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“A little bit of India in London”

The India Club Restaurant
Ranked #5,375 of 23,707 Restaurants in London
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
Description: The charmingly eccentric India Club Restaurant has remained much the same since its opening in 1946. Hidden up a flight of stairs, India Club is one of London’s best kept secrets. Enter a timewarp, with portraits of the Independence era on the walls, bottle-green leather chairs, red lino flooring and wooden laminate tabletops. It is a British curry house of the first generation. Authentic ‘home cooked’ South Indian cuisine at extraordinary value makes India Club an unforgettable dining experience.
Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Ok if you want pukka service and swanky tables you won't enjoy the relaxed service and meal bar quality food. But if you've experienced the sub-continent or want a taste of everyday India this is the place to find it. The foods is tasty and straight forward, the room is, err, authentic, the staff were welcoming and kind on my visit. I will go again and introduce others to a unique eating place.

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Thank MondoGoose
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Having visited here last year & enjoyed a good experience I returned in late August.
What a shocker, I can assume the chefs were on holiday perhaps?
The onion bharjis were practically indelible, basically raw, chewy onion slices in tasteless bad batter.
Our 2x currying were shocking, cubes of typical "pie filling" chicken pieces that you buy from industrial caterers & a sauce clearly made from bottled chilli sauce, vinegary and dreadful
I was VERY disappointed & will not be returning.

A sad decline of a real one off,
Shame,

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1  Thank dmckenzie65
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

The dining rooms hasn't seen any change in decades, the service is brisk and to the point, the food is "authentic Indian" meaning its basic and simple.

But I love the place... If you know what to expect and are prepared you will also love it, if you want high class cuisine, slick service, nice decor and a dining experience then don't go.

If on the other hand you have a happy disposition and fancy a good value bite to eat then it could be for you.

Its located on the second floor of the Hotel Strand Continental, (stop off at the bar on the first floor to grab an alcoholic to take up stairs with you, or buy a bottle of wine from the off license on the way in).

You can't book, you just turn up and smile, we were seated at a 1950's formica table that had seen better days, the napkins are single ply paper, the cutlery is circa 1960's Woolworths and the waiter worn a pristine white chefs jacket with jet black buttons.

We went for the £14 set menu which covered all the basics to fill a gap. The menu is limited but good value.

If I based my score on the food it would be 2 stars, but taking into account the tradition of the place and the fact it feels like you have traveled back to the 1940's its got to be a very good.


Worth a visit for a quick cheap basic bite to eat, don't go to if you like service, fine food and carpet.

And if your really lucky you might witness a waiter chase customers down the stairs asking for a tip (like we did)

We gave the lad's 10% on our bill of £70 which fed 5 of us and when you appreciate your eating on the Strand we thought it was great value.

Look out for, blow light bulbs, missing coat hangers, chairs repaired with gaffa tape and lino flooring that has been worn through to the floor.

For someone with a warped sense of humor like me its a fantastic place that you must try!

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Thank Lee_Andrews
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

And what is it? Cheap and cheerful. We took along beer and wine and were not charged corkage (or capage?). Booze can be bought at the bar on another floor. This restaurant reminded me of the old Indian YMCA in Fitzrovia and - without matching the quality of food - the curry houses east of The City. It serves - or at least did on the Sunday evening we tried it - simple fare at least as good as the standard suburban take away (but with far less choice) and of several establishments around the West End with an inflated reputation. What it didn't remind me of was Benares, or anywhere with sophisticated spicing and prices to match. The basics are right: poppadoms cooked in fresh oil, and the paratha was really very good. The gents' toilets are also far, far better than you find at such a restaurant level. And as you leave you get to play the game of guessing whether the guests checking into the hotel were expecting it to be as it is.

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1  Thank ThatJonAllen
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Ok, the reviews do say it hasn't changed for a million years (!) and the decor, tables and pictures are a testament to that statement BUT curry tastes have changed and I really could have done with a bit more of a sophisticated menu. Only plain nan available, onion bhaji that looked like individually fried slices of onion......... Come on, keep the decor how it is but please update your menu to at least the 1980's!
Having said that, my lamb madras was good quality and hotted up to vindaloo strength. Waiters were dressed v smartly and were attentive.
Total cost of meal excluding beer was £22. They allow 'bring your own' so nip into local supermarket and grab yourself some beer/wine to keep costs down.

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Thank CroxleyComet
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