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Vindaloo in London

Mark P | Aug 10, 2009 06:31 AM

Hey folks -

I'd like to know where to get a good rendition of standard English vindaloo. Although I thought vindaloo was a common/popular dish in London for many years, it seems to be hard to find:

I've read every past thread that included the word vindaloo, and the only joint I saw mentioned was Cafe Spice Namaste (and this was without an endorsement, just a mention of the menu), which claims to serve something more like the genuine/traditional Portuguese vindaloo as interpreted by the Goans who made the dish famous. They explicitly say it's not like the vindaloo one normally finds in the U.K. / the way vindaloo has evolved in the U.K.

I've also read many threads about Indian restaurants in London (from all areas of the subcontinent). Many places commonly mentioned (e.g., Thattukada, New Tayyabs) are from/specialize in the wrong region. Others are from more of the right part of the country or are just broader in scope (I think) (e.g., Bombay Brasserie, Moti Mahal, Mirch Masala) but don't have it on their menu.

None of the five Indian restaurants I happened to walk by the other afternoon on the way home have it on the menu.

Thus, my question is naively simple: where can I get a good version of the normal rendition of this dish? Or, if you aren't sure, what's a place that serves most things on their menu well and that you know has vindaloo on their menu?

thanks,
mark

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