Woodlands Marylebone Lane

1 reviews

77 Marylebone Lane , London, W1U 2PS

Woodlands Marylebone Lane

SquareMeal Review of Woodlands Marylebone Lane

Out of India, but with a number of branches firmly established in London, the Woodlands chain is a trusted purveyor of home-cooked, south Indian vegetarian food. Simple, pleasant decor fits with an uncomplicated ethos that favours health without getting too virtuous: most of the wines are organic or biodynamic, & vegan/Jain eaters have stacks of options. Start with idli (steamed rice & lentil ‘pillows’) with sambar & coconut chutney or a poori crackling with puffed rice, before sampling the famous dosas (rolled lentil & rice pancakes) & uttappams (lentil ‘pizzas’) with gloriously spiced fillings. All manner of veggie curries find their way onto the thalis, & puffy bhatura bread makes an impressive accompaniment. The introduction of a tandoor oven & more northerly dishes (including paneer & mushroom tikka) has been warmly received.

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Woodlands Marylebone Lane Location

77 Marylebone Lane , London W1U 2PS

Opening times

Mon-Thurs 12N-10.45pm

Woodlands Marylebone Lane's Reviews

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Food & Drink: 7.0

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Service: 3.0

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Atmosphere: 5.0

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Value: 6.0

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Food + drink: 3

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 2

Value: 3

07 November 2008

I have mixed feelings about The Woodlands. The food is good South Indian fare — especially the dosas, which are excellent — but the service leaves something to be desired. The staff at the Marylebone branch always try to upsell you — “don't you want the larger size of beer?”, “no dessert? you're sure?”, “I think you need a couple more dishes for the table, otherwise you'll be hungry”, etc. etc. etc. It's a shame, because in other respects it's a great place. Love the food but wish the staff weren't so aggressive.

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