Established by the great grandson of a British general and an Indian princess and established in 1926, this is Britain's oldest surviving Indian restaurant. Stairs lead to the plush dining room, decorated with vibrant colours and gold leaf. The restaurant is now in the same group as Amaya, Chutney Mary and Masala Zone (q.v.'s).
The food offered is traditional and carefully cooked.
Expect the likes of 'Spiced Crab Cake with Plum Chutney'; 'Prawn Balchao with Red Chilis, Vinegar and Garlic' and 'Mussels in an aromatic Coconut and Ginger Sauce' to be among the starters.
Perhaps 'Nizami Murgh' (chicken breast and koftas with pine nuts, lemon and rose petals'; 'Kashmiri Rogan Josh' (an aromatic lamb curry, made with small shanks, flavoured with saffron and cockscomb flowers) and 'Tandoori Red Snapper' aong the main courses. Oyster kebabs and Malabar Lobster Curry might be luxury temptations.
Desserts are simple, and include various kulfi's.
Sunday lunch brings a family-style set meal, which includes crab cooked three ways.
- Food Style: Indian
- Lunch: all week, 17.30-23.30; mains about £20 to £27; Pre & Post Theatre set D £20 (2 courses), £23 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week, 17.30-23.30; mains about £20 to £27; Pre & Post Theatre set D £20 (2 courses), £23 (3 courses)
- Seats: 130, plus private room seating 36
- Wine: a comprehensive wine list kicks off at about £25, and is backed up by good lager-type beers
- Children's portions: No
- Wheelchair access: No
- Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus Underground
- Directions: close to Piccadilly, near the junction with Swallow Street. see the map at the top of this page.
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned