The Quilon

4.6
1090 reviews
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
Among the new generation of Indian restaurants specialising in lighter sauces and a more eclectic menu, Quilon is the sister restaurant of the famous Bombay Brasserie. The interior is an elegant mix of rich muted colours and the bar is a particularly popular place to meet. The delicious food is described as 'Coastal Cuisine' and dishes such as seafood, crustacea and a variety of specialities are available. Dishes includes Char-grilled shrimps with lime and chilli, lobster with tangy Goan pickle and fish curry with coconut. Quilon was awarded its first Michelin star in 2008 and received a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2009.
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RM
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Been to Quilon multiple times and in the standards seemed to have slipped. The service was pretty lacklustre but the food was a real disappointment. The starters were cold to lukewarm and the main courses were warmer but still didn’t taste particularly taste. It’s within Quilon's gift to charge what the market will bear however unless it takes quality back to previously levels they will have a tough road ahead.

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MM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect venue to celebrate my son getting his Duke of Edinburgh award at Buckinham Palace. It has character ambience and the location is very central. The food service and atmosphere was excellent and all part of a perfdct day.

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AP
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is mouth-watering yet good value! Wine list is most impressive though a bit on the pricey side (go for the Le Reserve Shiraz or Cabernets from India - yummy!). From the pre-dinner appetisers to post-dinner chocolates, always a memorable experience and highly recommended...

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San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! The seafood and the non-meat tasting menu was phenomenal and the wait staff were attentive. The desserts were delicious (pistachio cake w black sesame.) A dinner that we will remember.

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

Very different version of Indian food. Lovely service, great value.

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TS
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

tasting menu was perfect for our group. Service was outstanding. Wine list was varied and reasonable.

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MH
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t mistake this for an inexpensive tikka masala sweat shop. This is haute cuisine, that happens to specialize in Indian food. Honestly, my best experience, ever, in an Indian restaurant. I have only redundant superlatives to express how good this place is. A special evening and thanks to all.

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O
London
15 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about lunch was fantastic. We had an early table at 12.15 and were the first there. The food is lovely (the tamarind chutney and chilli cauliflower were my standout dishes). The service was smooth, efficient and friendly. We passed on dessert but after we had sat chatting for ten minutes they brought us three flavours of frozen yoghurt as a gift. We loved the whole experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was so kind!!

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b
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for business dinners—quiet with exceptional food and service.

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F
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to The Quilon and decided for the seafood tasting menu with wine pairing as there were a number of very good looking food items. We were encouraged by the server who was very welcoming when we sat down and highlighted that the tasting menu items are seasonal. The cadence of courses and quality were excellent - very well trained staff who explained each of the dishes and wine pairings in detail. The plating was very good and highlighted the quality of the place. The spice was medium which gave a nice warm feeling but very manageable overall to enjoy the aqua lite of food. Would highly recommend this place for a special occasion, business meeting or quality Indian meal.

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I’m not a fan of Indian food. However, The Quilon gave me a different thought. Service is excellent. Seafood is quite delicious because I’m not used to some of Indian spices. Overall, everyone should try it!

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M
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

IT was all ok, few good dishes but generally just fancy Curry imo

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OT
London
38 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I'm not sure whether I would recommend Quilon. The food was mostly very good, but quantities were hugely variable. We'd taken a group of eight friends after a concert. We ordered a selection of different main courses, despite being encouraged to order starters as well, but it was late, and we didn't want a lot to eat. This was just as well, because the two people who ordered lemon sole got the smallest piece of fish you have ever seen. I was quite embarrassed by this, because it was £21, and my neighbour, who had ordered it and who has a good appetite, was clearly worried that he had only a small amount to eat. We all gave him anything extra we had (rice, mainly), and he managed, but to be offered a tiny piece of fish and then have to pay £21 for it was very disappointing. I have had no problems with Quilon in the past, and like the restaurant very much. The service is always excellent, and the little extras they add are lovely. So this was a shame, and will make me reluctant to return.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wedding anniversary

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I’ve been to Quilon twice now and the food is always spectacular, but the service both times was incredibly slow. The last time I went we’d been there almost an hour and a half before our entrees came, and that was after we requested they be brought out. As a result we ended up having to rush our meal because a few of us had to leave to make appointments. I highly recommend the restaurant for the food and ambience, but advise that you budget at least 2.5-3 hours for the meal, which can be difficult to do during a work day.

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Denver
36 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Disappointing meal. Indifferent service for much of the night. Tasting menu was inconsistent.

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LS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Wonderful food and impeccable service. Definitely will return

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CR
London
15 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is my favourite Indian restaurant. The service is outstanding and the food is delicious. I definitely recommend it.

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Buckinghamshire
5 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely food, authentic South Indian dishes. It was however a business meal which is attached to a specific spend per head. It was tough to work out costs as this is not evident on the website menu to manage this well.

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JD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect date night location and atmosphere. Service was quick and attentive and very knowledgeable of the menu. Several tasting options and a good variety of small plates if you want to try a bit of everything. Flavor was delicious! Especially the lamb appetizer and the scallion pancake? Would definitely return.

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JJ
London
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly welcome and friendly, helpful staff throughout the evening. Really excellent service. Ambience is spot-on too, not too noisy, good lighting, good spacing of tables. We had a table for two sat side-by-side, which we really loved - we normally try and sit this way in restaurants whenever we can anyway, but this usually means sitting on one side of a table for 4, which isn't always possible. Great to see they offered this option - so much better to be able to sit close and talk to your partner without to lean across a table.

We had the seafood tasting menu, which had plenty of variety across the courses and presentation. The first few courses, in particular, were absolutely outstanding. The only minor criticism is the main course (curry) and dessert were not quite as good as the first few courses.... but that's only because a very high bar had been set. Cocktail menu is terrific too, with some really wonderful and unusual cocktails. Our favourite was "The Queen of the Damned", with apple sour and liquorice. Really lovely!

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M
London
11 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, spiced perfectly to order. Great service, accommodating of our need to make a theatre curtain. The restaurant is well placed for “Hamilton”.

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JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, rich in every aspect, and with a level of spicyness suitable for Europeans.
Only issue is to book early. We booked at 21:30, which was the earliest available time I open table. When we ordered the set menu, told us the kitchen was going to close in one hour so they would speed up. It was too quickly, and when they brought tea and coffee, handed over the bill, which felt a bit rude.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, wonderful food, and considering everything a pretty good value.

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SJ
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Too expensive and I wouldn’t exactly say value for money

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AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my partner’s birthday

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D
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food quality. All ingredients are high quality and authentic taste. Nice ambience and very good service with freindly staff. Very good value for money. However Lunch menu is limited in choice and ordering extra items for additonal cost is not choice on menu.

Worth the visit.

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SM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited Quilon for my husbands birthday. Beautiful flavoursome food and very friendly staff. We will be back

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A
San Francisco
219 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love their spicy food, and I've been here a bazillion times in the last 2 years, but the meat entrees (especially the fish), tends to be (but not always) overcooked. I had dinner here 2 evenings in the last 4 nights and the entree on the first night (bass) was overcooked as was the entree on the second night (roasted chicken). It turns out OK because whatever spices they use, it does a good job of covering up the badly prepared meat. :-) Otherwise, the spinach (both nights) was outstanding - oh my god, it was wonderful. Excellent texture, not overcooked, nicely dressed with mustard seeds and coconut. The lemon rice (both nights) was also excellent as was the malabar paratha (thin, fried bread). My favorites, however, are the numerous dipping sauces they provide with the small wafers. I love that platter! Service can be incredibly good (as it was these two past visits) or so-so or not very good (as it has been on other visits).

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D
London
107 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Sleek, modern restaurant serving delicious food from wide choice on the a la carte menu.

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LT
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food good as always, ambience when sitting in the window not the greatest

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PL
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most elegant introduction to Southern Indian food possible! The room is spacious but gives diners privacy. The sand dollars accenting the walls are mirrored in the mini-papadum crackers that arrive as an amouse-bouche with three unusual chutneys: tamarind, pickled lemon, and fiery chili. You are presented with many options: tasting menus, sampling menus (different from tasting), and ordering a la carte. Every menu item is noted meticulously with possible allergens. Service was attentive, intuitive and friendly (our server really made the effort to get to know us). Food was OUTSTANDING -- classic influences layered with contemporary creativity, perfectly prepared. Many generous extras were brought to the table (e.g., an order of fried okra) gratis. We can't wait to go back.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Quite disappointed with food - had high expectations after reading the menu & some reviews! The shrimp was over cooked & deep fried as was the okra! Broth to start was lacking in flavour & the palette cleanser soup of tomato & lentil tasted like a cup-of-soup!
For the number of dishes for the seafood taster menu I cannot say that I enjoyed the majority sadly!....

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AC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Loved it!!

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely fantastic restaurant. The staff were kind and attentive and made excellent recommendations. The food was some of the best I have ever had in London. We will be returning. Thank you so much for a great evening.

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NT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

8th visit and still blown away every time by the quality of the food and service.

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EJ
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous meal, suited my husband and I perfectly - which given that I’m not a fan of things too spicy and he loves a vindaloo - is a huge credit to their tasting menu which was full of flavour yet not too spicy. Service was great - a little speedy at first but it settled into a leisurely pace which was lovely. Staff were friendly, attentive and the ambiance was wonderful.

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O
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Me and my Friends much enjoyed that evening. The only negative Point I have to Mention are the quiet used Looking menu-cards. That shouldn't occur in a Restaurant of this Level.

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RB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant and delicious.

Also very kind service by the staff.

Lunch times are generally quiet too.

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