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.
Harden's survey result
“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”.
“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
"We managed to do a walk-in during the Christmas holiday period - our first visit and we were impressed. Tried the vegetarian feast menu to experiment with a variety of dishes. Only one, the idli, disappointed us but overall the dishes were tasty and well spiced. We were impressed with the service, friendly and efficient, plates were cleared and new dishes arrived promptly but without rushing us. we will return and eat A la Carte now we know more about the food style."
"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!"
Monday to Thursday 12-2.30pm; 5.30pm-10.30pm; Friday & Saturday 12-10.30pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm