Soho Wala
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Bronze Award

Usually when you think of Indian street food, you don’t consider it being particularly swanky. However, this new restaurant at the Courthouse Hotel has a damn good try at making it more upmarket with an interior that is a quirky mix of old and modern India. The overall effect doesn’t quite work – the birdcages hanging from the ceiling feel more Middle Eastern bazaar rather than Indian – but full marks for trying to do something different.  

The food, though, is more successfully thought out. Small plates include papri chaat, a creamy mix of yoghurt, crunchy wheat shells and sweet pomegranate, as well as matchstick chicken, essentially chicken wings with Indian spices that are guaranteed to get your mouth watering.  

A main course of stone bass likewise impresses with the balance of tangy yuzu and a lightly spicy chilli paste, while puddings include sticky gulab jamun placed on top of a cheesecake-like pudding. Our only dud dish was an overly-buttery keema pao that overpowered the taste of the mince.

Knowledgeable staff deliver slick service, while prices are good value, given the hotel location. And there’s the rub: Soho’s Indian restaurant scene has experienced a renaissance of late, and with so much top-notch competition nearby from more famous names, we’re not sure who would come to Soho Wala apart from hotel guests. But give it a go and you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise.

About Soho Wala

Majoring in Indian street food, this casual restaurant is part of the Courthouse Hotel Soho, but has its own entrance on Great Marlborough Street.


Colourful interiors are designed with an Indian marketplace in mind, while the menu offers small sharing plates which arrive at the table when ready. Dishes you’ll find on the menu include chicken with green chilli, lime and root ginger, and crispy lotus root and okra. Desserts feature Assam tea brûlée with vanilla ice cream, while the cocktail menu adds Indian twists to classic sips and includes a Chai White Russian.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Quiet conversation, Widely spaced tables
Dates, Group dining [8+]
Food Hygiene Rating

Location for Soho Wala

21 Great Marlborough Street, London, London, W1F 7HL

020 7297 5568


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-10.30pm

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