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The sharp-eyed Sethi siblings - the team behind Gymkhana and Trishna (as well as backers of Bao, Lyle’s and Bubbledogs) - aim to turn their midas touch to street food, with this Soho café inspired by the road shacks of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.

survey result

Summary

£53
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Eating here is like being back in Sri Lanka”, say fans of this superbly “authentic” South Asian concept from JKS Restaurants, which now has branches in Soho, Marylebone and King’s Cross. But is the shine beginning to wear off a bit? – most reporters do still talk of “amazing spicing”, “Sri Lankan street food at its best” and “probably the tastiest food in London”, but, for a minority this year, the cooking “did not live up to the hype”.

Summary

£48
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Authentic Sri Lankan food (just like my friend’s mum used to make)” has won fame for JKS Restaurants’s “buzzy” (“not much elbow room at busy times”) and “fun”, street-food cafés, which – although not quite as “novel” as when they first opened – are still “simply sensational” for most reporters. “Obviously you must have a hopper” (a rice pancake), and also “the curries are delicious, especially the seafood one”, as are the “really tasty dosas”. And “it’s unbelievable that you can have a table filled up with exciting food at less than £30 a head, including drinks!”. “While the original location (Soho) is better, it’s nice that you can book at St Christopher’s Place”.

Summary

£48
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Authentic Sri Lankan food (just like my friend’s mum used to make)” has won fame for JKS Restaurants’s “buzzy” (“not much elbow room at busy times”) and “fun”, street-food cafés, which – although not quite as “novel” as when they first opened – are still “simply sensational” for most reporters. “Obviously you must have a hopper” (a rice pancake), and also “the curries are delicious, especially the seafood one”, as are the “really tasty dosas”. And “it’s unbelievable that you can have a table filled up with exciting food at less than £30 a head, including drinks!”. “While the original location (Soho) is better, it’s nice that you can book at St Christopher’s Place”.

Summary

£61
  £££
4
Very Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Fabulous spiced dishes” based around hoppers (Sri Lankan rice pancakes) offer “a completely different experience of Indian (or akin to Indian anyway) food” at the Sethi family’s “so original” and “fun” street-food cafés, in Soho and Marylebone. But while fans still find the formula “amazing… even with the wait”, ratings slid badly this year due to the number of reporters who found it “didn’t live up to the hype”, citing issues including “pushy” or “overly swift” service and a sense it’s “just a bit too pleased with its own vibe”. Soho is walk-in only, except for ticketed events every other Sunday.

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Reviews of Hoppers Restaurant in W1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Hoppers restaurant.
Natasha L
Spicy Sri Lankan heat - so delicious ...
Reviewed 2 months, 3 days ago

"Spicy Sri Lankan heat - so delicious "

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Will W
0 Top quality food....
Reviewed 4 months, 12 days ago

"0 Top quality food."

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Gary S
Underwhelmed ...
Reviewed 4 months, 27 days ago

"Underwhelmed "

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Katie J
Good choice of curries and hoppers make for...
Reviewed 10 months, 19 days ago

"Good choice of curries and hoppers make for a delicious meal, love all the veggie options and good fast service."

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Opening hours

Monday to Thursday 12-2.30pm; 5.30pm-10.30pm; Friday & Saturday 12-10.30pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm

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