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Imli Street

020 3589 1689

167-169 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WR

£31.00 Indian Soho

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  • Wine: £15.95
  • Champagne: £42.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 8am-11.30pm (Sat 9am-) Sun 9am-10.30pm

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Formerly a bright, brash ‘Indian tapas’ pit-stop, this offshoot of Michelin-starred Tamarind has morphed into a cool, industrial-chic restaurant offering street food from across the subcontinent. Dishes on the terse but tempting menu are themed around ‘railway cuisine’ – local bites served to passengers on cross-India journeys. Start with a sexed-up samosa, pierced with a syringe of tamarind chutney and surrounded by mint-and-coriander yoghurt. Prettily presented crab masala would benefit from some cooling raita, but is tasty enough when scooped into a perfect paratha, while a dessert of smooth mango ‘soup’ with coconut ice cream is intensified by grassy basil sago. The dining room’s neutral stone walls, amber lighting, exposed pipes and chill-out music are custom-built for the new Soho crowd, service is quick and drinks stretch from workaday wines to salted lassis and fruity iced teas.

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  1. Imli Street

    167-169 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WR
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    Sarah D.

    Used to be good

        (5)
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 2
    • Atmosphere: 3
    • Value: 3

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  2. Imli Street

    167-169 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WR
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    Samantha P.
        (1)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 9

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  3. Imli Street

    167-169 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WR
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    Jonny Garrett
        (10)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 8

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  4. Imli Street

    167-169 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WR
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    Nikki B.
        (1)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 10

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  5. Imli Street

    167-169 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WR
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    Daniel O.
      Silver Reviewer  (15)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 6
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 6

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  6. Imli Street

    167-169 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WR
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    Sophie D.
        (4)
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 5

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  7. Imli Street

    167-169 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WR
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    R.R.Gill
      Gold Reviewer  (53)
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  8. Imli Street

    167-169 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WR
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    HP
      Gold Reviewer  (49)
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 4

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  1. Published : Monday, 14th April 2014

    The Little Brown Book :: Imli Street

    An Indian Street FeastAfter my standard trek around Soho getting lost at least a hundred times before ending up in the place I started, Imli Street lay before me and the table which I had booked only an hour before was ready and waiting. (I'm becoming less inclined to rock up unannounced with the danger of being turned away tail between my legs, so anywhere that takes bookings will be getting my call).Imli Street specialises in Indian street cuisines, boasting a menu dripping with diversity. It's sister venue, Tamarind of Mayfair was the first Indian restaurant in the UK to achieve a Michelin star so my hopes were high.Across from us sat a table, glowing in the corner awaiting its hungry mouths. As exposed brickwork goes, this one really cuts the mustard and the carefully positioned menus are a nice touch for when you realise that more food is necessary.The menu was bursting with flavours from all over India and a helping hand from our rather dishy waiter (oh the pun) was welcomed.Personalised water bottles arrived at the table along with the shining red beakers. This birds eye view of the mouthwateringly delectable food includes crispy chicken wings, saag paneer, railway lamb curry, pilau rice, onion bhaji pieces and some bread in a bucket. For two, this was the perfect amount (unless you're factoring in dessert space, in which case it was more than enough)!My interior design attention was caught by the hanging bulbs amidst the shining bar. Big fan!Having completely stuffed ourselves and anticipating having to roll each other out, we gazed in sadness at the delicious dessert menu. There was no way we would be able to even attempt it on this sitting but it did make us smile when we decided a return visit purely for dessert and only dessert was necessary.
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  2. I’m fortunate enough that I can almost anything I want, but others have restrictions on what they can eat. The Cape, the better half of the The Squinting Brummie, is gluten intolerant for example. A surprising number of London’s restaurants do little to accommodate those with celiac diseases, but Imli Street, an Indian restaurant formerly known as Imli, does a far better job. Although a good chunk of Indian cuisine is gluten-free anyway, Imli Street still has a guide showing which of its numerous dishes are suitable for those with various dietary restrictions, not just gluten intolerance. Although undeniably useful, its plain spreadsheet-style presentation needs work. In any case The Cape had no trouble parsing it for edible dishes...
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  3. Published : Friday, 22nd November 2013

    Her Favourite Food :: Imli Street

    Where: SohoCuisine: Indian Street FoodSwank Levels: 4/5After a recent successful makeover Imli Street has been transformed into a lively and fashionable Indian Street Food restaurant.There are now edgy exposed brickwork walls and the furniture made up of trendy school style wooden tables and stools and atmospheric hanging lights. The lighting and layout give this restaurant a quirky industrial chic but also comfortable feel.There is also a bar at the front of the restaurant which always has a group of people around it, instantly giving the restaurant an energy and lively feel as diners enter.Read more »
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  4. Published : Saturday, 28th September 2013

    Food I Fancy :: Review: Imli Street, Soho

    Established in 2006, Indian restaurant Imli Street had a revamp and relaunch earlier in the year. I went along recently to the heart of trendy Soho to check out the food and vibe. The menu is designed to share and is inspired by four distinct areas of India’s street food scene. Food Carts; inspired by street-side and highway stalls, Coastal Shacks; celebrating India’s coastline and beach-fronts, Railway Cuisine; food you get whilst on a journey around India, and Beyond Borders, which are dishes with foreign influences. There is also a simpler option, which has a set meal type of offering in the form of the Imli Stand or Street Stand that have 3 of their core dishes with sides at a fixed price of £19.95...
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  5. ← London Daily Photo: Morning Lane Guest Post: Top Sights to See in Cornwall → Imli Street: Renamed, Revamped and Reopened Posted on 2013/04/15 by tikichris Untitled Soho Indian restaurant, Imli, goes “street” to keep up with the competition. Is it any better than before and worth actually coming in off the street for a taste of the new menu?...
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  6. Published : Saturday, 10th November 2012

    The Bean Spillers :: Imli

    Imli Indian tapas makes for a lighter curry option (if you manage to refrain from over ordering!!) The food is interesting, serving the conventional Indian restaurant dishes along with some new ones. Plentiful fish options make a nice change, so we tried the spicy squid and the Amritsari Fish and Vegetable Fritters (Punjabi Kadi Pakora) in a nice spicy sauce I’d never tasted at an indian restaurant before. For tapas the portions were large and we easily over ordered. We recommend the classic Chicken Tikka Masala and Samosa Chat.The service is speedy and food comes at different times so you can get surprisingly full from grazing. Imli offers a new opportunity and reason to eat curry, not just as a take away or for a heavy night with the ladiators but as a quick lunch or sharing style dinner...
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  7. Published : Saturday, 14th July 2012

    HungryinLondon :: IMLI (Soho)

    I am rarely doing invited restaurant reviews any more.  In some way, it makes me feel guilty when I get a free meal and I have to give a devastating review.  Unfortunately there is no way I could have written a positive or even moderate review about Imli, an Indian tapas restaurant in the middle of Soho...
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  •  4 dishes, sides, desserts: £25 per person

    • A Chaat Bar dish. An- Imli Stand (Paneer Tikka, Maach Bhaja and Spiced Meatballs) or Street Stand (Panner Tikka, Goan Squid and, CTM) Stand to share. Naan bread, rice and daal to share. Dessert.

      Min: 2 people
      Max: 8 people

      Starts: 20 May 2014

      Expires: 25 Oct 2014

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