The Curry Room at The Rubens at The Palace Hotel – the closest hotel to Buckingham Palace – offers an upmarket take on the humble curry
London isn’t short of good curry houses, but when a 5-star luxury hotel opens an ‘authentic Indian restaurant’, we just have to go.
The Rubens at The Palace Hotel, which recently underwent a multi-million-pound refurbishment, launched The Curry Room in June, serving a three-course set menu by Chef Arun Kumar that blends Indian and South African flavours.
The menu starts with a selection of keema samoosa’s alongside poppadums with lime pickle, mango chutney and mint raita. The second course requires a little decision making: you can choose from a bevy of different curries, or similar dishes, and nearly every dish comes from a different part of India.
I ordered the chicken and prawn curry from western India, while my friend got the Bengal fish curry from the east. The main course comes with rice, bread and lentils, which were a bit on the spicy side.
We paired the food with a bottle of Bouchard Finlayson Blanc de Mer from the hotel’s sister vineyard in South Africa. Refreshing with a hint of green apple and melon, it was a fantastic recommendation by our waiter Mohan, who provided outstanding service throughout.
Make sure to save room for dessert. The portions don’t look overwhelmingly large when they arrive, but we soon filled up. Choose from four options, including vanilla cheesecake, made using the The Rubens at The Palace Hotel owner’s recipe, and kulfi ice cream. I went for the vanilla cheesecake, and it didn’t disappoint. A traditional Indian masala chai ended the meal superbly.
The food is phenomenal and the dining experience is complemented by the traditional Indian prints and Rajasthani hand embroideries that make up the restaurant’s interior.
The food is phenomenal and the dining experience is complemented by the traditional Indian prints and Rajasthani hand embroideries that make up the restaurant’s interior
Most nights there is also live jazz music upstairs in the New York Bar, which drifts downstairs to The Curry Room, adding to the vibe. Plus, both the New York Bar and the Leopard Bar are good spots for pre and/or post-meal drinks, should you not want your evening to end.
If you are looking for a classier, more authentic Indian meal, The Curry Room provides that experience. The combination of extraordinary dishes, a comfortable environment and hospitable service certainly puts it up there among London’s best Indian restaurants.
39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria SW1W 0PS; rubenshotel.com