Image: Lamb Bhuna, Aloo Gobi and hints of the rest of the spread.
Last Updated: June 2022
Current Status: Open for Dine-in. Take-out also available.
In the middle of the bustle of U Street, London Curry House is a colorful beacon with IG-ready installations (like the British Phone Booth). It also serves good food that is a take on Indian with some influences of London and the United States mixed in. The “Fried Chicken” is addictive, and the play on Fish and Chips is fun. Considering it is a sibling to the successful Bombay Street Food mini-chain, it is no surprise the more classic Indian dishes are also very good. In addition to house specialties, the menu allows diners to pick a style of curry (including degree of spiciness) and pair it with a choice of chicken, lamb, or goat. Consistent with the U Street ethos, they serve cocktails, wine and beer. They also have Mango Lassi supplementing tea and soda.
Restaurateur Asad Sheikh started his group with the original version of London Curry House in Virginia. He gave up his Virginia restaurants to move into the city, and it has worked out well. He is also behind the successful string of Butter Chicken Company fast casual restaurants. He has a touch. It is a good choice on a busy stretch. Note that a second location is coming in Laurel, Md.
Other Guidance: As with many Indian spots, GF and vegetarians can do well here, there are several vegan dishes. The vibe is casual – shorts are not out of place. The restaurant is located on the first floor with a small ramp up to the door.
Neighborhood: U Street
Address: 1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Washington Post: No coverage of the current incarnation, but Tom was kind to the original in Alexandria in 2014. Was also favorable to Bombay Street Food in 2018.
Washingtonian: No coverage yet
DonRockwell.com – Don did a review of his meals at the old London Curry House.