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#6,877 of 15,131 Restaurants in London
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£25 - £40
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Indian, Asian
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and a colleague had been based in Waterloo whilst away on a business trip, we both enjoy an Indian meal and after walking passed The Thames Indian restaurant and seeing that they was proudly displaying that they was an award winning establishment, we both...thought we had dropped on a gem. Once we sat down the menu was very dated and looked like it had not been refreshed for some years, then we noticed the restaurant had won its award in 2011 so we both thought that things may not have changed since their recent award winning success. I ordered a pint of Cobra and my friend requested a cider, the waiter abruptly advised cider was ‘no’ so he opted for a Diet Coke, this arrived flat and lifeless and had clearly been poured from a bottle that was also, like the menus, passed the sell by date. I’d like to tell that my Cobra had more life, but other than resembling the colour of lager it wasn’t much to get excited about. The poppadums and dips arrived and we thought maybe we had been to quick to judge as they were definitely a bit more like what we are used to from such an establishment, not the most difficult dish to master, granted - but at this point we was looking for positives. The staff were fairly attentive and visible when needed, the one waiter was moving around at such a pace he arrived at our table airborne at one point after tripping up the top step whilst carrying some plates and cutlery, we checked he was ok but it was difficult not to get the vibe of an Indian version of Faulty Towers. The main dishes arrived and sadly, my lamb rogan josh and my friends chicken jalfrezi looked like they had come out of the same pot, we just about determined who’s was who’s by the chunks of meat. Disappointed to say that they both had very little flavour and taste, possibly the worst curry I have had whilst dining in an Indian restaurant. The atmosphere was also a bit strange, the music was a gentle recurring tune on repeat, it sounded like an iPhone alarm and it just went round and round and round, after a while I did finally fall back to sleep. As far as value goes, I’d have to say it wasn’t great and I’m pleased that I’ll be claiming my expenses through the company. My advice is read fellow diners reviews before being charmed by the window display.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 26 October 2023

Avoid this place if you are looking for a decent reasonably priced tasty lunchtime curry. Grim. It says something when the only menu items you'd have again are the poppadums and green mint dip. Really bot sure how two sheek kebabs and a chicken jalfrezi...can be so bland. We arrived at 1.30pm to be told the kitchen is shutting so order quickly and starters and mains will be served together. Heres a suggestion. Dont advertise you are open at lunchtimes when youre not able to cope. The foods expensive but as I wasnt paying I feel a bit churlish complaining about this. Suffice to sat that all 3 of us were disappointed and wont return. Arrogant unfriendly waiter. This place doesnt deserve more customers.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023

Worst experience i ever had of indian food in this restaurant. Food pao bhaji, dum aloo i ordered and tasteless food forever award goes to this restaurant. Howmuch hungry you are while being around waterloo but do not climb stairs of this restaurant please

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023

We happen-chanced upon The Thames after wandering around London for hours while on holiday. The restaurant itself was clean and the staff were attentive and friendly. When I described the level of spiciness that I preferred, I was recommended to try the chicken noorjahani (a...sweet and spicy dish). It was fabulous! There were 7 of us and everyone enjoyed their meal. I'd highly recommend this place.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 9 July 2023

Easily takes the title of worst of ‘worst curry’ I’ve had. Low quality fare and totally tasteless. Everything came out the same ‘beige’ colour and dry. Staff could do with attending ‘charm school’, not once did they smile or crack their sullen faces. I ordered...one of their ‘specials’, was especially bad. Did complain but got no where. Was tempted to get it bagged up and take home for the foxes but feared the RSPCA would lodge a case of animal cruelty at me. Revolting and inedible soo much waste. Best bit was the very ‘low grade’ chocolate at the end. So bad, it’s almost funny. Avoid.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 5 June 2023 via mobile

Very good food, many choices and fast service. Place with many clients, maybe not too much relaxed Price a bit expensive.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 4 June 2023

Limited selection Food was mediocre It tasted very off - in short there are better place for Indian food in London

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 5 April 2023 via mobile

We visited for dinner, it was my first time here. The food we ordered was all really good! It was all hot (despite the tandoori chicken not coming on a sizzle plate). The tandoori sea bass was a very reasonable price considering it was a...whole fish. The restaurant is a convenient location for Waterloo station. The service was a bit odd. It took us a long time and asking multiple people before we got any tap water. Eventually we got a jug for the table but then one of the waiters decided to take it and use it to top up another table's glasses! That was quite funny. I would probably return here though for the food and convenience factor.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 25 February 2023

I enjoyed the food but it became a rather uncomfortable meal because our waiter hovered around the table and was leaning in and removing plates while we were still eating. I had to protect some dishes were not empty, but I was not vigilant enough...to prevent an unfinished drink being whisked away.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 30 January 2023

Friendly prompt efficient attentive customer service, cosy warm atmosphere, delicious food, reasonable prices. I highly recommend this restaurant, I'll come back here soon

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 10 August 2022

A rather narrow dining area under the rail bridge at Waterloo Road. Had a good meal with excellent food and drink. Would return but felt we should have gone earlier as we seemed to be hustled out at the end.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 16 June 2022

The grade required just about says it all - shame really because the food was better than average - personally I found the staff distant and unfriendly. It's the kind of place where you ask a simple question but can't understand the answer. I suppose...the prices were okay for London.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 30 May 2022

Our favourite Indian Restaurant for years now! Usually I go for Nalli Gosth which is just delicious. I can highly recommend it...

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 7 March 2022

Booked for a fussy party of eight and i must say it was very enjoyable. Good choice on the menu, fast friendly service and great food. If your in the Waterloo area you won't be disappionted.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 6 March 2022

As a family group of 7 we were a little concerned at being 15 minutes late for our booking, however we still received a warm welcome. One of our group is vegan and the Manager was extremely helpful with knowledgeable menu suggestions, thank you it...was really appreciated. Staff, food and atmosphere all very good indeed, we will definitely be visiting again.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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The Thames is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5