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5.4 /6 Excellent 24 Reviews

Lilu Restaurant

Centre Indian £££ +100
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About Lilu Restaurant

There can be few places as renowned for superb Indian food in the United Kingdom than Leicester, and it suits that the city with the most people with heritage in the Indian subcontinent per capita would also have one of the most competitive curry house scenes to be found anywhere. Right up with the very best of the Indian restaurants in Leicester city centre is Lilu, where they go beyond the usual curry house fare to provide a menu of regional delicacies from up and down the whole Indian nation. The menu is packed with classics that everyone will recognise, but we’d recommend that you go straight for the house specials: try the Teerangi Puri, a Mumbai street snack done three ways, followed by Goan style chicken breast with garlic and cumin Jersey potatoes and a white wine vindaloo sauce – not one for the faint of heart. There’s plenty more, of course, but to try them all you’ll have to reserve your seat and head to Lilu on Highcross Street for a proper Indian in Leicester city centre.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday Closed
Lilu Restaurant, 76 Highcross Street, LE14NN Leicester

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24 Reviews

5.4 /6 Excellent 24 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Noise: mute
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1 review so far 6
04.06.2017 07:54

This was he best Indian meal we have ever had. Special dishes, superbly cooked (the lamb was so tender it almost melted in the mouth) and great service that was able to give a lot of information about the food.

1 review so far 6
17.05.2017 07:32

A relaxed place to share creative, beautifully presented ,delicious food either as a couple , a family or a group of friends. Highly recommend . It has never disappointed.

1 review so far 6
13.05.2017 09:04

Excellent food and service from Lilu Cuisine. Although a fine dining restaurant, the portions are very good, and the menu is so unique. A really well run restaurant. Thank you Pratik and the team!

1 review so far 6
09.05.2017 07:51

On par with Michelin Indian restaurants we've visited. Great staff and fantastic food. Particularly enjoyed the soft shell crab and a very beautiful mamasita cocktail!

1 review so far 6
28.04.2017 09:06

So glad I found this place! Not only was the food amazing, but the experience was too. It was pretty quiet for a Thursday evening but we were talking to the owner about the restaurant, his passion for good Indian cuisine and how he likes to experiment with flavours. I have to say the food was probably the best Indian food I have eaten in a very long time. I will certainly be spreading the word and definitely coming back!

1 review so far 6
27.02.2017 10:59

This is the second time I have been to Lilu and as before the food was excellent, very well cooked with lovely subtle flavours and portion sizes which don't leave you feeling like you can't walk! The service was attentive but not 'in your face'. Its a bit of a hidden gem which I don't want to shout about too much, just in case I can't get a table next time I want to visit!

1 review so far 6
21.12.2016 11:07

This is not your usual Indian restaurant, if Carlsberg was to do Indian restaurants this is how it would be mythically done !!! Seriously, our host was excellent in engaging in a friendly unpatronising manner with his customers. The food is top notch and so inventive. The combination of flavours, presentation and range of dishes is a gastronomic delight. We were totally satisfied. Will return on our next visit to Leicester without hesitation.

1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 08:54

Never had Indian food like it. It was different from starters through to the mains on every front. The flavours and tastes were superb as was the presentation. The menu was small but everything on it sounded yummy. The service we received was excellent. I can honestly say that I will be using this Restaurant again and will tell my friends to go.

1 review so far 6
05.03.2017 14:43

Top service. Outstanding menu. Brilliant house wine. Nice cosy tables with outstanding presentation. Food was out of this world. Gorgeous flavours. House special butter chicken was very nice. And lamb chops no words can describe how the melt in your mouth. Definitely going back again 5***** taste

1 review so far 5
11.11.2016 06:33

if you have not been then you really need to go. Excellent food with a twist with each course. The staff attentiveness was second to none and made me and my date ( third date actually ) at ease. Food was exceptional. I would strongly recommend this restaurant without a moments hesitation.

1 review so far 6
19.01.2017 07:54

Was very good and satisfying would recommend to anyone who likes Indian food! The service was fantastic for someone who doesn't know much about Indian food they help a lot and a tip was defiently deserved 6/6

1 review so far 5
18.02.2017 10:05

The food was fantastic, the mix grill for one was a very good option as I got to try a little of everything. Service is excellent too. It is a little more expensive than usual but overall, fantastic and would go back again.

1 review so far 6
05.03.2017 10:28

Lovely food, well priced, great staff, loved it and will be coming back. One of the nicest curries I have had in a long time. Thanks you will be recommending you to all my friends.

1 review so far 6
13.12.2016 20:07

We had an amazing evening. The food was excellent, the service was warm and attentive and the vibe was vibrant but still chilled - perfect for a saturday night. Would definitely come again.

1 review so far 6
04.04.2017 07:52

Fantastic food and great service. Left with a doggy bag as couldn't finish my main course with all of the little extras thrown in throughout the evening. Will definitely be returning

1 review so far 6
28.11.2016 10:28

Great food and great service. Lots of curry houses in Leicester but it was great to go somewhere different where the quality of food was of such a high standard.

1 review so far 5
28.03.2017 12:17

Excellent food, very enjoyable and different. I especially love the soft shell crab starter. The staff are very attentive and helpful. If you want a different Indian food experience this is the place to go.

1 review so far 6
12.03.2017 09:06

This is special Indian food of such high quality. Very interesting menu choices and the service was excellent too. Highly recommended. Book ahead for a Friday or Saturday evening.

1 review so far 6
26.11.2016 16:13

Service was absolutely fantastic and the food was good too, the cod we ordered was slightly over cooked but other than that everything was great!

1 review so far 5
04.06.2017 10:15

Great staff who were able to clearly explain the menu. Very accommodating. Music in the background would have enhanced the experience. Nice decor and smart plates and glasses!

1 review so far 3
02.02.2017 16:28

Lovely food, good presentation but missing small touches like hot towels at the end of a meal and mints at the end of the meal as well. We were celebrating my husbands birthday and had mentioned this before hand but they did not even acknowledged it.

1 review so far 5
15.11.2016 07:38

This is the best restaurant in Leicester. The chef is clever and consistent. Front of house is as good. The only problem is in getting a table.

1 review so far 4
06.03.2017 00:39

Great food but ambience let the experience down. Such a shame. Great service and excellent food as long as you don't mind very bright lighting with a noisy crowd!

1 review so far 1
07.02.2017 08:08

I had read it was a halal restaurant .. it wasn't, you have to pre order your halal meat if you want to go there.. so we ended up going to handmade burger.