Hoppers Soho

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Hoppers Soho
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The Sethi siblings (of Gymkhana and Brigadiers fame) hit the jackpot when they decided to introduce casual, small plates dining to Londoners en masse, and although the buzz around Hoppers has quelled, you can still expect to wait for a table in the evening. Luckily, the availability of a dedicated app means punters no longer have to physically hang around on Lexington Street.

Once inside, you’ll be rewarded with a buzzing, intimate space and an astoundingly good menu of “brilliant” Sri Lankan small plates at “very decent prices”. You’ll want to order the whole menu, but we’d suggest trying a few ‘short eats’ to start. We love the deeply meaty mutton rolls covered in crisp breadcrumbs, while the tongue-tingling tamarind and ginger chicken wings are a sticky, messy delight.

For the main event, pick one of the eponymous and “exceptionally good” hoppers (a bowl-shaped rice pancake with a gooey egg embedded in its base) or a sticky and crunchy dosa cone, then match it with your choice of curry – perhaps smoky charred ‘black pork’ or a sweet-tasting okra and plantain riff.

Order some roti bread to mop up any sauces that have managed to escape your grasp, while sipping on spice-infused cocktails from a concise collection – we like the lively Sambol Garita, which mixes green pepper Tequila with lime and toasted coconut salt.

Hoppers doesn’t do desserts, but sweet-toothed diners can get their fix from a frothy lassi-style drink which blends cinnamon, coconut milk and treacle to create a concoction that would terrify your dentist. The best part? Hoppers is great value for money and you’re always made to feel welcome, thanks to accommodating features such as truly “lovely” service and a glossary of terms on the menu for the uninitiated.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cool, Fun, Lively
Special Features
Counter dining

Location for Hoppers Soho

49 Frith Street, London, W1D 4SG


Opening Times

Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 5.30-10.30pm

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3 Reviews 

Jacquelyn W

Authentic Sri Lankan food in London
04 February 2018  
This place is so authentically Sri Lankan that once I stepped foot in it, all the memories of my Sri Lankan trip last year kept coming back. The food was very down to earth and home style, and the egg hopper was exceptionally good. The staff were all very friendly and attentive. Highly recommended!
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Heaven on a copper plate
11 July 2016  
We joined the queue at 11.30am on Saturday (the restaurant doesn’t open until midday) and by the time the doors opened, the queue was enough to fill the restaurant, and I understand why. This place is fantastic, the staff are welcoming, knowledgeable and passionate about the food and happy to recommend their favourite cocktails, dishes etc. We had (to share), crispy spiced quail on the bone, string hoppers (steamed noodle like pieces of hopper, shaped into a patty with an out of this world spicy, coconut sauce and pol sambol (dessicated coconut and Maldivian dried fish with onions and spices) that you sprinkle on top, I have never tasted anything like it but I want to again!, one hopper, one dosa, one chicken curry and one lamb curry, which was the perfect amount of food for us. I want to try everything on the menu, and can’t wait to go back. Unlike other no reservations restaurants the manager will take your name and number and call you when a table comes free, so that you enjoy a drink or two in one of the many local soho bars while you wait, which is good concept. We drank Hoppers Spritz and Lion sri Lankan lager. This is from the same family as the wonderful Trishna and Gymkhana – if they would like to adopt me I will happily “work for food” ?
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Mr. Larry W

Time wasters
29 February 2016  
They have no reservation system here. You have to turn up and register and they text you when a table is ready. They said the average wait was two hours. For Street Food....... However, after registering and waiting patiently for 2 1/2 hours in Soho, no call, No Text. Complete waste of our evening so won't be wasting out time again.
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