This weekend is your last chance to catch the stunning orchid festival at Kew Gardens. This year inspired by the colours and culture of Mumbai, this beautiful display will no doubt whet your appetite for some authentic Indian cuisine. Fear not todotters, we’ve scoured the city to find the capital’s best curry.  

Kew Gardens Orchids Festival 2017
Kew Gardens Orchids Festival
Rejoice my friends! The harsh cold winter is over and what better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than by sniffing a flower or two? This magnificent installation at Kew’s Prince of Wales Conservatory explores the importance of plant life in India with a dazzling collection of displays including floral rickshaws, peacocks and elephants. Set to a specially commissioned Indian street soundscape, this vibrant festival has something for everyone and is the perfect way to chase away your winter blues.

And if all that revelling at the wonders of nature leaves you feeling peckish, Kew’s Orangery restaurant is serving up a delicious range of Indian inspired dishes. However, if you’re looking for a banquet fit for a prince we would recommend you pay a visit to one of our favourites.

Dishoom

Dishoom Carnaby
Though they have pop ups all over the city, our favourite Dishoom is in the heart of Carnaby. Its retro interior pays homage to the area’s swinging heyday and offers a great menu of firm favourites alongside bold new dishes. Start the day right with one of their hangover busting breakfasts or for an authentic taste of Bombay, order the pau bhaji, a beautiful bowl of mashed veg in a homemade pau bun. Popular in trendy circles, Dishoom is usually busy but if you’re prepared to wait, you won’t be disappointed.  

Masala Zone

Masala Zone Grill
If it’s authentic Indian street food you’re after then look no further than Masala Zone. With branches in Camden, Islington, Covent Garden and Soho, you’re never too far away from a great selection of belly-pleasing dishes. With great value lunch deals, you can grab yourself a bargain or, for you dish ditherers out there, their thali plates provide a wide selection of Indian delights at once. Masala Zone changes their menu regularly but we would suggest their Goan crispy fried prawns. Served with a vindaloo mayo, they’re not for the fainthearted but the flavour is sensational.

City Spice

City Spice
Sometimes you just can’t argue with the facts. Named Restaurant of the Year by the Bangladesh Caterers’ Association (imagine the Oscars, but for curry) and heralded as the King of Brick Lane, City Spice has become go to for any curry lover. Frequented by celebs including Jermaine Defoe, James Nesbit and Dominic Littlewood, (remember him?) City Spice serves up world class traditional Indian food with a unique Bengali twist. Their Persian inspired chicken tikka dopiaza is so sumptuously rich and tender that we would walk to Hyderabad for another bite.  

Written by Ed Jones

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