The Curry Room

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£26 to £40
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Indian
An authentic journey of discovery blending Indian and African influences.The newly launched Curry Room at The Rubens serves an inspired three course menu created by Chef Arun Kumar. Working closely with Head Chef Kevin Joseph at our sister property, The Oyster Box Hotel in Durban, the menu celebrates authentic flavours made with the finest ingredients and exclusively imported spices from India.The intimate and supremely comfortable setting of the restaurant incorporates Rajasthani hand embroidery and rich red colours which reflect the vibrant diversity of the dishes.
Our gourmet journey begins with keema samosa, poppadums, homemade lime pickle, apricot chutney, vegetable atchar and mint raita. A choice of mains includes traditional Natal lamb curry, butter chicken, tamarind fish curry and more. Complete the experience with a choice of deserts.
A wide selection of old and new world wine has been carefully selected to complement the dining experience.

Specials

Group Bookings: Festive Curry £75 pp

Experience the exquisite Curry Room cuisine at The Rubens in one of their private rooms. The menu created by Chef Arun Kumar is an inspired three-course menu that celebrates authentic flavours made with the finest ingredients and exclusively imported spices from India. This menu is available for 10 – 100 people across a number of restaurant and private dining areas within The Rubens Hotel. One of the experienced Events Team would be happy to assist.

Terms and Conditions: This is not a confirmed booking. Full payment is required.Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 10 - 20 people

Starts: November 4, 2019

Ends: December 23, 2019

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-11:00PM

The Rubens at The Palace Dinner Series: Curry & Champagne Dinner £85

In partnership with Confrerie Du Sabre D'Or, The Rubens at The Palace presents a Curry and Champagne Dinner Experience invites guests to enjoy a three course gourmet dining experience with expertly paired Champagnes.
The evening will commence at 6.30pm with pre-dinner Sabrage, drinks and canapes in The Leopard Bar, opposite Buckingham Palace Royal Mews listening to resident vocalist Sourya.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service. Dinner is served in The Curry Room from 7pm

Full payment is required to book this experience – a member of the team will be in touch. This is not a confirmed booking.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: November 28, 2019

Ends: November 28, 2019

Availability: Thu 6:30PM-6:30PM

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j
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food was good but omg it was expensive, wish I had paid more attention to the menu before booking. The food was good though and service great.

l
Cincinnati
31 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and food! A real must!

ML
Ottawa
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal, start to finish. Service and food were impeccable.

N
London
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience1

The food was very nice but it was pretty quiet when we went after a matinee at 6, and so there was no atmosphere. The service was very attentive if a little overly so and all felt a bit stuffy. The drinks are super expensive. It is £45 a head for 3 courses but there was loads of food and it was excellent quality.

OT
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Tool the fam there to celebrate our last day in Europe. Outstanding. Delicious Indian food. But oh so very brutally expensive. We are like kings but left like paupers !! 😂😂
The damage was about $100 USD per person.

DL
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Over priced Indian food. Small portions.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive (but not annoying) service, and a great vibe. Definitely opt for the 3-curry selection, and don’t forget the pistachio kulfi!

JE
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

London seems to have a tier of Indian restaurants that promise a superior dining experience (at stratospheric prices). Some of those restaurants, such as the Curry Room, deliver on just part of the promise (yes, dear reader, the prices.).

From the bordello decor to the lounge singer’s 80’s pop drifting infrom upstairs to the overeager wait staff who don’t seem to understand the concept of savoring a meal, the Curry Room fails to deliver on almost all counts. The samosa starters were cold and had obviously been prepared earlier in the day. The lamb curry was undistinguished. The bright spot of the meal was the vegetable korma, which was freshly prepared and nicely spiced.

Overall Rating: Avoid

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, old setting. Friendly, helpful, and attentive staff. Delicious food! We took our time, about three hours, and never felt rushed.

M
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed a terrific meal before seeing a show in London. What a night!

AW
London
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Difficult to find as nowhere did it mention it was actually in the Ruben's Hotel, only by pure chance we asked the friendly doorman if we were going the right way that he told us it was in the hotel. The food was flavoursome but at £45 per head very disappointed at half a naan bread each!! Probably wouldn't go back again.

DB
London
17 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

If you listen to Radio 4 and want to sit in a Victorian Grandmother's sewing den then this is the place for you. The food was a mixed bag, I LOVED my taster menu but friends had mixed thoughts of their dishes. Limited menu and VERY expensive for the basic menu they offered. I wouldn't go back but I personally had great food and the staff were top notch.

AB
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

small menu of well-prepared Indian dishes and a beautiful space. Service was a little bit didactic as if we had never eaten any Indian food before. however the dishes were not run-of-the-mill Indian but tasted authentically spiced with real spices someone prepared as their own take on the curries and other types of dishes since a lot of Indian restaurants have a big spread of choices, probably look at the menu to be sure there is something you want before you go to spend these prices. Beautiful quiet setting when we were there

W
London
143 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This is a set menu. Starter is a simple vegetarian or meat samosa with popadoms choice. Seven choices for the mains and both of our choices were tasty. Desserts were good which is not something I usually say when at an Indian restaurant. Only negative is it is a bit pricey for what it is. Service is good.

R
Hertfordshire
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding & easily the best curry i have had in London. A reduced number of choices on the menu results in absolutely delicious properly cooked food. I really believe that the use of ingredients & particularly spices results in an absolute taste sensation. A great meal in a great location.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We were very disappointed with the menu as there was only the set menu available at £45 each with no choice of starters. Having paid exorbitant amount of money for just one main curry and chickpeas all the left over food had to be wasted as we were told that they did not have containers take it home. Perhaps this restaurant is not for locals but for rich tourists

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! A wonderful experience!

TC
London
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall2food5service5ambience2

£8 for a small bottle of Kingfisher....
Oh dear.....

Food was excellent. But a complete rip off.

Staff attentive. Overpriced , not as amazing as it thinks it is!!

NP
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my wife's birthday. The food and service were excellent. The chef came out for a chat and there was live music from a fabulous singer in the bar upstairs.
Drinks a little on the pricey side but you are in a central London hotel.
Well worth a visit.

DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends and I went to the Curry Room because all of the trendy fancy places were booked. Man, did we luck out! The food is top quality and you can taste the love and care that goes into every dish. Great service, amazing ambiance, great food, great drinks and wine---and only 35 bob. We'll be back!

JF
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were treated like honored guests from the minute we stepped into the restaurant. The manager explained the menu, a fixed price, three course dinner. He explained that each of the main courses were designed to represent a different region or style of Indian cuisine. And he described the cooking techniques and flavor profiles. We chose two from different styles. The flavors were wonderful. Presentation was beautiful. The value was outstanding. We are both experienced in Indian cuisine. This was a great experience.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best curry I’ve ever had in my life!!

GN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful meal! 3 course tasting menu--would highly recommend the lamb curry, butter chicken and cheesecake, although all of the choices were delicious!

OT
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it!!

JF
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

First off we were not aware the restaurant was in the lower level of a hotel, so it took us a while to find it. Once we located it and went in we were seated in a back corner and were greeted by our server who was quite attentive. Ordered samosas and drinks, samosas were quite dry and the beer was warm, so not a great start. Then we had our main course of lamb and butter chicken, both were quite good and they even made an attempt to get the beer colder! Have to give them points for effort. Overall not a bad experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Indian food, nice room inside the Rubens hotel with really nice staff

OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service. Amazing food! Very romantic setting for girlfriend birthday dinner!

DP
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing service. recommend the vindaloo

M
Richmond
61 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location in the Rubens Hotel. Wonderful service and delicious set menu. Amazing samosas and pappadums to start with- made in the kitchen!

f
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so flavorful and delicious! The atmosphere was also so romantic and very personable. I would definitely recommend this spot!

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent for the second time. Superb food, interesting menu, great atmosphere and exceptional service. Try the vindaloo.

CO
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The service was so slow!!! It took us 3.5 hours to get out of there with a set menu. It’s in the basement of the hotel and obviously the kitchen is far away. Also, we asked for not spicy food, and they assured me they would do their best with all the dishes, but not one out of 5 was bearable on spice.

JT
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Great decor and attentive service. Much easier to have a conversation in than many other restaurants that are so noisy. I think it's the thick carpet and upholstered chairs that help. Beef in the curry was unpleasantly fatty which was a disappointment so I left most of my main course - something the waiter didn't pick up on.

MJ
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A lovely meal at a very reasonable price for the food. The wine list is on the pricey end although the bottle of wine we had was fantastic (Their own vinyard and the Hannibal Red). The restaurant is situated in the basement area of the Ruben's Hotel opposite Buckingham Palace mews. Great location but the bar is London premiere hotel prices which rather offsets the value for money of the food.

Overall a thoroughly enjoyable meal with fantastic service and lovely ambience.

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A hidden gem. This restaurant is warmly decorated with deep armchairs, soothing lighting and cosy furnishings and lots of space between the tables. The set 3 course menu was delicious, the pork vindaloo a real eye opener (try it!). It's not be open long but the food standards seemed very high for this price, we paid 35 per person and felt we had a bargain. 

Good wine list favoring lighter whites. The waiters were attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. The room isn't obvious when entering the hotel, you need to go through the bar. We were lucky to be serenaded by live lounge music from the bar giving it a lively relaxed feel. Strongly recommend.

KO
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent flavors, well prepared food. Nice atmosphere with live music from the bar above the restaurant. Overall, very enjoyable!