If you ask Londoners what their favourite type of food is, chances are you are going to hear ‘curry’ (or at their least imaginative, 'butter chicken') an awful lot. Owing to England’s centuries-long connection with India through trade and colonialism, and postwar mass migration from the region, it didn’t take long for the British to realise how delicious and satisfying Indian food was – UK and London Indian restaurants started popping up everywhere. Indeed, he first Indian eatery is thought to have been opened in the early 19th century, and it wasn’t long before the curry gained popularity and grew to become one of the country’s favourite dishes.
Strictly an Anglo-Indian invention, the the chicken tikka masala is now considered one of England’s national dishes and is beloved in London as well as all over the country. If you’re looking to find the best Indian restaurants in London you simply must take a trip to Brick Lane. Famous for its huge number of curry houses, this multicultural area is a hit with locals and tourists alike. Located in the central London Borough of Tower Hamlets, it is easily accessible by tube from all over town, and a great place to enjoy a cultural experience and indulge in some amazing food in the top Indian restaurants in London.
With Indian cuisine as diverse as its people, you can find Indian restaurants in London representing the cuisines of many cultural groups. London has many South Indian restaurants serving food inspired by the cuisines of Kerala, where seafood is central to most meals, while Tamil Nadu dishes tend to be quite fiery. Most Indian restaurants in London offer tandoori dishes, cooked inside a traditional clay oven – the tandoor – for a distinctive Indian flavour. Perhaps one of the best features of Indian cuisine is the bread, like the soft and pliable naan, which is sometimes served with garlic or even cheese, nuts and raisins.
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