Papaya 1

161 Northfield Avenue , London, W13 9QT

SquareMeal Review of Papaya

Unusual cooking, big portions, very filling” says a local fan of this little family-run restaurant tucked away in the leafy suburbs of Northfields, Ealing. Although the kitchen pays lip service to the Indian subcontinent (especially Kerala), its main geographical focus is further south in Sri Lanka, with specialities from all parts of the island. By-pass the samosas, Bombay potato, chicken Madras, vegetable biryani and prawn masala in favour of more authentic specialities such as mutton rolls, squid curry, devilled beef with spiced mango or lumprais (a Dutch-influenced composite dish involving rice boiled in stock served on a banana leaf alongside an assortment of curries, fish cutlets and sambal). Above all, don’t miss the signature ‘hoppers’ (bowl-shaped rice-flour pancakes with myriad fillings) or their noodle cousin, the ‘string hopper’ – a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast staple.  

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Northfields Tube Station 296m

Northfields Station 342m


Address: 161 Northfield Avenue , London W13 9QT

Area: West Ealing Station

Opening times

Tues-Sun 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sun 6-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

The Questors Theatre 1km

Boston Manor House 1km


Telephone: 020 8579 1662


Cuisine: Indian


Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 6.0

Atmosphere: 6.0

Value: 5.0

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

James C. gold reviewer 24 February 2014

Nice £7 Dinner Offer that Ive had a few times Staff are friendly and helpful. Wouldnt book a Christmas Party there though. Unusual cooking big portions very filling. Take Away packaging good.No spillages. Little bit on the slow side cooking wise . Usually totally empty at Lunchtime when I go.