Taste traditional Indian flavours with a South African twist at The Rubens at the Palace’s newest restaurant, The Curry Room

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For The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, The Rubens at The Palace Hotel, London & The Travel Corporation (2011) Pte Ltd, Singapore


The Rubens at The Palace hotel, which overlooks the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace in London, has opened an authentic Indian restaurant called The Curry Room. The new restaurant’s inspiring three course menu features a blend of Indian and South African influences and serves dishes prepared with the finest ingredients and blended India spices.


In a rich and warm setting with reds and earthy shades, candles, copper and crockery imported from India, the ‘recipe’ for The Curry Room is simple – traditional Indian dishes bursting with flavour.

The Curry Room’s Chef, Arun Kumar worked closely with Kevin Joseph, Executive Chef at The Rubens’ sister property, The Oyster Box Hotel in South Africa, to design a menu inspired by authentic Indian and South African flavours. Kevin Joseph is a celebrated chef in South Africa, and his vast experience launching Indian restaurants across the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, including The Curry Buffet at The Oyster Box in Durban, and The Curry Room at The Old Government House Hotel in Guernsey, was essential to the new restaurant concept.


A variation on the usual à la carte options, Chef Kumar and Chef Joseph designed an exceptional all-inclusive menu that encompasses Indian starters, mains and desserts. The generous selection of samoosas, poppadums and condiments for starters will tantalise the taste buds, while a choice of main dishes offers something to suit every palate. Kevin Joseph’s traditional KwaZulu-Natal dishes; the Lamb Curry and Prawn & Chicken Curry, bring the subtle spices of South Africa to the menu, alongside Indian favourites such as Spicy Beef Vindaloo, Prawn Curry, Vegetable Korma, Bengal Fish Curry, and Butter Chicken. All main courses are served with basmati rice, the Chef’s vegetable side-dish and traditional Indian bread.


To finish, guests can choose from a selection of four tasty desserts; Indian infused Kulfi ice cream, fresh papaya and sorbet, traditional trifle, or indulge in a slice of baked vanilla cheesecake prepared to the legendary recipe of Red Carnation Hotels’ Founder & President, Bea Tollman. A wide selection of old and new world wines have been carefully selected to complement the dining experience, including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson, The Rubens’ sister vineyard in South Africa. Popular Indian beers such as Kingfisher and Cobra are also available.

The restaurant serves cuts hand selected by The Rubens’ butcher, Aubrey Allen, Royal Warrant holder to Her Majesty The Queen, and the fish is locally sourced from Billingsgate market.

The Rubens at the Palace recently completed a multi-million pound refurbishment which included upgrades to many of its rooms and guest areas, as well a complete overhaul of the hotel’s dining options. Alongside the striking red Cavalry Bar andthe hotel’s elegant new fine dining restaurant The English GrillThe Curry Room is the final addition to The Rubens’ new-look.

Malcolm Hendry, General Manager of The Rubens at the Palace, said:

“Our new Curry Room restaurant is the final piece of the puzzle in our immense refurbishment project. The talented Chef Kumar and our friendly Restaurant Manager Mohan Senchuri look forward to welcoming Londoners to the new restaurant for an authentic taste of India, right in the heart of vibrant Victoria.”

The Curry Room at The Rubens is open from Wednesday to Monday (closed all day Tuesday and closed for lunch on Saturday and Sunday). Lunch is served between 12:30 and 14:30 and dinner from 17:30-21:00.  The all-inclusive three course menu is priced at £35.00 per person.

For more information about the new Curry Room restaurant at The Rubens at The Palace, or to make a booking, please visit www.rubenshotel.com/food-and-drink/the-curry-room or call +44 (0)20 7834 6600.




Exceeding expectations at every turn, this historic and fully renovated hotel has a team who take genuine pride in delivering impeccable service. Overlooking Buckingham Palace and The Queens Gallery, within walking distance of Green Park and Victoria Station. Enjoy live lounge music in the Cavalry Bar, a Royal Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge and delicious cuisine in the newly opened English Grill. www.rubenshotel.com.


Red Carnation Hotels are a collection of 17 family-run, award-winning boutique hotels in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. Each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition, with an exceptional reputation for exquisite fine dining, leading spas and sumptuous surroundings. Great pride is taken in delivering warm, thoughtful and highly personalised service. www.redcarnation.com.

 *Photos in this entry are supplied by The Red Carnation Hotel Collection


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