La Porte des Indes is nowhere even close to it's sister restaurent The Blue Elephant. Just in case you were pondering whether this was a marque of quality and a contemporary eating environment.
Had to wait about half and hour for my table despite reservation, in 'The Jungle Bar' - a shabby room with a mural and a few bamboo poles that doubles as a bar. Monkey nut shells from the complimentary bowls litter the floor and cocktails are served unfashionably late after the order is placed. Although very tasty when they finally arrive.
The dining area at La Porte des Indes is very unique with the glass atrium/marble stairs/fountain but I guess you can only appreciate it if you luck out and sit somewhere in the thick of the action. Which I did. And hence appreciated it.
Food was average contemporary Indian fare, quite tasty and definitely a unique menu, but not as taste-bud-bustingly wow as you are expecting. And a little chilly. The scallop starter has what can only be described as a nouveau-minging yellow sauce, so avoid.
Service is average but better than at the bar. Decor outside of the restaurant/bar area is worn and tired and not as thoughtful as it should really. It's pricey too.
Conclusion: La Porte des Indes is an upmarket curry house but not an upmarket restaurant.