Spicy Island, New Malden, London
Great fried Sri Lankan snacks. A very fresh clean flavour, despite getting the stuff from display case. Medu vada (lentil donuts) were crispy on the outside and slightly chewy and smooth on the inside. A breaded "cutlet" -- basically a roll filled with a potato and mutton curry, breaded and deep fried was also good. Another deep fried snack, an amalgam of lentils gave off a good fennel flavour with brilliant crunchiness.
Located on Burlington Road. Apparently new as their menus weren't printed yet.
This is a good place, strong flavours and they are not shy with the chilli. Snacks are good and so are the main dishes. There is seating at the back and friendly service - eat in or take away. I think it has been open for quite a while but changed hands a year or so ago. It was the biriani that was first recommended to me but it did not float my boat. On Fridays there have been vegetarian thalis packed ready for take away and very substantial. (I also have a recommendation for egg hoppers at 'Bay and Curry Leaves', 278 Burlington Road, the other side of the A3, away but have yet to follow it up.)
Spicy Island closed for a while and I thought it had gone but it reopened after quite a refurbishment. The food (and restaurant) is better than ever.
Take away vegetarian thali is the Friday special and it is absolutely excellent - Of course not as refined as Quilon but I know where I would rather eat.
Pappadum, rice, aubergine and chickpea, dal, potato and cauliflower in a light tomato juice, some sort of squash with bite, mustard greens (I think), a yoghourt pickle with a crunchy cucumber like vegetable, ragam…..All energetically spiced and with lots of curry leaves.
Truly excellent but it would be good if someone who knew what they were eating could provide the detail…
I understand that they also open for breakfast - idli and sambar.