Shrewdly stationed on the fringes of the Square Mile for more than a decade, Smithfield Tandoori is smart enough to lure in City types looking for their fill of curries and Cobra. There are surprisingly few traces of the subcontinent in the bright, tasteful and sparsely decorated dining room – in fact, it reminded one reader of Manhattan. However, the kitchen plays it straight, delivering a healthy assortment of biryanis, tikkas, dhansaks, kormas et al, along with the odd cross-border foray for, say, boal masala (a Bengali fish dish) or nargasi kofte jhangri (a traditional Pakistani take on Scotch eggs). Service is friendly and properly attentive, the food comes quickly, and the well-stocked bar has a good choice of beers as well as a surprisingly comprehensive wine list. Express lunches (£14.50) are tailored to time-pressed suits.
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