For National Curry Week, 12-18 October, we’ve put together our top ways to celebrate curry in style across London. And if you fancy staying in, don’t miss Ocado’s fab 1/3 off sale on its Malaysian ingredients and get lively in the kitchen…
1. Dishoom, Carnaby Street | Indian curry
Dishoom‘s latest Irani style café in Carnaby Street sets the scene to 1960s Bombay, giving a nod to London’s bustling music revolution of this era, which kicked off the Bombay rock’n’roll vibes. It’s not all about the 60s inspired interiors, antiques and even the jukebox that’s made its way over from the Chor Bazaar: the menu is full of tasty small plates, grills, biryanis, rolls and curries. Try the cocktails in the Permit Room, including The Thunderball – sloe gin fizz topped up with Thums Up cola and finished with popping candy. It will get you in the mood for dancing.
Must-try: Dishoom Carnaby’s signature dish – Sali Boti, a Parsi classic: tender lamb braised in a rich gravy, served with crunchy sali chips and served with ‘roomali roti’.
Location: Dishoom | 22 Kingly St, London W1B 5QB
Opening date: If you missed the soft launch, (or have already stuffed yourselves and are eager for more), Dishoom Carnaby Street opens 15 October.
2. Vinn Goute | Seychelles curry
“Vinn Goute” means “come and taste” in the Seychelles Creole. They are the only Seychelles street food kitchen in London serving curries, wraps and their own chilli sauces and we discovered them at the International Street Food Challenge this summer. Our octopus curry was tender and packed with flavour and we devoured the red snapper ball and coconut milk bites. The food journey is inspired by the memory of fresh fish caught from the blue seas in the Seychelles and the atmosphere of the family kitchen. Sigh.
Must-try: Seychelles octopus curry.
Location: These guys get around. Vinn Goute have been hanging out on a rooftop in White City for Storeys London bar and street food market for the first two weeks of October and they had a residency at The King & Co pub over the summer. Find them at Kings Cross for lunch tomorrow, and West India Quay, plus at Alexandra Palace on 7 November for the firework celebrations in north London.
3. Gymkhana | Indian curry
Think sumptuous dining, in an all lavish affair, this is one for a special occasion. Gymkhana is inspired by colonial Indian gymkhana clubs where members used to socialise. Set the scene with the Spiced Monopoly, a house spiced rum daiquiri with a refreshing orange blossom ice cream on the side. Try the dosa with the Chettinad duck and coconut chutney for a taste of spice; mix up the palette with the smooth chicken butter masala, fired up by the hot guinea fowl pepper fry and cooled down with a pomegranate and mint raita.
Must-try: Game is on the menu for the season. If you’re up for a treat, book the Gymkhana game tasting menu, £80 for 7 courses.
Location: Gymkhana | 42 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4JH
4. Rotli Crew| Indian curry
This modern, Indian-inspired street food duo have taken over the kitchen at Clapham’s The King & Co pub from Monday 5 October ’til Sunday 29 November. The menu offers a mixture of small and large plates, including the lush Kashmiri Mutton Curry (above). Get yourself down there for Saturday Brunch and Sunday Lunch, too, for their Indian twist. Inspired by personal family recipes, the menu reflects the dishes eaten in the Indian home, using fresh, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. Sources include rare breed, slow-aged meat from Turner & George and sustainable fish and shellfish from Moxons. READ MORE about the menu.
Must-try: Kashmiri Mutton Curry (above).
Location: The King & Co | 100 Clapham Park Road, London SW4 7BZ
5. Make your own Kari Laksa | Malaysian curry
“Laksa” is an umbrella term for a noodle soup and is a delicious, warming comfort food as the nights draw in. If you fancy getting experimental in the kitchen, try cooking your own Kari Laksa. Malaysian dishes blend Chinese, Indian and traditional Malay flavours and are easier to cook at home than you think. Malaysia Kitchen has shared a recipe with us especially for National Curry Week. CLICK HERE to try your hand at Malaysian cuisine and to access 1/3 off the ingredients with Ocado.
Who? Malaysia Kitchen puts on street food market events with top chefs, demonstrations, tastings and the chance to buy hundreds of authentic products.
Location: This year’s Malaysia Night saw 60,000 foodies attend the event in Trafalgar Square. Malaysia Kitchen’s events and street food festivals showcase Malaysian cuisine available in London and across the UK and this year vendors have started to come across from Malaysia, too. We’ll keep you in the loop, in the meantime find out more at www.malaysiakitchen.co.uk.
And here are a few extra dishes with a hot twist…
Head to Kricket and Baba G’s at Pop Brixton for small dishes and spiced burgers; book your tickets for Oktober Feast and get your hands on Rola Wala’s naan sliders with beautiful toppings; or head to Phat Phuc for a Laksa.