Dating can be a nerve-wracking experience. You have to worry about what to wear, what to say, and maybe sometimes more importantly, what not to say. Another issue we’ve noticed that affects a lot of people is, where do you go? You might have only been speaking to somebody for a couple of weeks, and now you’ve got the responsibility of picking somewhere for both of you to meet which isn’t an easy task. We’ve put together a list of our 5 favourite Indian restaurants in the capital to suit all budgets, which are perfect for an Asian date.
Tayyabs – 83-89, Fieldgate Street, London E1 1JU
Tayyabs is a family run restaurant serving some of London’s finest Punjabi cuisine. Known for its bustling atmosphere, this is a great venue for daters who want to be in lively venue. In terms of food we would recommend you try the grilled lamb chops, delicious dahls and slow cooked curries. This venue is BYO, so you and your date can split a bottle of wine and not pay restaurant prices. If it sounds like the perfect spot for you and your date, make sure you get your date booked in nice and early if you want to be guaranteed a table.
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Zumbura – 36a Old Town, London SW4 0LB
Based in Clapham, Zumbura is an Indian restaurant that has an east meets west feel and serves authentic northern Indian cuisine. This is a perfect spot for an elegant but also lively date. Serving the majority of their dishes as small plates, this is a great place to go if you like to share your food. Sharing food is an excellent ice-breaker on a date as you can talk about the flavour of the food and what you like. Zumbura’s pricing isn’t extortionate but be warned, going to Zumbura on an empty stomach could be dangerous. Thanks to the moreish nature of the food, a hungry diner could easily see a six or seven dish affordable bill quickly turn into a 12 dish jaw dropper.
Why not book your date @ Zumbura now?
Amaya – Halkin Arcade, Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8JT
Situated at the pinnacle of culinary excellence, Amaya is one of the most sumptuous Indian restaurants in the capital. With its elegant interior and flavourful dishes, it is more than worthy of its Michelin star and certain to wow any date. Amaya’s food is prepared utilising three of Indian cooking’s most traditional techniques. The first is a tandoor, which is an extremely hot clay oven, the second is sigri, which involves cooking over a coal flame, and lastly tawa, which is the searing and griddling of food on an extremely hot plate. Thanks to its stunning reputation, Amaya is quite a pricey date venue so you might want to save it for a special occasion. Also, if you’re looking to secure a table for a weekend make sure you book in advance, as the best times (7PM-9PM) get snapped up extremely quickly. If you really want to spoil your date than a trip to Amaya would be a perfect spot.
Why not book your date @ Amaya now?
Dishoom – Shoreditch, Carnaby Street, Kings Cross & Covent Garden
Dishoom has four establishments across the capital, all offering mouth wateringly delicious cuisine. Located in Shoreditch, Carnaby Street, Kings Cross and Covent Garden, all the restaurants have a very similar vibe. The restaurants are modelled on old Irani cafes which used to be extremely common in Bombay and which give these restaurants a classic colonial charm. The restaurants have a lively atmosphere, delicious cocktails, fragrant and mouth-watering food all at reasonable price. For a special occasion you could try one of the sharing feasts, but remember to arrive hungry!
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Café Spice Namaste – 16 Prescot Street, London, E1 8AZ.
This is a family run restaurant headed by TV chef Cyrus Todiwala’s and his wife. Café Spice Namaste is on the cutting edge of Indian cuisine within the capital, combining fresh British produce, ground-breaking culinary skill and traditional Indian seasoning. The restaurants setting is within an old magistrate’s court and its vibrant décor and friendly atmosphere creates a welcoming experience for anyone who visits. Mr Todiwala and his wife have been known to even come and speak to guests to ensure they’re enjoying their meal. Thanks to all the restaurants creative flair and fresh produce, Café Spice is at the top end of most diner’s budgets. However, for a really unique dining experience on a special occasion, Café Spice Namaste will most definitely deliver.
Why not book your next date @ Café spice Namaste now?