Restaurant Review: Kennington Tandoori, Kennington in London
A popular local curry house close to Kennington tube station, Kennington Tandoori dishes up Indian favourites with contemporary twists to a loyal south London and celebrity crowd. Opening back in 1985 when the Indian food scene started to become popular in the UK, Kennington Tandoori has been recognised by the Michelin Guide 2019 with a concept that where tradition meets a friendly ethos.
Recently giving its menu a refresh to keep up with the competitive London restaurant scene, new dishes to be found at Kennington Tandoori include a nut free chicken korma (that keeps nut allergies in mind and also doesn’t compromise on flavour), a tiger prawn mustard malai curry, goan fisherman’s curry, and a bombay parsi chicken dansak. These join a collection of newly adapted lighter versions of favourites – the Delhi chicken tikka masala infused with saffron and turmeric to give the chicken its authentic colour, a tarka daal as and the restaurant’s signature mixed grill.
Taking a slightly different approach to most Indian eateries, the owner of Kennington Tandoori – Dr. Kowsar Hoque is setting his restaurant apart by developing a concept that is health conscious, creating new dishes without cream and nuts to create lighter meals that are locally sourced and focus on flavour and cultural origin. The salt marsh lamb is sourced from speciality farmers and butchers in Kent, whilst the chicken is British sourced.
Designed to complement the new dishes on the menu is Kennington Tandoori’s cocktail menu. A signature mix includes a unique blend of saffron gin mixed with tonic water and served over ice with a slice of lime, or the favourite lychee martini. These signature cocktails join the extensive gin collection already on offer, with new guest gins featuring regularly on the menu. There is also a wide selection of wines and beers.
Combining high-standard comfort dining that brings together friends and family, Kennington Tandoori has been featured in J K Rowling’s new book and is famous for being David Cameron’s last supper. The restaurant is ideally located just over the river from Parliament and is a firm favourite with the UK’s political leaders and has been mentioned during Prime Ministers Question Time. Regular guests include: Boris Johnson, Ann Widdecombe, John Prescott, George Osborne, Kenneth Clarke and Jeremy Hunt.
A celebrity haunt that also attracts a loyal crowd of locals, Kennington Tandoori offers a mix of lighter and traditional favourites paired with a competitive cocktail menu that allows the restaurant to adapt to a variety of guests. This January the restaurant is also offering a special vegan and vegetarian menu in light of Veganuary and January detoxing in mind.
This special limited-edition menu includes sweetcorn and mushroom tak-a-tin – stir fried in a wok with tangy onion and tomato; amritsar chickpea masala gently cooked in Indian tea with onions and tomato as well as spinach & fenugreek pakoras – lightly spiced crisp parcels of fresh fenugreek and spinach with a tangy tamarind dressing.
Address: 313 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4QE, kenningtontandoori.com