London may have its fingers in many different cuisines; if there’s one thing we’re particularly good at it’s got to be curry. That’s right, our capital is hands down one of the best places to get your curry fix, and even though the East side might be especially famous for its quality Indian food, the City has got some tasty spots too. Fancy an utterly comforting chicken korma or beautiful and authentic daal palak? These Indian restaurants in the City will sort you out.

Gunpowder vermicelli donut

Gunpowder – Setting foot in this home-style Indian kitchen takes you straight from Spitalfields to Southern Asia. They’re not very picky in terms of region, as traditional goodies from all over India are served – albeit with a modern twist. Think spicy venison and vermicelli donuts, porzhi okra fries and karwari soft shell crab. The short but vibrant menu changes every month and is always full of surprises, subtly turning the act of ‘going for a curry’ into a full-on fine dining experience.

The venue is casual, small and often packed, so be prepared for a chat with your dining neighbours. On the downside, this means that there isn’t much time for sticking around after you’ve eaten, as the staff will likely be keen to make space for the next set of hungry guests. It’s more than worth it though – and in case you’re still thirsty, cocktail bar The Culpeper is just around the corner.

dishoom black dahl

Dishoom – If you’re a true fan of Indian food, chances are you’ve already explored this extremely popular and exotic joint. After their Covent Garden branch – which opened in 2010 – was an immediate success, similar ‘Bombay Café’s’ opened in Carnaby, King’s Cross, Kensington and Shoreditch. So yes, technically this one isn’t in the City but as our absolute London favourite, we simply couldn’t resist including it on our list. An evening at Dishoom starts with a fabulous cocktail, followed by an array of small Bombayan dishes. Absolute favourites are the House Black Daal, Pau Bhaji and The Big Bombay.

curry leaf east

Curry Leaf East – Those craving a no-fuss, hangover cure kind of curry are most likely to find what they need here. With a menu including everything from onion bhajia’s to chicken biryani and laal maans, this is where everyone will get their standard curry fix. Going with friends? Try the group deal: for £29,95 per person, you and three (or more) friends will be served a mixed platter of Curry Leaf specials and Mango Lassi, following a curry of choice and plenty of sides.

Indian Fusion @ Bitecross

Indian Fusion at Bitecross – And then there is Indian street food, which perfectly lends itself for a yummy lunch any day of the week. Bitecross is a daily food market (open from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm) at Whitecross St and, when coming from the Barbican, you’ll find this Indian Fusion stall in the middle of the market on the right. What to expect? Fresh authentic Indian dishes including Gujurati curries and Kati rolls. Yum!

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