The Curry Room

4.1
32 reviews
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Indian
An authentic journey of discovery blending Indian and African influences.The newly launched Curry Room at The Rubens serves an inspired three course menu created by Chef Arun Kumar. Working closely with Head Chef Kevin Joseph at our sister property, The Oyster Box Hotel in Durban, the menu celebrates authentic flavours made with the finest ingredients and exclusively imported spices from India.The intimate and supremely comfortable setting of the restaurant incorporates Rajasthani hand embroidery and rich red colours which reflect the vibrant diversity of the dishes.
Our gourmet journey begins with keema samosa, poppadums, homemade lime pickle, apricot chutney, vegetable atchar and mint raita. A choice of mains includes traditional Natal lamb curry, butter chicken, tamarind fish curry and more. Complete the experience with a choice of deserts.
A wide selection of old and new world wine has been carefully selected to complement the dining experience.

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What 32 People Are Saying
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OT
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Tool the fam there to celebrate our last day in Europe. Outstanding. Delicious Indian food. But oh so very brutally expensive. We are like kings but left like paupers !! 😂😂
The damage was about $100 USD per person.

DL
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Over priced Indian food. Small portions.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive (but not annoying) service, and a great vibe. Definitely opt for the 3-curry selection, and don’t forget the pistachio kulfi!

JE
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

London seems to have a tier of Indian restaurants that promise a superior dining experience (at stratospheric prices). Some of those restaurants, such as the Curry Room, deliver on just part of the promise (yes, dear reader, the prices.).

From the bordello decor to the lounge singer’s 80’s pop drifting infrom upstairs to the overeager wait staff who don’t seem to understand the concept of savoring a meal, the Curry Room fails to deliver on almost all counts. The samosa starters were cold and had obviously been prepared earlier in the day. The lamb curry was undistinguished. The bright spot of the meal was the vegetable korma, which was freshly prepared and nicely spiced.

Overall Rating: Avoid

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, old setting. Friendly, helpful, and attentive staff. Delicious food! We took our time, about three hours, and never felt rushed.

M
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed a terrific meal before seeing a show in London. What a night!

AW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Difficult to find as nowhere did it mention it was actually in the Ruben's Hotel, only by pure chance we asked the friendly doorman if we were going the right way that he told us it was in the hotel. The food was flavoursome but at £45 per head very disappointed at half a naan bread each!! Probably wouldn't go back again.

DB
London
17 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

If you listen to Radio 4 and want to sit in a Victorian Grandmother's sewing den then this is the place for you. The food was a mixed bag, I LOVED my taster menu but friends had mixed thoughts of their dishes. Limited menu and VERY expensive for the basic menu they offered. I wouldn't go back but I personally had great food and the staff were top notch.

AB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

small menu of well-prepared Indian dishes and a beautiful space. Service was a little bit didactic as if we had never eaten any Indian food before. however the dishes were not run-of-the-mill Indian but tasted authentically spiced with real spices someone prepared as their own take on the curries and other types of dishes since a lot of Indian restaurants have a big spread of choices, probably look at the menu to be sure there is something you want before you go to spend these prices. Beautiful quiet setting when we were there

W
London
141 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a set menu. Starter is a simple vegetarian or meat samosa with popadoms choice. Seven choices for the mains and both of our choices were tasty. Desserts were good which is not something I usually say when at an Indian restaurant. Only negative is it is a bit pricey for what it is. Service is good.

R
Hertfordshire
17 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding & easily the best curry i have had in London. A reduced number of choices on the menu results in absolutely delicious properly cooked food. I really believe that the use of ingredients & particularly spices results in an absolute taste sensation. A great meal in a great location.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We were very disappointed with the menu as there was only the set menu available at £45 each with no choice of starters. Having paid exorbitant amount of money for just one main curry and chickpeas all the left over food had to be wasted as we were told that they did not have containers take it home. Perhaps this restaurant is not for locals but for rich tourists

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal! A wonderful experience!

TC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 2

£8 for a small bottle of Kingfisher....
Oh dear.....

Food was excellent. But a complete rip off.

Staff attentive. Overpriced , not as amazing as it thinks it is!!

NP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my wife's birthday. The food and service were excellent. The chef came out for a chat and there was live music from a fabulous singer in the bar upstairs.
Drinks a little on the pricey side but you are in a central London hotel.
Well worth a visit.

DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends and I went to the Curry Room because all of the trendy fancy places were booked. Man, did we luck out! The food is top quality and you can taste the love and care that goes into every dish. Great service, amazing ambiance, great food, great drinks and wine---and only 35 bob. We'll be back!

JF
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated like honored guests from the minute we stepped into the restaurant. The manager explained the menu, a fixed price, three course dinner. He explained that each of the main courses were designed to represent a different region or style of Indian cuisine. And he described the cooking techniques and flavor profiles. We chose two from different styles. The flavors were wonderful. Presentation was beautiful. The value was outstanding. We are both experienced in Indian cuisine. This was a great experience.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best curry I’ve ever had in my life!!

GN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful meal! 3 course tasting menu--would highly recommend the lamb curry, butter chicken and cheesecake, although all of the choices were delicious!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it!!

JF
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

First off we were not aware the restaurant was in the lower level of a hotel, so it took us a while to find it. Once we located it and went in we were seated in a back corner and were greeted by our server who was quite attentive. Ordered samosas and drinks, samosas were quite dry and the beer was warm, so not a great start. Then we had our main course of lamb and butter chicken, both were quite good and they even made an attempt to get the beer colder! Have to give them points for effort. Overall not a bad experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice Indian food, nice room inside the Rubens hotel with really nice staff

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good service. Amazing food! Very romantic setting for girlfriend birthday dinner!

DP
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food amazing service. recommend the vindaloo

M
Richmond
57 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location in the Rubens Hotel. Wonderful service and delicious set menu. Amazing samosas and pappadums to start with- made in the kitchen!

f
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so flavorful and delicious! The atmosphere was also so romantic and very personable. I would definitely recommend this spot!

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent for the second time. Superb food, interesting menu, great atmosphere and exceptional service. Try the vindaloo.

CO
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was so slow!!! It took us 3.5 hours to get out of there with a set menu. It’s in the basement of the hotel and obviously the kitchen is far away. Also, we asked for not spicy food, and they assured me they would do their best with all the dishes, but not one out of 5 was bearable on spice.

JT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Great decor and attentive service. Much easier to have a conversation in than many other restaurants that are so noisy. I think it's the thick carpet and upholstered chairs that help. Beef in the curry was unpleasantly fatty which was a disappointment so I left most of my main course - something the waiter didn't pick up on.

MJ
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely meal at a very reasonable price for the food. The wine list is on the pricey end although the bottle of wine we had was fantastic (Their own vinyard and the Hannibal Red). The restaurant is situated in the basement area of the Ruben's Hotel opposite Buckingham Palace mews. Great location but the bar is London premiere hotel prices which rather offsets the value for money of the food.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable meal with fantastic service and lovely ambience.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem. This restaurant is warmly decorated with deep armchairs, soothing lighting and cosy furnishings and lots of space between the tables. The set 3 course menu was delicious, the pork vindaloo a real eye opener (try it!). It's not be open long but the food standards seemed very high for this price, we paid 35 per person and felt we had a bargain. 

Good wine list favoring lighter whites. The waiters were attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. The room isn't obvious when entering the hotel, you need to go through the bar. We were lucky to be serenaded by live lounge music from the bar giving it a lively relaxed feel. Strongly recommend.

KO
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent flavors, well prepared food. Nice atmosphere with live music from the bar above the restaurant. Overall, very enjoyable!