 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2014
Overall3food3service3ambience3

An average Indian meal.... Nothing to complain about but nothing special. The food was good and they served us well.

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Prospero
London
33 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2013
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had an extremely pleasant meal at the New Jomuna with a friend. Food was well cooked and nicely served. Good value as always.

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Alex
London
6 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2013
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sent my Boss there for dinner with Colleagues (10). On the site looks nice, but on arrival the restuarant looked terrible. Looked like a dodgy Indian with grey glass on the outside, and was certainly not a gem of a find. Food was beyond average. And tried to call them to secure the semi private area, but they close from 3-6pm. My bookings was at 6pm, so I couldn't contact them prior ot my booking. Would not answer phones etc. Would never book again.

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Alan
London
24 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ate at New Jomuna early Thursday evening. It was surprisingly busy and probably too late for them to be pre-theatre diners. Food was excellent and arrived fairly quickly given the number of diners. Menu not spectacular but something there for most tastes. Would recommend and would certainly go again. Toilets were probably the worst aspect, down some dingy stairs, but didn't spoil ther experience.

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Desperate
London
49 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been New Jomuna a few times now and the food is always good with plenty of choice. We like to eat early and haven't always booked but as the restaurant fills up very quickly if you go later probably advisable to book.

The decor and lighting are just right - not so dim that you can't see what you are eating. The service is good, pleasant but not intrusive

HI
HookedonIndian
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2013
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Tasty food with good choice of menu. Good-size portions and still temperature hot when received. Spice levels were as requested. Draft Kingfisher beer was a bit flat though so had to change to bottled lager.

JE
JE34
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely bright decor with good food and service

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Prospero
London
33 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2013
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Always reliable and good value. A good meal and reasonably priced.

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Richpilk
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to this restaurant and we certainly weren't disappointed.. The food was beautifully cooked and the choice was excellent. Service was impeccable and it was great value for money. I would definitely return.

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vipfinom
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2012
Overall1food3service1ambience2

...even though four waiters were hanging out in the restaurant

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Lovage does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

Lovage is rated 3.7 stars by 77 OpenTable diners.

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