August 9, 2019 • Food5 min read

The best Indian takeaway in London

For when you just want to sit on the couch with some chicken curry and naan (or order lunch into the office), City Pantry is here to help with a list of the best Indian takeaway in London.

As most Londoners know, curries are very much a staple in this city. And with an Indian restaurant on almost every corner, we can see why. But for the occasions when you just don't feel like moving from your office desk or home, we've picked out our favourite Indian restaurants that London has to offer.  


Dum Biryani

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Nestled in the heart of Soho, Dum Biryani is an Indian restaurant that celebrates the cooking of the Hyderbadi region. The menu is slightly different to what you'd usually expect - think Indian classics with a contemporary twist like hot & sour wings with curry leaves, slow-cooked spiced lamb in a brioche bun and fish curry with a mango sauce.

The star of the show? Their biryani of course. A hyderabadi signature, this dish refers to meat or vegetables layered between rice, mixed with more spices than you can count on both hands, then covered in flaky pastry and cooked to perfection. Moist, aromatic and full of flavour, this is an Indian dish you have to try. 

Dreaming of Dum Biryani for lunch today? You can order it straight into the office with City Pantry. 

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Cinnamon Kitchen

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For when you really want to treat yourself, this is the place for you. Run by renowned chef Vivek Singh, Cinnamon Kitchen is a contemporary Indian restaurant known in London for its innovative cooking influenced by British traditions. The menu features a wide range of dishes using quality, seasonal ingredients to create their trademark flavours. 

Our tip: Start with the tandoori chicken tikka with coriander chutney, move onto the fiery lamb curry with Rajasthani influence, and pair it with the 24-hour simmered lentils along with as many naans as physically possible. But make sure you save room for dessert: Cinnamon Kitchen's take on the traditional sticky toffee pudding served with spiced ice cream is the perfect Indian-British combination you never knew you needed. 


Pilau

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Pilau is not your average Indian place. Inspired by the night markets in Mumbai, this Fitzrovia hotspot serves up fresh Indian street-food with a modern twist.

The build-your-own concept is fun and interactive: Pick your base of wrap, rice or salad bowl, pair it with your choice of protein including butter chicken or spicy chickpeas, then finish with a wide range of toppings or sauces like cucumber salsa or mango chutney. It's Indian takeaway, completely reinvented.

Feel like some Indian street-food for lunch in the office? Get Pilau delivered straight to your workplace today with City Pantry.

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Tayyabs

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Known in London for serving no-frills, down to earth curry at modest prices, Tayyabs has become an Indian Institution in this city. 

This family-run curry house in London's east end is as authentic as it gets. From its humble beginnings in 1972 as a small cafe, its fame quickly grew, now operating a multi-story restaurant with queues out the door. Be sure to try their infamous fiery lamb chops - spice-rubbed and marinated all over, it's an explosion of flavours in your mouth - in a good way, of course.

The best part? It's BYO, so if you're in the mood to leave the house, bring your own bottle and pair it with some of Tayyab's delicious North Indian delicacies. 


The Indian Butler

City Pantry - Indian Takeaway London - The Indian Butler

Inspired by the Queen's favourite Indian servant back in 1887 and for his role in introducing her to India's rich culture and cuisine, The Indian Butler is all about the highest quality Indian food using the freshest ingredients. From delightful samosa starters, to classic curries, to even vegan options, this one is perfect for a group night in. 

Go for one of their house specialities like the chicken tikka jalfraizi: succulent pieces of stir-fried chicken with fresh tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and spices. Combine it with some fresh garlic naans for a match made in heaven. 

In the mood for some curry and naan for lunch in the office? You can order The Indian Butler straight to your workplace today, thanks to City Pantry. 

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Looking for more Indian takeaway options that you can get delivered straight to the office? 

At City Pantry, we swap office food for good food. That means we deliver some of the best Indian restaurants and more to your workplace. And all for the same price as going direct. 

So if you're ready to do food at work the right way, take a look at the restaurants we can deliver in your area.

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