Gunpowder Tower Bridge
Having closed the much-missed Madame D and Gul & Sepoy, Harneet and Devina Baweja have focused their efforts on a follow-up to Gunpowder in Spitalfields. At this much larger and sleeker site, an open-plan space seats 100 across high-bar seating, shared tables and tables for two. The menu is more familiar: Keralan beef pepper fry, spicy venison and vermicelli doughnuts, and Kashmiri lamb chops are all there. Look out too for some new additions, particularly the peanut masala chaat with chopped onions and chillies, and the egg curry masala.
4 Duchess Walk, Tower Bridge, SE1 2SD
The newest outpost in the gourmet Indian restaurant group, Cinnamon Bazaar is a magical fusion of rustic Indian street food with a signature Cinnamon-style twist. Look forward to a heady mix of fragrant Asian flavours sprinkled with a hint of Middle Eastern charm, as in the Iranian chicken Haleem, and kabulia kefta with tomato makhani sauce. You’ll notice a different influence in the award-winning lamb rogan josh shepherd’s pie.
28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2E 7JS
With multi- award-winning outposts in New Delhi and New York, Indian Accent was big news when it opened in London a couple of years ago. Believe the hype: headed up by acclaimed chef Manish Mehrotra, this luxe Mayfair offering reinterprets nostalgic Indian dishes with a modern twist, drawing on cultural influences from all over the world. Devour bold, flavoursome dishes such as ghee roast lamb with roomali roti pancakes; or makhan malai, a medieval dish made with saffron-infused aerated milk. The kitchen also does a must-try spice-laced take on brunch.
16 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4HW