There was a time if anyone was to suggest “going for an Indian”, I would quite literally scream like a Banshee in objection.

Back then, the quality and standard offered by a majority of the archetypal curry houses were as good as the singing ability of “Jedward” from the “X Factor”.

However, recently I am more than likely to be giddy as a schoolboy at the prospect of going to an Indian eatery due to the wave in “contemporary” Indian restaurants that are revolutionising Indian cuisine.

In no particular order, here are my Top 5 Contemporary Indian Restaurants.

  1. Lokhandwala

Restaurant: Is a stunning colonial themed restaurant serving Anglo-Indian inspired tapas style dishes, with a contemporary twist. It is a great spot for a romantic meal.

What to order: “Famous Lokhandwala Lamb”, consisting of slow cooked lamb, which is extremely tender and succulent, bathing in an astounding tomato and ginger sauce. All meats are Halal.

2. Baluchi

Restaurant: One of the most visually stunning restaurants in London. Set in a historic Grade II listed former St. Olave’s Grammar School’s Assembly Hall inside the luxury The Lalit hotel.

What do order: “Orkney Scallops” which are textually divine and bursting with delicious Kashmiri spices. Please note that the dish comes with a gin foam, which you can ask for it to be removed. Lamb and chicken is Halal.

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3. Mint Leaf

Restaurant: Elegant, modish and glamorous, and a great place to spot celebrities, especially when they host events such as Fashion shows.

What to order: “Bhel Puri Chaat” delivering sweet and spicy flavours that will make your palate sing with ecstasy. All meats are Halal.

4. Hoopers

Restaurant: The Sethi family, who are behind the Michelin Star restaurants, Gymkhana and Trishna, have launched their second and larger Hoppers restaurant in Marylebone, after the success of the original in Soho.

What to order: “Half a Rack Jaffna Lamb Chops”, which are textually perfect; succulent, tender and sumptuously soft and delicately seasoned with Sri Lankan spices. Lamb and chicken is Halal.

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5. Cinnamon Bazaar

Restaurant: The concept behind Cinnamon Bazaar is inspired by the vibrant and bustling markets (bazaars) of India, as the venue is dazzlingly eclectic, with its opulently vivid, bright colours, resembling India’s Holi Festival.

What to order: “Tandoori Kentish Lamb Fillet” with its delicately spiced korma gravy will enrapture your taste buds. The lamb is prepared and seasoned adroitly, and dissolves effortlessly in the mouth. All meats are Halal.