India Dining, luxury Surrey restaurant
6 The Green, Warlingham, Surrey, CR69NA
01883 625 905
As you might gather India Dining, is not in London !!! shock horror I know, Gentlemans Butler venturing further than Chelsea, Knightsbridge or Mayfair …. Well you know what they say about the Great British sense of adventure … It is however on the oyster card so it cannot be that far away. In fact for me I think it took me about 35 minutes from Putney, “so quicker that actually getting into Soho…” Travelling from south west London, it’s a short hop to Clapham Junction and then about 25 minutes on to Upper Warlingham, from which you can either stretch those legs up the hill to where the restaurant is on the edge of the green or grab a quick taxi ride. Its really very pleasant and quite village like.
Why do we head off to have an Indian Meal, and what are we looking for….
To me I think we after a few core things….
Considered by many a national dish, its certainly something you do with a group of friends, to let your hair down, have some tasty food and relax. In fact though the options are endless I always think of Indian Dining as a boy’s night out. Now the older you get it might not be exactly 10 pints of the super cold and an extra hot curry, but a little more, friendly service, a comfortable and not too noisy environment and definitely some tasty nosh…
This is exactly what I did myself. My brother and a good friend of his from school, whom I know well all joined up, coming from different directions for a good catch up.
In all our opinions they got it pretty spot on. The décor was not necessarily what I would chosen for my pied de Terre off Eton Square but in many ways I would not want it to be. In fact the choice of the bright pink moose head on the wall brought a wry smile to my face, and something I think the restaurant should start on their website, getting guests to take pictures of themselves next to the mooses head.
We arrived to a warm welcome, seated and started with a good pint of Cobra. The place was nicely busy so there was a gentle buzz without feeling you were in the middle of a nightclub.
They are very proud of what the critics say about being the best in Surrey, and the fact they have been awarded 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence gives some good backing to these claims.
After a little time mulling over the menu, we all opted for their Tasting Menu
Poppadom Basket with homemade chutneys
Tandoori almond chicken tikka marinated in cardamom and cream,
Home smoked tandoori salmon in a mustard and chilli marinade,
North Indian style lamb kebab in chilli and coriander
– Intervening Course
– Main Course (to share)
Delhi style chicken tikka morsels creamed tomato and fenugreek emulsion
Rajaasthani style firey hot lamb curry
Tiger Prawns in a moilee sauce consisting of coconut, lemon and a hint of chilli
Fresh leaf spinach & mushrooms sautéed in garlic
Coriander infused mash potato
Assorted naan basket
Homemade Gulub Jamun
Ice Cream – Flavour Of The Month
Passion Fruit Crème Brulee
That sounds like a lot of food and it was, but I did not leave feeling I needed to go another size up with my trouser size, meaning that in general I always feel that this is a good reflection of the quality of the food. The ingredients are organic, bought market-fresh daily, fully traceable and locally sourced where possible with Venison from Kent Downs, beef from Rose County Lancashire, free range eggs and their seafood from Upstream Seafoods in Croydon who supply to many upmarket and many more. This is fantastic to see and you can certainly see and taste the results.
With a quick look at train times, a good coffee, I was dropped off at the station and back home in a little over half an hour.
We were all without exception impressed by the quality and taste of food, found the staff friendly and the atmosphere highly convivial.
In all a perfect restaurant to enjoy with friends and family and have no hesitation in highly recommending it and as they change their menu monthly its somewhere you can return to to find new tastes of india.