Kricket Soho review – Anglo-Indian food without the omelette and chips
★★★★☆ / Indian

Kricket Soho review – Anglo-Indian food without the omelette and chips

What’s old is new again. Indian restaurants in London have tended to go through periodic and repeated rebirths over the past few years, with numerous attempts at moving the cuisine on from the curry house clichés that it’s fallen into with varying degrees of success. The most recent wave in the capital have tended to … Continue reading

Calcutta Street review – Indian supper club settles down in Fitzrovia
★★★★☆ / Indian

Calcutta Street review – Indian supper club settles down in Fitzrovia

Curry that makes you feel at home. Sort of. I’ve never understood the compulsion for restaurants to describe dishes as ‘home made’. When eating out, I want professionally made dishes – culinary delights that I couldn’t make at home. That conceit is slightly different at Calcutta Street though. Originally a supper club that has now … Continue reading

Apollo Banana Leaf review – Sri Lankan food in Tooting
★★★★☆ / Indian / Sri Lankan

Apollo Banana Leaf review – Sri Lankan food in Tooting

Shabby chic, spicy heat and rock bottom prices No-one likes being ill with the cold, but it’s especially inconvenient when you review restaurants. Having a bunged up nose wreaks havoc with your sense of smell, and small plays a big part in how we perceive taste. I therefore usually refrain from reviewing when I’m drowning … Continue reading

Tayyabs review – Whitechapel curry praised in Haiku
★★★☆☆ / Indian

Tayyabs review – Whitechapel curry praised in Haiku

 Classic cheap curry consumed cheerfully For most Londoners, Tayyabs needs no introduction. Away from the tourist trap that is Brick Lane, this Whitechapel stalwart has been serving up inexpensive, quality curries and grills for years. A lot of words have already been written about Tayyabs, so rather than my usual prose I’m going to experiment … Continue reading

Imli Street review – gluten-free Soho Indian
★★☆☆☆ / Indian

Imli Street review – gluten-free Soho Indian

Contemporary Indian small plates for sharing I’m fortunate enough that I can almost anything I want, but others have restrictions on what they can eat. The Cape, the better half of the The Squinting Brummie, is gluten intolerant for example. A surprising number of London’s restaurants do little to accommodate those with celiac diseases, but … Continue reading

The Red Fort review – classy-ish Soho Indian
★★★☆☆ / Indian

The Red Fort review – classy-ish Soho Indian

Dean Street’s upmarket curry house There are more than a few upmarket Indian restaurants in London, although what your extra money usually gets you compared to a bog standard curry house is better service and more polished, comfortable surroundings. The Red Fort on Soho’s Dean Street certainly has a plush interior, moody lighting and efficient … Continue reading