Looking to celebrate the Festival of Lights in London? We pick out some of the best Diwali menus and specials in London.
8 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4BP
2-6 November 2021
For Diwali, this pan-Indian restaurant is putting on a special platter. It's £35 for two and includes Paneer, Soya, Sweet Corn and Green Kebab.
Soho and Covent Garden
1-7 November 2021
After its success last Diwali, the Fat Pundit team are bringing back their The Lady Kenny for this year's festivities. Inspired by the Bengali sweet ledikeni - it's made by frying chenna and flour moulds in oil or ghee, which is then sweetened in sugar syrup.
2-5 November 2021
If vegetarian and Vegan homestyle Gujarati food is your thing, then make a note of the diwali treats that Gujarati Rasoi is putting on for Diwali. There are two sweets - gulab jamun and shrikhand served with puri. Both are available for delivery and all Diwali orders made from 2-5 November will be sent out with free chevdo.
Until 7 November 2021
Dishoom's Diwali celebrations at Brick Lane may have sold out but they also have a Diwali special on, the brand-new Jackfruit Nihari. It features savoury and spicy jackfruit, served with a soft onion and sesame seed naan.
12a Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BS
4 November 2021
Michelin-starred Benares is all ready to kick off Diwali festivities with a special eight-course vegetarian tasting menu this year. Dishes include Masala Kachori Pumpkin Curry; Paneer Tikka Willington; and Sealed and Baked Golden Kofta in Rich Cashew Nut along with truffle shorba. Bookings on Diwali itself will get a free gift of sweets to take home with them.
42 N Audley St, London W1K 6ZP
When: 4-6 November 2021
Chet Sharma, Chef Patron at the newly opened BiBi in Mayfair, has created a duck sharing feast to celebrate Diwali. His menu uses free-range Creedy Carver ducks from Devon and features confit duck leg shammi kebab, duck heart ghutwas kebab served in a milk bun, and a duck crown with awadhi brown sauce. It's £95 for two. Book by emailing email@example.com, 48 hours in advance.
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR
When: 1-6 November 2021
Brigadiers are putting a vintage Bollywood take on Diwali this year. Their five-course Diwali Feasts include the maharaja chicken biryani as the centrepiece along with smoked pumpin thepla, duck samosa chaat and more. The terrace will be filled with lanterns and - on the night itself - they'll have a DJ playing.
9 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YL
When: 2 November 2021
Raju Ramachandran, Head Chef of Cinnamon Kitchen City, is bringing in Surendra Nathawat, Senior Sous Chef of The Cinnamon Club, to mark the Festival of Lights. Their 12-dish collaboration menu includes Sri Lankan style chicken curry with pandan leaf and spices, Tandoori rabbit tikka with soola spices and Kolkata style king prawn biryani with pomegranate raita. Tickets cost £65 per person and include a welcome drink.
Holborn Town Hall, 193-197 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD
When: 1-6 November 2021
This newly-opened restaurant in Holborn is celebrating its first London Diwali with a five-course menu featuring Malabar fish or paneer tikka and culminating with rose gulab jamun with gold leaf. Five courses are £55.
42 Albemarle St, London W1S 4JH
1-7 November 2021
After the fire and the pandemic, this will be Gymkhana's first Diwali for three years. So they're going big with a limited-edition six course Diwali Tasting Menu with delights such as Beetroot Raj Kachori and Tamarina, Sev on offer along with the restaurant's signatures dishes Kid Goat Methi Keema and Muntjac Biryani. The feast ends with a chocolate box and a giftbag to take home.
8 Mount Street, London W1K 2NF
When: 3-5 November 2021
Jamavar are having a series of candlelit feasts in collaboration with Jo Loves the fragrance company from Jo Malone CBE. Culinary Director Surender Mohan has come up with a three-course feast he calls the ‘Trio of Love, Luck & Light’ which will be served with diners surrounded by Jo Loves candles. With wine pairing, the menu is £99 per person. Book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
15-17 Blandford St, London W1U 3DG
When: 1-7 November 2021
Head to Marylebone for Trishna's six-course Celebratory Feast for Diwali with live music from sitar-player, Baluji Shrivastav and a feasting menu that includes Tandoori Soya Chops and Mallard Chutney Seekh.
New delivery website Diaspo is all about promoting home cooks and they've got plenty of Diwali treats you can order to be sent out to friends and family.
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