The Red Fort

11 reviews

77 Dean Street , London, W1D 3SH

The Red Fort

SquareMeal Review of The Red Fort

The Red Fort closed permanently in August 2018

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.

The Red Fort Location

77 Dean Street , London W1D 3SH

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-3pm Mon-Sun 5.30-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)

The Red Fort's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 7.9

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Service: 7.3

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Atmosphere: 7.0

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Value: 6.0

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 4

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 4

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.

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Food + drink: 4

Service: 3

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 4

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.

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Food + drink: 5

Service: 5

Atmosphere: 5

Value: 4

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.