Little India

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Indian
Craving curry in Kensington? Just head for local favourite Little India. This stylish but unpretentious restaurant on Gloucester Road is well known for its friendly staff and home-style Indian cooking. Situated close to the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park, it’s perfect for a post-shopping lunch or an early evening meal with friends. The chefs prepare familiar favourites like lamb pasanda and chicken jalfezi using authentic spices and traditional recipes so you can be sure they taste just as they would in India. We love their tandoori mixed grill and their signature dish – Naga Chicken, a dry dish cooked with fragrant spices and naga chillies for an extra kick. With flavours this fresh, we know you’ll be back for more!
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RG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had a table for 2 booked in advanced and when we got there, the place (it's really LITTLE as the name says) was packed (and our table not ready) and had people waiting STANDING RIGHT BEHIND the tables .. imagine having dinner with people right behiNd you, passing comments and overlooking your conversation...
More than 15 minutes after booking time, they offered us a LITTLE table, which was just 15 cms away left and right from other tables... so they offered us having dinner with other tables just OVER US and people standing behind us...
When we complained their only answer was "If you don´t like this table, then leave..." totally disrespectfully..
They ruined our Wedding Anniversary weekend plans last Saturday October 12th.
DONT VISIT THIS RESTAURANT!!!!!!!!

MA
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff and service and the food was awesome. I recommend.

SL
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great quality, home-style Indian cuisine. Not too salty, or oily, just really tasty! Not bad prices either! Bravo!

DJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Little India. You guided us through a delicious meal with recommendations for dips, starters, main dishes, vegetable sides and of course naan. Our group included a vegetarian with seafood allergies and both newcomers to Indian food and others already savvy with this cuisine and with spicier tastes. We all came away satisfied.

LN
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was quite pleased with both the service and quality of food. We would definitely eat there again if we were in the area.

A
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Girlfriends and i enjoyed our dinner very much and we thank Mr Kay for an unforgettable evening.

GG
Berlin
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Add things to the bill
The food is less than average
Over priced
It’s start OK but end badly

Avoid

J
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Decent food but aggressive waiter pushing for positive online reviews

RC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as usual. Fantastic place and will always visit when in London.

LO
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, but nothing to rave about. From the moment we opened our menus, Mr Kay rushed over and insisted we get 2 orders of the dinner for 2. It was 50 pounds each. We agreed, assuming there would be plenty of food. Unfortunately, for the price, we had soup / fruit bowl sized food portions to be shared amongst 2 people and it was a family of 4, including an 18 year old boy and grown man. Definitely not enough food, and we would have spent less and likely gotten more food if we each ordered 1-2 dishes from the menu. The most odd part came when Mr Kay asked my 2 teens to complete a review in trip advisor. He told them what to say in the review and to reference his name and to give him 5 stars. He even hovered over their shoulders as they typed. All of this made sense to me, because I selected the restaurant based on the 4.5/5 ratings and the constant reference to Mr Kay was noticed. Now I know the ratings are forced and are completely inappropriate and unprofessional.

F
Denver
124 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was good - we did a preset sampler of some standard introductory Indian cuisine, and our waiter Zuber provided excellent service!

L
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Expected food to be more flavorful.

NS
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service, good food. The only negative was that they don't just add 10% to the bill as a service charge, but it is not clear on the bill or explained to you, and they also ask you if you wish to tip them when you pay with a card. This is dishonest. It was only because I saw the small print at the end of the bill I didn't tip twice. What is the 10% service added for if not for good service?!

RB
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Charged for things that were not really ordered.

AG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very small, cozy restaurant serving delicious Indian food. The tandoori chicken dish and naan were flavorful and freshly made. House wine was iffy however Indian beer is always tasty! Close to Royal Albert Hall so a perfect pre-concert dinner!

A
London
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Worst ever Indian restaurant every. Service is awful.. Mr Kay is an idiot.

MM
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A good selection of vegetarian/vegan options. Some of which were not on the menu but the chef mad specially. A good choice.

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Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service was nice. Mr Kay was fantastic. The restaurant is tiny. We had to wait upstairs by bathroom in this room which I assumed to be the office. There was a TV and we watched rugby until our table was ready. I made reservations but not sure they were aware. All of that was ok because the food was very good. Would recommend everyone try out.

IC
London
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

If you are looking for a curry house close to the Royal Albert Hall for either a pre or post-event meal then this is a good option. The service was efficient and the food came quickly and was perfectly reasonable. You would not seek out this restaurant for a special trip, as it offers fairly standard Indian food, but for logistical ease when visiting the Albert Hall it works very well.

PA
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good food and lovely staff! Had a great evening at this very good restaurant

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little India was walking distance to our hotel and looked great on Open Table. We chose the option for two diners which allowed the restaurant to serve us their most authentic and tasty selections from their extensive menu. Perfect choice! The host, Mr. Kay, was the consummate dining guide and was extremely personable. Not a fancy place but we felt like we were having dinner in someone’s kitchen in India!

PS
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Noisy due to staff speaking loudly and small size of restaurant. Waiters bumped my chair 6 or 7 times. Food was average, my chicken Tikka Masala was sweet. Underwhelming to say the least.

YB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Restaurant is really small waiter had to stand and touch me when he talk to the other table. Food was greasy and price was too high.

RT
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Solid choice for Indian food not too far from the Royal Albert Hall. All the usual suspects you'd expect, lovely appetisers with chilli and chutneys to complement them. Naan bread was average, but the rest of the food was delicious. Mr. Kay our server was attentive as were the others in this small establishment. I'm sure there are fancier places in this neighborhood, but for the price, this is a good pick.

AH
London
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The meal we had at Little India was very good, much better than most other indian restaurants we have been to. We were very well looked after by all the people that served us and Mr Kay made sure we had the food that we would enjoy most.

WK
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Authentic food and good atmosphere. Enjoyable evening.

N
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We’ve eaten at Little India several times. As usual, the food was good but the staff do need to take care in their dealings with customers. Having advised them when booking that we wanted to use our Gourmet Society card, we had hardly sat down when we were told we could not use the card when booking with Open Table, even though their website directed us automatically to Open Table with no mention that this would make the use of the Gourmet card invalid. As a favour on this occasion they agreed to accept the Gourmet Society card! However, when the bill arrived the correct discount, as advertised, was not applied. Embarrassing their customers by reprimanding them loudly several times for making use of a discount card to which they had signed up was quite extraordinary and then repeating how much money they would lose through our booking and blaming us for booking with Open Table only compounded things. We left the restaurant feeling very annoyed at their treatment of us. Don’t they want old customers to return and recommend the restaurant to others? They advised us to ring up next time we wanted to book.

Our table was right by the door and each time it was opened (frequently), we were blasted with a cold draught. I was recovering from a cold which didn’t helped. We got short shrift when asked whether a table at the other end of the restaurant was free.

MA
London
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

El sitio cumplió con mis expectativas. Pedimos lis básicos de siempre y la verdad es que nos gustó todo.
Volvería a ir sin dudarlo.

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DP
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food in this little cosy restaurant on Gloucester rd. Will definitely return for the jalfrezi and attentive service.

e
London
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been cooking Indian fare for three decades, and I eaten Indian meals at home at least once a week. I've eaten in dozens of Indian restaurants in London over the years, and this restaurant is as close as I've come to the zenith of what I've sampled on my trips to India itself. I ordered a simple meal of mutton curry and aloo gobi, with tandoori roti and a Cobra beer. It was heaven--extremely satisfying. And while you might not find 'innovative' dishes here, my argument is that you don't need novelty when you can enjoy the classic cuisine done at its best.

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great find for dinner before attending a show at the Royal Albert Hall

RJ
London
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

NOT good service. The witress didn’t seem to care of us. Wouldn’t take our food order, even though we were ready

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Tasty food, close to Royal Albert Hall. Polite staff and clean toilets.

KN
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It is a bit crowded and loud but in a cute way. The staff if so kind and I had a great evening with delicious food!!

A
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and great atmosphere. I would happily visit here again.

SR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Expected this place to be great based on reviews especially those of trip advisor. The food was just average for an Indian restaurant. The price was outrageously high for what we got. I even think that they padded the bill but it was impossible to work this out as it was a scribbled piece of paper. How can 6 curries all around 9 on the menu, a shared starter, some rice and naan sides and 8 beers come to £240? The waiter could not even tell us if service charge had been added. He said he thought it had not but when he asked someone else they said it had. We were also forced into ordering too much as the waiter was pushy about him recommending stuff and despite us asking if we had ordered too much. We booked a table for 930 and were rushed out the door saying that they needed to close And Complaining that they had trains to catch. They gave no indication that they need to be close at 1130 when we made the booking. And this on a Friday night!

D
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply...everything a good Indian feast should be. We arrived late due to incoming delay at airport (notified to restaurant) and an hour later than booked, we still had a table waiting for us. Unassuming and just authentic, thank you !

F
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

restaurant was fine, but clearly overrated on tripadvisor

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a wonderful restaurant!! The food was incredible and the wait staff terrific. We loved it so much we returned for dinner the next day. This restaurant will be a part of every visit we make to London. We will tell all our friends about it.

NF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice Indian restaurant with good food. In a nice borough

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