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...Places to dine during Diwali

Date: 14.10.11 Category:

“Fancy a hot and spicy celebration culminating in a climatic firework finale? Well you're in luck – Diwali starts next week.”

A wonderful opportunity to savour Indian cuisine at its finest, many of London's top Indian restaurants have created special tasting menus available exclusively during Diwali. For casual dining at its best, head to Trishna in Marylebone Village for a tasting menu of innovative South Indian coastal cuisine (available 17th – 26th October, from £35 per person). Or to the hip Bombay-style café, Dishoom, where special Diwali feasting menus are available for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike (available 18th – 30th October, from £22.50 per person).

City-based workers might like to celebrate with lunch at Cinnamon Kitchen (four-course Diwali menu available from 17th – 22nd October, £45 per person) or a round of delicious cocktails at Mint Leaf Lounge. And after the success of last year's event, The Cinnamon Club will again play host a Diwali banquet extravaganza of Indian cooking and entertainment with proceeds going to Action Against Hunger.

For a fine dining Diwali experience, Amaya, Tamarind or Benares all deliver Michelin starred Indian cuisine. Or try Veeraswamy, a glamorous restaurant off Regent Street that has been serving authentic Indian dishes to Londoners since 1926.

If you're looking to celebrate somewhere relaxed yet still special, both Moti Mahal and the sleek Mint Leaf Restaurant boast central locations and are well suited to pre-theatre dining. Whereas Chelsea locals are more likely to be seated amongst the leafy surrounds of Chutney Mary's airy conservatory.

It is advised to book ahead when dining during the Diwali  period (17th – 30th October). Be sure to check the Deals page on LadyBlonde.com for special offers exclusively for Lady Blonde readers.

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Trishna

Trishna

Trishna

Restaurant

"Low-key but serving delicious Indian cuisine, Trishna is a charmingly modest restaurant in the heart of Marylebone."

15 -17 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DG

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Dishoom

Dishoom

Restaurant

"A Bombay-style cafe, bustling and atmospheric, Dishoom is a top destination all through the day."

12 Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9FB

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Cinnamon Kitchen

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Cinnamon Kitchen

Restaurant

"The little sister to the renowned Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen is a relaxed City-based alternative."

9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YL

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Mint Leaf Lounge & Restaurant

Mint Leaf Lounge & Restaurant

Restaurant with bar

"Mint Leaf Lounge and Restaurant serves innovative Indian cuisine and boasts one of the largest cocktail bars in the City."

12 Angel Court, London EC2R 7HB

The Cinnamon Club

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The Cinnamon Club

Restaurant

"A great setting for a business lunch, The Cinnamon Club offers modern Indian cuisine in stylishly sophisticated surroundings. "

30 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU

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Amaya

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Amaya

Restaurant

"With an open kitchen, Amaya is a lively but chic and relaxed Indian restaurant."

Halkin Arcade, Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JT

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Tamarind

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Tamarind

Restaurant

"Exquisite Indian cuisine in a fine-dining atmosphere makes Tamarind a popular choice with the Mayfair set."

20 Queen Street, London W1J 5PR

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Benares

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Benares

Restaurant

"Benares offers michelin-starred Indian cuisine in slick surroundings."

12 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6AN

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Veeraswamy

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Veeraswamy

Restaurant

"Well-located off Regent Street, Veeraswamy offers traditional Indian cuisine in opulent surroundings."

Mezzanine Floor, Victory House, 99 Regent Street, London W1B 4RS

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Moti Mahal

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Moti Mahal

Restaurant

"Moti Mahal blends traditional and innovative Indian cuisine in a chic setting in Covent Garden."

45 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AA

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Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar

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Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar

Restaurant

"Smart and sophisticated, Mint Leaf in Piccadilly serves modern Indian cuisine in an atmospheric, contemporary setting. "

Suffolk Place, London SW1Y 4HX

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Chutney Mary

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Chutney Mary

Restaurant

"Make sure you ask for a table in the conservatory - a surprise find on the King's Road."

535 Kings Road, London SW10 0SZ

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