Hidden underground, in a series of incredible railway arches beneath London Cannon Street, The India Restaurant is right to be so bold as to declare itself synonymous with fine Indian cuisine. Each of these long, low, whitewashed vaults is decorated in a unique style, but wherever you eat, The India is committed to presenting diners with considered interpretations of vintage Asian subcontinental cuisine. All the spices used are handpicked by the chef before being dried and ground on-site, giving each dish a unique taste. Even the wait staff know their masala – answers to any questions about your meal’s preparation are knowledgeably fielded. Find the entrance to this underground Indian sensation down College Street.
It’s worth mentioning The India Restaurant’s promotions when you book a table through Quandoo – this London Cannon Street restaurant often has incredible deals on offer. It’s our little secret. Indeed, the entire restaurant is something of a secret: you can find the entrance along College Street, but only those who’ve had the pleasure of dining at The India could possibly know that underground, set in a labyrinth of very old and beautifully decorated railway arches, is one of London’s best Indian restaurants. Working hard in the kitchen, and on the floor, is a team of expertly trained staff members who really know their Indian cuisine. Their creations are incredible.
We can certainly recommend The India Restaurant’s set menus to first-timers – it’s a great way to sample the delicacies on offer. You’ll come across classics, and some lesser-known dishes too, but each meal is characterised by Asian subcontinental flavours that are difficult to find elsewhere in the City of London. This is due to The India’s commitment to selecting, drying, grinding and balancing all their spices themselves. The premium set menu begins with a mixed platter of starters – onion bhajee, paneer tikka, chicken tikka, sheek kebab and fish tikka. When it comes to the main courses, you can let the chef surprise you, or choose from a superlative chicken tikka masala or chicken jalfrezy, both made according to an exclusive recipe, or go for the traditional Bengali bhuna chicken or lamb, king prawn sag, chicken or lamb tikka, karahi paneer, or a delicious tarka daal, perfect for those with a vegetarian predilection. A short stroll from London Cannon Street station, head down College Street, and then down again into The India’s underworld palace, dedicated to the art of Indian cookery.
We loved the place, the tasty food and the service. We will definitely be back. Very conveniently located by Cannon St station too. Thank you!
Really great experience - friendly waiters and delicious food! Will definitely return here again in the future as well as recommend it to City friends.
This was my first time there and it definitely will not be my last. service was great as was the food which was good quality. I tried the express lunch and this was exceptional value for money. next time (soon) I will go full menu.