Indian restaurant in Fitzrovia

Lokhandwala Indian restaurant in Fitzrovia is named after a notorious district in Mumbai, where Lady Charlotte Louisa Fitzrovia and her lover Vijay eloped to. This love affair has been transported to the pretty streets of Fitzrovia, less than a 10 minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street.  Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the discreet gold signage of Lokhandwal outside.. The plants and flowers with a couple of tables for outside diners will also catch your attention.

The restaurant certainly has a romantic feel with low lighting, large ornately framed mirrors, birdcages and a decadent floral  archway.  We absolutely loved the interior which is absolutely perfect for a date night.

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The Cocktails

The restaurant has a good selection of wines but obviously I was all over the cocktails. Made upstairs in the lovely Vijays Lounge the cocktails all have a story behind them as part of the Lady Charlotte and Vijay heartache!

We loved Like a Bird with Hendrick’s Gin, Blood Orange, Organic White Wine, Orgeat Syrup, Peach Liqueur. Served in a birdcage, this cocktail was so well executed and so beautifully presented. 

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If you are not dining at the restaurant, we definitely recommend a visit to Vijay’s speakeasy lounge, upstairs to Lokhandwala ,for cocktails.

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Indian Tapas Dishes

The menu at Lokhandwala is designed for sharing with a mixture of smaller and larger tapas dishes from different parts of India. Thought has clearly has gone into designing a creative menu at Lokhandwala by using a variety of cooking styles, ingredients and spices.

We had a selection of fish and meat dishes from the tapas and the curry section of the menu. We particularly enjoyed the Pata Chaat: Crispy Spinach Leaves Served With Sweet Yoghurt And Tamarind Chutney (£5.50) and the Smoked Chicken with Clove, Coriander Pesto (£8.50).  The Chaat (vegetarian) was so tasty and the flavours complimented one another. The chicken was tender and we loved the pesto dressing. 

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We were a little surprised to see the Baked Neeli: Mussels cooked in lemon coriander butter (£9) on the menu as it did not seem to fit in with the other dishes. That said, we were told it was a popular dish on the menu and it was pretty tasty!

The Fried Quails Egg Wrapped With Minced Lamb Meat (£8) worked well together. The meat was flavoursome but did not overpower the egg.  We were surprised at how tender the Lamb Chops (£12) were. Clearly marinating them for 24 hours with spices and then cooking them in the tandoor worked a treat. It can be so easy to ruin lamb chops but these were fantastic, served with yogurt and the same pesto as the chicken dish. 

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The Curry Dishes

Whilst we loved most of the tapas plates, the curries were absolutely standout dishes. The Chicken Makhani (Butter Chicken): Tomato Fenugreek and Butter Stew (£12.50) was just stunning.  Perfect consistency, not too creamy and a hint of spice, this dish was an absolute treat. 

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We also tried the Slow Cooked Lamb cooked with onion, tomato and ginger (£14).  Similarly to the chicken, this dish was very impressive. The lamb was tender without being too fatty and the sauce was tasty without being too spicy or heavy. These were two very well executed dishes which were accompanied by a delicious and light garlic naan (£3).

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Lokhandwala is a fantastic Indian restaurant in Fitzrovia offering inventive dishes, good service and great cocktails. What makes it even more attractive is the reasonable cost of the dishes. Whilst it is a more expensive than a typical Indian restaurant, it is levels above most of the places I have visited so well worth it.

East London Girl: Lokhandwala

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