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#999 of 15,788 Restaurants in London
Travellers' Choice2023
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US$55 - US$100
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Indian, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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The cooking of Kolkata and chef-owner Asma Khan’s Mughal ancestry inform the menu at this bright and breezy restaurant on the top floor of the perennia...
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I don’t even know how to begin to describe the experience…….out friends who have been to india said it was the best Indian food they’d had outside India! The staff were very welcoming & friendly. Asma even came over to our table to chat about...the food which was a lovely touch & we tried to convince Asma to bring her skills to Scotland.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our evening here was superb. From the moment we walked in and were greeted by a beautiful girl from Enniskillen. Another beautiful girl was our waiter, she was from Poland (Sorry, I didn’t get anyone’s names) they all had top class service, so so friendly...and smiling and helpful. And let’s not forget the food … it was absolutely gorgeous. We loved every bit of it. We had the Royal Thali and our only criticism was that there was too much food, we wanted to eat it all, we just couldn’t. However, they happily provided us with containers to take all our leftovers home with us, which we did. At one stage in the evening, my Mum fancied a cocktail but wasn’t sure if she would like any that were listed on the menu, they went out of their way to make up a cocktail specifically for her with whatever she liked. They were all so nice. If you love proper home cooked, super tasty Indian food, then this is the place to go. The location is fantastic too. Thank you Darjeeling Express team for a wonderful evening.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 20 October 2023 via mobile

Without a doubt the best asian restaurant in London. Our second time eating here and it didn't disappoint. Wonderful food, wonderful cocktails and fantastic atmosphere. Seen some comments about pricing but we found it to be excellent value for money. Cannot wait to go back.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 18 October 2023 via mobile

I always make it a point to visit when I’m in London. The food and service are great and the Royal Thali dinner is a great value. They never disappoint.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2023 via mobile

Was introduced to Chef Asma Khan by the Netflix series about chefs and Darjeeling Express. Finally had the chance to visit and so pleased to have done so. The mango lassi was perfect. I have never had puchkas before but the (extremely attentive) waiting staff...explained to us how to eat them. The goat curry could have been eaten with a teaspoon it was so well cooked. The rice was perfect as well. Definitely needed the walk down two flights of stairs afterwards! Full with a good value, especially with the reservation deposit taken off the final bill.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 15 August 2023

My partner and I came to Darjeeling Express last week to celebrate my 50th birthday. A place I've been inspired to visit for a long time since being in awe of Asma Khan's ethos after seeing her on TV explaining how she employs an all...female non classically trained, kitchen of home cooks. Food, dishes and recipes that have come from the love of generations handed down....and they certainly tasted as much. We had the set meal, Thali; made a couple of choices, and was presented with a picture on a plate. An abundance of delicious food, served by attentive and informative staff, advising on the sliding scale of spice for each dish and how best to eat it all in on the Thali serving dish itself. I had the pleasure of chatting to Asma who made a point of visiting each table and chatting to the customers which was a lovely touch, and to also receive a hand written card with birthday wishes. This is a gem of a restraunt with a feel good culture and worth every penny....oh and the trio of puddings to salivate over. High praise and thanks to the ladies in the kitchen. Will definitely be back when visiting London again.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 15 August 2023 via mobile

My husband and I Indulged in a fantastic set menu dinner experience at Darjeeling Express in Carnaby's Kingly Court, London. Great food, great mood and great service. This charming spot, owned by the remarkable Chef Asma Khan, is not only a culinary gem but also...a beacon of empowerment. Chef Asma leads a powerful social movement, nurturing women in hospitality, fostering leadership, and driving positive change. Creating a haven for many, she's established an all-women team, with a majority being talented South Asian immigrants. 🙌 Her journey was even featured on Netflix's Chef’s Table series. A heartwarming touch — Chef Asma left us a signed postcard, adding a special touch to our anniversary celebration. 💖More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 14 August 2023

Great restaurant with excellent food and service. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Good to actually see the Chef Patron milling around, not many restaurants these days that you see that!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 12 August 2023

This was my first time having Indian food, so I requested the staff to prepare my dishes with very less spices and they obliged and I am thankful for this. The food was really delicious and something new for me. For dessert, I ordered a...sweet dish called Gulab Jamun and it was something out of the world. Overall, great service and lots and lots of Indian food dishes are available at this Darjeeling Express restaurant.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 29 July 2023

What a lovely little place. Cozy seating, with a great view of the activity in the Kitchen. We met Asma Khan briefly at a reception while she was on her way to another event. Later that week we had the opportunity to visit with a...group. Asma and her (mostly female) staff pulled out all the stops and treated us to a wonderful meal. Asma is deservedly well known in the London culinary community and I would encourage anyone interested in Indian food to stop by for a meal. For first timers like me it may be a bit hard to find. Darjeeling is located on the top floor of Kingly Court. So, from the street you must first find the entrance for Kingly Court, which has three levels of restaurants and shops. Don't bother looking for a sign on the first level - we never found one. Just take the lift or stairs to the top level and walk around until you find it. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 27 July 2023

We were 5 in our group for lunch at the Darjeeling Express on 27th July 2023, in Kingly Court Carnaby. We were not disappointed! All the staff were friendly and nothing was too much for them. The Manager was very pleasant and helpful. Asma Khan...the owner, visited all the customers present and chatted to them. The food was excellent, freshly cooked and very tasty. We had the Saag Pakoras and Puchkas for starters. For Mains, we had delicious Aloo parathas, Tamarind Dal, Prawn Malaikari and Beef Tamatar Kofta. We also enjoyed the masala tea! Thank you Darjeeling Express for a very enjoyable lunch.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 23 July 2023

I was very disappointed at the service, I was stood for a long time and then when I was seated they again forgot about us, finally took our order which is just Thalis (very disappointed) it was edible nothing special. I want be going back....Sorry.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 15 July 2023

We were there for lunch. I noticed an artificial booking queue gradually has created. Foods were bland but became hot by straight introduction of green chillis. No aroma at all. Chopped veges introduced into foods as ingredients were uncooked. All foods were cooked inside the...coconut cream. Meats inside kofta kebab something was almost raw. Probably foods were already prepared in large quantities and would become assembled and hot on orders; consistent with the limited menu. Too fast they were on your table. You could feel a bit of cocky-ness and lack of attention on certain crews. I believe quality of ingredients were low. I can guess each dish costs between £1 to £2.5. I accept that rent and other overhead expenses are very high in that premise. I am certain that a hype has brought up the name of the enterprise up for obvious politics. I read the rude reply of the company to one of the reviews. I never will be backMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 13 July 2023 via mobile

Cannot fault the food. Lovely flavours and about the right portions, but can’t help feeling that it was only marginally better than a decent Tooting curry. It’s in the heart of soho in a manufactured restaurant location with some of the highest restaurant rents in...London so maybe a shouldn’t feel surprised that it was overpriced. £165 for 2 for a meal that was over in just less than 1 hour with 2 small beers feels a lot. I was asked in booking app if it was a special occasion. It was , but not sure why they asked as they did nothing to acknowledge. £6.50 for a small bottled beer is ridiculous. No draft beers offered . Decor was ok but I agree with previous review this is very casual dining at top priced rates. It’s not often that I give a review criticising the price having lived in LONDON for years you get used to it but this wasn’t value for money . It’s a pity as food was goodMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 10 July 2023

I really can't work out what the 5star reviews are about with this establishment. Especially for a vegetarian. the offerings are very average with a huge mark -up. My main was a very over-cooked half aubergine in a strange sweet sauce for £19!! They take...a £25 deposit per person on booking (not just credit card details), and ask you to re-confirm the reservation a day before This may be standard for the great-named chefs at remarkable Michelin venues, but not for this venue in a food hall. And to cap it all off, the bill presented to me did not include the deposit already paid and I had to ask for a revised bill. As their booking process requires the payment of the deposit, there can be no reason for this error except a deliberate one . Unfortunately I do look a bit dopey (despite having several degrees) and maybe they thought I wouldn't notice. So do watch out for and double check this , especially in the case of having had a few drinks with your meal, or if the person paying is not the one who has booked and paid the depositMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Darjeeling Express is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4