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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
Opening hours
Sunday – Tuesday: 07:00 – 22:00 Wednesday – Saturday: 07:00 – 23:00

Excellent in every way and will definitely return to the restaurant and recommend to others

Mohana Rajaratnam 11 February 2017
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

3.8 ((((* (based on 110 reviews)
83% of diners recommend this restaurant
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  • dinner (47)
  • afternoon tea (42)
  • lunch (26)
  • value (23)
  • romantic (13)
  • business (11)
  • child friendly (7)
  • large parties (7)
  • luxury (7)
  • trendy (7)
  • breakfast (3)
  • private dining (3)
  • entertainment (2)
  • views (1)
  • ((((* 19 February 2017 by Keith Withall from Hayling Island

    We have eaten at Daawat several times and have found it to be a good quality meal. The menu is not extensive but it is cooked well. We are vegetarian and there are only 3 dishes to choose from. It could do with more vegetable side dishes.

  • (((** 17 February 2017 by Vimla Shukla from Romford

    Experience was very good for agternoon tea but more snacky stuff shouldbe provided for vegetarians and people with allergy to paneer.
    Thank you

  • ((*** 14 February 2017 by Claire Whelan from London

    We were disappointed to see that, despite booking a table one month in advance, when we arrived to the restaurant at 5.15pm (our reservation time) we were lead to the back of the restaurant and made stand and wait while the waiter pulled tables together to make a larger table for us. The restaurant was nearly empty so it was unprofessional that our table was not ready for us. Our table was next to the door onto the street which meant it was very cold whenever anyone arrived in, which was a pity. The food was nice but overly impressive. We were a little disappointed with the size of the main dishes/curries (bowls quite small). We also had to ask for water/drinks more than once as we were left waiting for drinks that did not arrive. Our biggest issue of the night was when we received our bill. One of our party had ordered 2 spirits plus a juice over the course of the meal. There are two prices on the menu for each spirit - a five pound option and a ten pound option. We were charged for the ten pound option for both drinks and we decided to ask the waiter if this was correct as we were not given the option when we were ordering so we were to assume the 5 pound was the set drink and the ten pound would have been a larger alternative. He told us ten pounds was the only price. We were not fully satisfied with this answer so we queried this with the manager - who was very patronizing and unhelpful. He insisted that the waiter had asked when taking the order if our friend would like the 25ml or 50ml, however he absolutely did not ask this. He even pointed out a waiter to us, who he insisted was the man who asked us, however this waiter hadn't even taken our drinks order. We decided in the end we were clearly wasting our time in challenging them on this so we paid and left. The only positive thing about our experience was that earlier in the night the waiter removed a glass of wine from our bill as one of our party really disliked the taste. And also the beautiful location.

  • ((((( 11 February 2017 by Mohana Rajaratnam from London

    Excellent in every way and will definitely return to the restaurant and recommend to others

  • ((((( 5 February 2017 by Grace Gambo from Beaconsfield

    Absolutely Fantastic! Food was excellent & the service was top notch. It was my fiancé's Birthday & the waiter overheard me singing him a birthday song so the waiter brought him a very delicious slice of red velvet cake with "Happy Birthday" nicely decorated in passion fruit sauce. A very very kind gesture & was totally pleased with the service.
    We will definitely be visiting again!

  • ((*** 30 January 2017 by Annie Bisceglia from Ware

    Not overly impressed. Restaurant area was cramped and impersonal for 'table for two' dining. Menu was interesting and quality was satisfactory. Very overpriced as quality of food was average and portion sizes were very small. Drinks very overpriced as well. Not good value for money.

  • ((*** 19 January 2017 by Anonymous from London

    Went for the pre-theatre menu and was sorely disappointed from the start. Our table was wonky and the waitresses did not have the best english understanding. The samosa was definitely warmed from frozen as parts of the inside were still cold. The paneer curry tasted like heinz tomato soup with a hint of spice. Nothing special about this restaurant other than its location.

  • ((((* 3 January 2017 by Franck Laille from Nantes FRANCE

    Très bon, très fin, très bien

  • (**** 26 December 2016 by Louise Cullinane from London

    Service was slow. Waitress didn't ask whether we had been to an Indian afternoon tea before or explain the procedure. Ordered two teas which came and were warm, asked for milk which didn't arrive. Asked for it again but my tea was cold by this time. We were not offered the wine menu - we had to ask. There was a 30 minute wait for food, which when arrived was warm and oily. We had to ask a waiter why the food was taking so long to arrive. Staff didn't seem confident. Food was ok but because it was warm and oily it didn't wow us. I was disappointed because I was treating my cousin for his 60th birthday. Wouldn't go again or recommend. Booking experience was very easy to do.

  • ((*** 19 December 2016 by Daxa from London

    My friend and I had the 2 course Pre theatre meal and the food was lovely esp the paneer makhani. However the Mango crush mocktail wasn't nice, it had to flavour.

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