Rohit Ghai’s Top 5 Indian Restaurants in London

Originally from Madhya Pradesh, India, and having led several Michelin-starred kitchens, Rohit Ghai is currently at Jamavar London in Mayfair, which was recently awarded a Michelin star for the 2018 guide. He shares his top 5 Indian restaurants in London.

Dinner at Dishoom Carnaby.

Dishoom. Rohit says, ‘The first Dishoom opened in Covent Garden in 2010, and the combination of homestyle cooking, and excellent cocktails proved to be a successful recipe for a young population. They also serve breakfast in all the different outlets. Chef Arun Tilak is heading Dishoom Carnaby Street, and he has done a great job in terms of cooking and consistency. The Soho branch of Dishoom is excellent not just for its convenient location; there is also a nice patio where they can easily accommodate few tables. I recently visited Dishoom Carnaby Street; we had a good meal there and the staff are so accommodating. The highlight was their Tandoor preparations and chola bhatura – also for dessert I recommend rabri kulfi.’

Dishoom, various locations


Lahore Kebab House. Rohit says, ‘Lahore Kebab House, located in Whitechapel Place, is an outstanding place for kebabs and curry. They serve fantastic food at unbeatable prices. On the menu they have a wide variety of starters including kebabs and spicy curries. One must try their lamb chops, tikkas and tandoori bread selection. Please take your own booze as they will not serve or sell.’

Lahore Kebab House, 2–10 Umberston Street, E1 1PY


Madhu’s Heathrow. Rohit says, ‘Madhu’s has been offering consistently good traditional Indian food for years. Madhu’s authentic Punjabi cuisine has a Kenyan twist, including secret recipes handed down over four generations. The highlight of the menu are the dishes cooked on the grill and Tandoor. All the classic favourites are on the menu, including aloo tikki, tandoori paneer, robata lamb chop and butter chicken. It would be tough to find a better option than Madhu’s in West London.’

Madhu’s Heathrow, Sheraton Skyline Hotel London Heathrow, Hayes UB3 5BP


[email protected] Rohit says, ‘At [email protected], dishes are inspired by the roadside cafes of North India. The restaurant is located in Maida Vale and opened last month. They redefined this very special niche cuisine with a British twist, creating food to dazzle your taste-buds. I personally like the Chat variety on the menu, Papdi chat and Palak patta chat. Apart from that they have a good selection of authentic Indian curries.’

[email protected], 49 Chippenham Road, W9 2AH


Dastaan. Rohit says, ‘Another superb Indian restaurant in the heart of Epsom, Surrey. Here you will get a wide range of authentic Indian food. When I went there for a proper meal the highlight was Tandoori preparations and breads.This restaurant was opened in late 2016. Sanjay Gour, originally from Mumbai, worked at Gymkhana and Tamarind restaurants group after training with Angela Hartnett at Murano and working as head pastry chef at the Corinthia Hotel. Nand Kishor was Senior Sous Chef at Trishna, and is the head chef here. Sanjay is running the front of house. All in all, both are working hard and the restaurant is doing well – it recently won a Bib Gourmand as well.’

Dastaan, 447 Kingston Road, KT19 0DB