Food and drink
For the best value, I usually order a grand thali - a complete, filling meal on one platter for which you get to choose a curry from a generous list including vegetable, chicken, lamb and prawn dishes. But you can eat very lightly if you prefer, with chicken tikka wraps, curry and rice plates, grills and Masala Zone’s unusual curried noodles, where India meets south-east Asia. The wine list is just as keenly priced and cleverly chosen; there are plenty of delicious options for people staying off alcohol too.
Colourful and bustling. Each outlet has a different decorative theme – here it’s old advertising posters for groceries, sewing machines and the like. Other branches feature tribal art and traditional puppets.
Well-trained and prompt. They aim to turn tables quickly but I’ve never felt rushed.
On busy Parkway in the heart of Camden Town, handy for the markets, cinema and nightlife.
Turn up off-peak and there are great bargains to be had, such as two courses for £8.70 at lunch and pre-theatre. Grand thalis are priced £10.50-£11.30.
There are seven branches stretching from Islington to Fulham. Most central are Soho and Covent Garden – see website for details.
- Backpackers / Students
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- People watching
- No fuss