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Nov 2, 2008 06:22 AM

South Indian / Keralan food - North or Central London?

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?

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  1. 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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    1. re: howler

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

    2. 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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      1. re: JFores

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

        1. re: greedygirl

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

      2. 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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        1. re: themags

          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).

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

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          1. re: JFores

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

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

            1. re: DollyDagger

              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.

              1. re: DollyDagger

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

                1. re: JFores

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

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

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              1. re: sasicka

                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 .

                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.

                1. re: Iestyn Morgan

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

                  1. re: JFores

                    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.