This is the original branch of this excellent expanding chain. It's still loyal to its roots which are in the vegetarian dishes of the Keralan region of South West India.
Dishes such as 'Banana Bali'- (deep fried in batter and served with peanut & ginger sauce); 'Rasam' - (a peppery lentil broth, with spices and tamarind) and 'Masala Vadai' - (delicious deep fried patties served with coconut chutney) figure among the starters.
'Chili Onion Rava Dosa' - (a large lacy, crispy pancake, served with lentil & vegetable sauce, coconut chutney & spicy potato masala); 'Home-made Paneer (curd cheese) & spinach cooked with garlic, peppers & tomatoes in a creamy sauce' and 'Rasa Vangi' - (aubergines cooked in a thick tomato & onion sauce, flavoured with chilli & coriander) among the mains.
The region's cooking means that many dishes contain bananas, in one way or another and that chutney's should form an important part of the meal.
There's a good selection of Payasam's (desserts) without which (we're told) no meal from Kerala is complete.
Friendly and excellent service from staff who are mainly from Kerala.
- Food Style: Indian Vegetarian
- Lunch: Sat & Sun 12.00-15.00, mains about £7 (including rice)
- Dinner: Mon-Thurs 18.00-22.45, Fri 18.00-23.30, Sat 18.00-23.30; mains about £7 (including rice)
- Seats: 64
- Wine: a concise list has modest mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Finsbury Park
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: L Mon-Fri, D Sun; some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned