The rich and diverse culinary flavours and cooking styles of India come to life in Mayfair. Taste contemporary takes on traditional dishes, or embark on a culinary journey through Indian cuisine and dine like a royal as chefs showcase their finest dishes in beautiful surroundings. Mayfair’s best Indian restaurants are worlds apart from the typical takeaway. These are our favourite Indian restaurants in Mayfair.
With beautiful vintage train carriage interiors and a gleaming art deco dining bar, Bombay Bustle brings a touch of Mumbai to Mayfair. In its laid-back atmosphere, you share small plates of expertly prepared comfort food inspired by the hot lunches served by Mumbai’s dabbawalas. Start off with a trio of dosa with raj kachori and rarah keema pao and leave room for mains and desserts – the saffron milk cake is a particular favourite. A real treat is the weekend all-day brunch menu – spot on for a weekend pick-me-up.
This Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Mayfair is fine dining at its absolute best. Benares, Mayfair is a sleek, bold and exciting destination where executive chef Sameer Taneja continues a legacy of excellence since it opened in 2002. His nine-course signature tasting menus serve flavours in new and unexpected ways with the option to pair wines, lifting the culinary journey to another level. The cocktails, also, are sublime. A Passion Fruit Chutney Martini is a must. The dress code here is smart and the prices are high - but the food is oh-so worth it.
When it comes to delicious Indian food, Mayfair has more than its share, but Bibi burst onto the scene in 2021 with gusto, wowing critics and customers. Chef Chet Sharma is a former physicist who cooks up contemporary, dynamic plates of food mostly on a sigri clay oven, delighting the eye and pallet. The starter or snack dish Wookey Hole cheese papad comes with a mouthwatering chutney and, as a first dish, sets the tone of what’s to come. This is a restaurant that holds the bar high.
Designed to feel like an Edwardian members-only sports club, Gymkhana is a handsome dining experience from the moment you step through the door. Voted the UK’s best restaurant in 2014 and holding a coveted Michelin star, Gymkhana elevates even the simplest sounding dish, like daal, with delicate and complex flavours. And that’s the theme here: traditional home cooking crafted into showstopping plates of Indian food. The kid goat methi keema is a firm favourite, and the wild muntjac biryani is an explosion of spices, unlike any biryani you’ve tried before.
Combine your trip to one of these incredible Indian Mayfair restaurants with a stay at The Clermont, Victoria nearby for a stylish and comfortable stay in historic surroundings.