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South Indian / Keralan food - North or Central London?

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DollyDagger Nov 2, 2008 06:22 AM

I've heard good things about Sadya and Thattakuda, and others equally far away, but does anyone know of anywhere in North, North West or Central that would satisfy my cravings for Keralan food?

I remember Dos Hermanos enjoyed The Kerala off Regent Street a while back - can anyone else vouch for it?

Anywhere North or Central is fine. Have Oyster, will travel!

Failing that, South Indian cookery classes anywhere?

  1. howler Nov 2, 2008 06:41 AM

    try the lunch thali at quilon (if you agree to call buckingham palace gate 'central'). best keralan food in town i've had.

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      DollyDagger Nov 2, 2008 12:28 PM

      Ooh, hadn't realised the menu was so good. Definitely on my 'to do' list now. Thanks for the rec!

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      JFores Nov 2, 2008 10:43 AM

      There's a Keralan place off of Tottenham Court Road, but the name eludes me. I haven't tried it, but the same guy who told me abut Thattakuda mentioned it to me.

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        greedygirl Nov 2, 2008 09:57 PM

        Rasa Samudra on Charlotte Street? I've found it a bit variable, to be honest.

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          JFores Nov 3, 2008 03:39 AM

          Yeah he had never tried it either, but he mentioned that it's Keralan.

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        themags Nov 2, 2008 10:50 AM

        Rasa on Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 is very good. Not on the tube but an easy bus journey from Islington.

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          abby d Nov 19, 2008 11:32 AM

          i'd go for this as well. it is much better than their central london branches. it's worth going as a group of 4 or more so you can get a good range of dishes. i agore the green banana and mango curry and the bagar baignan (aubergine in yoghurt).

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          JFores Nov 2, 2008 11:09 AM

          You did just miss an Eat Drink Talk "Indian Seafood" class which was very South heavy, though.

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            DollyDagger Nov 2, 2008 12:27 PM

            Yeah I saw that on the schedule, but I'm not a big fan of her classes to be honest.

            I stumbled across www.cookingwithmonisha.com recently though and I'm sure she occasionally does South Indian classes. (I'm going to email to find out).

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              greeneyesN4 Nov 3, 2008 08:52 AM

              Ragam, 57 Cleveland street, does pretty good S Indian food. Not far from there on Euston road is Rasa Express which does basic bento box type veggie or meat lunches. The Kerala resturant just offf Regent street was good last time I was there about 18 months ago-we had the buffet and lassi to recover after queuing for our Indian visas at the High Commission.

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                JFores Nov 11, 2008 07:31 AM

                What'd you find wrong with Eat Drink Talk classes?

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                  DollyDagger Nov 11, 2008 09:30 AM

                  Nothing wrong with them - just didn't enjoy it as much as others I have done. Not cheap either!

            2. sasicka Nov 4, 2008 03:46 AM

              I have enjoyed the Woodlands restaurant in Hampstead - vegetarian and South Indian. Allegedly the food is pretty authentic.
              Alexandra

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                Iestyn Morgan Nov 4, 2008 09:09 AM

                I like The Kerala, so another vote for that. I also really enjoyed Rasa in Stoke Newington, but that was a few years back, so I guess a cautious vote for that.

                I wasn't such a big fan of Quilon when I went for lunch, thought it was a bit toned down and the atmosphere was poor. I like the Sagar mini-chain, and there's one just off the Tottenham Court Rd, though I slightly prefer the Hammersmith branch. Full write up at http://londonrestaurant.blog.co.uk/20... .

                There are also the cheap and cheerful bel puri places on the Euston Rd which I still think do a job.

                For the best South Indian food in London that I've had, I'd still reccomend Kastoori, but that is South, not North or Central - its in Tooting.

                I thought dadima in Wembley was S Indian, but just checked my fairly old write up on my blog and it is Gujurati. Excellent vegetarian Indian though, and if you don't mind going that far out, there are a wealth of options in Wembley that look worth trying.

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                  JFores Nov 4, 2008 09:40 AM

                  Dadima is Gujarati and Kastoori is Gujarati as well. Both are very much not Southern.

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                    Iestyn Morgan Nov 11, 2008 10:48 AM

                    Ah well, live and learn. I think, having not been there, I basically associate southern Indian with vegetarian, which on thinking about it is clearly supid. Still great food though.

              2. Paula76 Nov 19, 2008 04:01 AM

                Hi there..I lived in London for quite some time and I am an Indian food devotee so I've sampled loads of different places. Whilst living in the Kilburn/Queen's Park area, I stumbled across a Keralan restaurant called Kovalam and I can honestly say that I was blown away by their food every time (and I've been back quite a few). Last time, my partner and I ate a feast with many courses, breads, starters and drinks and it all came to £35! It's on Willesden Lane and Kilburn High Road. Highly recommended!

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