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.
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“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.
“Reminds me of my childhood in South East Asia!” One of the biggest hits of late 2015, the Sethi family’s Sri Lankan, street food yearling has stormed into Soho with the “incredible” and “punchy flavours” of its “curries, plus crisp dosas and hoppers (rice pancakes) for dipping”. “Annoyingly this is another restaurant that doesn’t take bookings”, but most reporters are “happy to wait”. Top Menu Tip – “the bone marrow Varuval is meaty and deep, mopped up perfectly with a roti”.
Hoppers Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Authentic Sri Lankan food. Reminds me of what my friends mum used to make. Obviously you must have a hopper. Curries are delicious especially the seafood one. Service could not be faulted, even though we were a large group"
"I love the dosa here but why serve the accompaniments separately? Smacks of money making because that’s not how dosas are done!"
"Interesting dishes from Sri Lanka. Very good street food, with crowded, sharing tables to match and restaurant prices that definitely don't match"
Monday to Thursday 12-2.30pm; 5.30pm-10.30pm; Friday & Saturday 12-10.30pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm