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#101 of 1,082 Indian in London
#970 of 15,141 Restaurants in London
Travellers' Choice2023
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£43 - £79
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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 1 week ago via mobile

Food was good, staff great, but the Thali style with all coming at once, whist being good for turnover, for me was not great and lost the sense of of the occasion. At best part of £100 a head including drinks I expected more and...just didn’t get it.More

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

Was in London and wanted to try some really good Indian food, so had reserved table here. I was not disappointed. For dinner they have a pre fix menu where you choose 2 courses and then get a lot of side dishes. We choose the...chicken, meatballs and paneer. First we got some sort of chips with 2 kind of dips. One them was excellent with cilantro and some heat. The other one just good. Then you get a tray with your food served so it looks really well with some puff bread/ Naan looking like two balloons. The chicken dish, the bread and one of the sauces was to die for and the rest just really delicious. I was in doubt about wine but good good help from the waiter and pushed my boundaries slightly on what wine I would drink with Indian food. My son got a mango lassi which again was the best I ever tried. For dessert we got 3 smalll dishes again with 2 good one while the carrot dish was totally divine. And my espresso with Indian coffee was also top notch. Overall we were really happy with the dinner and even if it was pricy it was worth it,More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We bought the cook book and wanted to try authentic Indian food. We were not disappointed. A busy vibrant atmosphere. Pleasant staff and very good food, too much to eat it all, a mini banquet each!!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 13 November 2023 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 9 November 2023 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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Darjeeling Express is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 5