Kevin & Lee’s Restaurant Recommendations
Kevin and Lee are regularly quizzed on their Indian restaurant recommendations and where they’ve eaten recently, so much so, I’ve been asking all the important questions on your behalf and have compiled a comprehensive list of their current favourites.
Modern Indian restaurants and street food eateries:
Dishoom | Bombay Café - Manchester/Edinburgh/Kensington/Shoreditch/King’s Cross/Carnaby/Covent Garden
“Dishoom pays homage to the Irani cafe's and the food of all Bombay.” (Dishoom, 2018)
Dishoom was top of the list when I asked Kevin to share his dining knowledge, offering fantastic and attentive service within incredibly busy restaurants. It is definitely worth booking ahead, otherwise be prepared to queue - however, Kevin reassures me that it will be worth the wait.
The menu spans from breakfast through to dinner with a great array of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free choices, Dishoom has something for everyone.
If you’re desperate for a great Dosa but you aren’t planning on visiting India any time soon, Lee recommends Coconut Lagoon. The restaurant also offers plenty of vegetarian dishes, so you veggies out there will be spoiled for choice!
Dabbawal | Street Food - Newcastle
“This is food made the old way. Food made the right way.” (Dabbawal, 2018)
Mumbai inspired street food in a relaxed setting. Your food is served as and when it is ready which makes it perfect for sharing. Eating together and taking the time to enjoy your food is a huge part of Indian culture and Dabbawal encapsulates this perfectly.
Mango | Gujarati - Wetherby
A family run, award-winning business, specialising in Gujarati vegetarian food who’s ethos is “[To] serve to you what [their family] would eat at home.” (Mango, 2018). They offer a fantastic selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, all freshly prepared and extremely delicious. Mango is very popular, so worth booking ahead!
Prashad | Indian Vegetarian Cuisine - Bradford
“Whether you are a devoted vegetarian or a meat eater, our menu and food will excite you.”(Prashad, 2017)
Another award-winning, family-owned restaurant (we’re starting to see a pattern here!), with a strong focus on vegetarian tasting menus to excite even the most dedicated meat eaters amongst you. Prashad is dedicated to sourcing their ingredients locally whenever possible and supports local growers. Definitely worth a visit to celebrate a special occasion and a must try for avid foodies!
Traditional Indian restaurants and street food eateries:
Pradips | Gujarati - Harrow, London
“All our dishes are hand cooked by members of the family, and prepared using fresh and natural ingredients.” (Pradips, 2018)
When I asked Kevin to sum up his experiences at Pradips he simply answered “Genuine and charming.” Based on this review alone, I’d say it’s worth the trip.
East West Taste | South Indian and Sri Lankan - Sheffield
A small establishment tucked away in Sheffield, boasting big flavours. Although the restaurant may not look much from the outside, the quality of the food is a real treat, as Lee puts it: “Really good South Indian fair” and the dosas on offer here are worth the visit alone!
Chennai Dosa | South Indian - East Ham, London
“Recreat[ing] the magic of South Indian cuisine in London” (Chennai Dosa, 2015)
Kevin is all about the “Amazing £4 breakfast buffet!” at Chennai Dosa, this South Indian restaurant holds a real charm with value for money and attentive service. Not to be missed!
So there you have it, this list is definitely not exhaustive, but it's a good head start on where to eat when you're out and about!