Imli - Indian Tapas

167-169 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 8WR

It was more or less inevitable that Indian cuisine should pick up on tapas - after all what is Mumbai street food but a form of tapas? At Imli, run by the same team that operates Tamarind, a more homely, less formal version of Indian food is the vogue. Its other major virtue is that a wider choice of tastes and flavours is immediately available, either hot or cold. Whatever you have ordered is brought to your table in one fell swoop, and courses as such cease to exist. Generally three items per head are reckoned to be the equivalent of a two course meal, but the choice is entirely yours. Many order crispy papadums and homemade chutney to keep the pangs at bay as they work though the menu making their selections.

It was more or less inevitable that Indian cuisine should pick up on tapas - after all what is Mumbai street food but a form of tapas? At Imli, run by the same team that operates Tamarind, a more homely, less formal version of Indian food is the vogue. Its other major virtue is that a wider choice of tastes and flavours is immediately available, either hot or cold. Whatever you have ordered is brought to your table in one fell swoop, and courses as such cease to exist.

Generally three items per head are reckoned to be the equivalent of a two course meal, but the choice is entirely yours. Many order crispy papadums and homemade chutney to keep the pangs at bay as they work though the menu making their selections. Amongst the cold choices look for papdi chaat, whole wheat crisps and bean sprouts with vermicelli, sweet yoghurt and mint chutney, or grilled paneer and broccoli marinated with pickling spices, cream cheese and cooked to perfection. Moving on to the hot, a delightful experience is samosa chaat, vegetable samosa topped with chickpeas, yoghurt, tamarind and mint chutneys, and spicy chicken satay, chicken marinated in house blend of spices, served with salad and beetroot chutney.

Desserts could include gulab jamun, milk dumplings served with fig and ginger ice cream, or carrot fudge made with carrots, melon seeds and raisins served with ice cream.

It is customary to find an Indian nouvelle restaurant with an ample list of exotic cocktails and Imli is no exception, served with enthusiasm and precision. The customary list of quality beers, spirits and fruit beverages is extended by a limited range of wines, several from south of the Equator.

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Café, Indian

: 12:00 - 23:00
: 12:00 - 10:00

Reservations: 020 7287 4243

167-169 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 8WR [Map]

£12.00    £29.00

(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)

REVIEWS OF Imli - Indian Tapas

Niki Bhatia (29 December 2010)

We went to Imli just before Christmas and I must say the food was great, very tasty and great value for money. They have very good selection for both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian. I loved the pappri chatt and the fish nimbu wala from the Tandoor section. I think the best was cheese naan. The fig and ginger ice cream was the best I ever had. Very helpful staff. We had a great evening at Imli.

Dave (8 August 2008)

Having read about this place in the paper, a friend and I thought we would give it a try! For a smaller budget this place is fantastic. We chose one of the chef's taster menus at £12.50 pp, which was more than enough for two people (and we have good appetites) and included an amazing chicken curry! The staff were also very friendly! Definitely going back again! Perfect place to take a first date to!

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