We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“" You will have to read my full review to fully understand why 4 stars"”

The India Club Restaurant
Ranked #4,738 of 23,873 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$8 - US$15
Cuisines: Indian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
Description: The charmingly eccentric India Club Restaurant has remained much the same since its opening in 1946. Hidden up a flight of stairs, India Club is one of London’s best kept secrets. Enter a timewarp, with portraits of the Independence era on the walls, bottle-green leather chairs, red lino flooring and wooden laminate tabletops. It is a British curry house of the first generation. Authentic ‘home cooked’ South Indian cuisine at extraordinary value makes India Club an unforgettable dining experience.
Reviewed 17 August 2013

The dining rooms hasn't seen any change in decades, the service is brisk and to the point, the food is "authentic Indian" meaning its basic and simple.

But I love the place... If you know what to expect and are prepared you will also love it, if you want high class cuisine, slick service, nice decor and a dining experience then don't go.

If on the other hand you have a happy disposition and fancy a good value bite to eat then it could be for you.

Its located on the second floor of the Hotel Strand Continental, (stop off at the bar on the first floor to grab an alcoholic to take up stairs with you, or buy a bottle of wine from the off license on the way in).

You can't book, you just turn up and smile, we were seated at a 1950's formica table that had seen better days, the napkins are single ply paper, the cutlery is circa 1960's Woolworths and the waiter worn a pristine white chefs jacket with jet black buttons.

We went for the £14 set menu which covered all the basics to fill a gap. The menu is limited but good value.

If I based my score on the food it would be 2 stars, but taking into account the tradition of the place and the fact it feels like you have traveled back to the 1940's its got to be a very good.


Worth a visit for a quick cheap basic bite to eat, don't go to if you like service, fine food and carpet.

And if your really lucky you might witness a waiter chase customers down the stairs asking for a tip (like we did)

We gave the lad's 10% on our bill of £70 which fed 5 of us and when you appreciate your eating on the Strand we thought it was great value.

Look out for, blow light bulbs, missing coat hangers, chairs repaired with gaffa tape and lino flooring that has been worn through to the floor.

For someone with a warped sense of humor like me its a fantastic place that you must try!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Lee_Andrews
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (247)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

202 - 206 of 247 reviews

Reviewed 22 July 2013

And what is it? Cheap and cheerful. We took along beer and wine and were not charged corkage (or capage?). Booze can be bought at the bar on another floor. This restaurant reminded me of the old Indian YMCA in Fitzrovia and - without matching the quality of food - the curry houses east of The City. It serves - or at least did on the Sunday evening we tried it - simple fare at least as good as the standard suburban take away (but with far less choice) and of several establishments around the West End with an inflated reputation. What it didn't remind me of was Benares, or anywhere with sophisticated spicing and prices to match. The basics are right: poppadoms cooked in fresh oil, and the paratha was really very good. The gents' toilets are also far, far better than you find at such a restaurant level. And as you leave you get to play the game of guessing whether the guests checking into the hotel were expecting it to be as it is.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank ThatJonAllen
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 July 2013

Ok, the reviews do say it hasn't changed for a million years (!) and the decor, tables and pictures are a testament to that statement BUT curry tastes have changed and I really could have done with a bit more of a sophisticated menu. Only plain nan available, onion bhaji that looked like individually fried slices of onion......... Come on, keep the decor how it is but please update your menu to at least the 1980's!
Having said that, my lamb madras was good quality and hotted up to vindaloo strength. Waiters were dressed v smartly and were attentive.
Total cost of meal excluding beer was £22. They allow 'bring your own' so nip into local supermarket and grab yourself some beer/wine to keep costs down.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank CroxleyComet
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 29 June 2013 via mobile

Don't be shocked by the entrance you go through to get to this traditional Indian restaurant. It it well worth it once you are in and sample the very tasty and reasonably priced fare. It is reminiscent of the days of Empire and Raj ..... well worth trying

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank QDE2015
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 May 2013

You don't come here for ambience, nor décor or fancy service. Its for simple honest Indian food amongst friends you don't need to impress. I was told this was set up to be the staff canteen for the old Indian High Commission if that's so it has not changed in decades. Walk up the ancient stairs onto the second floor, past a sleeping receptionist for the hotel ( helpful signs on the wall ) and you are there. It feels a bit sleasy but it's a 1950s original school canteen for Indians. No alcohol available so trip downstairs once again to load up on Cobra beer. I am not sure if our group ordered or we just looked like we knew what we wanted. Papadoms, Naans, vegetable curry - spicy and flavour full, Lamb madras, couple of Bhajis, dahl, unlimited rice and more vegetable curry. cheap as chips - no cheaper bearing in mind this is on the strand where 50 metres a way a plate of chips can cost £ 5.00. Very simple but quality food and excellent value.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank GVLtravel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed The India Club Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to The India Club Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing