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319-321 King Street , London, W6 9NH

020 8741 4328

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35 Indian Hammersmith

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Set on the Hammersmith-Chiswick borders, this colourful modern enterprise offers a bazaar experience with its take on Indian street food. Journey through the subcontinent with appetisers such as puffed flour and semolina crisps from Mumbai’s Chowpatty beach, sesame chilli paneer from Delhi’s Chandni Chowk market, and karara crab with fiery dynamite sauce from Kolkata’s Chowringhee Lane. We especially enjoyed the juicy tandoori-baked Badami masala lamb chops spiced with ginger and garam masala. Alternatively, try a curry of whole sea bream simmered in a hot, sweet-and-sour Goan sauce, or a railway mutton curry cooked on the bone. Hiron laal maas is another speciality – prime venison haunch simmered in a rich, generously spiced Rajasthani sauce. Further highlights include an inexpensive weekday set lunch and a family lunch menu at weekends. For a tipple, choose from various fragrant or spiced Martinis or stick to the wine list which comes with helpful pairing notes.

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8.0

Food & Drink: 7.5

Service: 7.5

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 3.0

Justine E. 26 May 2014

This was the second time we visited Potli Indian restaurant in Hammersmith. We also had a take away once before. We are local residents and visited this restaurant when it first opened. The food was bland and nothing special. We put this down to teething problems. We also had a take away when they first opened. Most of the order had not been delivered. We waited almost 2 hours for the food to arrive even though we live round the corner. The lamb dish tasted like it had been stewing overnight in a thick gravy and the chicken was dry and tasteless. We visited the restaurant again tonight, hoping things had improved. When the food arrived, the two different named chicken dishes looked exactly the same. We pointed this out to the waiter, he smiled and said, yes they do don't they? when we asked what was the difference, he said, oh. I think this one is hotter. Both the dishes tasted EXACTLY the same. The only difference was, one had a slice of raw tomato placed on the top. Both had dry chunks of chicken covered with a raw tomatoey tasting sauce. No taste of any herbs or spices whatsoever. The restaurant describes it's dishes as being concocted from special recipes from a special part of India that is famously renowned for it's “street food” and uses a variety of fresh crushed herbs and spices of all kind. This claim couldn't be further from the truth. . We were very disappointed and we both left the meal unfinished. The waiter took away the plateful of food but not once asked why it was not eaten. The restaurant owners over-praise their cuisine and boast that their style of cooking is different from other Indian restaurants. How wrong they are. Each time we had food from this establishment, we found it to be bland, boring and tasteless. The dishes do not have any authenticity about them whatsoever. Sadly the only place any herbs and spices were found were in the pictures on the walls. We will not be visiting this restaurant again.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

John D. 28 March 2012

It just chanced upon this hidden jewel a few months back & I have become a regular since. I visit India regularly & can tell this for a fact that not in many placed you will find the food to be so authentic & fresh. The Pork Vindaloo would take you to Goa quicker than you can imagine & the Chilli Ginger Martini is awesome. Do feel lucky to get a table there on weekends! There I go again…

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