The Baked Malabar Scallop at Benares
Earlier this week, the famed Red Guide handed out 12 new stars to London’s restaurants. In typical Michelin Guide fashion, some establishments lost their stars, while others shone. The 2021 Michelin Guide for London lists seven new restaurants with one-star, three new two-stars, and two new three-Michelin-starred restaurants. In total, the city has 66 restaurants with a star, six of which serve Indian cuisine. In line with COVID restrictions across the capital right now, most of the restaurants are closed for dining but are offering takeaway services. Here’s where you can sample some of the city’s finest Indian food.
Michelin-starred Indian restaurants in London
A self-described ‘unconventional fine-dine restaurant’ in Belgravia, Amaya has no set courses and serves up grilled Indian cuisine—think duck tikka, venison seekh kebabs, tandoori prawns–all tapas-style, in a sleek, dining area furnished with black granite, dark wooden fitting, terracotta statues and modern art. The restaurant has one Michelin star.
After a loss of star following chef-patron Atul Kochhar’s departure due to some disparaging tweets, Benaras in Mayfair has been struggling to get its groove back. With chef Sameer Taneja known for his simple, clean and precise style at the helm, Benaras has bounded back with its focus on seafood. There’s the curried fish chaat, a baked scallop Malabar; hiran ki chaap (a spiced venison cutlet) and more. During the pandemic, Benaras has gained popularity for its Benares at Home concept. The restaurant has one Michelin star.
Enjoy the tastes of this Mayfair restaurant that draws on the flavours from colonial India famous clubs, offering contemporary Indian cuisine in an elegant setting via a medley of sharing plates, tandoor oven roasts, curries, and char-grilled nosh. The restaurant has one Michelin star.
Before Quilon got its first star in 2008 chef Sriram Aylur, who helmed the kitchen even back then, was told that the south Indian cuisine he was serving was ‘great food, but not Indian’, owing to London’s obsession with naan and chicken tikka. Years later, the Indian restaurant in St James’ Park attracts gourmands from around the world with its progressive dishes inspired by south Indian coastal cuisine. The restaurant has one Michelin star.
One of Mumbai’s famed restaurants known for its emphasis on coastal cuisine, Trishna has reinvented itself in London’s Marylebone neighbourhood with informal, pared-back interiors, a larger menu and emphasis on meat and vegetarian dishes. The London outpost plays with the British classic with its Trishna Fish and Chips, but also stays true to its roots with its signature seafood offerings, complementing them with a large, well-edited wine selection. The restaurant has one Michelin star.
What do Charlie Chaplin, Winston Churchill and Indira Gandhi have in common? They’ve all dined at London’s oldest Indian restaurant, Veeraswamy. More than 90 years old, Veeraswamy began its journey in 1926 and served up traditional food from the Raj such as Madras Curry, Duck Vindaloo and Dak Bungalow Curry. This Mayfair restaurant is still going strong, just like the Queen, with high end, perfectly spiced Indian cuisine. The restaurant has one Michelin star.
After debuting in the French guide last year, Michelin’s green star for Sustainable Gastronomy made an appearance in the Great Britain and Ireland Guide 2021. Twenty-three restaurants in the region were awarded a green star, to celebrate a focus on environmental practices in kitchens and dining establishments.