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Restaurants & Bars

Indian places in Tooting, London

limster | Dec 1, 200704:13 AM     1

• Kastoori, West African/Gujarati
The special vegetable curry was quite good, a mountain vegetable that was squash-like, cooked in a sauce with a tomato base, and punctuated with nutty, crunchy seeds that resembled pumpkins seeds. Delicious but not life-changing. Does make me want to go back to try more.

• Sarashwathy Bavans, Tamil/South Indian
A diverse thali with more than 10 items, a nice way to mix, match and taste. Too many to recall specifics, but the vadai was a little tired and soft, the rasam ok. Standout was probably the clovey green beans and a roast dry red chilli. Not bad on the whole. Dosa at the next table looked good.

• Jaffna House, Sri Lankan
Lots of little fried snacks. Liked the "banana bread" a vaaipor (I probably remembered the name wrong), a ball of fried dough mixed with banana, down to earth and delicious with the coconut chutney that was given a spicy earthy note by the presence of green chilli. String hoppers stir fried with vegetables, some of the frozen variety, others fresh, including aubergines and green beans, was satisfying and homey. On my list to return to, especially since it's relatively inexpensive.

• Dosa & Chutney, Tamil/South Indian
An ok onion rava masala dosa, not as delicate and lacy as the finest examples, but not bad nevertheless. A competent array of sides, including sambar, coconut chutney, and a few touches of chilli sauces.

• Radha Krishna Bhavan, Keralan
The flavours here were bright and fresh rather than mellow and integrated. A tomato base enlivened perfectly sauteed okra/bhindi, savoury with onions and spices. A mixed vegetable curry with the aromatic flavours from curry leaves and coconut milk prominent and individualized, rising above the spices behind them.

• Apollo Banana Leaf, Sri Lankan
The special noodles with mutton, chicken and shrimp reminded me slightly of mee goreng, an Indian dish with a Malay name, not unusual of native Singaporean dishes derived from a melting pot. Heavy on the ground spices, and thus a bit off balance, but generous with smoky, spicy green chilli. A smaller menu than Jaffna House, but just as inexpensive. Wasn't my favourite, but warrants more exploration.

• Mr Munawar Punjab Sweets
Loved the moist articulate halwa, carrot and cardamom. An ok potato samosa.

• Pooja Sweets
A confection of ground cashews, decorated with silver leaf, can't remember the name of the item, but very likable.

• Royal Sweets
Probably a notch below the other two, a milk ball that was fine and lovely, a decent samosa, and a ladoo that broke beautifully into baubles of gram flour but had an oily trace in the finish.

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