Haandi Knightsbridge

4.2
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216 Reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian

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Haandi is named after the narrow-necked cooking pots that lock in the memorable flavours of this Northern Frontier Indian cuisine. Some dishes are served in mini haandis, but the main thing is not how the food comes but how good it is, and here Haandi excels. Newly refurbished in elegant neutral golds and creams you can enter from Brompton Rd where the private dining area is or at the rear, Cheval place where you'll find the bar - The glass fronted kitchen adds drama, allowing you to watch the chefs create their own brand of magic. The masalas are freshly-prepared daily, all the dishes are cooked to order and absolutely everything you eat is created on the premises. Familiar favourites made unfamiliar by their excellence, try heera panna, sauteed calamari and monkfish, giant prawns grilled in the Tandoor - The freshest meat, fish and vegetables and spectacularly light breads. Haandi produces truly authentic Indian food aimed at a clientele that knows its raitas from its rotis.
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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent xx
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OT
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

At first , it was difficult to get into the restaurant as the door at 136 , was locked plus was surprised to see the different buzzers for different residents in the flats. I thought I was in the wrong place. The restaurant nextdoor was Mamounia and a staff member from there told me that I am at the right door. So I phoned the restaurant on my mobile, and explained that the door is locked. So he came and opened the door, and said that the residents above tend to lock the door upon leaving. That said , we were shown to our table, and got to chat with Fred , who we assume was the governor of the restaurant . We also chatted with Marinella, a very friendly, pleasant cheerful waitress. Overall we had a pleasant experience and Fred arranged for sorted out my wife’s Prawn dish which was too hot for her. Although we did not have starters or desserts, we were served some sweet indian (with candle) dessert as we were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. I was told the restaurant has two entrances, one at each end. Not sure if the other end had steps, but the one I used a had staircase, which was a bit of a problem for me due to my bad knee.
So people with mobility issues need to be aware of the flight of stairs and if planning to go here, please ask whether access into the restaurant is easy.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Food was great service was quite poor. Walked past 5 members of staff on the way in, not one said welcome or hello.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Found this little Resturant since I was In the Knightsbridge area. At first it was difficult to find from the High Street but eventually called and got directions. As Indian food goes this was just ok. Servings a little small. Very pleasant wait staff.

JK
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent 👍👍

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OT
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable and tasty.

A
London
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ambiance was So-so but quality food for a causal meal.

O
24 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a table for 12 noon and this was confirmed by Open Table. The waiter was impolite and said that they did not open until 12.30. I showed him the booking on my mobile. He muttered something and went off and we left. Haandi used to be a good restaurant and it has gone downhill. What a shame. I’ve been going there for years and this was the last straw.

a
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be back soon !

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food and venue

TA
Surrey
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I am very satisfied customer! Thank you.

GY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and good value. However the real surprise were the personable and knowledgeableable waiters. They are worth the trip alone. I’ll be back the next time I come to London. Sincerely Mr young

TA
Surrey
15 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very satisfied!

LB
Portland
39 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Super Service and delicious food! Plants make it feel very open and airy. Tandoor chicken very tender, Lamb Magoush(?) yummy. Very knowledgeable about wines, and helped us choose the perfect foil for the meal. It's on our list for London now! Thanks for a nice evening!

OT
London
34 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Food is great and staff friendly but stretched, so often quite frantic and rushing around. It meant that we had to ask for things several times to get them.

Inspire of this, we had a pleasant meal

Local clientele are quite rude and entitled, which is a shame and out of the restaurants control. It does make for a less than desirable setting at times though.

JF
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This restaurant certainly looks more glamorous in the photos than it does it reality. I selected it because my grandparents were offering to take me out for a birthday meal and, knowing they like Indian cuisine and having seen other good ratings, I thought it looked reasonably priced and an interesting alternative to pricier, more upmarket eateries in the vicinity.

When we arrived, we were greeted by an extremely friendly gentleman who took our order (during which time my grandmother told him she was coeliac). We ordered poppadoms which, when they came, had a sort of stale and somewhat greasy texture. The pickles were from a standard jar and nothing special. For mains, we ordered a variety of dishes. I ordered a tandoori masala salmon dish featuring two whole fillets. Unfortunately, they were quite overcooked and not especially well-boned as I had a small but sharp salmon bone stuck in my throat for the remainder of the evening and did not eat anymore of the meal because of it (which is a bit awkward when the meal you've failed to eat is your birthday present!) Other dishes which I tried, prior to ingesting a bone, were okay - nothing special. Rice was a tad wet/not fluffy.

I ordered another round of drinks from a waitress on my way to the bathrooms (where I was going to try and dislodge the bone), which did not materialise. I waved down our original waiter and asked him for another round of drinks. He brought over just one drink. I had to re-specify that everyone else wanted drinks which eventually arrived after we'd finished eating.

All in all, the bill came to £150 which, in my opinion, was quite steep considering the quality of the food. I wanted to choose a pre-theatre option that was relatively cheap and exciting. In the end, I felt it was neither of those things which was a bit of a shame. (Also, the next morning my grandmother had blotchy, itching hands which suggests that she did eat something containing gluten the night before.)

JH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We wanted a casual, tasty dinner. Haandi was great!

JZ
London
21 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food is just excellent. I ordered vindaloo and asked the Chef to make it extra spicy and he didn’t disappoint. The portions are very good. The service can be better as reaction time, enthusiasm, smiling staff can improve a great deal. Overall good. Will recommend to friends. Please be more friendly!!!! Thanks

OT
London
25 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service

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JZ
London
21 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was great as usual. The lamb Vindaloo, extra spicy, was just great. Service was good. Could be better. Love the place quaint, warm and friendly

NK
London
25 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food as usual, but service is bizzar.

TA
Surrey
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the restaurant was very good. Good Food - Good service - I am a very satisfied customer. Tara Punjabi.

MS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and fantastic hospitality. I went for a special occasion with my mum, sister and nephew. The staff were fantastic with my nephew and the food was cooked beautifully. The food is definitely authentic too.

r
London
31 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Other half ordered chicken tikka but it felt like it was reheated in a microwave. Ordered a lamb dish and there was chicken pieces inside. So I had to call the waiter and explain. Waited another 10min for my lamb to arrive and in that time my naan bread was rock hard. Not coming back here again even I have the urge to have a curry.

I don’t mind trying out new places but this won’t be the one for next time. By all means do go and check it out and see what you think.

M
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our new year's evening meal at Haandi with our family. They served authentic and above average Indian food. The wait staff was a little overwhelmed with the New Year's crowd, but they were pleasant and responsive when they could be.

N
London
43 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A warm welcome with helpful staff. The meal arrived speedily and was well presented. Ordering Nan breads and various levels of spicy fare we were impressed by the range of choices at reasonable cost. A good evening and I will be returning.

NK
London
19 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good restaurant and good food but They need to get the service sorted out. If you are charging £20 for a curry dish, the least you can do is to serve it hot and fresh.

NK
London
25 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, but very bizarre service. One of the best Indian restaurants in the area.
The service is slow and very bizarre as no one knows who the manager is and who isn’t.

e
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The staff was very friendly and helpful, the menu was diverse and had options for everyone, and the food was delicious and came out quickly.

MP
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had excellent curry and naan. The appetizer with various dips was also very good.

h
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

昨日までミュンヘンにいてドイツ料理に飽きていたのでいい刺激になった。店主のジョークも楽しめた。

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Glacial service, food was quite pricey and mediocre, ambiance is nothing special. Extremely disappointing meal.

J
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited this restaurant 16 years ago and made it a point to come back when I visited London again. I was not disappointed. It has changed a bit, but the food is still delicious and the staff is eager to please. It was a very enjoyable experience!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food for good value of money! One of the most authentic Indian restaurant I've been to

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience5

They messed up our order ( probably a new girl cause she got in trouble by almost every table ) but the food came out quick after they figured it out . Food was really good . Would recommend it . Very tasteful !

TT
London
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic and tasty Indian food. Attentive, friendly and quick service. Indian beer.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Absolutely delicious Indian food in Knightsbridge. A great, varied menu and flavorful food. Service was only average, but they were pretty busy.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the Punjabi chicken curry, also yoghurt with mint. Would have preferred flakey pastry on veg somosa but what I had was good.

t
London
68 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall3food4service1ambience2

I have heard lots of good things about haandis food and the food defunitely helped haandis redeem itself on our visit.

The food was good overall - tasteful and good portion sizes. Black daal particularly good and naan nicely hot! Unfortunately our bhindi (okra) seemed not to have been made using tender okra which interrupted the taste.

Biggest let down was service - losing our drinks order, waiting almost an hour for food, needing to follow up on orders, no clear communication between staff and unsure if anyone was even clearly looking after us.

LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was our first time at Haandi and eating Indian food in London. We were on holiday. The flavors were rich and not overwhelmed by the heat of the spicing.
We were pleased with our experience.