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Daawat Indian Restaurant

Daawat Indian Restaurant, 2 Burleigh Street, London, WC2R 0JJ +44 2036417554

((((* Indian
Main course: £10
Food spend: £25

I would recommend this afternoon tea for anyone who is looking to have something a little different. The savouries were delicious and a nice change from the normals sandwiches. The Massala tea is well worth trying.

Gemma Antcliffe 26 September 2016
from London

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Evoking the rich traditions of Indian dining with a bold and innovative twist, Daawat, meaning ‘Indian Feast,’ brings an exciting concept to the Strand Palace Hotel. Offering a cosmopolitan backdrop, Daawat has won critical acclaim by the London Metro.

Keralan head chef Asharaff Valappil’s menu merges his passion for regional home-cooking with classic fine dining twists, cooking with 3 tandoor ovens. Dishes on the Daawat menu are crafted using traditional spices from across India, headed by the signature curries or biryani, and accompanied by steaming-hot homemade naan breads. Express thalis and the light bites lunch menu are popular with West End diners.

An impressive bar stock at Daawat on the Strand includes ice-cool Indian beers, fine world wines and an eclectic mix of fruity cocktails. Try afternoon tea in the lounge bar, or for an unusual indulgence, there's Daawat's authentic-inspired Indian afternoon tea.

Found at the Strand Palace Hotel on Burleigh Street, Daawat restaurant in London offers a stunning interpretation of authentic Indian dining. Covent Garden or Charing Cross Tube stations are both a 6-minute walk away.

Daawat Indian Restaurant

Daawat Indian Restaurant, 2 Burleigh Street, London, WC2R 0JJ

Contact +44 2074974158
Reservations +44 2036417554

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Customer reviews for Daawat Indian Restaurant

4.0 ((((* (based on 87 reviews)
86% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • afternoon tea (38)
  • dinner (34)
  • lunch (23)
  • value (19)
  • business (8)
  • romantic (8)
  • large parties (7)
  • luxury (5)
  • trendy (5)
  • child friendly (3)
  • breakfast (2)
  • entertainment (2)
  • private dining (2)
  • (((** by from London

    Booking online was easy and efficient. I did put in a special request for a 'very nice' table for four as this was a significant anniversary dinner for my partner and my children. On arrival, I was simply directed to the nearest table for four. There were more, nicer tables elsewhere but I didn't make a fuss.
    As for the meal, the menu is certainly a little different to a 'high street' indian restaurant. There were interesting starters and the ones we chose except for one (a cold starter with lentil dumplings as I recall) were very tasty. We also ordered pappadoms and accompanying raita, pickles and chutney. These were unremarkable.
    We sampled a variety of main courses and these were very good. The nan bread accompaniments were also good. We did feel there was a lack of vegetable side dishes with the only ones seeming to be baby aubergine or potatoes. Deserts were ordered and were, in the words of my son 'OK' (He had the chocolate samosa).
    Service was adequate and friendly enough but no more than that. Descriptions offered of the dishes when we enquired were cursory. Nonetheless we all enjoyed our meal.
    Would I go back? Possibly.....

  • ((((* by from London

    nice food

  • (((** by from London

    The food was a 10/10, absolutely phenomenal. Perfectly prepared and cooked.

    The service was a 1/10. We felt ignored, treated poorly, and left the restaurant with a bad taste in our mouth. It took us over 50 minutes to get the bill and could not get an employee to look at us. Our server was unapologetic and had poor body language throughout.

  • ((*** by from London

    Whilt the food was ok the portions were far too small and not good value for the price.

  • ((*** by from Austria

    I was very disapointed. We were the only guests, there was no atmosphere. The waiter seemed suprised we were there. Tea was served in a huge teapot with teabags and no burner to keep it warm. After a long wait the food eventually arrived. The sandwiches were tasteless and the sweets were so sweet they were inedible. Only the scones were passable, the waiter was also pretty miserable, unlike the experiences we had travelling around London for 6 days. We found the Londoners very friendly

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  • ((((* by from London

    Fantastic food! I really loved the samosas and Biriyani. A shame that there wasn't much choice with the curry options (wasn't overly impressed with the chicken in the chicken tikka). The rice was lovely.

    Biggest disappoint was that they didn't accept my Time Out card (and the website didn't say anything about restrictions on a Saturday). But overall I did enjoy the food and the service was fantastic (they even made a special dessert surprise for my grandma's birthday). I would come back again.

  • ((((( by from London

    I would recommend this afternoon tea for anyone who is looking to have something a little different. The savouries were delicious and a nice change from the normals sandwiches. The Massala tea is well worth trying.

  • (**** by from Stoke on Trent

    Awful. Waited 25 mins after seating before being asked if we wanted a drink. Service not an option. After complaining we were told that it was because they had a booking of 40 in i.e. we were not important altho we had also booked in advance.The "Indian"restaurant had run out of garlic!! Tables were not cleaned off and dishes were piled up.This spoilt our whole evening together with the frequent apologies (7) thru the evening. Would not recommend to anyone at all. No good features.

  • ((((( by from London

    One of The Strands little gems. Daawat is located on a quiet an unassuming side road, off The Strand. The restaurant's modern décor provides an excellent backdrop to the wonderful food. Three friends and I had the Indian afternoon tea and we were wowed with exceptional sweet and savoury snacks. This was washed down with some very hearty Masala chai, that was freshly brewed. This is definitely worth trying if you fancy afternoon tea with a twist.

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