- Main course: £16
- Food spend: £28
- Opening hours
- Tuesday to Friday: 12:00 - 15:00 & 18:00 - 23:00 Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00 Sunday: 12:00 - 21:30.
Food, especially fish items were very good
29 January 2019
Critically acclaimed Karnavar in Croydon serves dishes with an inventive twist on traditional Indian cuisine. The multi award-winning, sophisticated restaurant uses the finest seasonal ingredients and offers tasting menus along with an Indian roast and champagne brunch.
Carefully curated by head chef Manoj Karnavar who holds 20 years of culinary experience working in 5-star hotels like Savoy and Claridges London, the Karnavar menu offers a diverse range of Indian cuisine. It sees signature dishes including Tandoori Paneer with Indian cottage cheese and grilled portobello mushrooms with crushed yam, colacassia and aubergine bartha as well as makhni sauce.
Featuring an outdoor seating area for al fresco dining, the Karnavar restaurant has modern, classy interior with banquette seating. The spot-lit dining area is perfect for relishing a nutmeg layered cake with fresh pineapple or poppy seed crumble.
Situated in South Croydon, Karnavar in London is a 9-minute walk to South Croydon Train Station.
62 South End, London, CR0 1DP
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Customer reviews for Karnavar
(((** 7 February 2019 by Stephen from Croydon
It was alright, but our expectations were higher. The first course served was fine, but not the one we ordered. They did offer to send it back and replace but we couldn't be bothered. Several items were not available 'kitchen issues' and the waitress could have been a bit more clued up.
(**** 31 January 2019 by Ken from London
Very quiet on a Thursday in January. One other table. Poor service. Waitress uninterested. Not welcoming. We were going to have 7 course with wine pairing but decided not the place to do that. Food not great and a burger bun added to things does not make it interesting.
((((( 29 January 2019 by Pradeep from London
Food, especially fish items were very good
((((* 27 January 2019 by Alan from Croydon
The restaurant has been a beacon for modern Indian dining and though its cooking remains good, the menu has not been changed for over a year. We rather feel it has gone "off the boil". Service is still good.
(((** 4 January 2019 by Geeta from Sutton
Sadly there was no brunch available, no dosas, no samosas, no roast pork belly...a real shame as the children were really looking forward to brunch, and we only found out an hour or so before that only the (expensive) a la carte menu would be available.
(((** 17 December 2018 by James from Croydon
A meal of two halves. The food was excellent, the service poor.
Karnavar is an Indian restaurant, with an emphasis on restaurant. It is certainly not a curry house. That means the quality and presentation of the food is excellent. It also means anyone who expects a poppadom and a pint in front of them within 2 minutes of arrival will be disappointed.
Whilst we had both poppadoms and starters, to wait an hour and twenty minutes from sitting down to seeing our main courses was too long.
This was a consistent problem. It took time for drinks orders to taken throughout the meal and then more time before they arrived. The restaurant was reasonably busy but far from full. That it appeared we were being served by the manager only made it more disappointing.
((*** 13 December 2018 by Ray from Purley
Special occasion with friends. Table for 4, at 8.00pm. We were left for a considerable amount of time before having our order taken, then long periods waiting for courses to arrive, and to be cleared. Difficult to order more drinks as staff were nowhere to be seen, possibly serving guests at the back of the restuarant? However, the bill came swiftly! What should have been a wonderful dining experience was marred by poor service.
((((( 16 November 2018 by Phil from Surrey
The best Indian meal I have had in years. Absolute quality.
((((( 7 November 2018 by Vivienne from Croydon
Wonderful tasty food, lovely staff giving good service. Great atmosphere.
((((* 4 November 2018 by Neila from South Croydon
The food is very good at this restaurant. We ate here on a Thursday evening and there was a distinct lack of atmosphere, even though there were several other diners. We expected more ‘engagement’ when asking about the food on the menu so were left to decide for ourselves, which was a pity as they weren’t busy so should have been able to take the time.
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