Celebrate National Curry Week (10-16 October), with a few of our favourite spots and twists from around the world in London. Let’s get feasting…
India… Whisky and Curry at Tiger Dram
Once you’ve rubbed the Buddha’s belly and entered this pop up you can indulge in delicious sharing plates and pair them to a selection of whisky.
What to Try: The Fish Curry, with coconut, green chilli and curry leaf and the fish of the day; or turn up the heat with the Rogan Josh Curry – slow-cooked aromatic lamb. Don’t miss smaller plates including the soft-shell crab tempura with mango pickle (not to be missed!).
Drink it with: The Amrut Fusion India Malt – it’s fruity, spicy with a full bodied flavour; or the Nikka Miyagikyo Non Age – a Japanese whisky with citrus hints and a smooth finish.
Tiger Dram at the Cornish Tiger | 1 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HG
India… the Discovery Menu at Talli Joe
This is a tribute to some of India’s lesser known cuisines, taking on the cooking styles of Rajasthan, North Kerala and Punjab.
What to Eat: Indulge in the Rajasthani Dahi Papad Ki Sabzi – pappadums in a yoghurt curry served with bajra roti and lasoon chutney. Travel south to Kerala and taste the Meen Moplah – a sea bream curry. This is inspired by the Moplahs – North Kerala’s Malabar Muslim community. And for the meat-lovers – tuck into the Meat Beli Ram, a spiced lamb mince and chicken curry served with Pao.
Talli Joe | 152-156 Shaftesbury Ave, London WC2H 8HL | The new curries are available at £9.50 throughout the week during lunch and dinner.
Thailand… som saa
som saa serve dishes from all over Thailand including some of the rich and aromatic Northern curries, fiery and tangy grilled dishes that might be found in the North East.
What to Try: Choose from a selection of curries with fresh coconut cream including Gaeng hung lay, a burmese style curry of pork belly and shoulder with pickled garlic and fresh ginger; or turn up the heat with the Gaeng Baa Pla, jungle curry with daily fish, Thai aubergines, holy basil and wild ginger.
Drink it with: Try the Krahang Old Fashioned with sandalwood smoked bourbon, palm sugar gomme and mandarin peel for an old style classic with a twist.
som saa | 43A Commercial Street, London E1 6BD
Sri Lanka… Hoppers
Head to this popular Soho spot and feast on hoppers and Kari (that’s curry!).
What to Try: The hopper is a bowl-shaped pancake made from fermented rice and coconut milk which juxtaposes a soft centre with crispy, thin edges. Go for the Lamb Kari and the Black Pork Kari for a mix of textures. The lamb is an oh-so smooth and succulent dish, perfect for grabbing any remaining hopper and dosa shreds to scoop the kari off the bowl, while the pork has a dry texture packed with peppery taste.
Drink it with: Kick off the feast with a Pineapple and Black Pepper Punch – made with Ceylon arrack (fermented coconut sap), saffron and vanilla bitters, black pepper cream soda and pineapple foam. This is refreshing to the palette and perfect for the spice kick about to hit.
Hoppers | 49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG
India… Chai Ki
Described as “soulful and innovative” by founder Rohit Chugh, Chai Ki serve modern Indian sharing plates with traditional flavours and ingredients with a few unique twists.
What to Try: All dishes are great for sharing. Choose from small plates or the larger plates – the Butter Chicken with a ‘makhani’ sauce is deliciously smooth with the added miso ‘Malai’ twist; and the Dum Ka Gosht is a slow-cooked lamb shoulder dish that will have you going back for more.
Drink it with: The focus on bold punchy flavours work well with signature cocktails and a selection of craft beers. Go for cocktails with a few spicy twists. The Chai Ki Toddy with chai and coconut arrack is our favourite.
Chai Ki | Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AR
Smoking Goat founder Ben Chapman has just opened Kiln in Soho, a side-of-the-road-type restaurant, with a short grill menu plus a speciality daily noodle dish. The cooking is inspired by the rural simplicity of the Thai borderlands where dishes combining Burmese and Yunanese spicing and flavours are cooked over open fire.
What to Try: The Wild Ginger and Short Rib Curry from Burma is flavour-packed dish with tender meat and a rich sauce. If you love spice then add the Mackerel Dry Red Curry to your order. The flavours will show you a completely different side to Thai food.
Drink it with: Any of the wines selected by Zeren Wilson from bittenandwritten.com
Kiln | 58 Brewer St, London W1F 9TL
India… Brunch at Gunpowder
Gunpowder‘s menu takes inspiration from family recipes and home cooking. This recent brunch menu has been created by founder Harneet Baweja and Head Chef, Nirmal Save.
What to Try: Savoury Chickpea Pancakes topped with chutneys and shaved coconut; Kadhai Paneer parcel with crispy kale; market-style spicy scrambled eggs with onion and tomatoes served on a sourdough toast; and then there’s the Chicken Liver and Beef Pie with spinach paratha crust.
Drink it with: A Bloody Mary is normally your perfect hangover cure but on this occasion it’s the Bloody Batra, that’ll do the trick – it has a kick with whole chillies and mustard seeds instead of the traditional Tabasco.
Gunpowder | 11 White’s Row, Spitalfields E1 7NF
Japan… Bone Daddies
Love Japanese dishes and ramen? It’s all about the comfort food dishes at Bone Daddies with a nod to food trends in Japan. Head to this favourite for our pick of an alternative curry this National Curry Week.
What to Try: While there are plenty of ramen choices on offer her we say try the Curry Ramen – with fried chicken, padron peppers, cabbage in a chicken bone broth.
Drink it with: Try the Frozen Yuzu Margarita for a Japanese citrus twist on a classic. Don’t miss beers, sake, cider and wine.
Bone Daddies | See website for locations
Brazil… Las Iguanas
Las Iguanas celebrates all things Latin American, from Brazilian to Mexican.
What to Try: Go for the Moqueca de Palmitos, a vibrant vegetarian dish with butternut squash, palm hearts and spinach in a coconut curry. This is served with sling onion rice and sweet plantain. Slowly cooked in a clay dish there’s also a fish version. It doesn’t end there, go for the Xinxim – a dish from Northern Brazil with chicken and crayfish in a creamy lime and peanut sauce with rice, green beans, coconut farofa and sweet plantain.
India… Bombay Palace
What to Try: Go for the Nalli Gosht – an exotic dish from Lucknow in Northern India made with slow cooked Lamb shanks. The gosht (lamb) is slow-cooked overnight in a unique blend of spices using traditional earthenware pots– creating a tender lamb dish. It’s then finished with ghee to take the bite out of the chilli and tempered to evenly spice the flavours, garnished with coriander leaves, fried onions, green chillies, juliennes of ginger, lemon and slices of white radish. Bombay Palace will be serving this for £22 and each guest will receive a glass of excellent house wine to accompany the dish.
Bombay Palace | 50 Connaught St, London W2 2AA
Chocolate… Fifth Dimension Chocolate
5D Chocolates will be exhibiting at The Chocolate Show at Olympia.
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For our pick of the best bottomless brunches click here.