Street Eats: Hankies

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The Roomali Roti is the star of the show at new Indian restaurant Hankies.

What to Expect

A good roomali roti is, my dining partner assured me, hard to come by in London. Enter Hankies, a North Indian restaurant which specialises in the roomali roti. This hand-spun, handkerchief-thin dough is cooked over a roomali tawa and folded into the shape of a ‘hanky’ (hence the name), and accompanies a menu of small dishes bursting with the flavours of Delhi.

The Roomali Roti being stretched

What to Eat

You won’t find rice or naan on the menu, but you won’t miss it. Pair your roomali roti with a selection from the grill and pan-fried dishes; for fish lovers, the Yellow Chilli Fish Tikka is a delicately flavoured sea bass, while the Sea Bream is a whole fish pan-fried in spices.

Hankies truffle roti

For a milder creamy dish, pick the Egg & Crab Gotala, or go for the Chilli Lamb Chop, marinaded for days for an impressive depth of flavour. Supplement all this with one (or several) of the homemade chutneys, while the Hankies Dahl will impress any dahl fan.

The Spicy Lychee

What to Drink

Hankies boasts an interesting array of cocktails including the Spicy Lychee, a fiery blend of vodka, lychee, and green chilli. Or if the heat gets too much, opt for a Blood Orange Lassi.

Best for…

Very reasonably priced and excellent quality Indian food – everything is homemade from scratch, while the rotis are spun and the food is grilled in front of you.

Cool down with a lassi

Don’t Miss

The Truffle Roomali. Filled with oozing seasoned cheddar and drizzled with homemade truffle butter, you’d be a fool not to order several…

Hankies | 67 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6EX


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