Dine out for Diwali at these top London restaurants

Celebrate the Hindu festival of light with special dishes, events and tasting menus at some of London’s top Indian restaurants.

Gymkhana

From 30th October, JKS Restaurants will start a month-long celebration to mark the group’s 10-year anniversary and 5 years of Gymkhana. The restaurant’s exterior will be decorated with exotic flower curtains and sparkling lights, while their chefs will be serving a six-course Diwali tasting menu. Dishes include seafood pepper fry, tandoori masala lamb chop and boti kebab, and guinea fowl biryani with pomegranate and mint raita.

The Diwali tasting menu will be available from 5-9th November, leading up to an candlelit feast on Saturday 10th November. It’s priced at £85 or £80 for the vegetarian option.

Jamavar

On 4th November, Jamavar is hosting a ‘Suits & Sarees’ dinner, featuring a decadent six-course Diwali feast. Drawing on the custom of wearing new and beautiful clothes for Diwali, guests will be encouraged to dress to impress. The restaurant itself will be adorned with candles and lights to signify the triumph over evil and darkness which is at the heart of the Diwali festivities.

The lavish tasting menu will include Tellicherry pepper and garlic soft shell crab, Adraki spiced lamb chops, and the restaurant’s famous murgh makhani (butter chicken). Diners with a sweet tooth can look forward to a trio of desserts: gulab jamun, coconut and white chocolate kulfi, and khubani ka meetha (a sweet made with dried apricots).

The Diwali menu is priced at £70 or £65 for the vegetarian option, with an optional whisky or wine pairing available for £60 per head

The Cinnamon Club

Why not celebrate in style at Vivek Singh’s multi-award-winning restaurant in St. James’s? Set in the former Old Westminster Library, the elegant dining room is the perfect backdrop for Vivek’s contemporary Indian cuisine. For Diwali, the restaurant is serving a four-course set menu which includes Bengali-style crab cutlets with lime pickle mayonnaise, tandoori salmon with green pea relish, and rack of Romney Marsh lamb with a nutmeg and peppercorn sauce.

The Diwali set menu is priced at £50pp and is available from 29th October to 11th November.

Trishna

Trishna has five days of Diwali festivities planned, including feast menus, bespoke cocktails, and a candlelit dinner on Saturday 10th November. Make your way through the installation of lights and exotic flowers for a celebratory meal to remember. The six-course tasting menu includes popular dishes from Indian’s south-west coast, such as Koliwada squid and shrimp, Hariyali bream, and meen manga curry with hake, mango and tamarind.

The Diwali tasting menus at Trishna are available from 5-9th November.

Flora Indica

Situated on Old Brompton Road, Flora Indica specialises in modern Indian small plates and creative cocktails. For Diwali, they’re offering a four-course menu that includes a Flora Fizz cocktail on arrival. If you like the sound of slow-braised lamb rogan josh or monkfish and king prawn with Bengali malai curry sauce, book your table today.

The Diwali menu is priced at £45 and is available from 5-11th November.

Benares

Benares is celebrating the Festival of Lights with a display of brightly coloured flowers and candles surrounding a statue draped in silk scarves. These scarves will be gifted to ladies dining in the restaurant. At lunchtime, diners can enjoy a special thali which includes lamb rogan josh and tandoori sea bass for the meat eaters and kadai paneer and spiced baby aubergine for vegetarians.

The Diwali thali is priced at £27 (veg) or £29 (non-veg) and is available from 29th October until 9th November.

Chokhi Dhani

Bringing Indian fine dining from Rajasthan to south-west London, Chokhi Dhani offers a sophisticated setting for your Diwali celebrations. From 1-11th November, diners can enjoy traditional vegetarian dishes such as paneer kofta in a rich cashew nut sauce, tamarind pickled rice, and a sharing platter of vegetable fritters.

Dishoom x Dinerama

Dishoom have teamed up with Street Feast to host a special Diwali celebration at Dinerama, complete with street food and live music, spoken word, and poetry from British Asian artists. There will be vegetarian dishes from Club Mexicana, Fundi Pizza and more, plus a huge jackfruit biryani and pau bhaji provided by Dishoom. £1 from every ticket will be donated to Seeds of Peace, a charity helping teenagers from regions of conflict learn the skills of making peace.

Tuesday 30th October, 6pm-10.30pm. Tickets, priced at £8, include entry, chai and mithai (Indian sweets).