The India Restaurant

4.3
3692 reviews
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For an atmospheric Indian meal only a stone’s throw from London’s Cannon Street station, The India restaurant delivers every time. This snug 'n' cosy restaurant is set entirely underground in a series of three dining rooms each decorated individually with whitewashed vaulted ceilings and comfy leather chairs, and the intimate setting is perfect for dinner parties and celebrations. Popular with City types, commuters and curry-lovers alike, The India has an extensive menu which features classic curries such as jalfrezies and balti masalas, and the restaurant's signature dish is the thali – a selection of traditional dishes presented in small bowls on a round tasting platter. The chef prides himself on creating classic renditions of the subcontinent’s most exclusive gastronomy – Vintage Indian cuisine. Unobtrusive, seamless service is the byword here. It’s no surprise that The India is busy at lunch and with an after-work crowd, and has a popular private dining room for events.

Special Offers

50% off food

Available when ordering a minimum of one starter and one main course per diner. Please note: Offer is not applicable to poppadum and desserts.

Terms and Conditions: VAT included, service excluded.

Valid For: 2 - 10 people

Starts: 29 November 2018

Ends: 21 November 2019

Availability: Sat 17:30-23:00

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BS
London
54 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been several times to The India. Never disappointed. It the cheapest Indian restaurant we have ever been to but it's in a great location and food is always good.

S
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food, ambience, location. Service not great. Distracted, slow to attend, some incorrect drinks for another table and food was quite warm, but not hot.

DG
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, very nice staff, beautiful surroundings. This restaurant has fully met our expectations.

S
Brighton
28 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dined early on a Monday night so not too busy. Staff very attentive and not as pushy in trying to sell pints of Cobra all the time as on our last visit. Food very good and nice sized portions. Impressed when the bill came as he had taken off 20% - presumably because I had booked through OpenTable. Nice end to a good evening.

SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, my favourite Indian restaurant! Lovely surroundings and friendly staff.

NI
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The main meal tasted bland but it was good value for money. Maybe that's why he food was crap. The atmosphere was nice so was the staff. But the food could have tasted better

DB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a very nice meal, service was very good, waiters friendly and helpful, food was good but without the 50% off deal it would have been expensive for a curry in my opinion. Would return but only with the 50% deal.

LT
London
23 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening with a very intimate setting. Great service and the food was just wow. So much flavour. I’ve been here before but not for a while. I remembered why I loved it so much before. We were served by Salim who made our evening a whole lot more special with attentive good natured humour! I would definitely come here again, and again, and again:-) Wow.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Dinner with friends

LB
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and typical !
There was an error on the discount but they corrected it without any problem

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, promptly served in comfortable surroundings at a good value price. The only downside was the service was a little too quick, i.e. I felt we were being a little rushed through the meal to clear the table for a second sitting.

JA
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table for quarter past 5 via open table however the restaurant doesnt open until half 5. The receptionist was waiting for us and explained the situation it was not a problem at all. All of the staff where very friendly and welcoming. The atmosphere was great and the food was amazing. I will be booking to go again! I definately recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and good ambience

LW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This is an excellent Indian eatery if you are looking for something more swish than your Tooting / Brick Lane style.
The food is excellent and they don’t tone down their spice. I took a friend where we had a mixed platter starter. Nice portions.

My main i had a lamb shank special. The spice was fantastic. The Naan was fresh and the Okra was not overcooked or mushy.


Service isn’t quick. Which actually for us was good ... as it gave is time to chat and catch up. It took around 2 hrs for starters and mains to complete and for us to receive our bill, but the venue wasn’t busy. Just be warned.

All in all a good bet for dinner, £33 a head incl beer, starters, mains and sides. About what i expected

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Best curry in London!

CP
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I stumble upon this restaurant while visiting London. I highly recommend it. From the service, food, ambience. It has it all. Not to be missed.

CD
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We had a table for 3. As soon as my 2 friends arrived before me they were told that they would need the table back in 2 hours. Not a problem but then we felt we had to rush and have an eye on the time. We would have finished by then anyway with efficient service. I also asked for a specific table but was not allowed it, apparently somebody else had requested it. I find that hard to belive and think my request had not been read or acknowledged. During our meal we were approached and asked for our spare chair which had coats on it. My friend took them off and put them on her lap for a while. Someone then realised that it was probably a bit rude so brought over another chair. On looking around the restaurant there were lots of chairs that could have been used so why we had to be disturbed for that one we found odd. All these things spoiled the atmosphere for us but I cannot fault the food which is superb.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was good, not great. The space was indeed “cozy” in that it’s in a basement with a low arched ceiling about 6 ft. People taller have to duck to navigate the space. The server harassed us about my partner not ordering an entree and saying that a reservation for two meant we both had to order full meals, despite us ordering an appetizer, side, entree and a drink.

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

Great food as ever

OT
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely place with amazing hosts and even more amazing food!

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

Found a hair in our food, they flatly denied it was from the kitchen. Appalling and rude. Never visiting again.

P
London
77 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food, great value and good service what else do you need from a restaurant?

S
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

We felt rushed with our food and experience because our waiter made us feel like we need to hurry up because I were closing. Didn’t really enjoy the food. Won’t be coming back.

DT
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All round excellent food, service, value. My party were thoroughly impressed and would certainly return.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Très épicé

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AT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I booked this after seeing the good reviews on Open Table however was extremely disappointed and will not go back. Where we were seated away in the corner I noticed there was a couple a small flies buzzing about, i thought nothing of it until our starters came and there must have been at least 6 or 7 flies, flying about and flying in our dinner. I looked above and there was some sort of ventilation system that they must have come from/been attracted to. I immediately got up and asked to be moved. Where we were moved to was better, however, when our main course arrived there were still a couple of flies that i had to bat away from my dinner. I have dined out for years and years and this is the first time I have ever had to swat away flies in a restaurant from my food. When our bill came there was no discount and no offer of a free drink/desert etc to make up for the awful experience. Instead, they had added on 12.5% tip, i said to the waiter who brought the bill (not our usual waiter) that I wanted to take it off and decide our own tip to which he responded, 'you don't want to tip?'. Not only is this extremely rude and took me aback, but i wouldn't even expect this if they're HADN'T been flies in my food. We then (against my advisement) still left a reasonable tip and the rude waiter then came over whilst we were still at the table took the bill and pocketed the tip. I couldn't believe this and was so angry but didn't want to get into an argument. This was an extreme shame as the food was actually lovely but completely tainted by the other experiences. AVOID.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ottimo ristorante indiano a Londra. La zona è poco movimentata la sera, tuttavia questo locale serve la cena fino alle 22.00/22.30 ed è ottimo se vi trovate in zona. Ottimi prezzi ed ottimi piatti, oltre che per il sapore anche per l'abbondanza.

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I
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

With so many great Indian resturants in London, I'd suggest giving this rather ordinary offering a miss.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cozy place. Friendly staff. Delicious food. Nice cocktails too!

DD
London
35 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with good value food, great service and nice taste

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extremely tasty food

P
London
77 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I hadn't been here for a while but won't leave it as long next time. Great food good service while worth a visit

b
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent.
Staff attentive as always. Food excellent

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very bad service by the restaurant. They tried to coerce us into taking a weird deal which we didn't want to. And they didn't place our orders until quite some time. One of the waiters kept suggesting we allow him to cancel our OpenTable bookings so they wouldn't have to pay a fee to the agent. An otherwise unpleasant dining experience with mediocre food and terrible service.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here for last meal in London and loved. Cool space underground, great and attentive service and some of best Indian food we’ve had in some time. Highly recommend

KD
London
25 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food. A bit pricey for Indian food but well worth it. The restaurant is underground in cavens below Canon Street and is therefore really different from your average Indian Restaurant. Well worth a visit..

M
London
13 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went early for a friends/business catch so the restaurant was quite empty. We were met with a friendly welcome, given good advice about the menu and the service was excellent throughout. We shared a mixed starter, then a variety of main dishes, plus sides, all of which I would happily have again.

KW
Essex
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service.

But one shouldn't have to remind the staff that the bill should contain a discount through Opentable and then have to check it is amended accordingly.. It has been necessary on three out of four visits. There is also some confusion about what the discount should be. I'm still unsure. I also think that the tip should be clearly identified separately and as discretionary.

Notwithstanding my opening comment I'm not sure I will return.

AN
London
16 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really great food and fantastic space.

KA
London
77 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful cosy restaurant

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