India and China are two of the great nations of Asia, and Indian and Chinese cuisine are world-renowned for their bold and fresh flavours, so to get both of them in the same restaurant is something special. Imperial Restaurant & Bar in Airport House on Purley Way brings together the highest points of the two food cultures and serves them up in opulent surroundings, in Croydon on the outskirts of London.
Imperial Restaurant & Bar is all about the fusion of cultures. Their base at Airport House on Purley Way used to be part of Croydon Airport, which is appropriate for a restaurant with such a globe-trotting menu. They bring together Indian and Chinese food in London to great effect, offering a repertoire of dishes that are spicy and flavoursome, as well as having plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans and those with gluten-free diets. With its gorgeous setting and chic furnishings, Imperial Restaurant & Bar is perfect for special occasions.
Indian and Chinese food – as anyone with experience of dining in London will know – are very diverse cuisines, and at Imperial Restaurant & Bar, they know their way around both of them. Their restaurant on Purley Way in Croydon offers both Peking duck and tandoori specialities, stir-fries and samosas, naan and noodles. Such a marriage of cultures is unusual in London and rarely better, so book your table now to find out what the fuss is about.
Excellent food and service. Reminded me of American Chopsuey what I ate in India. Chicken lollipop was yummy. Good ambience and fabulous drinks. Definitely recommend.
We received a very warm welcome and very good service. Excellent food, in both quality and cooking. Stylish setting and decor. Could not fault anything about our experience.
Fantastic food and great ambience. Prices are reasonable given the quality of food. Service was quick and the staff are very polite and respectful. Highly recommended.
Great ambience and delicious food - we ordered the chinese cusine. Good portions - spice levels a bit on the higher side. Good portions. Service was a bit slow because of the Easter holidays
This is a new restaurant that has opened with fantastic ambience and decor, a great feel to the decor and good tasty food. I have been here a few times as a result, however, i have noticed a significant decrease in the level of service given. The previous visit, was me and 3 friends. We had all ordered our drinks at the same time, however, three drinks were delivered to the table. After 10 minutes i had flagged the waiter twice and then was i given my drink. Twenty minutes after this, another waiter came to the table to actually give me the missing drink, therefore, had i had waited, i would have been waiting 30 minutes after the first round of drinks were served to the table for mine. Secondly, the starters were brought to our table and we were missing one. Again i flagged the waiter twice, and only then did he realise a starter was missing and brought it to the table. By this time, we had all finished out starters and one guest was made to eat her's on her own. They seem to be over capacity and not many staff who know what they are doing or have the ability to cope with the turnaround, and this makes it not so good dining. The drinks should be delivered to the table at the same time as should the food, not in pieces. If this level of service continues, then i would have to look for alternatives unfortunately. It is a shame as Imperial has a lot of potential.
Food the ambience was excellent. However. Dispite having few staff we had to wait for service and they either got the thing twice (which we did not have to pay for it) or did not get served. We asked three different people for black coffee each time we were told it is coming. The whole table got served except the black coffee. When asked the order taker he said we did not ordered it so why the other three said it is coming.... My friend wanted to know about hiring out the venue for function and she was told again by the same person that the manager will come and see you. And yet he did not she had to go and ask at the receiption....so lots of talk but no action.
Imperial lounge has a really good ambience. Booking was easy via Quandoo & we were seated promptly. Service was good but since it wasn't busy, it could have been better. Chinese food was excellent (Sechuan chicken, spring rolls, egg fried rice) & some Indian dishes were amazing ( aloo papri, lamb chops, chicken). However saag gosht was disappointing. Desserts were good but it did not seem that they were prepared from scratch in their kitchen ( kulfi, sticky toffee pudding). Mint tea was really good. A low rating also reflects the condition of the toilet facilities. Overall, a good experience which could be improved by better service & facilities, improving some of the dishes & maybe introducing some desserts made on the premises.
we had very good experience , we booked table for 12 everything went perfectly fine,though service was bit slow, but we all enjoyed the food especially the starters .I think they specialise more in oriental dishes but the indians were tasty too. I do recomend this place for family and small get togethers .
Very child friendly - children aged 2 and 4 enjoyed their chicken and rice dish. Excellent variety of starters and main - tasty, slightly spices, but finger Licking good. Staff were polite, very quick on service and food was served hot.
The place has a good atmosphere and the general ambiance is pleasant. The food I found is good tasty and well presented. The place when busy can be a bit noisy but other times it is fine. Overall a pleasant and memorable experience. Intent to visit again.