Rating: ★★★☆☆

Address: 1 Hertsmere Road, E14 8JJ

Telephone: +44 (0)20 3589 1690


I must admit that I am no expert when it comes to Indian food. Any sort of buttery, thick curry with chunky pieces of meat is enough to keep me satisfied!

One Indian restaurant that I do recommend, though, is Dockmaster’s House in London Docklands. It is situated in a sophisticated brick Georgian building, away from the hustle of Central London, and scores top marks for its idyllic and civilised ambience. The more expensive prices at Dockmaster’s House as compared with, say, the Brick Lane Indian restaurants, means that the ingredients are fresher and the service is more eager.

The amuse-bouche was an adorable and crunchy deep fried potato ball, dipped in the quintessentially Indian mint sauce. Mint sauce is commonly used in Indian starters, and is surprisingly easy to make!

Simply put natural yogurt, ready-made mint sauce, coriander and sugar into a food processor and whisk it by hand afterwards to blend.

For our starters, we each had a Kebab Platter, which was a trio of Tandoori Prawn, Chicken Tikka and Ginger Lamb Chop. The grilled meats retained their succulence, and I particularly enjoyed the Tandoori Prawn for its crispiness.

Even though we ordered 5 to 6 different types of curry to share, the one that we loved the most was the Butter Chicken, with hearty pieces of Grilled Chicken Tikka cooked in a rich Tomato and Fenugreek Sauce. Creamy and indulgent, the Butter Chicken was a pot of instant addiction and got all of us eating until we were absolutely stuffed!

Since the restaurant is set in such a beautiful, illustrious venue, our group of nine did not mind taking the DLR to Docklands just for this meal. Besides being a suitable place for an oriental dinner party, Dockmaster’s House is ideal for a dinner date too!