Woodlands Restaurant Piccadilly
The restaurant is ideal for easy dining with a buzzy brasserie atmosphere. Based in the heart of Theatre and just a stone's throw from Leicester Sq ideal for a pre or post theatre dining. Woodlands has recently launched a delicious and healthy Tandoor menu in which dishes are cooked in a clay oven. Also introduced recently is a innovative Organic Wine List...you really can taste the difference as these wines are much purer and lighter with a longer finish.
Party packs for large takeaways
Nice quiet location and easy walking distance to all the main attractions nearby. However, while the food was ok, the service was exceptionally slow - had to ask 3 times for an item. Don't think I would return in a hurry.
Great food especially the masala dosa and the Hyderabadi aubergine curry. Only let down was the service as they got our order wrong and had to remake it. But no harm done and was a good meal!
The food at Woodlands is consistently excellent, even if you are not a vegetarian/vegan. The service is attentive and friendly and the location is perfect for pre theatre.
Woodlands is a long standing and reliable source of delicious vegetarian and vegan food. The dosas are a speciality and always delicious. Lots of wheat free options too. And a good range of drinks from lasso and nimbu Pani through to wine and beer.
Good tasty food and efficient service, slightly let down by the casual cowboy look of the manager - jeans and check shirt don't fit the look at all.
Wonderful food! Can't wait to go back for more.
Service quite slow, so be prepared, but worth the wait!
Excellent food, mains arrived slightly too quickly but otherwise service good. Our tap water arrived promptly too. Really good dosa and curry, the right amount, not too much! Generally good value (though rice seemed a bit pricy).
The Woodland’s menu is impressive and the quality of the food is good, in particular for vegetarians. The wine list is adequate for daily drinks.The service was friendly but rather slow. The restaurant’s ambience is average.In overall terms, the restaurant does offer good value for money if you are after a quick and reliable meal with few frills. We will certainly return and hope that the service becomes more efficient.
Authentic Indian food at reasonable prices in the centre of London.
Food took too long to arrive and no water was brought to the table as asked until it came to bill time and we asked again for water. A service charge was added as part of the bill which we felt was not deserved although we politely paid it. The curry was good (all vegetarian by the way), quantities modest. We had been to this restaurant before and enjoyed it but will not go again unless the restaurant offers some recompense for their inadequacy on this occasion. Water should always be served, it’s a basic service in any culture in any country.
Very good vegetarian/vegan options, traditional Indian so don't expect the normal anglicised fare. They specialise in dosas; I had the podi ghee roasted dosa which was excellent with its selection of sauces, but being crispy and about twice as long as the plate it was served on, did not lend itself to delicate table etiquette!
The pistachio kulfi for desert was thick, creamy, tasty and attractively served. The only downside was that their coffee machine was broken - so no standard "Western" coffees, but never mind, the spicier Indian coffee was a welcome substitute.
Great service and vegetarian options, central location
The food was fantastic, and the service was very nice. Beautifully presented dishes.
Food is excellent. But they have no soya or other alternative milk and NO vegan desserts except sorbet - which is a very poor showing and rather spoilt my birthday meal. Even the birthday special wasn't vegan, so although it was my birthday, I couldn't eat it!! Wake up Woodlands - the vegans are coming!
Coming from France, we wanted something different to eat before going to the Novello theater including vegetarian and gluten free options. We were absolutely surprised with the meals and everything was great! From the Indian cheese to the vegetarian samosa!
As usual, great vegetarian food, and I am a meat-lover! Even my critical mother-in-law loves it. Staff is friendly but dont always understand orders placed or provide wrong meal. We had to ask again for an ordered bottle to be provided. Still, I'll be coming back.
Great little place - lovely vegetarian curry choices and very affordable for West End
Excellent choice for vegetarians and lovers of South Indian food. A tad overpriced but I guess that's what you pay for the location.
Lovely food. Authentic South Indian. Great to have this restaurant in the West end.
An excellent meal, very relaxed atmosphere, excellent menus - I'm vegetarian, but the person I was dining with is not and they enjoyed the meal every bit as much as I did. Great choice for coeliacs too, as a large part of the menu is gluten-free
Good food close to theatres and cinemas. On internet you find a separate menu for vegans with quite many dishes on it. In the restaurant this list is missing on the menu. So vegans have to find their options by checking all listed dishes. However the vegan drinks are clearly marked on the menu. But since the quality of food is over average, it's worthwile to spend a few minutes reading the menu.
I have eaten at this Woodlands on almost every visit to London. This time though, I found that the portions were much smaller and prices same so effectively raising prices. I spoke with my servers and they too confirmed that they are getting far too many similar complaints. This used to be one of the places I recommended to friends and family but I can no longer do that given small morsels being passed as dishes. I hope the owners see this and similar feedback from others and bring back the previous sizes.
great menu - even for non vegetarians! quality of food very good.
I don't like negative reviews but my experience was so bad, I regretted choosing to go there. Service was non-existent, when we arrived there was only one guy working there (I had the impression is was probably the owners son, who had no interest int he business) and the restaurant wasn't particularly busy, 20 mins after being seated and no one came to take our order, I had to go the bar to ask the waiter to come over and take our order. My fiancée was chocking and I asked him for water and there was no urgency! 6-7 minutes later, a waitress came to start her shift and she instantly got us the water. Service was very poor. The food was the biggest waste of money, we ordered poppadum's which arrived stale, we ordered the chilli paneer which had a bad gone off smell to it and it felt like it was reheated from frozen, the portion size wouldn't even feed a small child on 6 small pieces of paneer. we also ordered the mix grill for £13, which you only get 2 florets of broccoli, 2 florets of cauliflower, 2 mushrooms and 2 small pieces of paneer, not only is this a rip off, it was bland and tasteless lacked any flavour. I ordered a Salted lassi, which arrived sweet with jeera in it. Truly a disappointing, I would not recommend this place to anyone.
Starters were tasty and authentic.
Curries had a good amount of heat although the sag aloo was too slimy in texture for my liking.
Desserts were sweet and authebtic, albeit not to everyone’s taste.
Mango lassi was a little disappointing.
Well worth it for vegetarian fans of Indian food.
Food was good but we were waiting 30-40 mins to be asked if we want a drink and then the food came before the drinks.
There was only one person working but by the time we left there was 4 or 5 so I imagine after 6:30ish service would have improved.
Staff were very friendly though!
An excellent Central London venue for authentic South Indian cuisine, which also serves good North Indian food.
The idlis were very small in size and hard... not worth the money which they charged ... the coconut chutney was prepared with stale coconut. Not a place I wud like to go again for South Indian food
Use to be my favourite place. I am not sure what happened. Is it a management change. In spite of complaining they didn't had sense to remove service charge. Won't recommend to anyone. Food was disaster too.
The food is outstanding. However the service is the only part that lets it down as often you have to get their attention to get served. The decor is just minimal, but you don’t go for that, you go for the food!
Good food, a little bit noisy. Service could be better (explaining the food).
Absolutely terrible. Service was chaotic, everyone's orders were wrong. When food eventually came out was dried out and inedible
Really good food, very mediocre service. Impressed by how interesting their taste palette was, not impressed by the bad service.
A lot of chaos and noise around our reserved table. Could not get to the table as there was no space to reach the area!
The food we usually eat without onions ( sambhar) was no longer on the menu. My idli was a small misshapen ‘thing’. Not 2 fluffy idols I usually love to eat there!
One does not mind paying more for good food.
Nice casual place for a good range of vegetarian Indian food and conveniently located.
We used to love this restaurant, but on this occasion the food was disappointing (meagre portions and some items not available). Decor is shabby, and whilst staff were nice enough, there was zero ambience. Loos need refurbishing. We were left feeling disinclined to eat there again.
It really needs total refurbishment. Food was good. Service was ok but can be improved.
Conveniently situated in Piccadilly . The platters were ideal for our small party at lunchtime.
Best dosas and great vegetarian southern Indian menu