Private dining for Diwali

One of the most important Hindu festivals, Diwali (from 13 November) – known as The Festival of Lights – celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness. It’s a time when families and friends come together over a big meal, so it seems fitting to take the opportunity to get a group together and indulge in one of the many special menus available in Indian restaurants across town. Here’s our selection of PDRs embracing the spirit of Diwali.

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From 10 – 25 November Masala Zone will be serving up special menus for groups featuring thalis and sharing platters for £25pp. With a reputation for affordable and authentic dishes, the chain is inspired by India’s vibrant street food scene and has seven restaurants strung across London. Exclusive hire capacities range between 100 and 175 but many of the sites have private dining rooms for smaller groups, including the Camden and Covent Garden locations.

Part of the same group is Michelin-starred Amaya (pictured above), Chelsea’s Chutney Mary and the oldest Indian restaurant in London, Veeraswamy. All will be serving four- or seven-course menus in their restaurants and private dining rooms for £55pp, also until 25 November.

Over in Westminster, Cinnamon Club’s menu (available until 17 November, for £48pp) includes typically innovative dishes such as tandoori halibut with carom seeds and celeriac salad, and char-grilled wild duck breast with masala rice and smoked paprika raita. Groups can book a 60-seater private dining room or, to benefit from the buzz of the restaurant, the 30-capacity mezzanine. 

If you’d rather celebrate with a lighter pan-Asian bite, washed down with a spicy cocktail, then head over to D&D’s Carom, located above Floridita in Soho. The colourful venue has a private dining room for up to 44 seated or 60 standing guests and groups can be accommodated in the bar too. 

This was first published in November 2012