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41 Buckingham Gate
Serene and peaceful, with shell motifs and an undulating wave-like ceiling pointing up the maritime theme, this Michelin-starred South Indian specialist is perfectly positioned under the mighty Taj Hotel in Victoria – a comfortable refuelling point for residents, local businesses and well-heeled visitors. Seafood is the undoubted high point of the menu, and dishes such as crab cakes gently spiced with curry leaves, ginger and chilli or giant juicy shell-on prawns cooked in an onion, tomato and coconut masala are well worth a trip across town. There’s also plenty for meat eaters and vegetarians: slow-cooked lamb shank, steeped in herbs and spices is meltingly good, while a dish of snow peas and asparagus, sautéed with coconut, mustard, curry leaves and chilli is supremely moreish. Service isn’t exactly slick, but it’s well-meaning, kind and enthusiastic. The wine list has been carefully designed to match the food – look out for plenty of aromatic whites and soft easy-drinking reds.
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41 Buckingham Gate
St James Park Station (London) 220m
St. James's Park Tube Station 291m
Department for Constitutional Affairs 107m
The Guards Museum 201m
Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm (Sat-Sun 12.30-3.30pm) Mon-Sun 6-11pm
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Food + drink: 5
A birthday treat for my husband before the theatre. The service was outstanding with friendly and helpful staff. The atmosphere was formal but relaxed. The food was quite simply wonderful, unique dishes and mouth watering flavours from southern India. Attention to detail was perfect and we'll definitely go back when next in London.
Food + drink: 3
Whilst the surroundings are conducive to an intimate and relaxing experience and staff are very keen to please the diner, unfortunately some of the dishes don't quite match the standard set by the place and the people. I was pleased that this would be southern Indian in contrast to Cinnamon Club but as for cooking standard I don't think they quite compare. We'll dine a third time and see which way the scores go then.
Food + drink: 4
This was my first experience in a Michelin-starred restaurant in London and I must say that it was great. Amazing food, attentive service and good atmosphere. We tried the London Restaurant Festival menu. The fish was mind-blowing (I forgot the name) and the rose ice-cream almost made me cry. The rest of the dishes were also exceptional. A great experience and I definitely would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
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