The Painted Heron

4
208 reviews
£26 to £40
Indian

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About

Since opening in 2002 a decade ago, Head Chef Yogesh Datta has received considerable critical acclaim for his interpretation of 'Modern Indian' cuisine at The Painted Heron in Chelsea.

In 2013 The Painted Heron won "Best Indian Restaurant in the UK" and "Best Chef" Pat Chapman Good Curry Guide​

Yogesh Datta joyously embraces seasonal produce and his side dishes of strawberry curry, English asparagus and broad bean curry are must-haves when in season.

Fish such as wild sea trout and cod come from Hastings boats; rabbit, squab pigeon, guinea fowl, duck and venison – meats often ignored by Indian restaurants – frequently appear too.

To the rear of the restaurant is an intimate cigar lounge-terrace, where guests can enjoy a pre or post-dinner drink with a selection of Cuban cigars from the restaurant’s purpose-built humidor
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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, best Indian in London

CC
ChaChaCha
London
12 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The staff were very friendly and the food was lovely
Just check before you go whether they have a large group coming in whilst you will be there as they have visiting holiday groups
If you go away from those groups it is very good

FF
FizzyFetlocks
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having lived in India, I was staggered to find a restaurant so authentic in Cheyne Walk! Amazing food and lovely staff.

SJ
SusanJ
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

This is a neighbourhood restaurant which is fine for a bite our night.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolute find! We happened on this restaurant while visiting Chelsea. TPH is an elegant restaurant featuring a wonderful balance of mainstream dishes with a sophisticated twist. A perfect example is the samosa appetizer. Light and fluffy on the inside and delicately crisp on the outside. This would have been great on it’s on own but was served with a chickpea stew combining a wonderful blend of herbs and spices that made it one of the best things I’ve eaten in quite some time. The menu features rich, textured curries, perfectly tender meats, fresh seafood and veggie dishes served by a gracious husband and wife team who truly care about your dining experience. All this and not while not putting a big dent in your pocketbook. We will definitely be back.

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Nelly
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

It was a very slow service, not very friendly possible due to it being a set menu for valentine days. Have used this Resturant over the years I thought the food was good, but paper napkins laminate tables and poor service will probably this Resturant will be removed from our favourites list Sad!!!

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manvsfood
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Used to be a great restaurant, has now changed hands and is poorer for it

BR
BellaR
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was fresh and delicious will definitely be returning .

TM
TimothyM
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The set menu was outstanding. I loved the meat starters and had the chicken jalfrezi.

JJ
JaneJ
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was fabulous, the restaurant was quite quiet, but as we were 10 we brought our own ambiance. Service was courteous but not overly slick. They were very helpful accommodating my friend's special dietary requirement. I'll be back.

AW
vipAkiW
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food, very friendly and helpful service. The restaurant recently reopened after renovation and they have also redone the menu. Tasteful dishes with fresh ingredients and well presented

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. Well balanced flavors and knowledge of when less is more.

CB
CharlesB
London
16 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An interesting and creative menu with freshly cooked food - everything we ate was of the highest quality and the staff were helpful and charming!

HP
HungryPeople
London
24 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. The tastiest food I’ve had for ages! I thoroughly recommend this lovely restaurant. I will definitely be going again.

SL
vipSarasotaLady
350 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My husband and I have been to The Painted Heron which is now called TPH -- not sure why the name was changed as the original is very nice -- many times. This time the menu was changed and it took us a while to decide what to order. The food is always delicious and we will go back. Our friends really enjoyed it.

JW
JoeW
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

TPH is excellent value, great portions, the service is very good, and well worth a visit!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The Painted Heron used to be superb. Sadly that is no longer the case. It is now just ordinary and I shall not be coming back.

KG
KingG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I have been coming to this restaurant since 2005. At one dining, there was a film crew from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation doing a program on the restaurant and filming interviews of diners. They picked me and I gave it a glowing review. If they had been there last night, it would have been 100% the opposite of the prior rating.
My last dining here was about two years ago.
We arrived at 1900H on a Saturday night. There were no other diners, When we left at 2045H, there were only two other tables with customers. Our waiter disappeared after bringing the mains and left the premises. The other waiter , who only had two tables to service, ignored us.
Low end Indian restaurants are heavy on the sauces and scant the main course ordered. The new regime at this restaurant is following this formula. The menu has been reduced to at least 50% of what was previously. The food, in the past was outstanding. Now, it is not any better then the average take away.
It had been a warm day. The red wine we purchased for over £70 was at room temperature, at least 24 C. In other words, there is no proper storage of red wine. This is expected at low end restaurants.
I failed to read the latest reviews of this restaurant that on the whole are negative. I will not return and am sad that was once my a great restaurant is no better now then what Marks and Spencer have to offer. The lack of customers on a Saturday night is a clue that people have decided to avoid a restaurant. Only because of my past visits did I ignore this sign. I was wrong to do so.

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mandyk
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i've been coming to this restaurant for the past 15 years. Every time I visit London, I eat at Painted Heron. I've never been disappointed yet ! Food is amazing and so is the service.

Excellent value for the money !

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Rods
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Some of the dishes tasted stale. Service was slow.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Hadn't been for a long time. Food still delicious but atmosphere was tragic..

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
16 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The painted heron used to be a favourite local Indian restaurant . We hadn’t been since it changed ownership and we were very disappointed. Poor service , it was v cold in there and so expensive given the tiny portion sizes and lack of flavour . Sadly, we won’t be visiting again .

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vipdoryedge
London
167 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Some changes since the last time I was here. Now calls itself TPH and has gone vegan!

NJ
NickJosh81
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I went to The Painted Heron on Saturday night with my wife and was very impressed. I very rarely write reviews of restaurants so the fact I'm typing this is an achievement for TPH in itself.

My wife and I have both recently gone vegan and we thoroughly enjoyed both the quantity and quality of the offering. The menu also had an excellent selection of fish and meat so it would be the ideal place for vegans and non vegans to dine together in harmony.

The food itself was excellent and the Peshwari Naan was the best I have ever had. I have eaten in most of the top restaurants of this type in London and The Painted Heron is not out of place in this company.

The only piece of constructive criticism I would make is that not selling vegan wine by the glass seems an oversight when the restaurant is otherwise so well set up for vegetarians and vegans.

In summary, I recommend TPH very highly and we will definitely be returning.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very creative menu and lovely food

A
Asitis
London
9 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2017
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Had one good waitress, the waiters were terrible. Was not inexpensive but not overpriced, food was not the best and not served on warm plates. Will not be returning.

EB
vipEBLC
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We dined here on Christmas. The ala carte menu was not available. We only had the choice of a vegetarian or non vegetarian set menu. The food was fine, not outstanding. The service was inattentive, yet we were one of the few tables there.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service and food was really poor .. interior was zero .. bed room curtails all over the Resturant I am sure full of dust ! Not to mention I had upset stomach all night

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dominics
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food still great . Restaurant looking a bit ‘tired’ now .

MB
MaryB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service, consistently good every time

d
vipdoryedge
London
167 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Although the restaurant was sparsley populated the noise from a table of braying Chelsea-ites spoilt it for us.

S
Sharleen
London
20 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and great service. I would suggest that maybe this restaurant has lost a bit of authenticity by trying to attempt a contemporary menu, for instance the daal had too much going on - there were more vegetables in it than lentils. However overall it was a nice evening and I would definitely return.

MD
vipMarkD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good indeed. Back to it’s vey best.

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Nins
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, great options for vegetarians. Saffron rice and paneer kofta were favourites!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We are old fans of the wonderful cooking and what used to be warm service so were taken aback by the rude, standoffish and incompetent new staff. Food is still good but I can’t recommend it any more.

C
Chipmunk
London
14 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience2

This was my 6th visit to the Painted Heron. It's a favourite. Great flavours, quiet, a bit quirky but still special. I'll be back.

CJ
CJDH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Without a shadow of a doubt the worst Indian meal I have eaten anywhere in the world. Truly awful food, appalling service and surly staff.

ST
SarahT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience1

Disappointing ambiance, scruffy, dated decor. Menu layout is unnecessarily complicated.
While our starters were delicious the main courses were indifferent.

LL
LankyLes
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2017
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Have been before with good food and service but this time it had neither and no atmosphere. Could be because it was early Sunday evening but that doesn't account for the unusually poor food and service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, and some unusual dishes (e.g. curried strawberry). Good service and well priced drinks (e.g Prosecco @ £6.50 per glass ). We ate on a Saturday night for £25 per head ( drinks extra) and sampled across three courses. Highly recommended.

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The Painted Heron is rated 4 stars by 208 OpenTable diners.