Tandoor Chop House is a modern Indian restaurant specialising in North Indian-style tandoori meat and breads, which sadly means that there’s no curry on the menu. They have a nice selection of starters and sides (especially the beef keema naan with dripping), but some of the main dishes from the tandoor can be dry. With that in mind, you needn’t worry about hitting it up, unless you’re close to Trafalgar Square and staring down a two-hour wait at Dishoom.
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Hubbard & Bell
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Kama By Vineet
This spot inside the Harrods Dining Hall closes early, but the excellent Indian food means that you should go here.
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Trishna is a excellent posh yet casual Indian restaurant in Marylebone, where casual is relative and a good credit line is required for the meal.
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