As an authority on London, we feel it’s our duty to alert you to La Porte des Indes, an incredible Indian resto whose unassuming frontage near Marble Arch belies what’s inside. Indeed, we’d have walked right past had it not been for a PR pointing us in the right direction. Inside it’s more temple than tandoor, with sweeping marble staircase, art and antiques adorning walls, and tropical plants and flowers at every turn. Hell, there’s even a waterfall thundering down into the lower floor.
The food, meanwhile, is inspired by Pondicherry – a former French colony in India that dates back to the 19th century – and is overseen by exec chef Mehernosh Mody. Think grills, thalis and curries, together with all the usual rice and rotis as sides. Gorgeous Gallic-inspired numbers, meanwhile, include the tandoori-seared foie gras and the poulet rouge – gently shredded and spiced and something of a house special. Also be sure to sink one of the fresh coconut cocktails, all served in a shell, before you leave.
More date-night than takeaway.