The Red Fort and Akbar

About The Red Fort and Akbar

The Red Fort, the first Indian restaurant in the UK that told the red wallpaper where to flock off, has been a favourite in Soho for nearly twenty years. Now newly refurbished, The Red Fort is relaunching itself with sparkling, elegant new decor that incorporates the materials used in Delhi’s Red Fort, the court and residence of the builder of the Taj Mahal. And if that weren’t authentic enough, the chef, Mohammed Rais, is the direct inheritor of 300 years of Mughal court cooking. Expect dishes like dum ka lobster, infused with cumin and cooked in a sealed pot, or delicate avadhi gosht biryani, invented by Rais’s family. The wines are chosen with particular care to emphasise the interplay of flavours.

Sample a la carte


- Hyderabadi shikhampur, vegetable and yam patties with a filling of dried plums
- Khumb ki seekh, roasted kebabs of mushrooms with nutmeg and cumin
- Tandoori phool, roasted broccoli with olives and crushed pepper

Main Course

- Phaldari kofta, vegetable dumplings in a light tomato and turmeric sauce
- Aloo masaledar, baby potatoes tempered with mustard seeds
- Palak ki katli, sautéed spinach with tangy spices and whole gram lentils
- Sabz biryani, basmati rice, vegetables and spices steamed in a sealed pot
- Panchrangi dal, a traditional dish made from five lentils
- Zeera pulao


- Gulab jamun (Hot cottage cheese dumplings in a light cardamom syrup. Served with mango kulfi)
- Coffee and tea

Additional Information


77 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 3SH

Nearest tube:

Leicester Square
Vegetarian Dinner Party
£30 per person
Guests receive all of the below

Average Price:

£35 - £44

Opening times:

Mon - Sun 12pm - 2:15pm & 5:45pm - 11:15pm

Dress Code:

Smart casual