If you want fantastic South Asian cuisine, south east London hasn't always been the first place for foodies to look, but that's all changing, and Orpington's Indian restaurants are in the vanguard. Whether you're in Petts Wood or Orpington, finding great Indian restaurants has never been simpler. With chefs from Bengal, southern India, and even the Himalayas plying their trade in the area, it's a great time to explore. Just browse the Quandoo listings, find somewhere that excites you, and place a booking.
When you make a reservation at Orpington's finest Indian restaurants, get ready for an exceptional dining experience. Some of the best South Asian spots in the local area have found a way to fuse the traditional curry house experience with the feel and quality of upscale British brasseries. Take Indian Essence, for example, which has been attracting plaudits from the Michelin guide. There, you'll find tasting menus crammed with creative dishes like tandoori guinea fowl or fennel-scented lamb chops. And, in a move that you won't find at your local curry house, everything is matched with the perfect wine. It's a whole new way to enjoy India's cuisine, and it's right on your doorstep.
Other outstanding Indian restaurants in the Orpington area are set up to welcome groups of friends or families. Laidback, spacious, and sporting a wide range of India's lagers and yoghurt based soft drinks, places like Shaon seem to have every base covered. And that includes the food. These Bengali kitchens offer dishes for everyone. You can order up a platter of tapas-style starters like onion bhajis or king prawn puri, or let everyone choose from a menu that's packed with tastes and different curry styles.
Still, other Indian restaurants in Orpington place their emphasis on Persian-style curries. Often known as pathia curries, these sweet and sour dishes lean heavily on tamarind and lime, which make a seductive combination with chicken, lamb, prawns or vegetables. Meanwhile, anyone who wants a fruitier, fresher main to sink their teeth into will find their dhansaks divine. In any case, they'll be a change of pace from boring baltis (although, to be sure, they do cook a mean balti as well).