Every year, the sound of firecrackers signals the arrival of India’s most important and vivid festival: Diwali. The Hindu festival of lights is celebrated by millions of people across the nation and the festivities of this Autumnal celebration are nearing upon us. In light of this, here’s a round-up of the best Diwali menus in London from our expert restaurant marketing team at Me:Mo.

How is Diwali Celebrated?

Spiritually signifying the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair, Diwali is a much-loved date in the Hindu calendar. Typically, the preparations and rituals extend over a period of five days, and this year the main event will take place on Thursday 19th October! Celebrations centre around lights: thousands of candles, lanterns and fireworks displays will descend upon the city and families will gather together for impressive feasts. Diwali food tradition focuses on sharing plentiful feasts with your nearest and dearest. Where Diwali differentiates from most other celebrations, is that there is no single defining dish specific to the festival (apart from the indulgent ‘mithai’ desserts), and so Indian chefs and restaurants around London have had free reign on what features on their feasting menus. With a never-ending list of Indian restaurants in London comes the difficultly of not knowing where to go to the best bang for your buck. Lucky for you, we work in restaurant marketing and we’ve done all the research for you.

Where to eat in London for Diwali? 

The Cinnamon Club in Westminster is offering an extravagant 4-course feast at £48 per person. Highlights include pan-seared sea bass with pumpkin chutney and pomegrantate raita, and Scottish pheasant breast with rustic tawa mince and mint chilli korma. Representing seasonal British at their best.

Gymkhana in Mayfair is pulling out all the stops to encourage traditional family-style feasting with their 7-course tasting menu at £90 per person. Highlights include goat ran, masala tandoori potato and onion & chiilli kulchas. You can’t get more extravagant than this, but boy oh boy it will be worth every penny. 

Talli Joe in Shaftsbury are putting on a di-light-ful feast of small plates, bottomless chai and more this Sunday for £35 a head. Guests can feast their eyes on goat’s paneer kulcha brushed with honey butter and a mocha and kala chana taco! Band on trend.

Namaaste Kitchen & Salaam Namaaste in Bloomsbury and Camden come in at last but by no means least. At £34.95 for a 3-course feast, this is our pick of the bunch! Diners can choose from an incredible selection of unique dishes including: chilli cheese pakoras with green chillis, coriander and min, and game biryani with aubergine and wild rabbit. The feast will end with an extensive platter of traditional Diwali desserts and sweetmeats to be enjoyed by the whole table, in fitting with the sharing nature of the festival.

We hope our Me:Mo restaurant marketing expertise sets you off in good stead to enjoy a week of feasting with family and friends alike. Namaste.