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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Sometimes, 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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49 Frith Street ,London W1D 4SG

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Heaven on a copper plate

by   platinum reviewer (78)

Jul 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,...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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49 Frith Street ,London W1D 4SG

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Time wasters

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Feb 2016

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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.

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Area: Soho
  • Price: £33
  • Wine: £28

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