Recently, there have been reports in the news that immigration restrictions could be spelling disaster for one of Britain’s favourites foods: the curry.
There’s not much that Brits love to eat more than a curry, whether it’s from a top-class restaurant or a late-night dive. But it’s now under threat due to a shortage of chefs with the right skills and knowledge.
It may be a struggle for restaurants to get the right staff, but they haven’t given up yet. London has hundreds of incredible Indian restaurants, as well as those serving food from Pakistan, Thailand, Malaysia, and elsewhere.
You only have to go to Brick Lane to find more choices than you’ll know what to do with.
And London’s hotels have some great options for a quality curry too. Check out some of our favourite hotel restaurants for a top-notch curry, whether you’re looking for reliable Indian or something more adventurous.
Quilon at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate
Indian cuisine varies greatly between regions and cultures, and even from one village to the next.
At Taj 51 Buckingham Gate’s Quilon restaurant (actually, the restaurant is at number 41), they serve South-west coastal Indian cuisine, with a focus on seafood. This restaurant has held a Michelin star since 2008 and aims to be progressive and contemporary.
Seafood lovers can enjoy dishes ranging from prawn masala to aromatic baked sea bass. But there’s plenty of meat, poultry and vegetarian on offer too, from lamb and duck to dishes based on chickpeas and aubergine.
Spice Market at W London
W London’s Spice Market restaurant serves South-east Asian fusion cuisine, with flavours coming from Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, and more.
Try a Vietnamese chicken curry or red curried duck for your main course, after you’ve sampled anything from spring rolls to crispy squid for your starter. The range of options is great if you’re going for a meal with non-curry loving friends.
Daawat at Strand Palace Hotel
Head to Covent Garden to find Daawat, where you can enjoy authentic Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist.
If you’re looking for a curry, you’ll find some of Britain’s favourites, including lamb rogan josh and a mixed tandoori grill. But there are dishes you haven’t tried before too so you can branch out and experiment.
Outside of dinner, Daawat also has an Indian afternoon tea full of Indian flavour, with dishes like Chicken Pav and Paneer Kathi Roll, as well as cakes featuring mango and pistachio flavours.
Zaike NW3 at the London Marriott Hotel Regents Park
You’ll find a little bit of everything at Zaike NW3, the Marriott Hotel Regents Park’s Indian restaurant.
And if you can’t decide, you can enjoy one of their Thali platters, featuring a canapé, two curries, dahl, vegetables, raita, salad, rice, naan and a poppadum. Curry lovers can choose from a range of delicious options, from Nilgiri chicken korma to paneer tikka masala. And all without having to leave the hotel. On nights when the restaurant is closed (Sunday, Monday and Thursday), there’s also a limited dinner menu in Chats Bar.
London’s curries might be in danger, but they’re still going strong in some of the city’s hotels. If you don’t feel like leaving your hotel, you can guarantee that you’ll get a good curry anyway.
Photo credits: Charles Haynes, Quilon/Taj 51, Spice Market/W London, Daawat/Strand Palace Hotel, Zaike NW3/London Marriott Hotel Regents Park.