Imli

Address: 167-169 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8WR, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7287 4243

- Budget

4.2

Good cheap Indian food served in sleek surrounds in the heart of Soho.

I’m all for sharing dishes, but tend to grit my teeth when non-Spanish restaurants claim they’re serving tapas. It’s become a trendy word in the worst sense, seems to mean something slightly different everywhere you go, and usually just causes confusion about how much food to order. At Imli, a very handy spot overseen by one of London’s most respected Indian chefs, they’re trying to make the point that the food is mostly small dishes for sharing.

Food and drink
4.2
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Food and drink
4.2
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Ambience
3.9
90%
Location
4
90%

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.

Ambience

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.

Service

Sometimes warm, sometimes just covers the basics.

Location

Just a couple of minutes from Oxford Street.

Price advice

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.

Branches

Tamarind – Imli’s ritzy, premium-priced parent – is in Mayfair; see www.tamarindrestaurant.com.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping

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