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"The food , view everything is amazing."
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2. Best Indian restaurant
2. Best Indian restaurant
"service was excellent and efficient helpful and knowledgeable"
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3. Memorable dining experience
3. Memorable dining experience
"Lovely atmosphere and stunning Canary Wharf view."
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We are delighted to announce that since our opening in November 2022 at InterContinental London - The O2, Kinaara has again been awarded 2 AA rosettes and is London's Top 2 Restaurants on TripAdvisor. The name Kinaara draws inspiration from the Hindi meaning of ‘on the shore of, or on the edge of a riverbank’ and offers diners the chance to savour and enjoy a plethora of rich and comforting flavours from across India and relax in the restaurant's stylish gold and purple hues complemented by the most breathtaking views of London's Canary Wharf and the River Thames. Guests can experience Kinaara through an exquisite, seasonal à la carte and dégustation menu, as well as a bespoke private dining
PRICE RANGE
£35 - £75
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Halal, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Indian, Asian, Healthy, Grill, Contemporary
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I wanted to share our recent experience at Kinaara Restaurant, where my family and I enjoyed an absolutely fantastic dinner. The ambiance was warm and inviting, the service was impeccable, and the food was nothing short of extraordinary. From the moment we arrived, we were...treated with great hospitality from every team member, what a fantastic team,( Zana, Varun,Roshan, Sonal). Each dish we ordered was beautifully presented and bursting with flavors. The culinary expertise of the chefs was evident in every bite, making our evening truly memorable, so delicious. Thank you to the team at Kinaara for providing such an exceptional dining experience, definitely 5 star service. We will certainly be returning soon and will highly recommend Kinaara to our friends and family.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 19 February 2023

My much better half treated me to dinner at Kinaara for my birthday the other day, and I can hardly imagine a more wonderful gift. The food, the place, and the team were (are!) amazing. We loved it. We were seated at a beautiful corner...table with a view of Canary Wharf and Docklands, with their reflections glistening in the river. The view alone is worth a visit, but when the food appears and we see each others’ smiles at what we are being served, the view is but a pretty little distraction. The amuse-bouche really did amuse (our ‘bouches’, I guess). It supposed to be little teaser, and, oh, does it tease. A delicate, light play on corn, it is both wonderfully subtle and a slap in the face, telling your palate “strap in, hold tight, you’re here for an adventure”. A few reviews had mentioned the grilled broccoli, and how surprised they were at something so simple being so spectacular. Well, they weren’t wrong. They’re a triumph: hint of smokiness, a hint of spice, just enough crunch, and yet so comfortably smooth and soft and, excuse me, sexy. Outrageous. Slap the word tandoori in front of anything, and I’ll be certain to try it. It doesn’t always work, but give a great chef a tandoor, and, hey, presto: Magic. These chefs definitely know what they’re doing. A bit like a good pizza oven, it does a lot of the work, but you still have to put in the effort, and the right ingredients, in the right order. The tandoori prawns are as glorious as they look. The missus ;) knew that although we’re sharing all these marvellous dishes, there was no chance I wasn’t going to have most of the prawns. I love good seafood, and this is seafood at its very best. Being from Azerbaijan means growing up with a lot of lamb dishes, and usually, as in her case, becoming quite picky and curious about other interpretations of lamb. She chose two lamb dishes. Considering she married me, you’d be entitled to question her choices, but not these. This time, she chose well. The dainty chops, the lamb starters, Lamb Barrah, were just lovely. I looked around to make sure I don’t embarrass myself and saw a guest at another table picking up a lamb chop as it should be picked up and gnawing at it. This is not a dish that should be eaten with knife and fork alone. You want to have every last bit of spicy, juicy, crispy yumminess. These little lambs did not sacrifice themselves in vain. Of course I had to order a biryani. Some of my best friends are Gujarati. Some of the best meals I have ever eaten were biryanis. This one, Dum Pukht Chicken Biryani, the one with the pastry lid, is right up there with the best of them. Our other main, the lamb shank, Lamb Nihari, is a joke. It defies physics. How? Just how? How does it stay on the bone just long enough to reach our table and then fall off? How does it stick on the fork and then melt in the mouth like a meaty toffee? And while I ponder the impossibility or, at the very least, unlikelihood of these dishes, my darling dearest has a taste of the Dal Makhani, dark and creamy lentils from heaven, and gives me a knowing look. This is good, really, really good, she tells me - without saying the words. Thank you for taking me here (with words), and thank Zana for recommending this. And before it gets too repetitive - it was really was that consistently great - and just after briefly noting that the desserts were sensational too, may I just mention that although I loved it all, my personal culinary highlight, the dish that was most for me and most like me, was the unlikely okra, Masala Bhindi: Humble, but arrogant, subtle and yet brash, with a bit of bite, but also unashamedly a little slippery, not to everyone’s liking, but, well, liked, somehow. I blame it on my partly Turkish roots. Okra is a delicacy in Turkey and it is also a delicacy by virtue of it being delicate. Even slightly overcooked, it becomes a gloopy mess. Slightly under, and it’s torture, like the sort half-cooked beans English restaurants used to serve. I have had okra many many times. My dad is an okra expert and he makes damn fine okra dishes. We disagree and argue a lot, but on this we agree. This okra, Kinaara’s okra, ‘our’ okra is wonderful. It’s life-affirming. Occasionally, I have had people tell me that they don’t like “spicy” food, and I try my very best to be polite, respectful and understanding, but on the inside, in my mind, in the deep recesses of my soul, I pity them. I believe that the two great national cuisines, if there is such a thing, are Italian and Indian. Yes, there is good and even great food in all sorts of places, but considering the quality of food I have eaten both in restaurants and in private homes, the pride in the ingredients and the preparation, these two cuisines are quite clearly exceptional. I have travelled a bit and eaten a lot (plus I’m ridiculously old) and with my family from or in four continents, I know that is quite a generalisation, but I know it’s true. I had a great aunt, god rest her soul, my nan’s brother’s wife, who was from Bangalore, and who introduced me to her cuisine when I was just a toddler, and, yes, it was by far the best food I had as a child - or since. She lived in Germany for most of her adult life, and whenever we visited I would spend hours with her in the kitchen, as she cooked and cursed the lack of proper food or ingredients in the shops, or laughed and sneered at what Germans and other Europeans called “curry”. And, yes, the use of spices in Indian food is very pronounced. But to describe Indian cuisine simply as spicy, or even ‘too spicy’, is ridiculous. What great Indian food demonstrates is that spices are ingredients among many others, elements within a dish, prepared with attention to detail, with intricate timing, using all the various traditional and modern techniques and tools to create something delicious and nutritious. Not liking food because it is spicy, is no less silly than not liking food that is marinated, food that is properly cooked, made in stages rather than just thrown together randomly, or, frankly, food with any discernible taste. The food at Kinaara is just that: bursting with taste, made with great care, with discernment and discipline, with deft, delicate touches, with experience and expression, prepared, presented and served by excellent, thoroughly pleasant professionals. We were served, expertly, by Varun, and welcomed by Diveena and Soniya, and both Zana, the fabulously charming restaurant manager, and Mohan, who manages all the restaurants and bars at the hotel with a lovely blend of pride and humility, came to greet us, all of whom made it a memorable experience for which we are truly grateful. We cannot wait to go back, although it will be a real struggle to decide whether we try the other great sounding dishes on the menu, or ordering these again, renewing our wows.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was staying here at the InterContinental due to attending the Take That concert at the O2. Before the concert I invited my brother and sister-in-law to come up to London and enjoy the preshow dinner that Kinaara offers. Service by Sonal was great. There...was so much food, we had enough to take home as a doggy bag for my disabled mother, she was so grateful for the amazing treat. Each course was more fantastic than the next and at 58 pounds for the set menu, what you don’t expect is that the main course also comes with potatoes, lentils, and huge quantities of crispy naan bread! No rice - but you don’t miss it. I live in Miami, but I would definitely come back here the next time I am in London. It’s a real treat for the taste buds.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place, best food. Just the top in UK. We love it and recommend to everyone. Service is high class. Prices are affordable

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing food and people really were welcoming and helpful. Roshan was star as he was quite energetic and provide good advise on the food

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for my birthday as a surprise and received Great service from Roshaan and great food! I would highly recommend visiting

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a Saturday night 7.30pm. We were able to watch the sunset over Canary Wharf. We had a fabulous window table. From the moment we arrived every member of staff that we came in contact with were an absolute delight but a really...special shout out to Roshaan who was fabulous. He gave us recommendations and advice on the menu, checked in to see if we needed anything. The food was out of this world. I have never had Indian food that came anywhere close to this. We were given a virgin experience voucher for 3 courses and a glass of fizz (this was beautiful). Each course was so stunningly presented and so delicious. Portion sizes were adequate- I had read reviews that they were small but we did not find this to be the case. I also read a review that you feel rushed and again this was definitely it the case for us although it was fairly quiet. If I had to give any feedback I think we could have been served with a bit more rice. We had the choice of bread or rice and we chose one of each. We did order and pay for a naan bread half way through the meal to supplement it not sure we really needed it. The wine a cotes de Gascogne was also delicious. We will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to this restaurant as part of a virgin experience gift and we had a really lovely time. The food was very tasty and the service was brillant! We were assisted by Sonal who was extremely professional and welcoming. We will definitely come back...again. Thank you.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great restaurant, excellent food and such wonderful staff. Warm welcoming and truly attentive. Thank you to Sonal our server for the evening, she was lovely and so accommodating.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had such a great dinner here after a work conference with colleagues. The food was absolutely incredible and I highly recommend, Suraj and Sonal were particularly helpful!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely anniversary dinner, with my other half, a lovely view of the city and amazing service provided by Roshaan, very polite and attentive for the entire duration of our stay and helped with any questions and queries we had while making us feel...very welcomed Will 100% recommend, thanks again Also LAMB CHOPS are a must !!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful food - sophisticated use of spices. Would order several of the small plates including the prawns, lamb chops and the broccoli. Great service from Sonal and Varun.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant stay, excellent service and super people. fine Indian dishes with lot of finesse. Esp the menu for 134€ with wine pairings is great

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful view and very good food. Excellent service, was assisted by Sonal. She was very nice, helpful and smiling while assisting.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Customer service was excellent. Staff were extremely welcoming especially Sonal who was very good. Overall service was forst class.

Date of visit: May 2024
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