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Pahli Hill Bandra Bhai, London,

Pahli Hill Bandra Bhai

4.2
4.2
27 Reviews
£26 to £40
Indian
Located in the heart of Fitzrovia and modelled on the cultural melting pot of communal living, commonly known as 'building societies' in Bombay, is Pahli Hill Bandra Bhai. Named after an old city neighbourhood, Pahli Hill offers the finest regional Indian small plates, derived from home recipes and traditional techniques, made to share in an informal setting. The upstairs restaurant celebrates an eclectic mix of flavours from every corner of the country. A celebration of community and exchange, eating well and informally, of warmth and sharing.

Downstairs, find Bandra Bhai, a retro Indian smuggler’s den. Full of trinkets, foreign liquor, gaudy art, and velvet upholstery, this groovy basement spot serves the best cocktails in London.

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2 people

20:00


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Indian
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 17:00–22:00 Tue–Sat 12:00–15:00
  • Phone number
    020 8130 0101
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual

Experiences

  • Canteen Thali

    £14.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    When travelling in most regions of India, you’ll find local restaurants serving Thali — a platter offering the choicest dishes specific to that region. But Thali is much more than just a part of the country’s dining out culture. While not representative of how all people eat in India, it’s an integral part of festivals, celebrations, and everyday eating. We are now serving our Canteen Thali for £14 available with Veg, Chicken or Fish - perfect for that quick-fix lunch. Available every Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 2:45pm.
    Canteen Thali photo
  • Set Lunch Menu - 2 Courses

    £25.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    From Tuesday to Friday at Pahli Hill you can book to enjoy our Set Lunch Menu, serving you our favourite flavour-packed regional dishes perfect for that quick-fix lunch. Choose between our Papadi Chat, Hara Kebab or Mangalore Bun & Dorset Crab Sukka to start, followed by one of our big plates including our ‘Paper’ Dosa, Canteen Thali or Homestyle Chicken Curry. Enjoy two courses for £25 every Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 2:45pm.
    Set Lunch Menu - 2 Courses photo
  • Set Lunch Menu - 3 Courses

    £32.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    From Tuesday to Friday at Pahli Hill you can book to enjoy our Set Lunch Menu, serving you our favourite flavour-packed regional dishes perfect for that quick-fix lunch. Choose between our Papadi Chat, Hara Kebab or Mangalore Bun & Dorset Crab Sukka to start, followed by one of our big plates including our ‘Paper’ Dosa, Canteen Thali or Homestyle Chicken Curry. Enjoy three courses for £32 every Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 2:45pm.
    Set Lunch Menu - 3 Courses photo

What 27 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

27 Reviews
  1. EdCha

    London

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Innovative and tasty, the starters are probably better than the mains, but pretty significantly overpriced.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Dosa took 45 mins. One was overly crispy, service in attentive, very push on desserts etc

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  3. Kaye

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, Well located, parking is not an issue in the area.

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  4. NaomiE

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A disappointing experience, we booked for a very late lunch and I would not do the same again. They also really struggled to know which of their dishes have gluten in them

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  5. DaniR

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was great, very poor service. Rude staff, among other things, they remove unfinished dishes from the table and rush us to other more many times

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The waiters were over eager on taking the water order even though my guest hadn't arrived. Table service also seemed disorganised as there were two waiters tending to the table.

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  7. GerryR

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Second visit here. First time 3 months ago, food was fab. This time, squid starter was oily and stale tasting, spinach starter was fab. Chicken curry and fish curry great but gourd main course more of a starter. Flaky bread fab and service and cocktails great. Choc cake absolutely worth the calories

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  8. MatthewS

    New York City

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding in every way. Delicious food, great service. We loved every bite and will be back!

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  9. Joanne

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious, maybe except for the chicken curry. Regardless, this is one of my favourite places and I'll be coming back.

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  10. DonaldD

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. Very innovative menu. And the service was impeccable! We'll be back...

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  11. SimonR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliantly looked after by the Francis the front of house all night. The cocktails and chaat were fantastic, curry’s deep in flavour and the cheesecake the best we’ve ever had

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  12. Bali

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    as soon as you walk in you’re got with the smell … prices have doubled from opening not sure its worth the value anymore

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Turkey

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Bryani was excellent. They didn't have dosa so that was a bit of a dissapointment. The chicken curry was a bit too runny as well. The starters, however, were amazing and so were the flat breads

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  14. RajivM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 February 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic!

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  15. BrendanC

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t fault it - lovely staff - great food - wish there was a proper chai and lassi tho

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was amazing, reminded me of Mumbai. loved the plate and furniture design. Will be great if we get some Indian chai and coffee options instead of English breakfast tea ! That would have been a perfect experience. Otherwise great.

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  17. LTay

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service and attention to detail in somewhat unusual surroundings, which nonetheless work well to create a very relaxed atmosphere. Superb and authentic food from southern India prepared with care by an impressive kitchen staff headed by the charming and very talented Avi Shashidhara (ex River Cafe). We loved the starters of roti filled with Dorset crab, and the Papadi Chat. Mains were amazing too: Wild sea bass steamed in a banana leaf Raw mango, mint, coriander Paper-thin Dosa (pancake), strived with turnip & carrot sambas, turmeric potato & chutneys. A fabulous melting pot of tastes and flavours that we’d never experienced outside of India itself that hit the tastebuds and bring a smile to your face. We were disappointed there was no cheesecake left, but the carrot halwa was an absolutely delicious alternative. Already booked to come back. This is going to be a firm favourite! Dying to visit the speakeasy in the basement! Had a visit and it looks authentic and inviting!

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  18. NeelaP

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience & service, went for late lunch, wide selection of dishes with a modern twist on Mumbai favourites. Cocktails are divine!!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    London

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good to see the return of the much Thali and a mighty fine one too. Food at nearby tables looked good as well. Intriguing decor and slick service.

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  20. Esther

    London

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious well priced food options, attentive staff, attractive venue. Looking forward to booking this restaurant again.

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  21. Leena

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Perfect for a nice family meal, even the kids loved it!

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  22. Charlie

    London

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    having read reviews that were glowing a friend and I went for lunch and found it great. there were many things on the menu i would have enjoyed but choose the lamb biryani which was magnificent.

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  23. arkay3001

    London

    34 reviews

    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our second visit within 30 days. Although it was a repetition, we liked the food in August, and wanted to come back. Unfortunately the food did not match the same standard as of the first time. The chicken was not as tasty , and the manager agreed to take one of the items off the bill. Apparently the executive chef was not there, and this seemed to make the difference. I hope the standard is restored. The only other issue was that though we booked for 5, there weren't any tables to accommodate us and it was a chair at the end of a table for 4. This needs to improve. Service was great and Darshini in particular was very nice. Will certainly go back again. The only other issue was that though we booked for 5, there weren't any tables to accommodate us and it was a chair at the end of a table for 4. This needs to improve.

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  24. arkay3001

    London

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and great food. Really enjoyed the food, which was well made and served. Staff were very helpful with great service and attention. Food was very well made, subtle tastes and well presented. Not the traditional Indian, but I liked it very much and will most certainly return. Thankyou

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food served by lovely knowledgable staff

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. The only issue we had was that some of our items were forgotten. When we reminded, they promptly brought them out, but then when we looked at our bill, we were double charged for those same items, even though the first portions were given to another table. They sorted it out and reversed the charges. When we arrived home, we discovered they forgot a third dish, our Tadka Dal, which was never brought out but again charged for (we ordered so much we forgot they never brought that out). It’s the pandemic and we know restaurants are struggling with staff and all so won’t hold it against them and will definitely be back again. Just wish their staff was a bit more attentive with things like this. The mango cheesecake is amazing and is a must! A must try, but just check your bills and make sure you get all your dishes and you aren’t charged for something they never brought out.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    They didn’t have our open table reservation

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

Pahli Hill Bandra Bhai is rated 4.2 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

20:00


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Pahli Hill Bandra Bhai

79-81 Mortimer Street, London, W1W 7SJ

Additional information

  • Area
    Fitzrovia
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Sat 17:00–22:00 Tue–Sat 12:00–15:00
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Indian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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