Tandoor Chop House, London
All Brits love Indian food.
It’s a contract you sign at birth. Once you’ve been weighed and measured the doctor hands you a tiny quill, which you use to sign a proclamation saying you’ll forever discuss the weather at length, solve all problems with a strong cup of tea, enjoy the beach in all weather conditions, say “sorry” incessantly and partake in the occasional curry.
It’s no wonder then, that up-market Indian restaurants are taking London by storm.
You only have to have walked past the queue for Dishoom on a Saturday night to know it’s true.
Queuing is not my favourite pastime, so I was rather excited to hear people hailing Tandoor Chop House as “the new Dishoom”.
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Just off the Strand, it’s in easy reach for city types and gallery-goers alike.
The posh navy & gold exterior drawing them in like moths to a flame.
Pull up a pew and start with cocktails.
There’s a whole section dedicated to G&Ts if you’re feeling particularly patriotic.
The decor is hip and the place doesn’t stay quiet for long, filling up rapidly around 1pm.
We started with an assault on the “snack” menu.
IPA battered & spiced squid and prawns, chilli chutney.
Tasty and tender.
Seekh kebab roll, green chutney & pomegranate.
Punchy flavours, the sort of thing you could do with after a night on the tiles… but distinctly prettier.
Dexter beef dripping keema naan, green chilli & yoghurt.
My personal favourite. A twist on mince on toast, but so much better.
All followed by the main event…
Tandoor cauliflower chaat.
Amritsari crispy lamb chops.
Just bloody fantastic. Rich, spicy, salty, tender, excellent.
Green masala pollock.
Beautifully fragrant and light.
Steaming black dahl.
Perfect for dunking naans (be sure to have the green chilli, garlic & cheese naan).
This place offers more than your average curry. Impressive flavours, great ingredients brought together into beautiful dishes.
It’s great, and most importantly you can book a table!
Do so online, check it out for lunch or a long boozy supper with friends.
The location is tip-top if you’re visiting London, too.
Step out and you’re in prime wandering territory. Stroll through the streets and head over to The National Gallery, Trafalgar Sq and onto Queenie’s joint (B Palace).
Or just get out and enjoy the sunshine in the park.
The perfect British day out.
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