Woodlands Restaurant Piccadilly

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£25 and under
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Indian
Top tags:
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Vegan
Casual but smart restaurant with dark wooden tables, beige bamboo wall paper and wooden flooring. This is a very popular Indian vegetarian restaurant established as part of the Woodlands Restaurant group in 1981 in London. There are over 40 branches in India!

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.
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EM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was really bland. We paid 55 quid for two beers, one naan bread, one starter and two curries. My sister is vegan and her aubergine curry was really bland whilst my jalfrezi lacked spice and was a tiny portion.

Really quite disappointing as the menu sounded great.

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F
London
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go here a lot. A well known but also undiscovered spot with great quality food. I love the Thalis because you can try so many things!

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VG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Delicious food but tiny portions make it expensive to actually eat and fill up here!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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HR
London
11 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Woodlands is an international chain of Indian vegetarian restaurants. Customers at this branch always include a number of Indian people, who presumably are satisfied with what they will get. We’ve eaten here many times, and have always enjoyed the food. This is not a restaurant for an occasion or for a whole evening, in some ways it’s more of a cafe, but if you like this sort of food, it is ideal for a quick meal before or after a film or play.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was tasty, on the whole, but the service really let Woodlands down. We had to call the waitress over to order our drinks, and the mains were brought out while we were still eating our starters (notwithstanding that there were only 2 other tables of customers in the restaurant, so the timings shouldn't have been that hard to work out), and as we were on a 2 person table, we had to wolf our starters to make room for the main courses and sides. When it came to paying the bill, we added a (just over) 10% tip, and the waitress rudely tapped the bill - when I pointed out that the 12.5% charge was discretionary, she didn’t say anything and just took our payment. The food was nice, but I’ve eaten tasty Indian food for elsewhere, and for less (albeit the restaurant is in central London, so the prices were in line with what you’d expect there), and because of the service issues, I won’t be going back.

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j
London
55 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service!

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AJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent as always. Loved the old favourites such as the street food starters and the dosas. The Hyderabadi aubergine was delicious. Portion sizes were much smaller than they have been in the past but the menu is still great for sharing and so works well overall. Great choice of beers. Love that they still have Cobra on draught. And great to see a new IPA on the list. There were hiccups with the way our dishes were served which was a first in all the 20+ years of coming here. However, the way this was handled by Management as soon as it had come to their notice, with ice cream being on the house and an extra gulab jamun, is testimony to their overriding mission to leave the customer happy no matter what, no matter new or loyal. All I’d done was point out the facts to the waiters. Didn’t have to say anymore. Reassuring to know that there are places that make no excuses. I’ll definitely be back!

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RL
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delicious vegetarian food, friendly, though in a few cases inexperienced, staff.

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GV
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Dont go there if you dont like spicy food even if they said that some food Is not spicy, becouse Is not true.

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BW
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Amazed I'd not been to this place in picadilly before. It was good. But pricey but that's to be expected with somewhere quite so central.

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u
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent vegan south Indian food.Value for money. Recommend reservation as it does not seat many.

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r
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place. I am a vegan and there was so much choice. The food was totally delicious. Service was excellent. I asked about a sauce and was told how the ingredients and method. Would thoroughly recommend that everyone eat here.

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TC
Hertfordshire
40 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been here a few times and it's always lovely. The food is really tasty - especially the Bhel.

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c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, good service. Look forward to coming back soon. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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WW
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Too expensive and tiny portions, service level is ok.

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PK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

South Indian cuisine is comparatively difficult to find, and this is an excellent representative with a broad menu. Every item was well prepared with delicate flavouring and enjoyable spice. Worth a detour.

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F
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food with some unusual touches. A but dark on the lighting front.

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b
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I booked online and was expecting a more pleasant and cozy restaurant. the seating was decent but felt like sitting in a hallway. The food was too cold upon arrival and the waitress was not so friendly. She started clearing off the table when one of us was still eating. the food overall was very tasty, but i would definately order more vegetables next time. we only had a curry sauce and some rice although i did ask the waitress what we should order out of all the categories. overall not bad, but not good either.

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Really lovely evening just very slow to get served, think they were short staffed though, would go again

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JM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and the staff were so friendly and helpful - explaining the dishes so well - would definitely recommend

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PM
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I really liked this restaurant and was surprised to find it right at the heart of the West End, though I hadn't heard of it before. The menu, provided you can cope without meat or fish, is strong and we received clear guidance from the staff about the kind of dishes that would best suit us. Everything we tried was very tasty and I would definitely go back. The only disappointment for me was that, as well as adding a 12.5% service charge, when I went to pay by card, I was asked if I wanted to add a gratuity. Had I not looked at the bill in detail, I could easily have added another 10%, meaning I would have been paying nearly an additional one-quarter of the total sum set out on the menu. I really think the restaurant should change this. But, to be fair, it was the only negative in what was a very good experience.

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N
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely way to spend my birthday! Can’t wait to come back!

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M
London
60 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice vegetarian food. We really enjoyed our visit.

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HJ
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Has a gluten free menu, but a while after ordering was told the item I had ordered wasn't gluten free! I then ordered a paneer dosa but a masala dosa arrived. My companions ordered the thali which was the smallest thali Ive ever seen and not worth £20 each, we all left hungry.

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FS
London
64 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Are at Woodlands with a friend. We enjoyed the meal, a mushroom curry and garlic nan for him and a masala dosa form me and garlic nan. The wood was delicious and well priced though the staff were stretched as it was busy and they missed my friends garlic nan.
The mark down was for the ambiance as the music was loud and we struggled to hear each other.

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TC
Hertfordshire
40 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went with my daughter for a pre-theatre meal. We shared three starters/sides and a dosa - we were worried that it wouldn't be enough but we didn't need to be. The puri was delicious, onion bhajia were very tasty but could have been crisper, cauliflower and broccoli on a griddle was good but not amazing. The dosa was excellent. Prices reasonable - will definitely return.

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JJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family over from Sweden - the food was excellent both for adults and children. The staff are so nice and talk about the food with real passion

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MS
Buckinghamshire
23 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great find for dinner post-theatre - right opposite Pinter Theatre. Good selection of dishes and Thali and delicious for a non-veggie! Friendly service and fantastic value for central London. Will definitely return.

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PM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just of the Haymarket, great vegetarian and vegan restaurant, very reasonable prices, we had the masala dosa which was one of the best I have had, friendly staff and quick service, would highly recommend

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OT
London
17 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful Vegan food with friendly service

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R
London
69 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It's lost its mojo. Used to be a good restaurant a few years ago. Empty during lunch.

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MC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and food was delicious. Shall definitely go again.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pre-theatre option for vegetarian food. Tasty South Indian dosas and curries in fairly upmarket/smart West End surroundings. Good service, conveniently located bang-opposite the Pinter Theatre. Great dosas, idli, chat and lassis. Jackfruit curry was a highlight for me.

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AH
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quick service and good value. Even though I did book they did not ask if I had booked.

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V
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very nice food and generally reasonable but I chose a Thali which did not justify a £19 price tag (a few tiny bowls of vegetarian food with some raita and bread).

Other than this, it is generally a very nice restaurant.

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J
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fresh and tasty vegetarian food, good before or after the theatre too.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Was really disappointed. The food was okay but the service was terrible. We were made to rush to place our order and made to feel unwanted. I am always hesitant to write a bad review but wanted to inform others. From what I've been told the other branch is a lot better

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KN
London
11 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and good value. Will be back again as the dosa were delicious.

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RK
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant staff were lovely and very accommodating. They took special care to seat us in as quiet a corner as possible (as requested when we booked). Will DEFINITELY return!

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