Food and drink
The menu mixes curry house and tandoor classics (lamb rogan josh, chicken tikka masala, Goan prawn masala) with new takes on Indian street food (honey grilled duck on turmeric mash, say). Most importantly, unlike a lot of curry houses in London, everything is freshly cooked. There’s plenty for vegetarians and a ‘light and healthy’ kids’ menu (£8.95 per child) too. Finish with a traditional Indian pudding or home-made ices in contemporary flavours such as fig and ginger, raspberry and volcanic salt, and mango and basil.
Tries slightly too hard to be contemporary, with orange feature lighting, colourful photographic mural, neat dark wood furniture and rectangular white plates. Expect plenty of local office workers in attendance.
Sometimes warm, sometimes just covers the basics.
Just a couple of minutes from Oxford Street.
Barely a week goes by when my inbox doesn’t proffer some sort of discount deal from Imli, and even the standard menus are inexpensive. Lunch platters for one are £8.95 for chicken or lamb and £11.95 for seafood. On the carte, main courses are £7.50-£10.95, with sides £1.75-3.25.
Tamarind – Imli’s ritzy, premium-priced parent – is in Mayfair; see www.tamarindrestaurant.com.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Stag / hen parties