Paro

Fusion, Halal, Indian·
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SquareMeal Review of Paro

Nestled in the heart of Covent Garden, Paro invites locals and theatre-goers alike to enjoy a ‘taste of Calcutta', singling out India's eastern border for special attention. Sandstone walls, floral decoration and dark leather booths conjure an image of a traditional Calcuttan home, allowing diners to enjoy a cosy, intimate experience whilst still feeling right at the heart of Paro’s lively atmosphere.

Greeted by a welcoming bar, follow the lights and buzz down to the restaurant, passing intricate, colourful murals of Bengal tigers. The dining room opens up into high ceilings and a vast expanse of greenery, which by design, feels like stepping foot into the jungle - the perfect warm up for anyone heading next door to watch The Lion King.

The evening starts with poppadoms - as every good evening should - served with a medley of refreshing dips. Pair your pappad crisps with a sweet blended coconut-carrot fusion, mango chutney and a crunchy onion salad.

Other dishes at Paro are bursting with flavour. The kitchen piles a whopping 48 spices into the spice mix for a gorgeous, braised lamb shank, and the results are wonderful - soft, tender meat which practically falls from the bone. This dish comes with a spice warning and is definitely not for the faint hearted, but if you’re not afraid of a bit of heat then this is one to try.

If you're struggling to decide what to eat, the meat thali platter is a great way to try the full Paro experience in a collection of small plates, the highlight of which was a creamy, melt-in-the-mouth butter chicken. These dishes are classics for a reason and you can see why some of these recipes have been passed on through generations. Portion sizes are pretty hearty too, so this would work as a sharer for two if you’re looking for a lighter lunch.

Paro isn't pushing boundaries by any means, but it does provide some very solid cooking, and counts among the best options in the area for pre or post theatre dinner with tasty food, attentive service and excellent value for money.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Fusion, Halal, Indian
Eat at Home
Home delivery, Takeaway service
Ambience
Cool, Cosy, Dark and moody, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Romantic, Themed, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About

Theatre-goers and foodies alike can rejoice as the Lyceum Theatre, in the soul of London’s buzzing West End, boasts a restaurant ideal for pre and post-theatre dining. Nestled in the Grade II-listed building, which has seen over 200 years worth of striking shows, is Paro, which serves up traditional Indian flavours with a contemporary twist.

Dubbed ‘Calcutta’s love affair,’ Paro aims to encapsulate authentic Calcuttan ceremony and hospitality, bringing a slice of West Bengal to the beating heart of London. This ode to Calcutta is the first restaurant venture from the young Niaz Caan, executive chef at City Spice in Brick Lane, but promises to be just as popular. With an emphasis on sharing plates and small dishes, Paro offers up innovative takes on classic Indian flavours.

The menu boasts dishes such as slow-roasted lamb shanks with saffron, charred garlic, and coriander, mango chickpea chaat, toddy shop tiger prawns, and bally black dahl with slow-cooked black lentils and grandmother’s spice mix - taking traditional recipes and elevating them to new heights. While City Spice claims to be Brick Lane’s first all-vegan curry menu, and Caan’s cookbook also champions vegan Indian tastes, Paro will have a more varied menu - meat and fish dishes are on offer, but don’t worry, vegan and vegetarian flavours are still just as important.

The interiors also reflect this blend of modern and traditional. Inside the iconic Lyceum Theatre, which is home to the legendary Lion King musical, Paro’s space has been renovated by Studio G by Giorgia Pellandini, creating an intimate, romantic atmosphere, with red walls, plush seating, and low-level lighting, to get diners in the theatre mood. Alternatively, the bar area has three-metre tall windows, where guests can overlook the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden from their own, relaxed space. Tucked away in the theatre district, Paro promises to be a show-stopper of its own.


FAQs

Where is it located?

The restaurant is located inside the Lyceum Theatre, in Covent Garden.

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Are there vegetarian options?

Yes, the menu offers a number of vegetarian and vegan options.

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Location

Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 7DN

020 7247 1012 020 7247 1012

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Opening Times

Dinner
Mon 15:00-22:30
Tue 15:00-22:30
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 11:45-23:00
Thu 11:45-23:00
Fri 11:45-23:00
Sat 11:45-23:00
Sun 11:45-23:00

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9 Reviews 
Food/Drink
Service
Atmosphere
Value

Michelle C

05 February 2024  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
BEST RESTAURANT IN LONDON

Ambience, food and service all on point. By far my favourite place now for Indian food in all of london

Gurv S

05 February 2024  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Get Lamb Rogan!

What can I say DELICIOUS 10/10 Lamb Rogan with rice and Nan. This place smashed it ????

Mark B

05 February 2024  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Stand out

Amazing Place with what is undeniably the best Indian food in London. After trying brigardiers, dishoom and all the name brands, Paro is up there and certainly a stand out. 

Russel S

30 January 2024  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Amazing

I visited this place along with my partner on our anniversary eve, we felt very happy with our decision. The food was scrumptious and the ambience takes you to a different era. Kudos to the owner for pulling off this exuberant interiors, more than the food, people were engrossed with the intricate coverage that were placed on the walls.

The food had rich ingredients, so we felt easily satiated with selected few starters. So would recommend ordering a limited set of items, before splurging on everything that looks yum.

Would recommend everyone to visit this place during lunch. As it is comparatively silent and gives one more time to enjoy the ambience along with the food.

Anon

30 January 2024  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Great All Round

London has plenty of places claiming to be the best there is so choosing 1 to have a meal is a challenge. We went with Paro and we chose wisely. The curry was delicious. The portion side was certainly enough and the service warm and friendly. The bill was reasonable too. All in all superb stuff all round

Lawrence J

30 January 2024  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Amazing

Came after a visit to City Spice. Did not dissapoint. Food was amazing and servers were absolute class. 

Rudolph H

30 January 2024  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Lovely restaurant!

What a fantastic start to the year! Firstly I have to commend the service. From the warm, friendly welcome at reception to the moment we left we had top level service. Really attentive and engaging people working there who were all so lovely

Anon

30 January 2024  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Best yet!

Great for a pre theatre meal, superb staff and absolutely amazing meal. Butter chicken was the best I have had!

Anon

05 November 2023  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
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