Woodlands - Leicester Square

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37 Panton Street (at Leicester Square station exit), London, England, SW1Y 4EA

Casual setting, featuring South Indian vegetarian cuisine. Confirmed open Nov 2011. Open Mon-Fri 12:00pm-3:00pm, 6:00pm-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 12:00pm-10:30pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Beer/Wine

Reviews (19)

First Review by khb

Amazing taste - Edit

We shared an okra curry and korma, neither of which I would typically order. The were both fantastic. Would love to go again.

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Great food! - Edit

We had the starter plate for two, one Indian pancake and an aubergine dish. Everything was just lovely! We only thought that the restaurant could need some nice decoration, it wasn't really cozy.

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Slow, and they gave me dairy - Edit

I went for lunch on a Saturday. Despite saying I had limited time, they made no effort. I ordered vegan options but both my starter and main came with dairy. I put one aside and asked for a replacement for the other, but they didn't bring anything else. I had to go up to the counter to pay after 5 minutes waiting, as I couldn't attract the waiter's attention. The food itself was nice but nothing special.

Pros: Central location

Cons: Gave dairy to a vegan, Slow service

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Best Indian - Edit

I've only eaten at a few Indian restaurants in London, but this is my favorite. Unique dishes, clearly marked vegan items, top notch service.

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great! - Edit

Ordered the sharing platter for two (two mini samosas, two menu vada, onion bhajjia, and corn chat), the mushroom masala pesarattu, and the raggi masala dosa. Everything was absolutely delicious! Curious about their curries now. Would definitely recommend. All vegan items are clearly marked on the menu.

Pros: plenty of vegan options marked on menu

Cons: added non-discretionary 12.5% service charge

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Lovely tasty Indian food - Edit

This is a great Indian restaurant. Lots of choice and all vegetarian so super cool. Love the dosa.

Pros: Menu choice, Atmosphere, Quiet area

Cons: Decor is a bit old

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Veg Indian food, clearly marked vegan options - Edit

Nice veggie Indian restaurant, central London. Menu symbols showed vegan dishes but do ask too, our server explained they have veganised more dishes due to demand :-)
They do a range of dosa pancakes, also curries and breads. Some of the more unusual dishes like idli. Had a lovely starter with crunchy onion bhaji pieces and tasty dips.

Pros: vegan options

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South India's Finest - Edit

Been here several times over the years and it never disappoints. My favourite dishes are Channa Masala with Chapatis, Mixed Uttapum, Masala Dosa and Steamed Idli. They even have a vegan dessert (Jaggery Dosa) which is quite unusual for South Indian restaurants. Though I usually pass on the latter as I'm trying to give up sugar.

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Lovely restaurant and staff. Try the dosa! - Edit

I've eaten here 3 or 4 times, I always go with my inlaws when we visit them . I'm vegan, my bf is vegetarian and his family all eat meat, however we all love this place and they serve enough variety to please all tastes.

Highly recommend the dosa, gorgeous!

Pros: staff, vegan options, dosa, choice

Cons: Not cheap, proximity to central tours it areas

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Delicious! - Edit

I am very happy to have found Woodlands and will be sure to come back next time I'm in London. I was seated quickly and immediately got a vegan menu when I asked. Service was brisk yet friendly and the food had what was for me the perfect amount of spice. Just enough to tingle but not enough to burn. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and the experience.

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Wonderful - Edit

I am slightly confused by the older reviews because my experience at Woodlands was fantastic. The food was very flavorful, and I had to order two glasses of juice to fight off the hot peppers that appeared in my masala, despite my past filled with spicy dishes. The staff was quiet, but efficient. My food came in little time and the server gave us menus as we sat down. My only qualm with the service is that the server forgot to give me a discount, which I gave him a voucher for. Nonetheless, the food was still very satisfying.

Pros: yummy food, quick service

Cons: Slightly cramped, forgetful waiter

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Fantastic Indian food! - Edit

Woodlands is a restaurant with very friendly staff who explain all the dishes to you and also what is vegan and what is not. I had the Mysore Royal Thali, a recommendation of the waiter, which was huge and absolutely delicious. It was slightly expensive, but considering the location and the size of the meal I think that's ok. I also liked the calm and pleasant interior.

EDIT: Visited again and it was just as good!

Updated from previous review on Tuesday May 13, 2014

Pros: Delicious food, Friendly staff , Great location

Cons: Slightly expensive

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For spicy lovers - Edit

The service was quite poor. we waited quite a long time for a menu, and then waited little longer for an explanations (most dishes bear an indian name), and ended up with a recommendation from the waiter for rise...it was weird
anyway, some dishes have a spicy-pepper sign, but any dish we ordered (without the spicy sign) was very spicy as well...it's important to know that
the food was nice, and the prices were ok

Pros: central, nice food

Cons: poor service

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Just as good this time - Edit

When we were last in London, we ate here and thought it very good. My wife and I enjoyed it just as much this time. The place is clean, the food is excellent, the staff was very helpful and it is quiet enough to have a conversation while you are eating. We order the Thali which we are unable to get in the Indian restaurants in our home city. It is all good.

Pros: Central, Excellent food, Bright and clean

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Not as good as it should be - Edit

I've been to this particular Woodlands many years ago, and remember it being very good. We went again last night and were under-whelmed at pretty much everything. The service was surly, which is highly unusual in Indian restaurants. The food was 'good', but not very good - a little sloppy. I had a Dosa that was overhanging the plate, burnt in some places, soggy in others. We ordered a special type of salad and got just sliced onions and cucumbers, not what we ordered (my partner didn't want to say anything so we didn't). I really wish I had better things to say about this, but with the sheer number of other veg restaurants, including Indian, this doesn't cut it any more.

Pros: Central location, Ice cold beer

Cons: Unfriendly servers, Order messed up, 'Sloppy' food

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Great Sunday Evening Dinner - Edit

Looking for a good vegetarian option for myself and two business collegues who are not vegetarians. Everyone was thrilled with the food (we were some of the few non-Indian folks in the restaurant) an indicated they would be more than happy to eat at this spot again during our week in London.

Pros: excellent food, variety, casual atmosphere

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Unexciting but reliable - Edit

The food at this long-established restaurant is under-spiced for my palate - but some friends like it that way. Portions may seem small and not great value, but it is (almost) in Leicester Square.

Pros: Quick service, Reliable

Cons: Under-spiced

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A bit tasteless. - Edit

Conveniently located behind the theatres on Haymarket the restaurant is nicely furnished and the service was very good. But the food was tasteless. I ordered the dal saag and it was quite a small portion as well. I also wasn't asked how hot I wanted it. I think more spice would have added a bit more flavour.

The restaurant isn't vegan but they were more than happy to comply with any requests and the food came very, very quickly (I was actually a bit concerned it may have be premade and reheated).

Juice was very nice, though.

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Not the best - Edit

A little bit expensive for what you get, and some of the dishes didn't taste quite right. Still, even mediocre South Indian food is pretty good. But Sagar in Hammersmith is both better and cheaper.

Pros: a bit expensive, food doesn't taste right

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