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.
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.
All 6 of us would say that we had a fantastic meal, once again. We as a group, or separately will definitely visit again soon.
Delicious Indian food. I would recommend the Express lunch menu which at under £11 for 2 courses is excellent value. Plenty of choice too. Service is prompt and friendly. Food is delicious- the best meal I've had outside of India!!
I have been dining at 'The India' and its predecessor the 'Cannon Street Tandoori' for the past 16 or 17 years and have rarely, if ever, been disappointed. This has been particularly so under 'The India' banner, with the management and staff, both in the kitchen and front of house, offering an even greater quality and consistency to their clientele. I have introduced a lot of satisfied friends and colleagues to the India and my wife rates their Peshawari naan as one of the best, as do I and between us we have a pretty broad Bangladeshi/Indian/Pakistani restaurant dining experience, from the low end to the high end. I just visited The India for the first time in six months, having retired earlier this year and given I now live three hours away in Dorset, that should tell you all you need to know about my opinion of the India and its staff!
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.
Went for lunch and had the express menu, the choice of dishes was varied enough and the price was ok for a City of London based restaurant. The food was tasty and the portions were a good size, the main dish came with rice and a naan bread whereas most places give you one or the other with the lunch time menu. Left feeling full and happy so no complaints. The staff were polite and friendly and the basement setting was different. Would go back again to try the main menu.
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.
I honestly never wrote reviews but I had a terrible experience but I feel obliged to warn other food lovers to avoid this place at all costs. The food was way below average, possibly the worst Indian food I've ever had (I've had a fair few in my lifetime), the service was on par with the low quality of food - we waited 45mins for our mains to come out, only to find that they got our order completely wrong. They were persistent in trying to encourage me to eat the wrong dish, after a few attempts they gave up and offered to make me a new main, which also took 30mins to be prepared and was also wrong and tasted horrible. No offer was made to keep my sides warm (rice, naan bread etc...) so I ended food which had gotten dry and cold from the long wait. No apologies given and what really annoyed me was that I was still forced to pay in full - no discount was or removal of items was offered to make up for the time i had lost of terrible experience i had.
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