Carom at Meza

Bar / Indian Restaurant
Carom at Meza Carom at Meza in London’s Soho is a trendy & exotic Indian joint with great food & amazing ethnic-inspired cocktails. Spice up your London night with Party Earth. London England 51.5135 -0.133891
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Carom at Meza - Bar | Indian Restaurant in London.
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Party Earth Review With curry fast replacing fish and chips as the UK’s national dish, London’s Indian food scene is becoming trendy and even gourmet, a fact that is very evident at Soho hotspot Carom at Meza. Although... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Bakerloo, Piccadilly Lines: Piccadilly Circus; Central, Northern Lines: Tottenham Court Road

  • Phone:

    020 7314 4002

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Restaurant: M–Sa noon–3pm, 5–11pm
    Bar: M–W 4pm–2am, Th–Sa 4pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Carom at Meza Review

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Carom at Meza in London’s Soho is a trendy & exotic Indian joint with great food & amazing ethnic-inspired cocktails. Spice up your London night with Party Earth.

With curry fast replacing fish and chips as the UK’s national dish, London’s Indian food scene is becoming trendy and even gourmet, a fact that is very evident at Soho hotspot Carom at Meza.

Although it’s only a few minutes’ walk from Leicester Square, the venue transports guests into the quarters of a sultan’s harem. Everything is tinted red and dimly lit, and two bars set diagonally from each other curve around the walls to reveal romantic nooks that run all the way to the back.

In the atrium, an impressive chandelier hangs above the low tables covered in Indian fabric and cocktail glasses, while curtains draped from the ceiling act as pseudo-walls – for pseudo-privacy – so stylish couples can sink into plump pillows on the loveseats.

In the less flashy restaurant space, standing candelabras and funky wall sconces add a little boho-chic to the pan-Indian dining experience, which includes tandoori chicken, prawn curry, and shareable plates of amped-up Punjabi street food.

Expert mixologists serve Indian wine, whiskeys, and Indian-inspired cocktails like the Raj Lassi – made with yogurt, vodka, and apricot brandy – to the adventurous theatergoers and trendy pre-clubbers who pile in come Thursdays, while regular DJs (Th–Sa from 9pm) ensure a festive but still conversation-friendly scene.

Lively, exotic, and surprisingly budget-friendly given the area, Carom at Meza spices up everyone’s night…literally.

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Tip from Emma:

If culture-hopping is your plan for the evening, start off in Carom for the early evening menu before 7pm– three courses for £11.95. Then stay for an Indian-inspired cocktail and the DJ set before heading downstairs to Floridita for daiquiris and salsa dancing.

  • Crowd

    Adventurous Soho tourists, trendy locals, pre-theater and pre-club folks, couples, Indian food fans, cocktail connoisseurs, and the cocktail curious, mid-20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJ Th–Sa from 9pm. Music tends to center on Top 40, which is turned up fairly loud, but usually not so much as to intrude on conversation.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Pan-Indian menu includes spicy slow-braised lamb ‘laal maas,’ homemade chutneys, curries, shareable plates, and ethnic desserts.

    Reservations accepted and encouraged Th–Sa.

  • Prices

    Lunch menu £4.50–£8.50, small plates £2–£6, entrées £5–£10, set menus £10/two courses, £12/three courses before 7pm, and £15/three courses after 7pm, tasting menu £60/two people.

    Beer £3.50–£7.50, wine £3.50–£7+/glass or £17.50–£35/bottle, cocktails £6.50–£9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Creative casual to trendy: button-downs, blazers, dark shirts, smart suits, sweaters, skirts, colorful dresses, heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night for dinner, Thursdays through Saturdays for the biggest crowds of Soho scenesters, or earlier in the week for a romantic night out.

  • Close By

    Floridita (directly below Carom) is a classy, Cuban-inspired restaurant and bar named for the historic joint in Havana that Ernest Hemingway used to frequent. Run by the same folks as Carom, Floridita’s popular house daiquiris alone are worth a visit.

Carom at Meza User Reviews

Average rating:
Cool Indian resto bar
Alessia F. Dec 7, 2012
We came here for drinks and were not disappointed, though we watched the food go by and wished we had reserved a table rather than eaten at home! The DJ was playing very trendy, lounge-y music just beside the bar. The atmosphere was friendly. It was crowded and hard to get a drink, but once I sat down with Maharajah fizz, I was a happy drinker. The cocktail had rosewater, saffron, and Prosecco—not something I would have chosen but I told the bartender to surprise me! The whole layout and lighting design is really cool too, it’s all red with low tables and seats. I am definitely going back for dinner at some point!
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