Hoppers Soho 333

49 Frith Street , London, W1D 4SG

2 reviews

33 Indian Soho

  • Hoppers Indian restaurant Soho London bar
  • Hoppers Indian restaurant Soho London bar
  • Hoppers London Soho Indian restaurant
  • Hoppers London Soho Indian restaurant
  • Hoppers London Soho Indian restaurant

SquareMeal Review of Hoppers Soho

SquareMeal award hall of fame 1999-2018 logo badgeSquareMeal London Hot 100 2018Sometimes, very good things come in very small packages. This no-reservations South Indian eatery from the Sethi siblings (of Trishna and Gymkhana fame) goes from strength to strength, with the implementation of an app in 2016 eliminating one of very few negative points: the need to queue outside on Lexington Street. The average wait at dinner is still over an hour, but the pay-off is astoundingly good-value Sri Lankan and Tamil cuisine “full of delicate flavours and fragrances”. Pick an eponymous hopper (a bowl-shaped rice pancake) with a gooey egg embedded in its base or a sticky, crunchy dosa cone, then match your choice with a “perfectly balanced” kari (curry). Options range from lamb, black pork or fish to red pumpkin and gourd with cashew, irresistibly supported by fiery, must-order Bengali prawns or crisp and deeply meaty mutton rolls. Hoppers is perpetually packed, but “friendly, discreet staff” won’t rush you, so sit back and sip an exotic Margarita (pepped up with pickled lime and coconut salt) to compensate for the absence of a dessert menu.

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Food & Drink: 5.5

Service: 5.5

Atmosphere: 5.5

Value: 5.5

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Joanna G. platinum reviewer 11 July 2016

We joined the queue at 11.30am on Saturday (the restaurant doesn’t open until midday) and by the time the doors opened, the queue was enough to fill the restaurant, and I understand why. This place is fantastic, the staff are welcoming, knowledgeable and passionate about the food and happy to recommend their favourite cocktails, dishes etc. We had (to share), crispy spiced quail on the bone, string hoppers (steamed noodle like pieces of hopper, shaped into a patty with an out of this world spicy, coconut sauce and pol sambol (dessicated coconut and Maldivian dried fish with onions and spices) that you sprinkle on top, I have never tasted anything like it but I want to again!, one hopper, one dosa, one chicken curry and one lamb curry, which was the perfect amount of food for us. I want to try everything on the menu, and can’t wait to go back. Unlike other no reservations restaurants the manager will take your name and number and call you when a table comes free, so that you enjoy a drink or two in one of the many local soho bars while you wait, which is good concept. We drank Hoppers Spritz and Lion sri Lankan lager. This is from the same family as the wonderful Trishna and Gymkhana – if they would like to adopt me I will happily “work for food” 

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

Larry W. 29 February 2016

They have no reservation system here. You have to turn up and register and they text you when a table is ready. They said the average wait was two hours. For Street Food....... However, after registering and waiting patiently for 2 1/2 hours in Soho, no call, No Text. Complete waste of our evening so won't be wasting out time again.