The Curry Room

4.3
41 reviews
£41 and over
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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Experiences

  • Curry Room banquet experience with Chef Kumar

    £150.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Join Chef Kumar in the kitchen as you watch the chefs prep whilst you enjoy a glass of Champagne and canapés. Afterwards, indulge in Chef Kumar's gourmet experience which incorporates personalised dishes to your taste, carefully paired wine by our Head Sommelier. The experience must be booked 24-hours in advance and full pre-payment will be due 7 days prior to arrival. Available: Friday and Saturday, 5.30 pm and 6.15 pm only Price: £300 for two people, including two wine pairings Please advise in advance if you have dietary requirements.
  • Chef Kumar's Secret Spice Experience

    £125.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Join Chef Kumar for a one-hour cooking class. Learn and experience some of Chef Kumar's Curry Room cuisine preparation techniques. During the experience, you'll enjoy a glass of Champagne and canapés. The experience must be booked 24-hours in advance and full pre-payment will be due 7 days prior to arrival. Available: Friday and Saturday, 4 pm and 5.30 pm Price: £125 per person | £150 for two people
  • Christmas Day 6 Course Meal

    £70.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    Enjoy a Six Course menu on Christmas Day with The Curry Room. for £70 per person The intimate and supremely comfortable setting of the restaurant incorporates Rajasthani hand embroidery and rich red colours that reflect the vibrant diversity of the dishes. An extensive collection of old and new world wine has been carefully curated to complement the dining experience, with a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson, our sister vineyard in South Africa. The menu also features popular Indian beers, including Kingfisher and Cobra. The Curry Room is proud to hold an AA Rosette. Full payment is required to secure your booking and a member of the team will be in touch

Offers

  • London Restaurant Festival - 25% off

    £34.31 per person

    Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2021

    The exquisite Curry Room at The Rubens serves an inspired three-course menu created by Chef Arun Kumar, alongside an exceptional Thali. To celebrate London Restaurant Festival guests can enjoy 25% off when dining on a Friday evening throughout October. Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free options are also available. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary restrictions or allergies when making a reservation. Dress code: Smart casual. We respectfully ask guests to refrain from wearing sportswear, flip-flops, and non-tailored shorts. Guest not adhering to the dress code policy will not be permitted entry into our restaurants and bars.
  • Collect 1,000 bonus points

    Fri - Sat 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

    Receive points for dining rewards, KAYAK hotel savings and more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 41 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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JinsH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have had a lot of curry’s in the past, but this place is the best will definitely return.

Authentic food noting cooked at its best.

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PeterR
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice place to visit, food good quality indian , surprised with quality of dessert made by pastry chef and excellent. I feel although lovely food it was over priced and this would stop me visiting again!

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vipGreatoldsteakhouse
31 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal, our server Manuel was polite, efficient, and offered excellent suggestions. The food was absolutely outstanding. I highly recommend going here

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ICM8
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service. Although a set menu there was plenty of variety.

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Aussie
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was well looked after as we were going to see Hamilton and restricting time constraint. Food was fabulous. First time for my American son to experience “proper” India food. He is now a big fan

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vipjaneywoo
London
13 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was good but omg it was expensive, wish I had paid more attention to the menu before booking. The food was good though and service great.

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viplovelyeveningout
Cincinnati
39 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and food! A real must!

ML
vipMichaelL
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal, start to finish. Service and food were impeccable.

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Noisyfamily
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience1

The food was very nice but it was pretty quiet when we went after a matinee at 6, and so there was no atmosphere. The service was very attentive if a little overly so and all felt a bit stuffy. The drinks are super expensive. It is £45 a head for 3 courses but there was loads of food and it was excellent quality.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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.

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vipDebL
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Over priced Indian food. Small portions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipJohnE
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

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

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Kristin
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMike
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AlisonW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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.

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DanB
London
17 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

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.

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AlexB
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

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vipWolfie
London
147 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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Rdfg
Hertfordshire
17 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! A wonderful experience!

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TobyC
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall2food5service5ambience2

£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!!

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Birthdays
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
vipDavidG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
vipJimFromPA
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGerriN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it!!

JF
JosephF
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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.

MD
MarieD
London
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing service. recommend the vindaloo

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vipMaracaibo
Richmond
92 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipfoodiegirl
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ClaireO
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience4

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.

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JohnTavistock
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience5

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
vipMattJ
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

FAQs

The Curry Room is rated 4.3 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

The Curry Room does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://rubens.skchase.com/vouchers?categories=dining.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.