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Definitive Reviews of London’s Indian Restaurants

Shilpa 5

This restaurant in the heart of Hammersmith describes itself on its website as a “customer focused entity” (whatever that means). In particular in specialises in the cuisine of Kerala, the region in the south of India.

My initial reaction to the menu was one of disappointment; there seemed to be a rather limited choice. For example, there were only five chicken dishes – including both Chicken Masala and Chicken Tikka Masala. So that’s four-and-a-half dishes.

Our table started with a selection of appetisers, including Bhaji Platter, Paneer Tikka, Squid Pepper Fry and Murg Malai Tikka. All of this was a bit dry and uninspiring.

Our main courses included the Varutharacha Kozhi Curry (chicken with coconuts in garam masala) and the Kerala Fish Curry. The latter was highly recommended by one of my fellow diners who had eaten it before. However, on this occasion, either the recipe or the chef had changed and it was a rather tasteless concoction. An accompanying Masala Dosa was generously sized and quite good.

In its favour I have to say that the meal wasn’t expensive. But when we left (at around 9.30pm) there were no other diners in the restaurant. Meanwhile Indian Zing (q.v.) a few doors along the road was full. That tells you everything you need to know.