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4.9 /6 Excellent 78 Reviews

The India Restaurant

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About The India Restaurant

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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Thursday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Friday 11:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:30 - 22:30
  • Sunday Closed
The India Restaurant, 21 College Hill, EC4R 2RP London

Further Information

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.


78 Reviews

4.9 /6 Excellent 78 Reviews
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
25.04.2017 08:50

The India has an incredible atmosphere in addition to amazing food at a good price. While un-assuming from the street, just a small storefront, a staircase down upon arrival leads you into a candle lit barrel vaulted cellar space that is the restaurant. Great for a date, celebratory dinner, or evening out with friends. Small portions of the entrees are good for sharing with some naan and rice. The staff also take great care in their service and are incredibly friendly. Highly recommended if you are looking for a great Indian restaurant experience in central London.

1 review so far 6
31.03.2017 08:41

the look of the restaurant was very cute and romantic, the food was absolutely delicious! the staff was also very friendly...we will definitely go to this restaurant again.

2 reviews so far 6
23.02.2017 07:39

Absolutely excellent - great food and service. Always love the atmosphere in this restauarant and they really look after you. Will return again and again.

1 review so far 6
01.02.2017 11:30

Always great food and service - it's consistent and a regular place for me to visit. Staff are always friendly and professional. Good value for money😀

1 review so far 5
02.04.2017 11:17

When our party arrived at the restaurant we were surprised that they had no record of our reservation, not sure where the fault lay, but they were still able to accommodate us so not a big problem. The restaurant is quite quirky, set underground in alcoves. Service was very attentive with the waiter helping advise on starters. Food came quickly and was as tasty as I remembered from previous visit. Everyone in our party enjoyed the food and it was all very reasonably priced. Would definitely recommend.

1 review so far 1
17.12.2015 17:46

Dear Sirs, As a frequent customer to the restaurant I am writing to you with regret as I wish to complain about the lunch we experienced today. I had booked a table for 3 persons via your website for 12.15pm in aid of a team Christmas lunch. On arrival we were seated and served our drinks etc with the usual great service. However things changed when a particularly rude waiter wanted me to order food as soon as possible. I replied telling him that I will look at the menu in a moment and he rudely responded with a comment that the table was required back at 2pm and that he is telling me to order now. I was completely taken back by this rudeness and lack of customer service by your staff. In my booking confirmation email (attached) there was no mention of a turnaround time on the table and nor did I receive any communication from the restaurant to this regard in any shape or form. I totally appreciate that at busy times like now there are limits on tables but this was never communicated and if this was the case then you should have told us in advance not once we had been seated. Further we felt we were rushed throughout the lunch and it was far from our usual relaxed lunch in your restaurant. To cap it off our table was cleared after our mains and without requesting one the bill was placed on the table – no thoughts to see if we wished any coffee or desert. The time this occurred was 1.20pm so there was still plenty of time for us to have had something. We simply paid and then went elsewhere for our deserts and coffees – I simply cannot believe how we were treated today and I believe it requires to be brought to your attention. Kind regards

1 review so far 5
02.05.2016 20:45

very nice mixed starters. My friend said his lamb shank was a bit chewy, but tasted good. My coconut chicken curry was a bit dry, but I managed to eat most of it before feeling full up. Good sized portions. The space was nicely laid out. Attentive service, but didn't seem very happy. Overall food was good, better than an average indian restaurant.

1 review so far 3
14.12.2016 10:03

The food was delicious BUT on arrival we were told that we only had 90 mins at the table (this was not communicated before). I also paid a £100 deposit that they denied all knowledge off. As this was a team night out it was disappointing that it was rushed and marred with rude staff. We had previously held a Christmas party there and stayed and drunk post dinner but by the time we had finished our mains they were ushering us out. We won't spend our money there again.

1 review so far 4
15.02.2017 13:12

The settings were nice and the staff were very very good the only downside was the Lamb they need to find a way to get it more tender it was hardly edible due to it being so hard but the flavours were good so with the Lamb it just seemed like a waste but overall we enjoyed the evening.

2 reviews so far 6
24.03.2016 09:21

I love this Indian restaurant - very consistant in terms of food and service. Lovely friendly staff. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who want to eat good Indian food in a nice friendly atmosphere.

1 review so far 6
30.07.2016 08:21

Fantastic food! The service was good apart from one waiter refused to do a mixed shaslick, which should have straight forward given they have lamb and chicken on the menu? Apart from that all good.

1 review so far 6
09.05.2016 10:05

Great service. The food was excellent and the set menus that a few of my colleagues had were fantastic and good value for money. I opted for safe but delicious hot Madras. It didn't disappoint.

1 review so far 6
28.01.2017 10:32

From Reception to coffee at the end of the meal the staff attention was friendly, cheerful and overall excellent. The food was delicious and did not disappoint. Like Arnie, "We will be back"!

1 review so far 6
21.03.2016 00:10

Fantastic service, great food and atmosphere in a really special setting. The India is in the heart of the City and is well worth a visit if you are in tyhe area.

1 review so far 6
02.06.2016 08:52

ThIs is the second time at this place and food and service were excellent on both occasions. Having travelled to India this year, I can say the food here is really authentic.

1 review so far 5
18.01.2016 08:56

Express lunch as good as ever. Staff very efficient and attentive. Only real gripe was the charge of over £4 for a bottle of mineral water which was more than the cost of the two starters we had.

1 review so far 6
30.01.2017 08:01

If you haven't been here before then you must go, tucked away just off Cannon Street....Food is fantastic, Good value for money, Service is good food always hot, glass never empty....

1 review so far 6
16.01.2016 01:36

The India is a friendly place, not the cheapest in the City but that's because the food is better. It easily outclasses the more famous establishments round Liverpool Street. Thoroughly recommended.

1 review so far 5
19.06.2016 11:05

The food is excellent but there is not enough light at the tables. We had to use Iphone torches to read the menus which was difficult as there were four of us and only two phones.

1 review so far 6
10.08.2016 19:16

Fantastic restaurant, both the quality of food and service. The decor is unique for London but very reminiscent of Eastern Europe. And the 25% off special was an added bonus.

1 review so far 5
01.03.2017 07:39

Nice table and food was good. Waiting staff were friendly and were able to accommodate all of our needs. We were given a table away from the main crowd which was nice as it felt private!

2 reviews so far 6
20.07.2016 08:17

One of the best traditional Anglo-Indian restaurants in London. Well worth a visit for lunch or dinner Very atmospheric in a converted wine cellar and great service too.

1 review so far 6
16.12.2016 07:38

Must be the best Indian in the City. I have been here many times over the years and it has always been very good. Give it a try.

1 review so far 6
10.12.2016 14:06

Overall it is a good experience. Right from receiving, allocation, items explanation, delicious and guality of service. We had drinks very good. But desserts don't have much options.

1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 10:17

Went with a group of 6 after work and we were quickly seated, very well attended to and most of all the food was great. We'll Be back!!

3 reviews so far 5
18.01.2016 11:33

I have been visiting this restaurant on and off for 15 years and it never fails to deliver good food. One of the best Indian restaurants in the area. Would always recommend it.

1 review so far 5
04.04.2017 08:21

Great food, good service and good value for money. I would visit again. For the city the restaurant is a great find that caters for all tastes be it very hot or mild.

1 review so far 5
15.07.2016 08:59

Been going there with the same bunch of mates for the last 3 or 4 years. Always good service and always consistently good food. The fact that we keep going back speaks volumes.

1 review so far 6
23.09.2016 09:28

As always, very tasty food, friendly and helpful service from the staff. My colleagues and I come here every couple of weeks and we are never disappointed.

2 reviews so far 6
23.11.2016 17:29

Love this place. The food is so gorgeous. Always comes out piping hot with very fair portions. The staff are so attentive. I look forward to returning.

1 review so far 6
17.12.2014 09:07

Great place for lunch or evening meal, toook my team of 16 yesterday. Service and food was fanatastic even though the place was packed. A firm favourite!

4 reviews so far 4
13.10.2016 09:36

Having been here many times before we knew the quality of food would be of a very high standard as usual. It is more expensive than standard curry houses but well worth the money. Atmosphere is always good as well.

1 review so far 4
03.03.2016 08:14

Tasty food, although I asked for a dish to be recommended with a my main criteria of being spicy, it was mild at best. If I was being really picky I'd have to say the service could be improved.

1 review so far 6
09.09.2016 07:13

Great food and great staff as always, dum gost one of the best dishes I've ever had at an indian restaurant, we will be going back!

2 reviews so far 6
15.02.2016 08:48

great food as always, great service as always. I love the fact they remember loyal customers and have a natural friendliness with being over bearing.

1 review so far 6
20.10.2016 08:00

Central city location, very easy from work for lunch. Welcoming and friendly staff, decent size and straightforward menu. Food was very good. Clean restaurant facilities.

1 review so far 5
27.11.2015 18:09

Food always excellent with good atmosphere. The Goan lamb was tender and the chicken served in an open splayed pepper with thick spicy source was spot on. Will go again.

1 review so far 6
25.11.2016 12:56

The Express lunch menu was value for money, offered a great selection of starter and mains and was, as usual at The India, absolutely delicious.

4 reviews so far 5
29.07.2016 10:14

As always a great night out with great food. The garlic lamb was amazing and the others in our group also enjoyed their meals. Mixed Tandoori starter is a must.

1 review so far 6
15.07.2016 10:23

Great service and excellent selection for vegetarians, lovely evening, very cosy feel, but didn't feel too crowded still. would recommend and return again for sure

1 review so far 6
04.01.2017 07:42

Brilliant, authentic food and great service, come every New Year's Eve and it doesn't disappoint. Waitors put the extra effort in for their customers !

1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 08:50

Lovely food and very welcoming and attentive to our party! Would highly recommend going for a quiet night in a cosy place with great food!

1 review so far 6
30.05.2016 17:40

Really excellent, fresh cuisine. Service attentive but not overbearing. Excellent choice of food and really tasty, hot breads capped off a great visit. Shall return.

1 review so far 5
15.02.2017 14:05

Good food, nice atmosphere, overall good experience. No draft beer but reasonable selection of bottles. good variety of traditional Indian dishes. Location is in a basement to no cell service.

1 review so far 5
21.02.2017 07:33

Welcoming staff Fantastic food Convenient location Tasteful decor Good for business lunches Good for business dinners Strong wine menu - standard beer choices One negative - they don't accept Amex

1 review so far 6
11.03.2016 08:50

Food was delicious and served promptly, the staff were also very friendly and helpful. Great place to go for a large party of people, thanks.

2 reviews so far 6
22.02.2016 09:54

A good venue, very nice meal and pleasant staff. Was for a 40th birthday celebration and a good time was has by all. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
11.02.2016 12:26

Excellent food, lovely setting, helpful waiters. I took 5 colleagues there for dinner and all were woves by the restaurant. Will definitely go there again.

2 reviews so far 6
14.01.2016 07:00

I always have such lovely service here and they are able to cater for most intolerances. Food was great and reasonable priced. Would come again!

3 reviews so far 5
17.04.2016 10:34

Very tasty food, well prepared and spiced just right. Not too oily, as can often be the case. Nice reception, pleasant cavernous feel to the restaurant. Would recommend.