Britain's Best Curries

It's national curry week, and that means we're in the mood to celebrate Britain's unofficial national dish. Here's a round-up of some of our fave places to get a curry around the UK. See what you think, and let us know your own favourites...

Dars Tandoor and Grill

Punjabi homecooking this good is rare outside London's Indian enclaves of Southall or Wembley, but this family-owned and run place in Hampstead always hits the spot with fabulous grilled meats and homemade breads.

Dishoom

This London mini-chain have reallynailed the look and feel of a traditional old Mumbai Persian café, so much so you might expect the food to be an after-thought. Not at all:  mango lassi, black daal and the fabulous pau bhaji are all right on the money. The name means 'chutzpah' and this place has it in spades.

Mint and Mustard

Cardiff's best Indian restaurant by far, and one with a unique spin on Indian food, taking it up a notch with fresh and unusual ingredients presented in a contemporary style. Their £8.95 lunch is a great bargain, as is the tasting menu featured as part of their current Kerala Food Festival.

Mother India

Curry has long been the mainstay of the Glasgow food scene, and Mother India remains at the pinnacle, serving all the classics along with goodies you won't find anywhere else - such as a meltingly good spiced leg of lamb. A good old-fashioned curryhouse experience.

Rasa N16

Where would the locals of Stoke Newington be without this place, which has expanded over recent years but remains one of the the best places in London to experience the best South Indian cuisine.  We love their dhosas and curries, but it's the weird and wonderful sides that complete the deal – tart tamarind rice, veggie delights and assorted flatbreads – that always have you coming back for more.

Tayyab's

What more can you say about Tayyab's except that it's London's most famous and some say best Punjabi restaurant, family-run and serving great grilled meat dishes in the same gaudy environment as ever. 

The Thali Cafe

Bristolians swear by this mini citywide chain, which has been serving up fresh and wholesome Indian grub form its riotously kitsch cafés for some time now. Their tiffin tin takeaways are legendary.

Vinyasa

A refreshing alternative to Edinburgh's sometimes time-warped Indian restaurants, a world away from the flock-wallpapered joints of old and one of our favourite Indians in the city.