Kanishka

4.3
165 reviews
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Kanishka in the heart of Mayfair focusses on the unexplored cuisine from seven sisters of India - THE NORTHEAST which is - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura & Sikkim.

It has a food culture that is as vibrant as its heritage and as beautiful as its people. From lanes packed with humble carts serving speciality dishes, to rows of eateries that overflow onto roads, the streets of Northeast India are a gastronomic kaleidoscope.

It is our humble attempt to bring this enchanting cuisine & culture in the heart of Mayfair through our experimental yet honest cooking at Kanishka.

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Kanishka Tasting Menu £78pp £125 per person with pairing wines

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 15 March 2019

Ends: 1 September 2019

Availability: Sun 17:30-22:45
Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 17:30-22:45

Set Lunch Menu £28: 2 courses/£32 for 3 courses

From a set menu. Not Valid on 16th June lunchtime.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 15 March 2019

Ends: 1 September 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30

Set Dinner Menu £28: 2 courses/£32 for 3 courses

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 15 March 2019

Ends: 1 September 2019

Availability: Daily 17:30-18:30

1,000-Point Tables

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Daily 12:00PM - 2:45PM 5:30PM - 10:45PM

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KF
London
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice upmarket Indian cuisine.

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S
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I would recommend for the food and service
Not sure you have the correct music
Or level of music
We had ask the manger to lower the volume
Felt we where sitting in a bar rather than fine dining restaurant

Kanishka
Responded 2 days ago

Dear rajS, Many thanks for taking your time to leave us a review. We will pass on your comments to our General Manager and Head Chef for full review. Please be assured we are committed to working hard to improve and we do hope we can welcome you back to Kanishka in the future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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IP
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere! Nice twist to normal “Indian” food!

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S
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a loverly lunch here, food and service was very good

Loved the passion fruit cocktail as well

Thanks for all

Kanishka
Responded 2 days ago

Dear Scamp, Thank you so much for taking your time to leave such a lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed everything, Atul's Passion Fruit Martini is a favourite of many! We look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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LP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We loved the 2 starters, but we were disappointed with the main courses. The Tikka with Marzano was initially a taste sensation but we'd had enough of it after eating a few mouthfuls, it was too much, too rich and the rice wasn't enough to balance it. We found that everything was too rich and creamy. The Raita, full fat and heavy. The black Dahl, too creamy and thin in texture and salty. The bread basket too buttery. It was a coronary on a plate and we couldn't finish it. I ordered the mixed grill, the lamb chop was tender and tasty but I didn't think the mixture of fish and meat was great. My cocktail was lovely- baked apple sour. For someone with an eye on health, this is not for you, for others it's probably great. We won't go back.

Kanishka
Responded 2 days ago

Dear LadyParticular, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review and we are really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the dining experience at our restaurant. We will pass on your comments to our General Manager and Head Chef for full review. Please be assured we are committed to working hard to improve and we do hope we can welcome you back to Kanishka in the future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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p
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A couple of hiccups:- our choice of wines chosen from the extensive list was not available - not a massive problem but we had chosen a spicy wine to match the spicy food- the alternative we were offered was a nice wine but not as well matched as our original choice. also our waiter dribbled a few pounds worth of it onto the table cloth, also not a huge problem, but in a high end restaurant with a reasonably expensive bottle of wine....
Now onto the food,We had the tasting menu, (one veggie), and both were absolutely delicious. Some really tasty dishes, and all served and described beautifully.
Some innovative flavours as well as some traditional choices - I had the goat curry as one of my courses and it was amazing!
We would love to try again.

Kanishka
Responded 2 days ago

Dear pocketrocket, Many thanks for taking your time to leave us a review regarding the experience you received with us here at Kanishka. We are really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the whole experience. We will pass on your comments to our General Manager and Head Chef for full review. Please be assured we are committed to working hard to improve and we do hope we can welcome you back to Kanishka in the future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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JH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best Indian restaurant in London, the food is amazing.

Kanishka
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks JayH, what an amazing comment! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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I
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

We chose the tasting menu and matching wines. All courses were good. The main course (venison and goat curry) was really good. Some of the entrees lacked interest for me. The quality of the matching wines was good but it was clear the waiting team knew nothing about them other than the general patter. Any questions on the wines were met with blank expressions. The service was efficient and friendly. We were sat downstairs which was lacking in any atmosphere on what was half full on a Friday night. The plants on the ceiling make it claustrophobic for me and the interior designers should be sacked for the 1980s decor.

Overall, pretty underwhelming despite the generally good food and certainly not worth the prices being charged. There are much more exciting, fun places to dine in Central London for this money.

Kanishka
Responded 2 days ago

Dear Ianb, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review and we are really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the dining experience at our restaurant. We will pass on your comments to our General Manager and Head Chef for full review. Please be assured we are committed to working hard to improve and we do hope we can welcome you back to Kanishka in the future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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MF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Having been to Atul Kochar’s restaurants before, we were keen to try this one when we saw it on open table. We were so impressed by the decor , we felt comfortable, the food was outstanding as was the service. Ten out of ten for Phoebe who made us feel so welcome, we will definitely recommend to everyone!

Kanishka
Responded 2 days ago

Dear MirandaF, Thankyou so much for taking your time to leave such a lovely review regarding the experience you had with us here at Kanishka. We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we will be sure to pass on all your comments to the whole team especially Phoebe! We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future! Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

SUPERB! Atul lived up to expectations and more - we'll be back

Kanishka
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for taking your time to leave such a great review! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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FN
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

I did put down it was for a birthday but it wasn’t acknowledged by the restaurant or any special treat for it sadly which I feel reflects lack of attention to detail and customer service. Also lobster thermidor which I was really looking forward to was not available sadly.

Kanishka
Responded 2 days ago

Dear FatimaN, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review and we are really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy the dining experience at our restaurant. We will pass on your comments to our General Manager and Head Chef for full review. Please be assured we are committed to working hard to improve and we do hope we can welcome you back to Kanishka in the future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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DM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and experience. We had the taster menu with wines. Great experience and also got to meet the great man himself who took the time to speak to us and have a picture. Highly recommend.

Kanishka
Responded on 3 July 2019

Dear Dipesh, Thank you so much for taking your time to leave such a wonderful review regarding the experience you received with us here at Kanishka. The Tasting menu is an amazing way for the guest to sit back and relax whilst Kanishka take you through a journey of delicious dishes all cooked in their own way. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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PL
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, lovely staff and great social but relaxed atmosphere

Kanishka
Responded on 3 July 2019

Thanks PatrickL! We are so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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ML
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We have been to Benares on a couple of occasions so when we heard that Atul had opened up Kanishka, we knew we had to try it and we loved the experience. From the staff, through to the amazing food, all was wonderful and we would definitely return to try more dishes. We had the tasting menu and felt that the goat curry was the star of the show. We loved the idea of the Sunday "no waste" lunch and are planning to bring along a couple of our granddaughters as they are create Indian food lovers. Thanks for such a lovely evening. We'll be back ............

Kanishka
Responded on 3 July 2019

Thank you so much MaggieL for leaving such a wonderful review regarding the experience you enjoyed with us here at Kanishka. We are so happy you enjoyed everything. The delicious Goat curry is a favourite of many! Zero waste lunches which take place on every last Sunday of the month are an exciting way to try dishes that you would never usually see on the A la Carte menu. If you are still interested, please head to 'Eventbrite' to buy tickets. Thanks again! Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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IE
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic! My friends and I had looked forward to the trip for a few weeks and we were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived until we left we were looked after so well. The bar area was large enough for a quick drink before the meal, the seating was comfortable and the whole feel of the place was excellent. The staff were knowledgeable, friendly and above all very professional. We will go back, 100%. Thank you for a fantastic eating experience.

Kanishka
Responded on 3 July 2019

Dear IanE, Many thanks for taking your time to leave such a lovely review regarding the experience you received here with us at Kanishka. We are so glad you enjoyed everything! We will be sure to pass on all your wonderful comments to the whole team. It's reviews like yours that make our day! We look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous tasting menu and also noticed a variety of other main dishes which looked superb.

Kanishka
Responded on 3 July 2019

Thanks so much Steven for taking your time to leave such a lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future for more delicious dishes! Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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SB
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night, with amazing food, the level of service was outstanding

Kanishka
Responded on 3 July 2019

Thanks SaraB! We are so glad you enjoyed everything. Its reviews like yours that make our day! We look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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FE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was very delicious although I wouldn’t say special - perhaps expected a bit more from an Atul Kochar restaurant.
The ambience was not bad. A lot of greenery hanging from the ceiling in the basement but I would say a bit too dark down their. There wasn’t really much of a buzz either.
Despite it not being very full when we were there, the service was quite poor. First our order for one of our appetisers was wrong, but they professionally dealt with that. Then when we finished and asked for the bill, it took about 20minutes to get despite multiple reminders and seeing our waiter go to several other tables before us. There was no apology at all, and in fact they made it seem like we were bothering them.
Price is as one would probably expect for the quality of food, but would expect more from the service.
Overall a nice meal, but could definitely be fine-tuned!

Kanishka
Responded on 3 July 2019

Dear FouE, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review and we are really sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy the dining experience at our restaurant. We will pass on your comments to our General Manager and Head Chef for full review. Please be assured we are committed to working hard to improve and we hope we can welcome you back to again in the future. Kind Regards, The Kanishka Team

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S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Ate from the set price menu early on a Thursday evening, set price menus can be a little stingey on portions but not so at Kanishka , good size and really fabulous food. venison Keema in particular was excellent, not overly spicy but the chilli level was spot on. Momos and the new potato and broad bean choot starters were terrific, fresh and tasty.
Service was excellent, great meal, recommended

Kanishka
Responded on 3 July 2019

Dear Stonecold, Thank you so much for taking your time to leave such a lovely review regarding the experience you had with us here at Kanishka. We are so glad you enjoyed everything. Our set menu is a great way to have a small snippet of what fabulous food we have to offer here at Kanishka. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future! Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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N
Buckinghamshire
12 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A very pleasant lunch with friends, delicious food, waiters attentive without being intrusive. Did have to ask for the music to be turned down which was done instantly.

Kanishka
Responded on 3 July 2019

Dear Number1fan, Many thanks for taking your time to leave us a review regarding your visit to Kanishka. We are so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food - we were salivating after every mouthful! Great friendly service in very pretty surroundings- lovely cocktails too!

Kanishka
Responded on 3 July 2019

Dear Anonymous, Many thanks for taking your time to leave such lovely review regarding the experience you had with us here at Kanishka. We are so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in the near future! Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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BC
London
24 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Probably the best curry I’ve ever had in a restaurant.

Kanishka
Responded on 3 July 2019

Thanks BrendanC! We are so glad you enjoyed everything. we will be sure to pass on all your comments to the whole team. We look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in the near future for more delicious curries! Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service and food. Extensive choice and variety. Wine list good and moderately priced. Can’t wait to return soon

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HP
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

The ambience downstairs is not great. Very loud air conditioning and not as busy and atmospheric as the upstairs.

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AZ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We purchased three Time out vouchers for a 5-course sharing menu that costed 30 GBP pounds each, but received the same amount of food with the two diners at the next table who had the same offer. The food was tasty and the ambience was enjoyable, however we felt that overall this offer was not good value for the money we paid.

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SD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Beautifully cooked food. Great choice of cocktails and drinks. Pleasant staff and lovely decor. Would visit again.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Was good, not exceptional.
Enjoyed Benares much more, and other Indian restaurants are doing better than this turned out to be.
The butter chicken was nice, but a bit too sweet and not enough depth in flavour.
The dessert - no idea how that even made it onto the menu!!! It was a mix of two desserts that don’t really need to go into one dish. The Kulcha was odd.

Kanishka
Responded on 22 June 2019

Dear Anonymous, Many thanks for taking your time to leave a review regarding your experience with us. We will be sure to pass on all your comments to the whole team for a full review. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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FH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful ambience. right level of service-not intrusive but efficient and polite. Food was superb

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SF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Food and service were both excellent. Atul took the time to come to our table to check we were happy with everything.
Looking foward to going back.

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FF
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, super attentive and welcoming staff. Will definitely be visiting again and would recommend.

Kanishka
Responded on 15 June 2019

Dear FiyinF, Thank for you taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We look forward to seeing you back soon. Warm Regards, The Kanishka Team

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W
London
20 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and service, attentive but not overbearing. The whole place exudes quality.

Kanishka
Responded on 22 June 2019

Dear Wrightys, Many thanks for taking your time to leave a lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed everything. We look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in the near future.

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LM
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second visit. Plan another repeat visit in July.
Superb food. Good wines, including very reasonably priced selection.
Outstanding service: a brilliant combination of efficiency and friendliness.
We enjoyed the three course lunch. It was delicious.

Kanishka
Responded on 22 June 2019

Dear LizM, Thank you so much for taking your time to leave such a wonderful review regarding your whole experience with us here at Kanishka. We are so glad you enjoyed everything, and thank you so much for your return! We will be sure to pass on all your lovely comments to the Whole team. We look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in July. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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t
London
7 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant
Food fabulous
Service great
Highly recommend

Kanishka
Responded on 22 June 2019

Dear timr, Many thanks for leaving such lovely words regarding your visit to Kanishka. We will be sure to pass on all your comments to the whole team. We look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka to enjoy more in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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DC
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We went to Kanishka for my wife's birthday and it was an excellent evening.

We had a lovely table for 4 (I have seen reviews saying the tables are too small but ours was fine), the food was outstanding and the staff were all so friendly. We were made to feel very welcome by everyone from the moment we walked in.

Yes it is quite expensive but it's a restaurant in Mayfair serving outstanding food from a well known chef. If that's not your thing then probably don't book it. We thought it was excellent and as a birthday treat exactly what we hoped for. Stand out dishes include the chicken tikka pie, scallops, soft shell crab and goat curry. The thing I really liked is how different the menu and the dishes are from anything I have seen before and the quality was superb.

Will definitely be coming back.

Kanishka
Responded on 22 June 2019

Dear DaveC, Thank you so much for taking your time to leave such a wonderful review regarding the whole experience you enjoyed with us here at Kanishka. We take pride on making sure our guests are comfortable and happy from the moment we welcome you through the doors. We will be sure to pass on all your lovely comments to the whole team. We look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in the near future to enjoy more delicious dishes! Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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AB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Lamb starter was amazing

Drinks very reasonably priced

Kanishka
Responded on 22 June 2019

Dear AmberB, Many thanks for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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JH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food was amazing, the starters and mains were excellent. It would have been perfect if they had a decent Indian drinks list, surprisingly they did not serve Masala Chai. Will be booking again very soon.

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RH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Did the Timeout deal which offered great value for money - so much food we couldn't finish and all very delicious.

Kanishka
Responded on 22 June 2019

Dear RebeccaH, Many thanks for taking your time to leave us a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us here at Kanishka. The Timeout deal has proven to be a popular favorite of many! We look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in the near future to try other delicious dishes we have on offer. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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RE
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food worthy of Atuls reputation, however I found the restaurant interior cheaply decorated and somewhat canteen like in appearance. Tables far too small for the multiple dishes that constitute an enjoyable Indian meal.

Kanishka
Responded on 22 June 2019

Dear RichardE, Many thanks for taking your time to leave a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your food. We will be sure to pass on all your comments to the whole team. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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MQ
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really nice gem hidden around the busy shopping streets of London. I would recommend the mango lassi, was definitely worth the calories. I’d come here again, very pretty decor lovely service, they literally come every 10 minutes to check if you’re okay, they could probably do that less if I’m honest. But you feel like you’re being looked after. Food is great, presentation is fantastic. Highly recommend.

Kanishka
Responded on 22 June 2019

Dear MariQ, Many thanks for taking your time to leave such lovely review regarding your experience with us here at Kanishka. We are so glad you enjoyed everything and will be sure to pass on all your comments to the whole team. We look forward to welcoming you back to Kanishka in the near future. Kind regards, The Kanishka Team

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DL
London
71 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, service to match and the wine list is reasonable.
Only issue would be the size of the tables. You can’t get all the food, wine and water on tables that small. Impossible-change the tables and you have a winner.

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