This former boys' school , dating back to the nineteenth century has been transformed into a dazzlingly colourful modern hotel but retaining elements of the great hall, classrooms, staffrooms.... Go for the ambience!
Generous portions of delicious Indian food are well presented and service is friendly.
We had a fantastic evening at Baluchi. Pre dinner cocktails in the Teachers bar in the hotel were excellent. Beautiful building and rooms. The restaurant was beautiful. Stunning room. Food was amazing with excellent choice for veggies. Service was impeccable lead by David who was extremely attentive and nothing was too much trouble. Every member of staff we encountered was friendly, attentive and eager to please. Highly recommend.
Very good service by all staff. Place looked beautiful. Perfect for a special occasion
I had been recommended to this restaurant by my wife who had experienced 2 very agreeable meals there entertaining clients .
Beautiful room but there are acute training needs for the waiters . We asked for a bottle of Chianti Classico but was advised there were no longer any bottles available. Since the wine list is short this surprised us
we selected an alternative but the wine was served without giving either of us the opportunity to taste the wine first.
we ordered one chicken tikka as a starter to share(as described on the menu) the 2 lamb shanks.
one lamb shank was served with the chicken tikka and then promptly returned to the kitchen when we explained this was to be our main course.
After we had eaten the chicken tikka the solo lamb shank was delivered again! We explained we had ordered 2 lamb shanks but clearly the waiter hadn't understood
Why would 2 diners order one main course?
we are told the second lamb shank would take 10 minutes and the solo one was once again removed.
when all the food eventually arrived it was delicious but the naïve confusion with our order somewhat marred our dining experience.
we asked to speak with the duty manager but was advised he was unavailable and a member of staff describing himself as a supervisor spoke with us and apologised for the confusion we experienced
In summary a disappointing experience having very much looked forward to trying this restaurant
Took a punt as knew lalit chain from India. A lovely venue and really tasty food. Great for a special occasion and in a beautiful setting. Friendly chef and staff. Oh the joy of moti chur boondi gulabjamun rasmalai cheesecake. Unconventional and awesome
It didn't quite live up to expectations.
Really nice place
Really nice place to impress
Monkfish starter was amazing
Not much of an atmosphere. It felt cold and dark, no music.
Food was overpriced and a little bland over all
It felt a little rushed.. we had been sitting fir 5 mins before the waitress asked us if we were ready to order
Very expensive - I don't mind paying if the quality in food and service is worth it.
I did not leave a tip as service charge was already added on.
Great food. Enjoy the surroundings and solid service.
This restaurant is in my old school so it was interesting to visit for the first time in, ahem, 50 years. Sadly, although the building has been beautifully renovated, the main old assembly hall, where the tables are, is cavernous and the place was virtually empty on a Saturday evening. It was all rather soulless as a result. Food was pretty good but far too expensive for a slightly above average Indian meal.
Was taken to our table. Was asked if we wanted still water or sparkling. We went with still. We weren’t told we would be charged an outrageous £5.50 for still water. We also told the person we wanted outdoor table for sheesha. She said this will be arranged. When the time came, we were told to just ask the people outside and no hand off was made. When we went outside there was no one there. We decided to just leave. Very disappointing.
amazing service. Personally greeted by the chef during your meal. It is expensive restaurant however for the price you pay for the experience is well worth every penny. As a valentine date we were offered complimentary champagne and chef Jo was really caring as he personally greeted us and recognised us from our first visit.
fabulous décor, delicious food and great service
Definitely recommend and will be back
Excellent meal with such lovely flavours. Champagne celebrating their first year was a nice surprise,
Beautiful. We will be back again! Chef was kind. Waiters attentive. Decor and ambience was stunning. We will be back again x
Lovely birthday lunch at Baluchi's. The service was great, and the venue us stunning. We had the thali option which I would say was very good value for money. Thank you!
PLease note price on Open table is for lunch menu dinner menu is completely different
Awful food. We ordered chicken breast in a ginger sauce. It was brown chicken with veins and fat smothered in a heavy ginger sauce. Cost £15. There was a large table complaining amongst themselves about the food.
The first time I went there it was a whole chicken breast which was perfect. They changed the menu, so this is no longer available.
Booked late dinner for the wife and myself as we both love Indian food and the restaurant was a stones through from the hotel we were in, the most beautiful restaurant I’ve been in with the old wood and gorgeous ornate chandeliers and I’d have to say the finest Indian meal I’ve ever had only made better by the exceptional staff who’s knowledge of the food and even the history of the building itself was vast, next time I’m in London I’ll definitely go back and maybe try the afternoon tea as well up on the gallery
This is my old school now a unique hotel and restaurant.
Wanted to re visit with my family and all went brilliantly, could not have asked for more.
All the family enjoyed the occasion and they plan to go back for High Chai
A good experience with food, ambience and service. The dessert choice was excellent.
Great Cocktails in the teachers room, service was good
went in for dinner shortly after, great service, they bought our drinks in for us
dining area is huge and lovely, but it was freezing cold in there, the door was kept open to the terrace bar and the cold air just kept on coming in, we even moved away from the door but it was still freezing in there, we weren't the only ones sitting in coats dining.
this really ruined the whole evening.
food was very good though!
we had requested a desert for a special birthday which we expected to be served when we ordered deserts but it wasn't!! instead they bought it out when the bill came, this was very disappointing and totally ruined the birthday dinner.
Beautiful, historic and grand restaurant. It has a lovely terrace too. The menu is also very interesting and together with the cocktail list. It is presented beautifully and the taste is very nice.
Stunning location in Great Hall
Celebration meal with friends
Food options varied and beautifully cooked / presented
Everything we ordered was so aromatic and tasty with no food left over
Lovely choice of wines/champagne
Service and helpfulness outstanding
Would recommend and revisit
Minimal critical feedback
- tables slightly too small for all the dishes /cutlery and glasses
-chair legs at the foot to have glider pads as quite heavy to move on wooden tiled floor
-main entrance doors opening and closing to the terrace area gave an intermittent draught to the main hall -probably noticeable more for the tables near them and those in the middle of the room
Wonderful experience overall
A very pleasant Indian style meal in stylish surroundings.
Wonderful setting, lovely property but very average meal and experience. Staff unaware of wine list and many not available. Meal was comparable to the local takeaway but presented on a plate. Had really high hopes but just didn’t hit the mark at all.
Baluchi is a beautiful restaurant serving very unusual, beautifully cooked, Indian food. This is worlds away from your High Street Indian restaurant. The room is very big and when we went, at 5pm, there was hardly anyone there. The service was very good and the wine list was unusual. I found the flavours of my raw banana dumplings a little too subtle, but otherwise everything was excellent. Not cheap, but worth pushing the boat out. Nice cocktails, too, with an Indian theme.
The food was excellent and the room is beautiful but some of the pricing is extreme (£9 for a small bottle of beer) and the place lacked atmosphere
I have been on several occasions to this lovely restaurant and loved it, but this time, service was very poor, food was average (no chicken in my biriani) small portions and a huge bill.
Not sure I will be rushing back, a shame as as I said I loved our first 3 visits.
Fantastic food, service and experience. The Paan Kulfi is a delight.
Everything we ordered was just phenomenal.
We don’t usually eat lamb but we ended up having two lamb dishes.
The food is good but not worth the price. Service was slow, couldn't answer questions about the menu and generally poor. This is obviously aiming to be a high end experience but it doesn't quite meet the standard of its competitors. My friend and I couldn't think of an occasion or group of people we think it would work for so won't be back. Nothing massively wron but nothing quite right either, we jumped ship and went elsewhere for dessert!
Beautiful dining room with high vaulted ceilings and stunning blue glass chandeliers.
A converted school so oozing traditional British charm - period features, dark wood panelling.
Attentive service and authentic Indian food.
Cocktails excellent too. Not the cheapest of Indian restaurants but you’re paying for high quality ingredients, authentic Indian food unlike most high street ‘Indian’ restaurants which serve food not resembling anything that Indian people actually eat at home, and luxurious surroundings.
Walking distance from London Bridge Station so easy to access too.
We had a lovely evening . The food and service were excellent. The surroundings are delightful. We were particularly impressed with the sympathetic way the building had been preserved. This was of special interest to us as my husband is a former pupil of Saint Olave's Grammar School. Well done !
Great Indian food, cocktails and service. A brilliant find close to London Bridge
I really want Baluchi to succeed as it is in our neighbourhood and located in a beautifully restored, Victorian school house but I'm afraid this restaurant will fail unless they change dramatically.
The staff are not well trained, the menu is too long and overly complicated which means that the staff don't know the menu, and the service is very slow. Also, the ambiance in the restaurant and the bar is wrong, the lights in the bar are too bright, the lights in the restaurant are a bit too dark and on a Saturday night there was an English string quartet playing; this is an Indian Hotel so give us Indian music please! I think that the manager of this restaurant should go to the German Gymnasium in Kings Cross to see how to create a cool, interesting atmosphere in a cavoneous, historic space. I hope that the management can turn this place around, but we won't return until we have read that significant changes have been made.
Outstanding service-outstanding music-great ambience.
This was our second visit. A very special experience. Food is excellent and something different to all the other openings. The three musicians entertaining us discreetly - was a great addition to the ambience.
Lon arrival there is a nice cocktail bar to start the evening off. Moving to the restaurant you cannot fail to be impressed by the huge room it is on. Really lovely. We shared a Murg Malai to start. Lovely moist chicken. For mains we shared a Pork Belly Vindaloo & Lamb Shank. The pork was really poor. Not hot, thick sauce over a really fatty piece of meat. Poor. Lamb shank was pretty good. We were expecting a lot better, this was disappointing.
Had an amazing dinner at the Baluchi hotel. The service was immaculate and the food was nice too. The ambiance and setting is very aesthetically pleasing and is great for a special occasion.
Service was exemplary as was the food and ambience. We will certainly dine at Baluchi in the future.
This is a beautiful venue-the service was overall very good-especially in the cocktail bar. The dining room is spacious and has a wonderful feel to it-unfortunately both my partner and I had upset stomachs after our dining experience-at the time we noticed our starters to be overly salty(MSG?)
It is a shame about the food as otherwise this place ticked all the boxes and is on my doorstep.
The hotel and restaurant were superb, it's a shame that is was empty
The food was great and the building was an old school superb grade 2 listed
Hopefully they they can promote LaLit correctly as they deserve the right publicity
I will be back nearer Christmas and probably book a couple of nights over Christmas