It's hardly surprising that all of the best Indian meals I've had have been in London, even include some Michelin starred meals. But Veeraswamy may well be the best of the best.
I was actually not expecting it to be quite that good, because the opentable listing emphasizes their corporate connections, plus a recommendation by National Geographic(?!)
Yet everything we tried was one of the best Indian dishes I've tasted, and we tried quite a few items, sampling four appetizers and a vegetarian main that included four separate dishes. Particular highlights were the Raj Kachori, a fancy version of Indian street food consisting of a crisp wheat puri filled with goodies, and Scallop Moilee, which came in a stunning coconut and ginger sauce. My wife is a Chicken Tikka aficionado, and proclaimed this one the best Indian dish she ever tasted.
There is also an excellent wine list, highlighted by some very well-described white and red Burgundies.
This will definitely be the Indian restaurant we return to on our next visit to London.
They are definitely feelin' themselves. Don't be a fool and buy the hype. Your money is better spent at Roti Chai (downstairs dining area). It took them 30 min, at least, to serve us water. When we asked the waitress about it, she blamed it on the bus boy. The food was decent, but not worth the 200 bucks we spent there. I ordered the homemade organic paneer, layered with green herbs and green mango, and finished off with nutmeg and cardamom. Very good. My cocktail was decent, but still pretty sweet (although the waitress smirked when I asked for it not to be too sweet, and said, "Oh no, it's not sweet at all"). Wrong. I had the veggie crescent platter, and the only standout was the paneer tikka masala. Even then, it wasn't nearly as good as the veggie dishes we had the previous night at Roti Chai.
One last thing, we asked for naan to accompany our takeaway (we figured we should take our leftovers for a late night snack, since we'd forked over $200 for them). The waitress seriously went into a 5 minute explanation about how it would taste chewy if we reheated it later and she didn't recommend it. Lame. Give us what we ordered, we are paying for it.
She then brought the naan out 10 minutes later, on a plate, as if we were going to eat it there. She explained, "I brought it out like this because the chef gets upset if people order takeaway, but I can pack it now bc it's been served". WTF. Who says that? Doesn't the client always come first?
She never came back to give us our check. We had to ask the bus boy for it, so that we could GTFO.
Suck it, Veeraswamy.
What an incredible disappointment.
This was possibly the most pompous and underwhelming restaurant to which I've ever been.
The problems started with our cocktails, which even after requesting they not be made sweet, came out as if they were made with tablespoons of sugar. Gross. The waitress' condescension began here, by the way, with her arrogant proclamation (when we ordered) that the drinks were not made anyway but perfectly. Yeah, whatever. They tasted like drinks teenagers would drink. Amateurish.
Our appetizers were a mixed affair. The herb paneer was excellent; the softest cheese scented with nutmeg and cardamom. The crab cake however was dry and flavorless, it tasted like chewing seafood sandpaper. How do you screw up a crab cake?
At this point, 20 mins later, still no water as requested when we ordered our drinks.
Our entrees arrive. Again, a mixed affair. The chicken tikka was good, not great; a solid blend of sweet and smoky spices. The saag however was dismal, it tasted like spinach run through a blender and slopped on a plate without any seasoning. It was inedible. My wife's veggie platter was so-so, a couple dishes were good, the aubergine was poor.
But at least our water now had arrived! Small victory. But at the end of our meal pretty much, accompanied by an apology from our waitress who blamed the bar. For the 30 min delay -for water. Nice.
Last, and this would fall under the insult to injury category, we asked for the remaining food to be packed to go except for the spinach and aubergine, and requested the addition of a naan. I then had to hear a lecture on how naan is not meant to be taken away and how would it rot in daylight or to another's touch outside the restaurant and (this part is no exaggeration) the chef gets very mad if patrons do takeaway.
Are you fucking kidding me? I couldn't believe how arrogant and pompous this waitress was. Who cares what the fucking chef thinks, it's a piece of naan!
Please pass this on to the chef and to the owner: if the food was as made carefully and service as half as polished as you manicure your inflated sense of ego, you'd be getting more than 1 star. And put a Kevlar vest around the chef's delicate heart and tell them the spinach and crab cake sucked ass.
So many other places we've been to like Roti Chai and Dishoom outclass this place in terms of food quality and service, skip this place and spend your money elsewhere. What a waste of time, money, and patience.
I was recommended to try Veeraswamy by a friend for an anniversary dinner with my partner and it did not disappoint.
It was a weekday evening and the restaurant itself was busy but not rammed, I mention this only to provide context when I say that every interaction we had with a member of staff was first rate. They were attentive (very aware of empty glasses on the table, water or otherwise), helpful (happy to talk through menu items) and extremely polite from entry to exit which left a good taste in the mouth on departure, speaking of which, the food.
We started with cocktails, we are not connoisseurs but both thoroughly enjoyed our choices, I opted for 1926 tribute. As it was a special occasion we decided on the tasting menu with wine, this was an expensive option but a brilliant experience. Each course and wine is introduced as it is presented.
4 courses with different wines to compliment is a lot to get through and not for the faint hearted that said the two starters, minced lamb kebab and green tikka prawn each with its own wine, were a highlight. The main course allows you to indulge in no less than 4 different curries and the usual sundries, the sweet pineapple curry stands out in the memory. Its rounded off with a delicious palm sugar and coconut brûlée.
Veeraswamy is steeped in history and centrally located which you do pay for, however it's beautiful inside and does feel a bit special, atmosphere, service and most importantly food were all great on our visit.
Recommended by a foodie friend. Went with my gf. Opted for business lunch for 2 course 27 pounds each. Chicken tikka was very tender and well spiced without going overboard. Duck was also well marinated and sliced in more gentle manner however the meat want too tender as of it was a bit over cooked. Halibut was very good. The spice was not too curried but more fragrant. The lamb chop was good but I was more amazed by the squash underneath. Very tender and flavorful. Kudos to the chef and the good service by the staff. Still it's a bit over priced for me, although considering the location and history it might make sense.
High quality Indian food in the city! I ordered the tasting menu that offered four different curry dishes to try with naan and rice to go with the dishes.The two appetizers in the beginning - lentil soup and a shrimp dish- was light and flavourful. The dessert consisted of ice cream and a creme brûlée with a hint of spice. Decor was unique and felt very comfortable. Bit quiet, so good for more intimate occasions.
Nice Indian restaurant with a not quite matching relation between price and service. Where the service itself is ok, but the food quality, that is got, does not really match the price given. I don't understand why you order Indian food and have to order the rise or nan bread in addition. At least a portion of rise should come with the food.
So after all you feel a little cheated, though the quality is ok.
The overall feeling in the restaurant is very good.
A friend had told us about this place almost a year ago and we finally got around to trying it! Although a bit pricey, the service, food, and ambiance were great. You enter on Swallow St. and check-in with someone before heading up the elevator to the 1st floor. It was more spacious than we expected and they also looked to have a private room upstairs.
The chicken lollipops were juicy and wonderful served on chicken bones. The chicken / lamb kebaps were just okay. We loved the chicken tikka and the spicy prawn curry too! Great flavors and giant fresh prawns!!
Wow. First time at the restaurant and it made sense to do the tasting menu. I don't regret that one bit. The service was impeccable, and the tasting menu had items from various Indian culinary backgrounds, with paired wines. Overall...unbelievable!
Of the tasting menu, the two standouts were the pineapple curry -- chunks of pineapple in warm yogurt gravy with bits of chili, fried mustard seed, and fried curry leaves. OMG -- amazing. Single best moment of my meal. In fact, I told the people serving me that I was upset that I left that dish for the last! The second dish -- the coconut creme brulee. Again, OMG. Creme brulee crust was perfect, and the custard itself had a good balance of sweet goodness with the savory coconut.
Every aspect of the operation, from the person greeting you at the door, to the person taking you to your seat, to the servers taking care of you, all the way to the food prepared and presented is unified under a banner of high standards and quality. That's why Veeraswamy gets five stars in my book. Thank you for setting the bar high for standards and quality, and meeting them Veeraswamy!
Will I be back? But of course. Next time, I'm getting a larger order of that pineapple curry. Thank you for the experience, Veeraswamy!
A friend of mine recommended this restaurant when I was in London. I tried various Indian restaurants in the States but this is the best I've ever had! From the main dishes to the exotic deserts, it's one of my all time favorites.
Tricky to find this restaurant on Swallow St, just off Regent near where the kiddies line-up to get into the Piccadilly Hollister store. There's a purple doorway that leads to an elevator that carries you upstairs to the restaurant.
Very expensive and, never having been to India, the best Indian restaurant I've ever been to and I've been to a lot.
Excellent service, too. Bring lots of money. Dinner was about 80 BSP per person.
My husband and I went to Veeraswarmy this past weekend and it was perfect - the service, the food - everything was perfect. It is definitely a special night out, as the prices are not cheap, but that will not stop me from going back again.
We started with a cocktail (prosecco for me and a martini for my husband) and then split a bottle of wine for dinner.
For an appetizer, we split the Raj Kachori that was described as "street food filled with goodies" -and wow, it was filled with deliciousness - it was a hard shell with some yogurt, curry and garnished with pomegranate seeds - I am not doing this plate justice - just get it!
We each got an entrée - my husband chose the duck and I went with the Lamb shank. Both we delicious and we had the Pineapple Curry as a side - which really cooled down my mouth after the duck which was a little spicy. The lamb shank was perfectly braised and fell off the bone just as the menu said.
We finished the meal by splitting a dessert -it was the first one listed on the menu and didn't have a great description - but when we asked the waitress what it was - she said it was a warm donut filled with sugar - so we immediately chose that and did not regret it.
Service was fantastic with multiple wait staff helping you and the atmosphere was relaxed yet a little fancy. (We wore jeans, nice shoes and sweaters for a Monday night - if I went during the weekend, I probably would get dressed up a little more. )
All in all - the above meal was $270 (USD) but I think totally worth it - -
The oldest Indian restaurant in London has had plenty of time to perfect a thing or two, and the meal that we enjoyed was of very high quality.
Apart from the beautiful setting and attentive service, our Vegetable Bhajia starter was the highlight of the meal... think of a mouth watering Indian-style tempura (Bell Peppers, Green Beans, Onions, Broccoli) as opposed to the fritters normally served in restaurants. I had a gorgeously presented Coconut Chicken dish for my main, prepared with a spicy korma-esque sauce and garnished with a spicy chilli on top. With a generous bread basket on the side, I found that even absent sides, I was more than stuffed by the end and even passed on dessert. For vegetarians, the Crescent Platter offers a plethora of choices, though the Daal dish stood out compared to the others. In the opinion of my wife (who is a veggie), these were some of the very best lentils in London.
The quality and location come with a price tag, and while not shocked by the total of our meal - it was relatively punchy: 10-15 GBP for starters, 20-35 GBP for mains, with sides also running closer to 10 GBP than to 5. Throw in a few drinks, and the bill can start to add up pretty quickly...
The second pillar in the Holy Trinity of Indian food in London (see my Amaya review).
Veeraswamy would be my go-to choice of the three higher end Masala Zone restaurants (Amaya and Chutney Mary being the other two to choose from). It is slightly less expensive than Amaya, making it a bit more attainable for an evening out.
The general decor and ambiance of Veeraswamy is gorgeous. Outstanding wait staff service. Fantastic food.
It is really difficult to find a quality restaurant like this in its location near Picadilly Circus. Veeraswamy is a great option for a classy dinner before heading out to the theater or just going out in that area.
I've had multiple fish dishes, octopus, shrimp curry, multiple biriyanis, and more and they've all been phenomenal. They have a great wine menu as well, which pairs excellently with any of their entrees. Their custom cocktails are also quite delicious (there was some sort of spicy martini I tried last time that was wonderful).
The waiters are always incredibly helpful in determining the appropriate meal size and selection. They are also very knowledgable about their wine and cocktail list to suggest pairings. They managed to make each of my three dining experiences there equally unique and enjoyable.
I could not recommend Veeraswamy any more strongly! Great for a date night out, group or business dinner, or any nice occassion, really.
**same note as my Amaya review - check out the Masala Zone website for discounts, promotions or specials before you go!
I have been to Veeraswamy about 5 times. Clearly I enjoy the food. I am only giving it 3 stars because of its prices (I would like to give a 3.5 star rating if that was possible).
The ambiance is wonderful and the food is quite good.
But the food isn't in the creative/fusion category, and the restaurant prides itself as traditional. As a traditional fare, it just isn't that interesting or traditional. It tries to be chic and refined, but yet the food just isn't that special or exceptional to warrant the price. You are paying for the ambiance. The appetisers are more refined though, which I would recommend. I almost would argue having a full meal based on the appetisers as they have more subtleties and complexities that I would pay for.
For the traditional curry and grill items, you can do better at many other places for half the prices and bigger portion. Punjab (Covent Garden) and Tiger Spices (Soho) are both cheaper and have more flavorful food with big curry kicks.
For a glass of wine, a starter, two curries (portions are small and don't have much sauces) and a dessert, you are looking at about 45-50 quids.
Expensive for sure. I have never paid so much for an Indian meal. That said, I can't say I've ever had one quite as good either. The duck was fantastic and the vegetarian sampler was one choice better than the other. Folks who are complaining about this place are just picking on it due to the price. The food is amazing. I typically avoid desert in Indian restaurants. Not here. Both my wife and I had delicious deserts to top off a great meal.
We were at a table for 2 in a row of tables for 2. Usually I can't stand this since I feel I'm eating with the couples to my sides. Here the tables were far enough apart (a good 2 feet two either side) that I didn't get that feeling at all. A nice change that made the meal all that more enjoyable.
Veeraswamy has an updated old charm with great environment and good food. There are only a few points that have detracted it from being a five star recommendation.
Our table decided to go for the taster menu. All in all, I think when you're in a large group of people it's a great idea. We had two rounds of starters that where ok but not impressive followed by a strong entourage of curries of both pork and lamb and a very light dessert. The curries where very much traditional and tasty. Highly recommended.
A large part of the reason why they don't have the fifth star was the bad service. We waited quite a bit of time between starters and drinks and desserts took a while to arrive as well. Additionally there was quite a bit of perceived hostility between our waiters which detracted from the experience. That coupled with the weak starters and the cotton candy flavored lychee ice tea make this a good restaurant to go to, just slightly overpriced for it's quality.
Easily the best Indian meal I have ever had. I had the lamb biryani and I could have eaten that same dish every single night while we were in London. My husband was jealous even though his meal was good too. My biryani was so amazing, I don't even remember what he had.
90% of restaurants fail within the first two years of inception and 95% of all statistics are made up on the spot. I don't really know what the percentage is, but everyone knows most restrauants fail before they gain any traction with diners. So in the restaurant business, I'm a firm believer in longevity.
According to its website, "Veeraswamy is the oldest surviving Indian restaurant in the U.K. and possibly the world."
It might also be one of the most expensive Indian restaurants in the world.
I went to Veerawamy one Friday night for dinner. It is right around the corner from my office and I've wanted to try it for quite some time.
I wasn't dissapointed. Everything I ate was spot-on. Traditional dishes were as good if not better than anything else I've tried and the more contemporary dishes were also fantastic.
All in all, it is not cheap, but good food in London seldom is. I'd definitely go back and think it was worth every penny.
Well it's all very promising when you walk in. Dark opulent looking room with lots of nice decoration. Lots of space and very comfortable. But I'd say the food lets it down somewhat. It's not the most expensive but it's pricey enough to expect something a little bit better than what I got.
I was in a big group and it was a Tue evening. We ordered a lot of finger food starters, chicken wings and the like. All overdone and no care taken over them at all. The accompanying sauces weren't in the slightest bit vibrant or surprising. When I eat Indian I want something vibrant and surprising.
My duck masala main course was again perfectly edible but carelessly done. Very overdone and with a ubiquitous masala sauce. I tried two of my guests' food. The lobster curry was a little more delicate without being amazing in any way.
I would expect this sort of food in a decent high street curry house. But the prices are far greater than that so you're paying for the area and the room inside which is a shame when there's so much great indian food around at the moment. I'm lucky enough to live near Indian Zing in Hammersmith and the food there knocks the food here into a cocked hat at a much much fairer price.
This is the best Indian restaurant that I've ever been to in my life. Why not 5 stars, well we'll get to that.
Really great decor. It feels traditional, yet modern at the same time. The designer that did the lighting was very creative as the mood set by the lights was great.
The waitress that takes care of drinks was very attentive! She recommended good drinks and even steered us away from the ones she didn't like. She had a quick smile and made you feel welcome.
The waiter, the one who took our food order, wasn't so great. No hello, or anything, just a, you ready to order? He seemed to be in a hurry, but you know what? With these prices, calm the f down. At least a "hello, welcome" type of thing.
Look, the food was ridiculous. I wish I remember what we had as an appetizer, but it ranks up there as one of the best things either of us have ever had. The flavor explodes in your mouth. It's like your tongue discovered all of its taste buds at the same time. Spicy, but never too spicy. It was some kind of a chicken kebab that we ordered as an appetizer, but I'll get it as the main dish next time. The waiter, his only saving grace, quickly and nervously recommended this. I personally think that he just did this because it was first on the list. I kind of wanted to punch him.
Try the mixed drinks. They were excellent. Made in a way that you can't taste the alcohol, but if you drink enough, you'll know that it's in there.
Dessert was nothing to write about. I'll pass next time.
The waiter never came around to see how we were doing or anything like that. Just when it was time to pay.
When we were walking out we discovered that our Indian hostess was actually Brazilian. First of all, Brazilians are everywhere in London and now they even work in Indian restaurants passing themselves off as Indian!!! I love it.
There is a Russian guy dressed like an Indian guard of some kind outside. He said that they have their own cabs. I got into the cab and the driver started to put our address in his GPS. Um, no. When I got out, they tried to talk me into taking one of their cars until I discovered they charge 20 pounds flat fee. This is a robbery and I personally think that this is something that the Russian guy has going on the side.
We will 100% be back. Great decor, amazing food and drinks, but shitty waiter. I'll still be back.
Tasty, but does it merit the price tag? Methinks not.
- Green curry prawns (large, delicious - however the appetizer only comes with 2 prawns)
- Pineapple curry (sweet, but with a little kick - this was almost dessert-like for me)
- Lamb Biryani - good (not worth the price tag)
- Duck Vindaloo - I've had better duck elsewhere, but this was good
- Chiken Makhani - tasty, would order again
- Basket of Bread (three different types of Na'an) - disappointing (was expecting bursts of different flavors - or at least something noticeable, but this was all-around rather bland)
- Spinach Saag (I wanted some kind of vegetable - because everything else is very heavy - this was rather unmemorable though)
Rounding up from 3.5. Would likely never return, but enjoyed my meal while it lasted.
Veeraswamy is the finest Indian restaurant that I have ever had the privilege of dining at. Beautifully decorated, with giant windows to look out at London through. This is THE place to have a romantic dinner or an important business meeting. The staff are attentive, but not bothersome. The food is absolutely amazing, everything is worth mentioning. My personal favorite is the Sholay Chicken Tikka. Although you would be tempted to stick to your old favorites, this is the place to be adventurous, because everything is fantastic and you might discover something new that you love.
Each time that I visit London, this is somewhere that I will feature as one of the highlights of London.
Be sure and book early, as they tend to get filled up weeks in advance for prime dinner times.
Best Indian food I've had in my life, including awards for best saag and a killer banana kulfi for dessert. The roti was a disappointment, though, and there was one small hitch with service.
Verraswamy has been at the same location for 83 years, and claims to be the first and oldest Indian restaurant in London. The restaurant is beautiful and stylish too.
Expensive (£70/person for dinner, not including drinks), but generally good service and presentation combined with excellently prepared dishes.
This is not your run of the mill Brick Lane curry house. Consider this the jewel in the crown of Indian restaurants in London!
I made it a point to seek out Veeraswamy on my most recent vacation to London. According to their website, they are the oldest surviving Indian restaurant in the UK. All those years of being in business has added up to pure perfection!
The first thing that grabbed my attention when I arrived is the amazing decor...purple accents everywhere, beautiful jewel tone lanterns hanging all about, soothing dim lighting, the wall of candles in the back of the room. I immediately felt at home here. We were seated right by a window, which not only afforded us a great view of Regent street below, but a great view of the beautiful dining room we were in.
The service is impeccable! The staff is extremely welcoming, polished and professional. The timing of the service for each course of our meal was perfect.
The food is absolutely the best Indian food I've ever had anywhere (my husband and I both love Indian food and eat it at least once a week, so we've been to many Indian restaurants around the world). I would compare the quality of the food to what you would get at Tabla in NYC, just that here at Veeraswamy, you are getting more traditional Indian fare, compared to the Indian fusion you get at Tabla. Every course was delicious, spicy and flavorful. The portions are just right as well - nothing huge and overwhelming.
Veeraswamy offers a great selection of wines (as well as beers and cocktails) to pair with your meal.
This place is by no means reasonable - but I can assure you, it's worth the splurge. I'm already dreaming of my next meal here, just as soon as I can get back to London!
Oh My ! I actually found an Indian restaurant with good food outside India..
My hubby and I recently toured London from our hometown of New York. I cook Indian food regularly and not easily impressed with restaurant Indian . This restaurant was on our short list and we chanced upon it whilst strolling Regent Street.
1. Very little Indian food aroma that lingers in your hair long after the foods gone.
2. Fresh ingredients , no BS recipes or silly names for everyday dishes, good selection representing various Indian cuisines
3. Interesting artwork and pictures on wall, informal atmosphere
4. Helpful ,polite well trained staff.
5. Its not cheap, but so worth it.
Thanks Veeraswamy for a memorable London evening..:):)
Not for Indian people.
This restaurant is catered to the ambiance and foreigners wanting chic Indian. There were only 2 items for vegetarians??? That makes no sense. However the paneer makani was awesome so if the chef decided to put the 1 thing he did know how to cook this would be it! Also this one is super pricey. Expect to pay $80 USD of 45 gbp a person for just 1 item ....and the naan, rice etc. is all extra charges.
This is my second favorite Indian restaurant in the world. It's owned by the same people as my favorite Indian restaurant, Chutney Mary.
Whereas Chutney Mary strikes you with its creativity, Veeraswamy is more traditional, but it has the same high quality ingredients, flawless consistency and tasty flavors as its sister restaurants.
1) Start with the tandoor. I typically have one of 3 starters - the Tandoori Red Snapper, the tandoori shrimp (which has a green spice but I don't know what it's called), and the lamb seekh kebab. All of them are superb. The tandoori Red Snapper is my favorite. Its done just right. Crispy at the edges, very soft on the inside, and the black pepper spices are spicy enough to be tasty but you can still taste the freshness of the snapper.
2) There are so many great curries here. You can't go wrong. My fvaorites are the Kashmiri Rogan Josh, the Lobster Malabar, and the Chicken Tikka masala.
3) You can order vegetarian dishes by the half portion here - which is great because you can have a good variety of sides at the table. I like the paneer saag, the eggplants, and the dal.
4) The best desert is the black gulab jamun served in rose sauce with ice-cream. I love that dish. The chocolate kulfi is great in concept but no great in reality.
5) Really nice space. Classy upscale decor. View of Regent's street which is nice in December. Excellent service.
Ever wonder about how Indian cuisine matches up with cocktails and wines? Well ponder no further, here is your savory savior. They have a small but diverse French wine selection and a mixture of bubbles and liquors that that will challenge that tingling tongue.
Just bring your plastic. Cause it's guaranteed to hit a new $$$$.
This is as upmarket as a curry house can be. Don't come here expecting £8 mains because you and your pocket will be sorely disappointed! Come here if you fancy an extravagant but glorious Indian experience.
Veeraswamy is the oldest Indian retaurant in town and has quite auspicious beginnings - it was opened by an Indian Princess and English General and its new world flavours were an instant hit with the upper classes.
The fact that it is still here is testament to the quality of the food. All regions of India are covered here, including some that are rarely prepared outside of the country itself. The Nizami Murgh that was recommended to me (chicken breast and koftas with pine nut, lemon and rose petal) was heavenly and there are coastal dishes such as Mussels Moilee which are firm favourites.
If you want to eat in an opulent setting (gilded ceilings and chandeliers), and to experience real Indian cuisine it may cost you around £50 all in all but is an experience you won't soon forget.
Figuring that we could find more than decent Indian food in London, S & I decided upon Veeraswamy.
The food was amazing! It was great, if not better than some of the places I've been to in SiliValley.
However, I would have appreciated the memo telling me that Indian food in London is like a jillion times spicier than it is here in the states!
Solid Indian restaurant in London but probably not worth the "1st Indian Restaurant in London" premium you have to fork over. After all, first isn't necessarily the best.
I went to Veeraswamy for a business dinner not knowing the history of it. The waitstaff was extremely attentive and the decor was what you would have expected of a high-end Indian place.
For appetizers, we split the Raj Puri (which was spot on delicious - perfectly crispy on the outside with the right amounts of creme and sauces inside - I could eat 3 of these just for my main course) and the Sagg Panner (2 triangle chunks of paneer with a thin layer of sagg (spinach) inside. Quite uninspiring and I wouldn't get it again.
For my main course, I had the vegetarian sampler - which included dal (lentils), kofta (ball of ground chickpeas), two other dishes that I don't remember and I didn't really care for. The dal and the kofta were delicious! I didn't care for the other two. We also had a side of sagg, which normal sagg with tons of garlic but nothing unique. Rice and naan were ordered separately on the side, which is annoying.
My dessert was a banana kulfi (think banana ice cream). It was the way Kulfi was supposed to be - mildly sweet and fragrant with all the Indian spices. If only they could have had Saffron Kulfi, I would have been in paradise. We also tried a Black Jaman. That was presented rather peculiarly but definitely satisfies any sweet tooth you may have.
I had Cobra beer (just one), and the wait-staff continually tried to push more on me. Quite annoying. The beer selection was limited, with only Cobra and no Kingfisher..
Overall, Veeraswamy was nice to try out and enjoyable since I wasn't paying, but if I did pay, I'd pick something more affordable for the same quality of food. Total bill, including gratuity, was about £200 for a group of 3.
My boyfriend is an indian food fanatic. If he could, I think he would eat Indian food 3 times a day, seven days a week, and still never get bored.
Over the past three years of our relationship, we have been everywhere from traditional restaurants in Cambridge, York and Brick Lane, "modern" indians like Bombay Bicycle Club, Masala Zone and Imli, and "upmarket" joints like Amaya.
So, when I decided that an Indian tasting menu would be the perfect birthday present for him, I knew I needed somewhere special.
And that place was Veeraswamy.
As previous reviewers have mentioned, Veeraswamy is the oldest running Indian restaurant in London, which gives the place a sense of history. This is evident from the turbans hanging on the walls: gifts from visiting Maharajahs.
I booked the table weeks in advance and had 1 very annoying request: I wanted the tasting menu for both of us, but I don't eat red meat - would it be possible to do one veggie?
Now, any foodie worth their salt will know that the rule is always the same: the tasting menu has to be ordered by the whole table.
Not so at Veeraswamy. The restaurant was delightfully accomodating, not only over the phone, but in person too.
I can honestly say that the restaurant has the nicest, most welcoming staff I have ever come across. The gentleman who led us to the table reassured me that the chef is well aware of my request, but then reappeared a few minutes later to say, "The chef is worried that you're only having vegetables in your meal - he would like to know if you'd like some prawns with your main course?" Could they get any nicer?
I am still salivating over my starter: Raj kachori (a large crisp puri filled with lentils, tamarind chutney and yoghurt). This was beautifully presented with little pomegranate jewels, and the taste was extraordinary. And boy, am I glad I ordered the prawns: the giant green prawn was a dry dish with an intense flavour which followed perfectly on from my light starter. Alongside a keralan chicken curry (which I also tried) and a lamb curry (which I didn't), my boyfriend was in heaven.
The mango sorbet was the perfect end to the meal, but this was topped (if possible) when they brought out another tart, dark chocolate sorbet with a candle in it - completely out of the restaurant's own impetus - which made my night.
Yes, it's not exactly street food prices, but then it's not exactly your average Indian. It's special, and you pay for what you get - wonderful staff, delicious food and a colourful, romantic atmosphere right in the heart of London.
My girlfriend and I went there on Christmas Eve because everything else was closed for the holiday. We were the only ones in the place, which worried me at first. But I have to say that this place is AMAZING. The food was cheap enough considering all that we got. I had the lamp binary? Is that how its spelled? It was amazing. There were lots of vegetarian options for my friend.
The server was a bit awkward about everything. It was fine though. He didnt speak great english, but he was nice. If I was a resident in London, I would certainly go back this week. But since I was just visiting from San Diego, it probably be a while before i go back :/
The food is delicious, the service impeccable. The menu keeps changing, so you are never bored. Languages from all over the world can be heard here. All sorta of people, but united in flavors. I stop here every time I'm in London. I recommend you do, too.
Great restaurant. I enjoyed it very much on my last visit to London. You can tell it's a bit of an older place, but with experience comes great food.
I have been to this restaurant 3 times. During my last visit, we were booked as a group of 10 people for the private dining experience and had the most fabulous time. The evening started with exotic cocktails that were reasonably priced. The food was perfectly balanced, well presented and served with perfect timing. The staff was attentive about our needs and ensured our dietary requirements were met. I asked for extra spicy chicken tikka and they were spot on about the seasoning. And the desserts...a perfect ending to the meal! The surroundings are also stunning and luxurious, perfect if you are looking for a high-end Indian dining experience. I would definitely recommend it to my friends and family.
.....what a treat for this Yank dining with my mate from London! May be the best South Asian food I have ever savored......great service, ambiance and bright flavors!
This was my first time on the recommendation of a friend and it did not disappoint. The staff was exceptional as well as the ambience. The food was very good, although the portions weren't generous, especially for an ala carte scenario. Rose petals on the table and great views of Regent street. Room for parties as well as intimacy. I'd most definitely revisit.
Good choice of curry
Staff = good
Food = good
Price = High
Value = average
Location = close to Oxford St shops
Overall _good atmosphere and we will go again.
Went again and was delighted
Atmospheric, friendly, easy access
colourful ...somewhat special
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