As one of the most diverse cities in the UK, you’re never too far away from a scrumptious and flavoursome curry. Following the Leicester Curry Awards 2019, which took place earlier this year we began thinking of all the wonderful places to grab a delectable curry. It’s not as simple as it sounds since there is so much to choose from in the city. Luckily for you we like to make your life a little easier and have compiled a list of curry houses that have lip-smacking menus that pack a punch and boast amazing atmospheres.

Chutney Ivy Indian Restaurant & Bar

Not only is Chutney Ivy a superb restaurant, but it’s situated in the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, making it the perfect place before or after the theatre. The restaurant even has a specially created pre/post theatre banquet created for avid theatre goers! All meals are cooked in an open plan kitchen which just adds to the ambience of your experience.  

Paddy’s Marten Inn

Did you know Paddy’s Marten Inn had Jamie Oliver knocking at its door in his ‘Jamie’s Great Britain’ programme? The restaurant is situated in an unassuming building along an equally unassuming side street…but don’t let that fool you! It’s been voted Pub/Restaurant of the Year at Leicester Curry Awards 2019 making it three years running. They have a long tradition of cooking and preparing traditional Indian delicacies for generations, with over 170 dishes on the menu including a selection of starters, from meat to seafood and vegetarian dishes with everything cooked to order. A terrific atmosphere, great value, bold flavours and first-class service!

Mumbai Inn

The Mumbai Inn is an authentic Indian and Nepalese restaurant boasting cuisine using spices you’ll only find in the Himalayan mountains. With such attention to detail it’s no wonder they’ve been selected as Restaurant of the Year 2019 at Leicester’s Curry Awards. They are located a short walk away from the train station and makes the ideal place to eat if you’re catching a show at nearby  De Montfort Hall, just around the corner.

Lilu Cuisine

Lilu is an Indian Fine Dining Restaurant located on High Cross Street in the city and started as a dream and an ambition to serve great family recipes passed down from generations. Not only is the food to die for but the setting and atmosphere will make for a night to remember. You’ll experience contemporary and relaxed surroundings with service that is second to none!

Shimla Pinks

Shimla Pinks is a contemporary Delhi themed restaurant with a unique theatre style kitchen and stylish décor. Fine Delhi cuisine from top professional chefs with generations of experience who only use spices that are fresh and free from artificial flavours and preservatives. Probably why they were voted the Best Restaurant of the Year at last year’s Leicester Curry Awards.


Whoever said vegetarian food was boring and bland hasn’t visited Herb on Granby Street. Flavoursome and aromatic vegetarian food cooked by Kerala born and bred chefs that bring a taste of Southern India to Leicester. The food is only cooked in coconut oil which means you don’t need to feel guilty if you’re watching your waistline! Have you tried The Business Lunch Thali? It’s great value at only £5.95 and with so much food you’ll have to visit on an empty stomach! For all the meat-eaters out there, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out Herb’s long-standing sister restaurant Kayal. It’s only a short walk up the road, and offers the same quirky South Indian food including seafood and authentic backwater cuisine.

Spice Bazaar

If you’re looking for a great evening out with delicious Indian Cuisine and an extensive menu including Tawa dishes and great vegetarian options, then look no further than Spice Bazaar on Welford Road. Voted Best Fine Dining Restaurant at the Leicester Curry Awards, they pride themselves on strict attention to detail and use only the freshest of produce sourced locally and only from trusted suppliers. The chefs are some of the best in the business producing mouth-watering curries you won’t forget in a hurry!


Santhi restaurant offers traditional recipes from the coconut lined coast of Malabar to the spice laden ports of Madras and Jaffna, combined with a bit of Manchuria and Szechuan style for that oriental-bling-finish. Add in an army of trained, experienced chefs and the result: truly authentic, delicious dishes that wouldn’t be out of place in South India and Sri Lanka.

New additions

We’re so pleased to welcome not just one new Indian restaurant to Leicester, but three!


Renowned celebrity chef Cyrus Todiwala brings Tandem to Leicester. A truly multi-sensory experience offering a feast of unique dishes alongside exquisite décor. Inspired to become a chef by his mother’s unforgettable cooking which has now led to 42 years working with food. He’s cooked for royalty, presidents, international celebrities and you may have seen him as a guest on Saturday Kitchen and BBC Radio 4 Programme.


Mowgli is all about how Indians eat at home and on the streets. Founder Nisha Katona had the idea to build an eatery that had simple dishes packed with fresh flavours. The newly opened restaurant has located to St. Martin’s Square.

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Yet another addition to Leicester is Tamatanga. Real homely food in a casual and laid- back atmosphere and fresh food with local ingredients. No nasty additives or shortcuts and each dish being made as the order comes through.

So there you have it… a run-down of some of the best Indian restaurants in the city of Leicester. This is by no means a definitive list! We’d love for you to let us know if you think we’ve missed anyone!

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