It’s rare to find high-class Indian restaurants in the outer London suburbs, but Amani offers the kind of elevated cooking you’d expect in the capital’s West End. Part of the reason is that the co-owner honed his culinary skills in the kitchens of the much-lauded Cinnamon Club – & it shows in pitch-perfect starters of lemon thyme fishcakes (made with pollock) or Blenheim lamb chops infused with fennel & garlic. There are some very fine partnerships & flourishes here (spiced squid with coco cream, for example), while notable mains have included superbly rendered tandoori halibut in ginger & garlic sauce, as well as spot-on Gressingham duck flavoured with fennel & star anise. Rice & sides are capably executed & desserts feature grown-up ice-creams such as tea & mandarin.
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