RestaurantsLondonForest HillSE23

survey result

Summary

£54
   ££
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

With its “extraordinary modern take on Indian cuisine with a British slant”, this unsung food hero of the south London suburbs is “worth the trek” to Forest Hill – “it’s not easy to find but don’t miss it”. A local hit for 36 years now, it’s “a major cut above your standard Indian”, and boasts “surprising, inventive and unfailingly delicious food, impeccably charming staff, and a Dal Makhni I travel 150 miles twice a year to eat”. “The chefs are artists with a rabbit” – evidence of their “particular talent with game that surprises and delights in equal measure”.

Summary

£57
   ££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“In Forest Hill… who knew?”; this “off-the-beaten-track” culinary mecca has, in fact, been “brilliant for years” (it opened in 1985) and “these guys just keep on delivering the goods”. It’s not just the “magnificent cooking”, often featuring game, or “seriously divine cocktails” (some of them “super spicy”) – the ambience too “is strikingly elegant given the mundane locale” of the distant south London ’burbs. Top Tip – “best experienced when they do their special seasonal menus and events”.

Summary

£57
   ££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“In Forest Hill… who knew?”; this “off-the-beaten-track” culinary mecca has, in fact, been “brilliant for years” (it opened in 1985) and “these guys just keep on delivering the goods”. It’s not just the “magnificent cooking”, often featuring game, or “seriously divine cocktails” (some of them “super spicy”) – the ambience too “is strikingly elegant given the mundane locale” of the distant south London ’burbs. Top Tip – “best experienced when they do their special seasonal menus and events”.

Summary

£57
   ££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A marvel in a suburban desert” – this Forest Hill “jewel” takes “South London Indian cuisine to a new level and puts it equal with the best in the West End and City”. “The cooking is refined and inventive, beautifully spiced and seasoned, and looks as good as it tastes, while service is amiable rather than expert and the decor rather smart”. “I’ve been going there for over 20 years and it remains relevant and delicious with a constantly evolving menu and drinks list”. “If you live anywhere remotely within striking distance, you have to try it out!”

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Restaurant details

Entertainments,Highchair,Menu
Yes
No shorts
85

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.95 £17.75 £6.50 £0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Bread £4.95
Service 10.00%
119 Brockley Rise, London, SE23 1JP
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑4 pm, 5:30 pm‑11 pm

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