Chettinad Restaurant

4.3
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£25 and under
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Indian

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Welcome to Chettinad, the world of phenomenal South Indian cuisine. Chettinad is a small village town of southern Tamil Nadu state, India. Chettinad is known for its culinary delicacies and now is one of the many reasons why people get to know Chettinad. We are a no fuss, no frill, stylish, laid back diner, just speaks of truly and honest South Indian food in the heart of Central London. We only know how to cook-up good home comfort authentic food freshly made to order with understated approach to service. No meal is complete without traditional Dosa, lentil pancake eaten any time during the day. Well! Certainly it isn't just another Curry House!!! . Today we appreciate and respect that you have entrusted your palate to us, we will take great loving care and take your taste buds on a journey where each mouthful sings a new magical ‘‘WOW’’ note. Enjoy your meal at Chettinad- The Village Restaurant, where “QUALITY MEETS TRADIITON”
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience4

We waited a while for our drinks, had to ask staff if we could at least get our drinks. When we did, my husband had to ask for a new wine glass as it was dirty, which the waiter did apologies and replace immediately. When we the wine was served, there was spillage on our table but we just over looked that. Food wait wasn’t too long considering it was super busy, so always pre-book.

We both got a dosa each, which was flavourless and bland, compared to dosa’s we have had at other places. Lacked flavour, presentation was okay. Service wasn’t great, no one asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu, just felt like we were rushed. I did ask on my reservation if we could have something special for my husband It was his birthday.
But nothing was mentioned, again very disappointed. First and last visit.

KJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambience was very good. Service was quick and the food was good.

t
London
19 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best curry we have had in years. Authentic spicing; zing where there should be zing. Dhosas lovely; Thalis excellent. And looked after my vegan daughter very well.

G
Cyprus
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was lovely and the service was on point. I’d definitely recommend eating here if you like Indian cuisine

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous experience! I dined here with my husband and three children. My kids at relatively picky eaters and they all found something here that they loved. The dosas were the best I’ve ever had. Everything we ordered was amazing! Service was a little slow but not bad. Great meal and a very memorable experience!

JK
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place amazing food. Very friendly and helpful staff. Thank you for a lovely evening

d
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Firstly they had set up our table right next to the front entrance of the restaurant, as it was cold night, we asked if we could be moved , luckily they were able to move us .
The food arrived with an extra dish that we hadn’t ordered, so we sent that back . This was our third visit to this restaurant, unfortunately it will be our last , as the food was very bland , compared to the delicious food we had on our first visit! Also the noise level in the restaurant was dreadful, it was very difficult to have a conversation.

OT
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Four of us had a lovely dinner. Good overall ambience, but the table they sat us was the worst, next to the restrooms. The food was fresh and delicious and moderately priced. We were happy it was not too spicy, but I could see why other reviewers found it bland. I think they are trying to cater to tourists not used to spicy Indian food. One weird thing is that they kept taking away our still full pitcher of water. It is as if they only had one to share.

OT
Bath
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were so nice and accommodating. The food was amazing. Service was brilliant.

JF
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant, the food and service was excellent. This establishment was highly recommended by a neighbor that frequently travels to London. next time we are in town we will definitely be coming back!

AP
London
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good, authentic Indian taste. Value for money, definitely.

d
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The place is small but very popular. The food is authentic and service was quick, polite and responsive. It has the vibe of a popular bistro and has excellent value for money. The chicken chettinad, prawns. Lamb madras, and chicken biryani were all outstanding. Definitely a foodie destination that doesn’t break the bank. The service was also friendly and unfussy. Loved it.

NP
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Convenient location, with nice ambience for meeting friends / family. Starters and mains tasted great. Desserts though average and cocktail my partner said was a bit too sweet.
Overall though good night out

HG
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were amazing and made for a fantastic dining experience. I highly recommend visiting this restaurant.

D
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent value, food good quality and tasty would definitely use this restaurant on my next London trip

CB
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Its a nice environment. Can get quite noisy, depending on the crowd. Food was quite tasty, most dishes we had were creamy and my prawn curry had only 5 prawns which was poor. The dosa was very nice. We were seated under the AC and it did mean our food got cold too quickly (Cold curry isn't nice at the best of times) - its also by the busy service area. If we went again we'd ask to sit elsewhere.
Overall its good, but I've had much better.

AL
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly staff and great food. Would recommend.

GS
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food, wonderful service, great prices!

C
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit was just as enjoyable as the first. Highly recommend!

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding yet again, clean and simple food, great staff, a must visit

RV
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Poor quality of food - dosa was fine but the starters were nowhere close to South Indian taste. Unlikely to go here again

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always, never had a bad meal, highly recommend it.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fantastic staff

CC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious and authentic food. We ordered two thalis and were very impressed.

TM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and pleasant service. Look forward to going back soon!

DC
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food is not as shown in pictures. The service is very basic. Food is not as to expectation

F
London
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Service was atrocious, food was very average. There are other better options for South Indian food in London. Or maybe one could take a punt and come for lunch on a weekday to see if things improve when there are less customers.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good, buzzy restaurant. Food was excellent. Service was challenging for the staff (very full), and one bathroom was out of service. Apart from those glitches, I would certainly recommend.

KM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Terrible service, but delicious food

C
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

So good - even Sir Garfield Sobers was in there for dinner!! Was amazing

GG
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service reasonably priced

VC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The food was good, the service was very poor, although waiters were polite but they never came around to see if we wanted anything. they seem to be fire fighting and had to look up few times to get their attention. to me that is to right if they are charging service charge. I went with guest and didn't want to cause any bad feeling by posting out that I didn't want to pya service charge as we did not receive any good service!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very accommodating staff! Great service!

CG
Surrey
61 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I do like my curries and our lamb and prawn dishes were both excellent. Tasty, as spicy as described in the menu, not at all oily and good portion size.
The restaurant wasn't that busy, and given the lack of natural light, that meant the atmosphere was a bit lacking, otherwise everything else was very good.

N
London
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

I go here often and love the food and decor. However, I had made a late night booking for Sunday for 9.30. When I arrived, they had already put up the “closed” sign. This inconvenienced me and my friend, and I am upset that a booking was ‘allowed’ for a timing when the restaurant closes.

N
London
11 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good wholesome South Indian food, friendly service. The food however did not arrive piping hot, which rather spoiled the experience. The restaurant is both busy and extremely noisy, so if a romantic dinner or a business meeting is your motive for eating here, you would be better off elsewhere.

JM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic and the food was outstanding!Most of us had the Thali “sampler” plates. Try it!

AR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food

HH
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buzzing atmosphere, delicious food , excellent service what else can I say?

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grey atmosphere and great food