in London is one of the finer Marble Arch restaurants. I took my girlfriend there recently, and we were startled by how quickly we had been transported from dreary winter London to the tropical coast of India, courtesy of one of, if not the best, London Indian restaurants. What makes this gourmet indian london option so different than the other London Indian restaurants? I'd say it's French – Indian fusion and tropical Indian decor.
When you enter, you notice there are Indian artifacts everywhere. God knows how many, because the place is expansive, with many rooms that comprise the main dining area, as well as many private dining rooms as well. You really do feel like you're a guest of some Indian Prince. When a hostess brings you to your table, you almost have to remind yourself that you are in the La Porte des Indes Restaurant, and not the La Porte Des Indes palace.
See what I mean?
, and that there is another La Porte Des Indes in Brussels
- Parsee Fish: Fillets of sole encased in a mint and coriander chutney and lightly steamed in banana leaves.
- Demoiselles de Pondicherry: Large juicy grilled king scallops with a hint of garlic in a mild saffron sauce.
- Murgh Malai Kebab: Chicken tikkas marinated with cream cheese, mace and fresh green peppercorns, grilled in the tandoor.
- Chard Pakoras: Crunchy green and red chard and water chestnut pakoras with Bengal gramflour, green chillies, coriander, turmeric and caraway seeds.
- Barra Lamb Chops: Best end of British lamb marinated with caramelised onions and garam masala, served with mint chutney.
- Poulet Rouge: Chicken marinated in yoghurt and red spices, grilled and served in a creamy sauce.
- Crevettes Assadh: Prawns simmered in a mild coconut curry with green mangoes, turmeric, chillies and ginger.
- Saag Paneer: A traditional dish of leaf spinach and cottage cheese sautéed in butter with green chillies and ginger.
- Rougail D' Aubergine: A speciality of smoked crushed aubergine, chilli, ginger and green lime from Pondicherry.
And then Chai tea to finish it off.
If you love Indian food, and you are in London, try to find your way to La Porte des Indes. It's really something else. As far as gourmet London Indian Restaurant reviews go, this is my last one. I can't imagine finding a better, more extravagant, London Indian Restaurant than this.
Where to find it?
|Closest Tube:||Marble Arch|
32 Bryanston St, London W1H 7EG, United Kingdom