Kanishka

4.3
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Indian
Kanishka in the heart of Mayfair focusses on the unexplored cuisine from seven sisters of India - THE NORTHEAST which is - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura & Sikkim.

It has a food culture that is as vibrant as its heritage and as beautiful as its people. From lanes packed with humble carts serving speciality dishes, to rows of eateries that overflow onto roads, the streets of Northeast India are a gastronomic kaleidoscope.

It is our humble attempt to bring this enchanting cuisine & culture in the heart of Mayfair through our experimental yet honest cooking at Kanishka.

Specials

Set Dinner Menu £28: 2 courses/£32 for 3 courses

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: December 1, 2019

Ends: December 31, 2019

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-5:30PM

3 a la carte courses for £38pp

From the a la carte menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: October 30, 2019

Ends: November 30, 2019

Availability: Mon-Wed 12:00PM-2:30PM 5:30PM-10:45PM

Boxing Day all day brunch £40

3 courses from a set menu with a Lychee Bellini on arrival.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: December 26, 2019

Ends: December 26, 2019

Availability: Thu 12:00PM-2:30PM 5:30PM-10:45PM

NYE Celebration £90 - 19:30pm – 21:30pm and 21:30pm – midnight.

3 Courses from set menu, a celebratory Cocktail on Arrival, glass of champagne and Petit Fours with Coffee or Tea.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: December 31, 2019

Ends: December 31, 2019

Availability: Tue 7:30PM-9:30PM 9:30PM-11:45PM

NYE Early Bird £60 5.30pm–7.30pm

3 Courses from set menu, a celebratory Cocktail on Arrival and Petit Fours with Coffee or Tea.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: December 31, 2019

Ends: December 31, 2019

Availability: Tue 5:30PM-7:30PM

Kanishka Tasting Menu £78pp

Wine pairings are an additional cost - £60 for premium pairing wines and £85pp for deluxe pairing wines.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: March 15, 2019

Ends: January 31, 2020

Availability: Sun 5:30PM-10:45PM
Mon-Sat 12:00PM-2:30PM 5:30PM-10:45PM

Set Lunch Menu £28: 2 courses/£32 for 3 courses

From a set menu. Not Valid on 16th June lunchtime.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: March 15, 2019

Ends: January 31, 2020

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00PM-2:30PM

Set Dinner Menu £28: 2 courses/£32 for 3 courses

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: March 15, 2019

Ends: January 31, 2020

Availability: Daily 5:30PM-6:30PM

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What 267 People Are Saying
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AM
London
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience5

If a restaurant of this standard wants to aim for a Michelin Star they need to get your communication right. I hosted 3 guests and called the restaurant specifically to say that I should be settling the bill to what I was assured that it would be no issue. Ofcourse my client insisted and whilst I appreciate that is always a difficult and awkward situation the very best restaurants know how to handle these situations. Kanishka did not! Despite my insistence, the waiter took it upon himself to charge my clients card without a care in the world. The best restaurants would have their staff refer to a manager or as a last resort fall back to the name of the booking which was mine. Fantastic food and more than decent service to that point but unfortunately a meal ruined by the lack of communication.

H
London
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Truly superb food, the quality was top notch. And make sure you go with a good appetite as the servings are very generous. Many highlights but the octopus starter was so tender and wonderfully flavoured, the dark daal was incredible, the mushroom biryani beyond moorish and both the venison and goat main dishes were brilliantly done. The staff were very friendly and particularly careful with my friend's food allergies. Nothing was too much trouble and it was also very nice to meet Atul Kochar as he popped out to say hello to us. For truly high end Indian cuisine this should be at the top of most people's lists.

PK
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food in a great location and for the quality the price was reasonable. A really nice touch was that Atul Kochhar came round to the tables to check we had enjoyed our meal. A nice surprise and shows a real caring attitude!

TD
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I felt the choice on the main menu was limited. I would have liked a lamb dish that was not a biryani. The naan bread was fantastic.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived just before the kitchen closed but we were still accommodated. The food was amazing. The chicken in the Dad’s Marg Makhani was tender and succulent and the flavours were just as I expected of an authentic North Indian dish and reminiscent of my own mother’s cooking.

Will definitely come again.

Kanishka
Responded on November 10, 2019

Thanks so much for leaving a great review regarding your experience with us here at Kanishka, we are so glad you enjoyed everything! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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S
London
22 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did the Diwali Tasting Menu which was fabulous. Each course was beautiful but the monkfish was by far the best! Definitely recommend for a celebratory dinner

L
London
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wonderful service. Once they turned the heating down we could relax.
Guinea fowl was delicious. Order the daal. Just do it. You’re welcome.

I
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A first visit to a much recommended restaurant will, definitely, not be the last.
From a charming welcome - after a traumatic drive from South West London encountering a plethora of road closures and highway repairs - the attention received from a well informed staff was second to none!
The food and ambience was first class.
All in all, having chosen a central London Venue to meet up with friends visiting from the Channel Islands, we were, all, enchanted with the experience.
Thank you Kanishka.

Kanishka
Responded on November 10, 2019

Dear lleach, Thank you so much for taking your time to leave such an amazing review regarding the meal and service you enjoyed with us here at Kanishka. We take pride on ensuring all guests leave having had an excellent experience and leave wanting to come back! We will be sure to pass on all your wonderful comments to the whole team. The Kanishka team are looking forward to welcoming you and your guests back to enjoy more in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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MS
London
69 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had the Diwali set menu - 3 courses and a cocktail for £35. Excellent value. Great ambience, good service. Would come again on special offers. Based on quality of food in set menu, a la carte is probably also worth it if you can spare the money.

Kanishka
Responded 3 days ago

Thanks so much for leaving a great review regarding your experience with us here at Kanishka, we are so glad you enjoyed everything! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Only our second visit to Kanishka as we are not in London a lot, only for shows etc.
This time we had the A la Carte menu and were blown away by the Tikka Pie and Lamb Biryani. It has quite a nice ambience unless you are sat next to a table with 6 or 8 people when the noise level is a bit high due to the limited table spacing. We will go again next time we are in London as the food is stunning!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely meal at Kanishka, the food was delicious and the staff were amazing. Will definitely be back x

JC
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Dahl burnt; Monkfish curry had been sitting for a while & formed a film on top - tepid. Naan cold.
Husbands Biriyani was stodgy.
Been before and had excellent experience hence went back for Birthday but incredibly disappointing
And manager on duty didn’t have the gravitas to be able to deal with the situation effectively

And please stop playing 1970s like disco music. It’s really annoying in a restaurant.

Kanishka
Responded on November 4, 2019

Dear JCFH, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us a feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit here at Kanishka. We would be highlighting your points and would be working to improve them. if you could please give us a call at our restaurant 02039780978 and ask for me Rizwan, so i could discuss further on this with you. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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OE
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food, fantastic service! In terms of ambience - I liked the interior design but found the music volume + genre didn’t seem to fit. Staff were attentive, really knew their food well and seemed to enjoy working there. We ordered the biryani (spicy!), baingan (spicy!), yoghurt (creamy, natural, delicious), octopus (amazing) and chicken tikka pie (very good).
Would highly recommend dining here.

Kanishka
Responded on November 4, 2019

Dear OliphantEats, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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VG
London
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. A little noisy downstairs probably because of the low ceiling.

Kanishka
Responded on October 28, 2019

Dear Varshag, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service. Thanks

JA
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Our dinner was wonderful. It’s not cheap but it is tasty and the beautiful restaurant is well and truly beyond your average local Indian restaurant. Our only issue was that the service didn’t entirely match everything else. Everyone was lovely but we had to wait a very long time for our pre dinner cocktails to arrive. We also ordered a starter that was left off. A shame as I’m sure it would have been as amazing as everything else but probably a good thing as we had ordered too much. Lol. It was not on the bill which was good. Having said all that, I will definitely go back as it’s some of the best ‘indian’ food I have eaten in London for a long while!

Kanishka
Responded on November 4, 2019

Dear Jabu, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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RF
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food we've had, great service and good atmosphere.

Kanishka
Responded on October 28, 2019

Dear RF506, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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MM
Orlando
19 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found this gem after we could not get into another restaurant in the area. If you enjoy Indian food with a flair you will love Kanishka. I started off with a Gin and tonic. The gin was infused with bee pollen and mixed with the perfect tonic and lemon. One of the best drinks I had while in the UK. I wish I could be more specific about the food but rest assured appetizers, entree and wine were excellent. Service was top notch. I will return the next time I am in London.

Kanishka
Responded on October 28, 2019

Dear MichaelM, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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SW
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent customer service. Delicious food. Definitely visit again.

Kanishka
Responded on October 28, 2019

Dear SandraW, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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PK
Kent
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service

Kanishka
Responded on November 10, 2019

Thanks PalviK! We look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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HP
London
32 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and Ambience. Would recommend and looking forward to visiting again soon.

Kanishka
Responded on October 28, 2019

Dear HemangP, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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S
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Felt rushed by waitress/hostess it felt like she was trying to ged rid of us in the last hour
Not much ambience as seated downstairs in basement -
food was good but poppadoms were stale

Kanishka
Responded on October 28, 2019

Dear Sanj, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us a feedback. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit here at Kanishka. We would be highlighted your points and would be working to improve them. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great venue, but flavours a little bland. Glad to try but wouldn’t go back

AJ
London
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having been to Benares before and my wife having previously celebrating her birthday there we decided to have a birthday lunch for my wife and family including my 2 year old daughter at Kanishka. From the moment we arrived all the staff were really friendly and
accommodating to our dietary needs. Chef himself came
Over and said hello and asked how it all was. An additional
Highlight to the amazing food was the fact all the staff were really welcoming to my young daughter including bring her a special desert of ice cream. The waitress whom was particularly attentive was phoebe who really made an effort. Overall I would say good food and ambience and excellent service. It should be another hit for chef Atul.

Kanishka
Responded on October 28, 2019

Dear AlexJ, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Would highly recommend the tasting menu.
We had a most enjoyable evening and the staff were very attentive too.

Kanishka
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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HS
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has to be the best meal we have had in a long time and we are lucky enough to eat in many fabulous restaurants around the world. The staff made some great recommendation with regards to portion size too.

Kanishka
Responded on October 21, 2019

Dear HelenS, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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TF
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, as expected! Hotter than we thought but that’s fine for us. Loved it !

Kanishka
Responded on October 21, 2019

Dear ThefoodiesLeics, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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m
London
32 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit and slowly but surely becomes our favourite dining address in West London. Food is outstanding!

Kanishka
Responded on October 21, 2019

Dear Moonsis, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food. First chance I have had to eat in one of Atul Kuchers places. Exceeded expectations. Food was amazing.

Kanishka
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting and because it was not loud you could have descent conversation.
The service from start to finish was faultless. The food was delicious and got to try new dishes not the usual curries.

Kanishka
Responded on October 21, 2019

Dear Rakhi5, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was for our wedding anniversary. It went down a treat with my wife she loved it.

Kanishka
Responded on October 13, 2019

Dear, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

pretty average, hair in the food, didn’t realise many other menus on offer, wine pairing pretty standard, good service, food too salty, cheap decor and cutlery, could do so much better

Kanishka
Responded on October 13, 2019

Dear , Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review and we are really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience at Kanishka. Please be assured we are committed to working hard to improve and we hope we can welcome you back to Kanishka in the future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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K
London
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Staff very friendly and helpful. A small mix up with the vegetarian tasting menu meant I was given the wrong wine pairing with my first course and i felt that the french rose wine (although very nice) did not pair very well. The food was nice but not outstanding and a little disappointing compared to some other indian tasting menus which we have tried over the years. There is a set menu option which looked good value. The decor in the restaurant was also a little underwhelming.

Kanishka
Responded on October 21, 2019

Dear Kbloo, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review and we are really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience at Kanishka. Please be assured we are committed to working hard to improve and we hope we can welcome you back to Kanishka in the future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us went for dinner to Kanishka as we had just moved in nearby to our new flat. Our dinner was fabulous. The friendly manager explained the menu to us in great detail and this was very helpful. The food was incredible and the wine was amazing too.

The restaurant was busy but not too noisy. The whole night was fabulous. Cannot wait to go back again.

Kanishka
Responded on October 13, 2019

Dear Scarke, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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Y
London
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome tasting menu with paired wines, preceded by a delicious cocktail in the beautiful bar. Great buzz, great service, delicious food

Kanishka
Responded on October 9, 2019

Dear Yumyum, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such lovely review. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit here at Kanishka. We Look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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DL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good but starters overpriced. Disappointed with very cheap decor, service was ok but horrified to see staff asleep in the dining booths in the downstairs dining area when visiting the toilets which were next to the kitchen area. Not what you expect from a fine dining restaurant especially when charging up to £18 for a starter course and when informed waitress about sleeping staff she just shrugged her shoulders and said “yes we know the chefs do it all the time”?!!

Kanishka
Responded on October 9, 2019

Dear DonnaL, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review and we are really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience at Kanishka. Please be assured we are committed to working hard to improve and we hope we can welcome you back to Kanishka in the future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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BC
London
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food, chilled out, stylish atmosphere. We loved the crab starter, goat curry, black dal and chocolate pudding especially.

Kanishka
Responded on October 7, 2019

Dear BethC, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us such a wonderful review. We look forward to welcoming back here at Kanishka. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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SP
London
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

My friend and i went for dinner, it was quite cold in the restaurant. The starters were better than the mains and the desserts were too sweet for my liking. It was expensive for what it was. Ive been to lots of other Indian restaurants and thought this was mediocre.

Kanishka
Responded on October 7, 2019

Dear SP712, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review and we are really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your experience at Kanishka. Please be assured we are committed to working hard to improve and we hope we can welcome you back to Kanishka in the future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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FM
London
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed a two course lunch with a glass of prosecco for £17.50 which was a good value deal. Don’t think I’d pay the normal £28 as there are better value lunches available. The service was wonderful, friendly and efficient. The reasonable sized dining area was virtually empty which didn’t create a great atmosphere. Would I go again ? I don’t think so!

Kanishka
Responded on October 7, 2019

Dear FinolaM, Thank you for taking your time out and giving us a review, We are sorry to hear that you felt our menu bit expensive, We are open to all suggestions and would be highlighting it. We look forward to welcoming you back here at Kanishka and hope that you might give us a go one more time. Kind Regards, Team Kanishka

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p
London
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best food I have had in a long time, great service and friendly atmosphere