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Little Kolkata, London, ENG

Little Kolkata

3.7
3.7
45 Reviews
£25 and under
Indian
Little Kolkata is an Indian restaurant in London on a mission to bring the best flavours of Calcutta to hungry Londoners. Opened in Covent Garden in 2015 by a pair of mates who grew up in this part of India, Little Kolkata London is authentic and dedicated to remaining so, meaning the menu goes way beyond what you might be used to in terms of the norm at Indian restaurants in London. Indeed, the all-day menu features Calcutta-style dishes like jumbo prawns cooked in coconut cream, or a whole baby chicken cooked with cashews, saffron and rose water. You’ll find Little Kolkata on Shelton Street in Covent Garden where it’s very wise to arrive armed with an advanced reservation.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Asian, Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    020 7240 7084
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress

What 45 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.5Service
  • 3.4Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

45 Reviews
  1. sabs

    London

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I booked this restaurant for 21 December, 6pm through Opentable. When I arrived there with my family for my sister's birthday, the place was completely shut. It was so disappointingly not to havr been told in advance. Opentable needs to take this restaurant off its books immediately.

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  2. HeenaC

    London

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We booked a table weeks in advance for Diwali celebrations, we turned up on time and the restaurant was closed. We even received a reminder from OpenTable the day in advance asking to confirm if we were going and we said yes. There was no information on the restaurant door explaining why it was closed. Whilst we were standing in front of the restaurant reading our emails to double check, another group of family arrived looking equally confused as they had a reservation, too. We were left stranded, we had to go looking for another restaurant at 7.30pm on a Friday night in Covent Garden, Little Kolkata truly ruined our Diwali celebrations. Our advise - dont bother!

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  3. Anon

    London

    66 reviews

    1.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They called us on the day to cancel this booking as they had a problem with the gas. I’ve not seen it open since so I don’t know if they’re permanently closed now?!

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  4. Lolkin

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    We went with the Time Out offer so at £16.95 we found the food delicious and did not mind that the staff were lost, untrained, confused and food has not arrived for a while. We paid for thali, there were no thali dishes to serve it in. There were no prawns. Barman did not show up for work, so no drinks other than wine. Overall a confused mess. These guys should either sort it out or not run a restaurant. Which is a shame as food is lovely (but not at full prices).

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  5. Prabs

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, service can definitely improve. Had a great birthday party.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was really tasty... however, the dishes were overpriced for the portion sizes. Service really wasn’t great, but it wasn’t awful. When we arrived, the waitress didn’t seem to know we had a booking but it wasn’t busy and we picked our table - fine, but first impressions were that the staff weren’t on the ball. I’m not sure if the wait staff were trained well/know how to be actual wait staff because after we gave our orders they didn’t come back (I’ve worked as a waitress so I don’t think I’m being harsh). I had to stand up and walk up to them when we wanted more drinks/wanted our bill. They seemed like nice people but I think the restaurant owners need to give them more guidance on what to do. Restaurant has a shabby vibe inside, as if you’re in a genuine casual food place in india but it just felt shabby and not shabby-chic/shabby for ‘effect’. Poor ventilation, I was sweating during the meal and this was a rainy autumn evening. Also a couple dishes and few of the drinks on the menus were unavailable, this was a Friday evening but also the restaurant wasn’t that busy so I was just wondering why they didn’t stock up. Menus were also a bit tatty/dirty/had writing on them which just added to the shabby-shabby and not shabby-chic vibe. All in all, for the money we spent, I’d recommend going to one of the more higher end indian restaurants in the area such as Kricket/Tamarind Kitchen etc. This restaurant has lots of potential but definitely needs some refinement. When you’re spending money in central London it’s not just the food that’s important but the overall experience - service, atmosphere, value for money. Whilst I expected a casual meal, this experience is something I’d expect in Zone 6 London for around £15 pp and not £30 that we paid. I’d maybe come back for a light bite at lunch but probably nothing else when there are better options in the area.

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  7. CharlotteH

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was incredible but the service was unfortunately not great

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  8. Lukas

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Fairly good food but very poor service - just seemed not to have any training (first rush to order, then no further service until we went to find the desert menus ourselves, very limited ability to make recommendations etc) - and to top it off, the card machine was broken ...

    1 person found this helpful

  9. BethO

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a mixed bag. I'd been before and had an excellent meal but on the Saturday night I came back we'd booked a table but it took 30mins to get served. Half the dishes we asked for weren't available, though the ones we were served were nice. We got charged for something we didn't have, I was told I'd get an email about a refund for that item but nothing as yet! The staff were doing their best but seemed inexperienced and overworked. The portions have got smaller since my last visit too which is a shame. Paneer kofta continues to be excellent.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very Little portions, drinks arrived after the main was served. Food was cold

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Little Kolkata is rated 3.7 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Little Kolkata

51-53 Shelton Street, London, ENG WC2H 9JU

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Covent Garden
  • Hours of operation
    Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Indian, Asian, Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    Mastercard, Visa
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