Laksha Bay 1

83-85 Wapping Lane , London, E1W 2RW

Laksha Bay

SquareMeal Review of Laksha Bay

Look through the intricately decorated glass frontage of this “delicious local Indian” and you’ll see an expansive dining room done out in white, with vivid red and black chairs, some abstract art on the walls, spotlights in the ceiling and shelves of bottles stretching the length of the place. Taking its inspiration from the ‘sun-kissed shores’ of the Lakshadweep archipelago, Laksha Bay offers a regional taste of the subcontinent from Hyderabadi duck with cashews and pistachios to Jaipur chicken garnished with crispy potatoes. Other chef’s specials worth noting include crab masala, ‘railway lamb’ and Bengali-style king prawns, while tandooris, biryanis and a few ‘old favourites’ such as chicken bhuna flesh out the repertoire. Set menus are great value if you fancy sharing. “Very helpful staff” are happy to advise, and the restaurant offers takeaways and local deliveries within a five-mile radius.

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8.0

Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 6.0

Atmosphere: 6.0

Value: 9.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Gourmand Gunno platinum reviewer 19 July 2017

The word Wapping generally brings to mind either images of dastardly deeds in the docks of Victorian London or Rupert Murdoch’s destruction of the British newspaper industry, not a place for culinary surprises. Yet this is precisely what experienced when seeking an Indian meal after a mini pub crawl in the area. Plaudits to Google for suggesting Laksha Bay, a gem of a restaurant which provided some very innovative offerings at great value. The place has been open for around four years, and appears not only to have built a strong local following, but also to have won a number of awards for its cooking. Laksha Bay offers a range of dishes, traversing both the traditional (such as tikka masala or biryani) through to the much more pioneering such as my lamb Kathmandu main. This was a semi-dry dish with a huge emphasis on flavour, provided by the fresh herbs, shredded ginger and crisp red naga chillies – pretty spicy, but done in a thoughtful, subtle and well-integrated way. Indicative of both the dexterity and diversity of the restaurant, around a dozen different specialities can be sampled at Laksha Bay (my lamb being just one from the list), taking in influences from Goa, Bengal and Hyderabad. Portion sizes were generous and, at around £20/head (including poppadums, beer and service), we all left feeling mighty contented.

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