The Red Fort 1

77 Dean Street , London, W1D 3SH

9 reviews

55 Indian Halal Soho

The Red Fort

SquareMeal Review of The Red Fort

For over three decades, the redoubtable Red Fort has been taking inspiration from India's Mughal Court traditions, combining ancient recipes with a sleek, refined ambience. The interior has seen lots of changes over the years, but its current blend of traditional arch motifs with brown silk walls, soft colours and equally soft lights is most satisfying. Long-serving chef Azadur Rahman sends out "beautifully presented" dishes ranging from starters of charcoal-roasted fig- and cashew-stuffed potatoes or delicately spiced monkfish with ginger to lamb biryani steamed in a sealed pot or stone bass in a sharp mustard and coconut sauce. However, Red Fort is really about charcoal-grilled meats and seafood, from tandoori chicken breast marinated in cardamom to luxurious Scottish lobster dressed with saffron, garlic and cheese. With its hefty international wine list, professional service and years of experience, this is a real Soho classic.

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7.1

Food & Drink: 7.8

Service: 6.8

Atmosphere: 6.7

Value: 5.8

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Paul T. bronze reviewer 23 April 2016

I visited on a Thursday night, and it wasn't particularly busy. Service was good but not much atmosphere. Food was excellent, well-presented and good value.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Paul T. bronze reviewer 01 September 2015

- The food was as good as I could have hoped for. Very tasty, beautifully presented, fresh, quality ingredients. - Broad selection of wines, and knowledgeable staff. - Good value for money considering the location. - Atmosphere was lacking, but maybe because it was a Monday night. - Will definitely return.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Arti P. 14 January 2014

Unlike many other Indian restaurant on almost all major streets in London, I was highly recommended this place by my friends. We had been there on a busy Friday evening and was quiet happy to get reservation at peak hours. Being Indian, I always had been fussy about quality of Indian food being served in eateries, but I couldn't find a better quality and taste we had at Red Fort. The starters were amazing!! We ordered Hara Kebab, Soft Shell Crab, Hariyali Jhinga (prawns) and Lentil dumplings. All were very different in taste, presentation and style of cooking. Menu is well designed with a high quality selection of vegetables, meats, game and seafood. Starters priced between £6 – £12 is fair considering the portion size. Our mains included in-house speciality Dumpukht Biryani (lamb) cooked in authentic Hyderabadi style, Lucknowi Murgh (spicy chicken curry), Awadhi Hiran (venison) are to find on menu in Indian restaurant, Saunfian Paneer Tikka (cottage cheese) and Subz Kofta (mix veg dumplings). All were very tasty, esp the biryani which was a total treat in a steaming pot. Manager was very kind to allow us to take a copy of the menu signed by their head chef Azadur Rahman. it was our anniversary so thanks for the relic we received. Desserts were a good selection of few hot and cold delicacies like Gulab Jamun, Mango Kulfi and Funky Pie. Service was flawless and unobtrusive with adequate help coming in recommending dishes for an unforgettable evening. Well worth asking their opinion. Wine list was very extensive covering almost all major wine producing countries. I was almost lost in such big selection and asked wine sommelier to help us out once again. Well, who could have chosen a white wine from Turkey, so perfect to start with and a red wine Marichal Reserve Tannat from Uruguay. Thank you so much for this wonderful experience. Hope to dine there soon.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

GH platinum reviewer 16 July 2013

The restaurant decor was simple, food was good (lucknowi lamb was excellent) others were not mind blowing , the service was attentive.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Neil M. platinum reviewer 23 November 2012

It struck me as expensive for what it was and although the decor is far superior I couldn't taste the price difference compared to my local where prices are at least half a cheap.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Caped C. silver reviewer 03 March 2012

Used The Red Fort for business lunches and also for pleasure. The food is excellent and faultlessly cooked. Highly recommended is the shared platter for starters – a meze of choice parts of the starter menu; tikka salmon (melts in the mouth) and tikka chicken, delicate spinach patties filled with cheese and green chilli, monkfish amongst other choice bits. The mains were the king prawns (very meaty and substantial), stone bass, lentils, rice and paneer to share. All exquisitely cooked. Whilst the food was good the dining experience was not faultless. Slow, inattentive service – there when you're ok and not requiring service and nowhere to be seen when you are trying to pay the bill. Prices are on the steep side and maybe 15 – 20% maybe too expensive. However we had a lovely night and enjoyed the experience so much we would return.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 0.0

raj k. 21 October 2011

The worst indian in London. Extortionate pricing coupled with terrible quality I could not have been more disappointed. Food arrived quick, with no authentic taste. The bill arrived quicker. If you want to put a hole in your wallet at least do it in style and head to Amaya, Salloos or Cinnamon Kitchen. I am surprised its made Squaremeals best in Soho list. They usually know what they are talikng about. Well I do. I am an Indian.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

Lisa M. 21 July 2011

I came here with my family on the weekend to celebrate my graduation and I had a wonderful evening. My parents chose The Red Fort as I love Indian food and it's known to be one of the best in London. The food was delicious and we had a wide range of dishes and platters the tandoori sea bass was particularly good and I particularly recommend the dum ke aloo, a sort of vegetable dumpling in a rich creamy sauce which was absolutely superb. The meals are richly cooked with fragrant spices with such meticulous detail that we would never experience in our local curry house in Manchester. There was a very stylish bar downstairs, which serves delicious lassis and cocktails. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stay for a long time as I had a train home but I will definitely be visiting in the future, The service accompanying our meal was pretty good; the staff were knowledgeable and helpful when it came to selecting our dishes and choosing wines. Prices are known to be high, however, given the area and quality it is to be expected and well worth the extra pounds. It was a fantastic evening and I really look forward to coming again.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 0.0

john b. 20 March 2011

Food's fine, service good, but the cost is EXTORTIONATE. Do yourself a favour and go to MELA in Covernt Garden instead

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