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Tamarind

This Mayfair favourite has been leading the way for haute Indian cuisine since 1995, becoming the first Indian restaurant in London to receive a Michelin star. Atul Kochhar, its award-winning head chef for six years, was something of a celebrity, but Karunesh Khanna and Manav Tuli have since taken the helm in the kitchen with a menu that focuses on traditional regional techniques and tandoor-based dishes. Recently reopened after an extensive renovation, the dining room is spread over two floors, the basement space brightened with a sea green and cream colour palette complemented by white marble and deep, dark leather banquettes, while the upstairs area offers a light, airy atmosphere with views over Queen street.

Two open kitchens occupy a corner of the downstairs dining room, competing to create accomplished tandoor and grill-based dishes. Menu highlights include a fragrant pink peppercorn chicken tikka, sweet, flaky sea bass cooked with coconut and chilli, and earthy goat chops, so tender they slip off the bone. Seasonal lunch menus offer a way in for those on a budget, otherwise it’s expensive. But for the price you also get some of the best service in London and an unbeatable location in the heart of Mayfair.

Address
20 Queen Street,
Mayfair,
W1J 5PR
Telephone
+44 20 7629 3561
Opening Times
noon-2.45pm, 6 (6.30pm Sun)-11.15pm (10.30pm Sun). Closed Saturday lunch.
Price
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