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Indian places in Balham, London


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Indian places in Balham, London

limster | Dec 2, 2007 05:38 AM

• Sadya (Keralan)
Excellent Keralan food, mellow, integrated flavours, alternatively deep and subtle. Standout was a dish of mango cooked in coconut milk, the richness of the sauce, the toasty coconut flavour, the subtlety of the spicing, all coming together behind the ripe fruit flavour. I had this as one of many items on their vegetarian sadya, a multicourse meal similar to a thali, except that even advance notice, they would serve it on a banana leaf. Another notable was the paratha, brilliantly crisp and flakey, with the perfect underlying chewiness. My favourite experience of the all the Indian places I've tried so far.

• Hop and Spice (Sri Lankan)
A pleasant vegetable kotthu, given a nice savoury edge from good pan caramelization of onions and a lovely oily richness which I suppose is ghee. A reasonable dish of green beans spiced with fennel. The dishes here all come in small thali-sized portions, requiring one to choose 3 or 4 for a meal. Not a bad concept.

• Nanglo (Nepali)
The assortment of vegetable curries is not bad, allowing one to sample a few items. It's nothing special, but nothing bad either. Flavours came across as fresh and eager rather than with grandmotherly depth. My favourite was probably the pumpkin curry for its soft pumpkin that carried the spice better than most. (Gurkhas will be the next to try.)

• El Kebabish (Pakistani)
A no-frills kebab joint -- a satisfactory kebab roll, fairly moist, decent spicing.

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