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27 Uxbridge Street
A local fixture since 1983, Malabar peddles a smart & upscale version of Indian cookery that encompasses traditional spicing & flavours with a few modern innovations. Crisp white
tablecloths, parquet flooring & leather banquettes chime well with the upmarket location & the kitchen delivers the goods. Starters include the usual tandooris & tikkas alongside
char-grilled chicken livers or sweetcorn with chillis. Mains are generally standard curry-house stuff (think kormas & dhansaks enlivened with plenty of fresh herbs), but vegetable sides offer a
touch more invention – kayla foogath comprises slices of banana with ginger, mango powder & black salt. On Sundays, the place feels a bit like a lazy pub, with the papers to read & families
helping themselves to a generous £12 buffet – note that kids eat for free.
27 Uxbridge Street
Notting Hill Gate Tube Station 76m
Holland Park Tube Station 652m
The Coronet Cinema Notting Hill Gate 31m
The Gate Cinema 85m
Mon-Sun 1-3pm Mon-Sat 6.30-11.30pm Sun 6-11pm
Food & Drink:
Rate & Review
Food + drink: 3
My friends and I went to Malabar for my birthday celebration after getting some positive reviews from acquaintances on it.
It is a lively place, and one which is even busy on a Monday so a booking is probably a good idea. We were served downstairs in the corner, initially in an empty space, but it did fill up and the atmosphere was lively.
As for the food, while the menu is more limiting than many Indian restaurants I have visited, the quality across the dishes my friends and I had was generally good, with the overall level of spice, moderate as opposed to fiery in general.
A minor criticism was the fact that a few of the dishes were not quite as hot as I normally would have liked, but that was a minor criticism. I would also say that the portions are a bit light, esp. the vegetable dishes, while the sweet lamb was a bit light in the number of lamb pieces too.
Of those things we had, I though the prawn dishes probably stood out, although I also liked the spicy chicken dish.
As for the service, it was good after a rather lengthy delay between starters and main courses, and the manager was kind enough to give us a free drink at the end for my birthday which was much appreciated.
Would I go back? Probably, although there are a number of good Indian restaurants of similar price (about 35 per person, with liquor for 6 adults) around London, and so, it probably won't be necessary to go again soon. Certainly for those who are in Notting Hill it deserves a visit a few times a year.
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