My boyfriend and I ate here purely because of the Yelp rating and proximity to our hotel. The restaurant was under construction in the front so it was hard to see the name at night, but once we entered I really loved the atmosphere / decor and quickly forgot about the exterior.
We ordered the lemon rice, prawn masala, mango curry, malabar paratha, and pachadi. We also received some complimentary appetizers. Everything was absolutely delicious. My least favorite would probably be the prawn masala (I heard they were well-known for their seafood but this is probably for a different dish), but everything else was very flavorful and filling. I typically eat bread with my yogurt and the malabar paratha/pachadi mix was great - the pineapple and pomegranate mix balanced out the yogurt, which paired very well with our spicy dishes. I was skeptical about lemon rice (I was considering ordering the Tomato rice) but I'm glad I went with it; the lemon rice and mango curry went very well together.
Throughout our meal, we had several different waiters serving us and asking about our experience, which was a bit confusing but I suppose better this than having no service at all :)
While ordering, I indicated that we only wanted the small prawn masala dish but we got charged for the large. I noted this to (one of) our server who immediately apologized and adjusted our bill. The manager (?) also apologized on our way out while holding the door open for us. I really appreciated this act of customer service.
Overall, I had a lovely time and would recommend this restaurant.
Solid four stars, and it should be as it cost a fortune. 150 pounds for 2, with 3 drinks between us and no dessert.
We started with Mango Bellinis- yum- very special with Bobas in the bottom!! We then went with the chef's selection. Our starters were: fried cauliflower, tender coconut chicken, and a crab cake with mustard sauce- not your average Indian fare! Delish!
We followed with an unidentified steamed fish that neither of us cared for that we cut up and hid in our sauces. The Prawn Masala was incredible, as well as crispy fried okra- more yum!!!
Stuffed, we could not contemplate dessert and we could not finish our entrees- more than enough food! Delicious, delicate, and crispy!
I would comment that a bit of background music would have greatly improved the atmosphere as it was pin drop silent until the crowd picked up. We were going to a show so came early, and the entire staff was involved with making sure we made curtain!
Eaten here with colleague on a couple of occasions. The food is exceptional. Far more delicate and subtle flavours then most Indian restaurants, which is this case is certainly a good thing. The service was also exceptional. In fact I'd say likely the most attentive and efficient service I've experienced.
Yes the price is higher then most Indian restaurants but the experience is so much better.
If you are going to eat Indian food and are staying around buckingham palace, please eat here. Amazing service, which is very unlike London, and delicious entrees.
I had been looking for a high end indian restaurant that served more than your average indian meal in London, so was able to make reservations (but you really dont need to make reservations especially on a weekday.
We saw that the restaurant was part of a hotel, which typically means that the decor will be beautiful (true), and the food average (untrue!) It did feel odd that we were there at peak eating times (8 PM), and the restaurant was quite empty. That didnt bother us because we actually wanted a quiet space to hang out, but usually thats another indication that there is something not stellar about this place.
We were seated in the lounge area and started off with a mango bellini and a Bangalore based Cabernet Sauvignon. We then went to our table, which was perfect for two people. The waiter suggested that the chef make a menu according to our taste.
We started out with mini poppodams and two diff chutneys, tomato and coconut. Both tasted fresh and homemade.
I had appetizers of : scallops (delicious), crab cakes (not my favorite) and hubby had lamb kothu (which was AMAZING), and chicken (delcious).
Our waiter then brought out two small glasses of a spicy soup called rasam (i believe this is an acquired taste but me being indian, i loved it) There was a slight faux pas by our clearly nervous waiter where he spilled part of the rest of the soup on me, but he apologised and we moved on. He suggested a malbec for the following dishes and I think it went really well.
The main courses were next:
Black cod (amazing)
Chicken (good but VERY heavy)
Sides of : Lemon Rice --great accompaniment to the black cod, and actually everything, Spinach poriyal (nice and light), and malabar paratha. I dont eat deep fried dishes so ordered two phulkas (thin flatbread very common in homestyle cooking)
For dessert we finished with south indian coffee and a very interesting Goan dessert with chocolate and jaggery. The dessert was probably my least favorite item on the menu and im likely not going to order that again.
But we ordered a ridiculous amount of food, ordered a couple drinks and a carafe of wine and the bill was quite reasonable for what we ate and drank.
I've already been to the Cinnamon Club and given it a 5 star rating, so I wasn't expecting Quilion to be as good, but it was (almost). I had a set lunch menu where the chef chooses the dishes for you. It was kind of an Indian tapas, with a range of small dishes, all delicious. the starter of masala dosa was gorgeous, very fresh. The main was a smörgåsbord of flavours - chicken curry, chapati, a lovely cauliflower dish, green beans that appeared to be deep fried. I was stuffed by the end of it - stuffed and happy. All the moreso because I didn't have to pay for the meal :) I was a little disconcerted that the prices were not on the menu - that always makes me worried so I'm assuming it was fairly pricey. Totally worth it though.
Delicious!! I live in L.A now and miss great Indian food so this was my first stop on a trip to London.
I highly recommend the scallops and black cod but it was all incredibly delicious and actually really reasonably priced.
Really good Kerala inspired cuisine.
We wanted a restaurant nearby our hotel, the Crowne Plaza St. James and Quilon exceeded our expectations. We're not fans of any type of Indian cuisine. However, when I looked a the menu and reviews, decided that we would take a chance. We were thrilled across the board. The dishes are extremely flavorful, plentiful and artfully crafted. The chef also brought out a number of other appetizers and side dishes for us to try. For those of you who associate Indian cuisine with curry, Quilon has a very sophisticated and diverse range of spices and flavorings. It was truly one of the best dining experiences we had in London.
Not one diner from India in the full restaurant??!
Cooked oysters horrid. Small dosa very good . Excellent service.
Trendy aged beers?
Squid 4/5 served with spit of shrimpy mush. Small portion of prawn masala excellent. Pachadi very interesting as was lemon rice.Limited desserts( boohoo).Certainly a menu to be explored.
I found myself at Quilon yesterday afternoon almost out of necessity, albeit under convivial circumstances. A late decision to utilise more Times Fine Dining vouchers prompted a frantic ring-around to see who was open on the August Bank Holiday, as this financial recess seems to have extended to the restaurant sector. Odd, considering this could be one of their busiest days of the year. With limited choices on offer, we happily opted for Quilon's Keralan-influenced cuisine, located in St James on Buckingham Gate.
The dining room is vast, with seating for over 100 covers, but the layout is such that one does not feel engulfed. We were on the three course lunch menu, reasonably priced at £22 (without the dining vouchers). There were numerous choices for each course which is a welcome surprise in this price band. Home made chutneys were deliciously spicy and poppadums were light and crispy. A starter of curry leaf and lentil crusted fish was very well spiced, with the fish cooked perfectly. My main of halibut Koondapur curry was slightly lacking in heat but a refreshing change from the oily offerings on Brick Lane nonetheless. But the crowd pleasers here are the parathas, oozing with ghee and delectably moreish.
There is a good selection of bottled beers from various parts of the world. Coffee was excellent and included in the price. Service was prompt and friendly. This was a very enjoyable lunch and beats Atul Kochhar's ventures hands down. In retrospect, I'm glad the other places I phoned were closed.
This is my third favorite Indian restaurant in the world. It has a Keralan influenced cuisine, and it's different to most Indian restaurants so it is worth checking out. It's also going to be great to take friends who don't really like Indian food since the flavors here are more subtle.
I'll just describe a few dishes which I think make this place special:
1) Mini vegetable dosa. These are really cute. You get a plate with three cones on it each filled with a spicy potato filling. Served with a side of sambhar. All I can say is that the combination of ingredients is just perfect. The best dosa I've had.
2) Crab cakes. The curried crab cakes are really tasty. Not much to describe - you just have to have them.
3) Baked Black Cod. The black cod is marinated in molasses. It's like the black cod at nobu, but the molasses is less sweet than a miso glaze and more of a sweet-spicy finish. It's outstanding.
4) Mango curry. This is a really nice vegetarian dish. Ripe mango with green chillies, yoghurt, coconut, mustard, and other spices. It's surprising, but it works really well. Can't be described it has to be tasted.
5) Prawn masala. Nice jumbo prawns in a tomato-onion curry. It's very tasty.
6) Mangalorean Chicken. I personally prefer the tikka masala, but this is a nice change. It has a tomato and coconut sauce. Very tasty.
7) Lemon rice. This is better than regular rice and works very well with the more unusual curries that they serve. They also have curd rice and tomato rice. Their all good. The Lemon rice works best with the black cod.
8) In addition to the usual paratha and naan, this restaurant also serves Appam which is the pancake like stuff you have in dosa. It's a nice addition in terms of breads.
What distinguishes Quilon is a combination of incredibly fresh ingredients, modern flavors, and an unusual Keralan influenced recipes. It's different, and it's very good. They fully deserve the Michelin star that they have received.
The food and service were excellent. My colleague and I were indecisive about what to order so the waiter suggested a chef choice two course meal which we accepted along with a carafe of wine. Not knowing what to expect we quickly realized we were in for a treat. Every item was flavored perfectly and the wine paired beautifully. The service was top notch. We were never hovered over, but it always felt that someone was there for us. I've been back in America for a week and I already want to go back to London to eat here again.
This restaurant was stunning. We didn't even order off the menu, and it was perfect. We told the waiter what food we liked, and they brought out a personally tailored and delicious meal for each person there.
My favorite was the mint infused lamb, which was cooked perfectly. I also loved the large platter of sauces, all of which I cannot remember the name of. Then, a hot sipping drink of indian spices was a truly one of a kind thing.
The dessert was a banana caramel yummy cakey thing. But it was a work of art in every way. But seriously, this place is a blessing. It was the best meal I had when I went to London - but I didn't have to shoulder the bill either.
Quilon can be called as modern south indian food. I have been here twice now for business lunch and dinner. Have not been disappointed. The service is very good and the portions are pretty decent. The malabar paranthas were awesome and the coconut chutneys given at the start with poppadums (or appalams as we call it) were divine. The lunch price is a bargain as well for 3 courses at 24£ without drinks. Will definitely go again.
Excellent service, food and decor. This is an upscale restaurant that treats commoners as royalty.
This is the only restaurant I know of that serves (south Indian) Kerala cuisine. The service is excellent and the food is delicious. The ambiance and decor is 5 star. The dishes that stand out are Prawn masala, Kothu lamb, Quilon fish curry and the Malabar Paratha. We were a group of 10, our waiter split our order of 5 dishes evenly and made sure he substituted cauliflower instead of meat for vegetarians. They even served us (rasam) tomato soup between our appetizer and main course. The best restaurant experience in London period.
Quilon is a high-class Indian restaurant near Buckingham Palace which specialises in the cooking of Kerala, on India's south-west coast. Owned by the Taj Group, it attracts mostly business people as it's expensive and provides a wide-ranging seafood menu as well as more typical dishes.
We had a business / private dinner there with some Indian friends who came originally from Kerala, and they found it excellent. We let them chose our food - apart from the fish, as they are vegetarians.
Starters included grilled scallops with spiced coconut cream,
gobi kempu bezule (cauliflower tempura) and delicious mini masala dosas.
They serve an 'amuse-bouche' of a glass of hot rasam (spiced with tomatoes, peppercorn, red chillies, coriander and tamarind) before the main course. We had beautifully cooked black cod (made famous as the signature dish at Nobu) as well as superb scallops and squid.
There's an excellent wine list and we broke the usual rule about drinking spicy whites with Indian food when we discovered that they had my all-time favourite pinot noir - Neudorf's Moutere - which was absolutely superb.
Quilon is quiet and comfortable and the tables well-spaced, making it ideal for discreet conversation. The service moves a little slowly at times but there are plenty of staff and one can get attention without making a fuss.
Good restaurant, I like the interior there. The lighting is really warm and creates a cosy atmosphere. The staff is welcoming and can give you advices about the meals. The bad thing is that it is a quite expensive restaurant. I am planning to go there again, but I will save some extra money just in case I want to try more than one meal.
Tata-owned Quilon boasts Michelin-starred Indian food, tucked away in Victoria, near Green Park.
Service is exemplary, with the decor firmly seated in the 'traditional/conservative' bracket - tables are nicely spaced, and you don't find yourself clashing elbows with the table next to you, unlike many of London's 'trendier' outfits.
When we visited, it was part of the London Restaurant week offer, which saw us nibble our way through a delicious tasting menu, highlights including cauliflower tempura and pistachio lamb curry - the food was all innovative and created a clear distinction between this and an 'ordinary' curry house, tempting the palate into wanting to return in future.
Whilst the food and service excels, the place is somewhat let down by the décor and ambience. My partner an I were the youngest dining there by a good twenty years, save maybe some children who were dining with their parents. I found the décor to be somewhat bland, which combined with rather bright lighting, doesn't make Quilon lend itself to a romantic dinner, despite the intimacy offered by generous spacing between the tables.
The place seems well suited to business lunches and dinners, and I could imagine that it would be an impeccable destination for such events - but despite the exemplary food and service, it doesn't quite cut the mustard for a romantic dinner, and there's a dearth of places to visit in the immediate vicinity for after-dinner drinks.
This is a superlative Indian restaurant in almost every respect. My only quibble is with the decor - it is not really attractive, lighting is not good, and there is avaguely bizarre collection of jungle murals on the walls. Best to ignore all that.
The food is wonderful - Goan and Keralan in origin - delicately spiced, hot dishes clearly marked, all of it sublimely well cooked. Lots of seafood dishes, the seafood soup to start is a particular favourite, fresh shellfish presented in a bowl then a coriander scented broth is poured over releasing the most delectable smell. A main of guinea fowl supreme was a dry curry, the flesh wrapped in a green chilli and coriander paste that was gorgeous. Sides of lemon rice and fresh yoghurt were perfect. One of our party liked the crispy okra but it wasn't me, not a fan of this little green veg.
Service is attentive and charming.
While it is true that the a la carte is not cheap, the set price lunch 7 days a weekat £24 for three courses is a bargain for food of this level of excellence.
Since I stayed at the Crowne Plaza adjoining Quilon, i used to frequent it a lot. The food was a bit over priced for the portions served. Although I must say the food was excellent.
The evening dinner started with a complimentary glass of rassam and cracker alongside. The main course had a a limited variety to select from but whatever i ordered has been good. After dinner a cup of masala tea added to the bliss of a good dinner.
Time to hit the sack
Definitely a high-class Indian - don't go expecting your traditional menu of chicken/lamb vindaloo, etc. But nonetheless, everything we ate was wonderful, and service was very good.
Very enjoyable and efficient. They knew we had to leave within an hour and made it all happen seamlessly. Really enjoyed my small dosa appetizer and my lamb biryani as well as their desserts. This is high-end Indian at its best - tasty, delicate food served in a quiet atmosphere with cozy lighting.
At last i have found a good South Indian (well ... not totally ... but the strong Kerala influence in the menu is obvious) restaurant in central London.
Quilon, named after a small town in Southern India (okay ... i am guessing about this), is located a little off Victoria st near the St James Park tube station. Its a bit difficult to find if you are not familiar with the area ... look for the Indian flag and the flag of the Taj group of hotels.
I came here for a Sunday lunch. The place was almost empty. I hope more people come here for dinner, as the food is fabbulous.
I ordered some fish for starter, which was good. However i was really impressed by the vegetable dosa that my friend asked for. The stuffing was evenly spread throughout the interior of the dosa, and not merely at the centre as in most places. Also it was a mixed vegetable stuffing and not the potato curry you see elsewhere ... and it tasted really good.
For the main course we had lamb as well as a paneer dish. Quilon has a greater percentage of sea-food dishes than any other Indian restaurant i have been to in London ... but i felt that their vegetarian fare was better.
I was a bit disappointed with the dessert ... but maybe we were ourselves to blame. Note to myself: Never ever order ice-cream with cracked pepper ... they don't go well together :(
We had gone for the set lunch menu. At 22 pounds for 3 courses + coffee, it was really reasonable, especially given the fact that Quilon holds a Michelin star.
My friend had arrived an hour and fifteen minutes late ... but they were never impatient and did not force me to order quickly ... so i would rate their service level as quite good ... though the fact that nobody was waiting for a table probably helped.
On the whole, a very good place for some off-beat South Indian fare.
Very good upscale authentic Indian food (no tiki masala or Vindaloo here), but their impeccable service comes at a cost. Expect to pay £15-£20 for a basic dish with a small side and don't expect to come out completely full. Strong emphasis on presentation and quality as opposed to quantity. Attracts a host of expats from the nearby upscale hotels. If you're simply looking for a filling Indian dish look elsewhere, but Quilon is as good as it gets in terms of presentation. The Goan chicken is recommended.
A delightful South Indian restaurant in London. We met some friends here for dinner during our trip and was not disappointed. The service can not be faulted, the food memorable and the ambience invites long conversations. The popadum served with two sauces was delicious. The amuse bouche of spicy tomatoeey consome prepared the palates for the explosion of flavor that came along with the dishes. We had 5 people in our party and decided to order family style so that we can sample all. The waiter helped with choosing the dishes and all had smile on their faces after the meal. I will recommend this restaurant to friends visiting London.
Ill start off by saying that the service is stellar! Its more of a southern indian cuisine. So the food is more tropical and uses coconut milk n oil. Food was above average but nothing amazingg.
Recently awarded a Michelin star, this is a wonderful Indian restaurant. The decor is a bit plain and old fashioned, but the food more than makes up for it! Beautifully spiced and light dishes - quite a contrast to your usual curry house or takeaway. Superb choice for vegetarians with lots of side dishes, spinach and lentils. The staff always really look after you too and make the whole experience really enjoyable. Highly recommended.
Went there with my colleague on the recommendation of another collegue. The food and service were just fantastic. We ordered a lot of things on the menu and everything was just great. Good wine pairings recommended by the waiter.
Truly excellent food. Had the crispy okra and two small plates: prawns and seared seabass. Very very good. I highly recommend eating here.
I have been here a few times for work lunches and it is always excellent quality. I would give it 5 stars, but its quite pricey. I think they may now even have a michelin star, but dont quote me on that. Its definately a big step up from your typical curry house with all sorts of original dishes. I look forward to next time someone pays for me to go there.
Excellent south indian cuisine. For appetizers we had the crab cakes and sea scallops. We had the sea bass and the black cod for the main course. The sea bass was served with a flavorful salsa on top. The serving sizes were quite large even though we only ordered the "half size" option. Crispy lentil cakes with chutney were served as an appetizer, and a warm tomato soup was served as a palette cleanser between courses. The service was very attentive.
Intersteing rather than amazing restaurant for me. Unusual food like spiced tomato soup served in a wineglass; rather upsettingly warm/hot when I tried to glug my wine and picked up wrong glass. I would have to vote for the Cinnamon Club as better. Decor definitely old school Indian Restauarnt as compared to the nearby Cinammon club (*which is more modern). Some keralamn dishes that were different though
I love Indian food with a cold beer - when I asked if they had Taj beer - they had a secret shipment in the basement they had ordered for a party that wasn't on the menu!!!
The atmosphere was bland and boring and there were a lot of empty tables (you would not think you were in a Michelin star restaurant) but the food was absolutely delightful from start to finish. Even the sauce that came with the poppadams was unique. I particularlyenjoyed the Pan Fried Lobster with mustard creme sauce and the pistachio lamb ... my mouth is watering just typing it.
Best Indian food I have ever had. Impeccably friendly service. Lovely wine list. I will never forget the cashew curry, the monk fish with mustard sauce or the baked yogurt for dessert. Worth the trip to London in a and of itself!
Wow, wow and wow again. So I was in London with family and they brought me here on the first night. I was a little bit hesitant because my experience in the states with Indian food hasn't always been great but this exceeded my standards by far and opened me up to a whole new love for (Southern) Indian cuisine. I can't possibly remember everything we ate, because my family's knowledge of Indian food way surpasses mine and I let them order what they knew would be best. Some things I tasted were the lemon rice, crispy okra, mapla chicken, crab cakes, mini masala dosas and kovallam fish curry (mango flavor). Let me tell you that all of it was incredible. I didn't have a single complaint right down to my mango lasi. The place really is as good as it gets, and previous to this I wasn't even that interested in Indian food. The service was also extremely attentive and personal, our waiter checked up on us several times. If I ever get myself back to London, which I certainly plan to, this will again be my first stop.
Excellent food, but rather expensive. The fish was very good and tasted fresh, all the food we had was of a high quality, staff were very friendly and helpfull choosing dishes, they have a god selction in their wine list too
We asked for advice on the menu as we didn't know much about South Indian food. We have been blessed. I have never tasted a fish that soft and with a texture so light. I didn't even know it was possible. Same thing for the chicken, cooked to perfection. Staff was perfect in finding the right balance between discretion, advice and doing their work. Tables are wide and there is plenty of room between tables. So less than £40 for an excellent dinner with dessert and wine, totally worth the experience.
we went here as part of the London Restaurant Week promotion and we had a fantastic experience. the food was delicious and the serive impeccable.
i would certainly eat here again.
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