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SquareMeal Review of Potli

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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.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Eat at Home
Deliveroo, Takeaway service
Cosy, Fun, Lively, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Where the river bends past Ravenscourt Park, you’ll find Potli, a laid-back Indian restaurant that has won the hearts of locals, bloggers and anyone else who visits. The space has buckets of charm, with vintage posters on the walls, nicknacks on the shelves and a well-stocked bar of spirits and liqueurs. It’s an ideal spot to catch up with old friends or celebrate with family. The wine list is well thought-out, featuring floral roses, punchy whites and rich reds - the perfect accompaniment to the food. Be sure to try the Soul Tree Sauvignon Blanc from the Nasik Valley in India. If you prefer beer, you can opt for the likes of Cobra or Kingfisher, as well as some smaller-batch IPAs.

At Potli, as with many restaurants of this ilk, you’ll likely start off with something crunchy. Aside from classic poppadoms, the samosa chaat is a great option, served with onions, tomatoes, chickpeas, chutneys and yoghurt. The starters are organised by cooking method, be it fried, grilled or clay oven-baked. Of these sections, highlights include spiced vegetable and paneer dumplings, Karara crab with dynamite sauce and a half tandoori baby chicken respectively.

Meat-eaters, pescetarians, vegetarians and vegans can all enjoy plenty of choice when it comes to the curries at Potli. Those who can handle their spice should try the wild boar vindaloo, while the lamb shank rogan josh is a milder meat option with plenty of flavour. From the sea, the Odia prawn curry is a must, packed with ginger, chilli, coriander and cumin, as is the classic Keralan fish curry. Veggies should try the rattan Manjusha kofta, comprised of nuts, jaggery, paneer and spinach, all simmered in an aromatic, cardamom-laced tomato sauce. Vegans, while they have probably had dal makhani before, should try it here. Cooked for 24 hours, this dal is one of the best in London.

Menu Highlights

Chicken Tikka Trio - £12.00

Combination of three tikkas made with prime English chicken from Suffolk, with chicken breast pieces double marinated in tandoori masala (yogurt and spices), malai (cream and cheese), and hariyali (mint and coriander) - a house specialty.

Chicken Lollipop - £9.00

Fried pulled chicken winglets, dusted with spices and tossed up with our delicious chilli-garlic sauce.

Sesame Chilli Paneer - £10.00

Paneer dices in an Indo-Chinese influenced chilli-garlic sauce tossed up with peppers and spring onions & sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds.

Hara Bhara Kebab - £8.50

Delicious crispy patties made of fresh spinach, potatoes, mint, chilli, ginger and a mix of subtle spices.

Masala Tawa Fish - £9.00

Tilapia fish steaks marinated in traditional spices, ginger, garlic, chilli, mustard paste and griddle fried with a dash of lemon and coriander.

Vegetarian Platter (Suitable For 2) - £20.00

A selection of onion bhaji, Punjabi samosa, vegetable cutlet and paneer shashlik.

Non-Vegetarian Platter(Suitable For 2) - £25.00

A selection of tandoori chicken, chicken tikka trio, badami lamb chop, gilafi seekh kebab and masala tawa fish.

Main Courses
Kerala Fish Curry - £15.00

Tilapia fish steaks simmered in a light and spiced stew of coconut and onions, flavoured with curry leaves and black pepper.

Chooza Khas Makhani - £13.00

Tender pieces of char-grilled spring chicken tikka in a creamy fenugreek flavoured tomato sauce.

Lamb Shank Roganjosh - £17.00

Melt in the mouth spring lamb shanks in a rich, delicately spiced tomato and yoghurt sauce, flavoured with dried ginger powder and mace powder.

Railway Mutton Curry - £15.00

Authentic Anglo-Indian dish from the days of Raj - goat meat cooked on-the-bone with potatoes as a one pot cooking flavoured with garam masala and black pepper- pot cooking. 

Paneer Potli Masala - £13.00

Cottage cheese dices in a rich nutty, tomato and creamy gravy, flavoured with fenugreek and garam masala.

Rattan Manjusha Kofta - £14.00

A kofta fit for the Royals, with selection of nuts laced with jaggery in a cottage cheese and shredded spinach mixture, simmered in a creamy tomato sauce, delicately flavoured with cardamom - a house specialty.

Chatpata Masala Aloo - £9.00

Baby potatoes tempered with mustard seed, curry leaves and cumin, laced in a tangy kokum flavoured sauce.

Dal Makhani - £10.00

The king of dals made with black lentils slow cooked in a creamy tomato sauce with fenugreek and ginger-garlic paste - 24 hours cooking.

Mango Shrikhand - £6.00

Sweetened hung yogurt flavoured with mango & pistachio.

Paan Ice Cream - £5.00

Homemade delicacy made with betel leaf & gulkand (rose petal jam).

Kulfi On A Stick - £3.75

Pistachio or Mango

Masala Chai - £2.75

Spicy Indian tea with milk

Chai Latté - £2.75

Aromatic spiced black tea served as a milky latte.


Are there vegetarian and vegan options?

Yes, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

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319-321 King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9NH

020 8741 4328 020 8741 4328


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-14:00
Tue 12:00-14:00
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:00
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-15:00
Sun Closed
Mon 17:30-22:00
Tue 17:30-22:00
Wed 17:30-22:00
Thu 17:30-22:00
Fri 17:00-22:30
Sat 17:00-22:30
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 13:00-09:30


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3 Reviews 


10 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
A hidden gem...

An outstanding restaurant where the owner and the team will do all and anything to ensure a great evening.  We had a party of 14 dine at the restaurant in early November and at lunchtime we were called and asked if there was anything we would like for the evening.  I suggested that dosas may be an idea given a number of the party had connections to Mumbai and even though not on the menu, the dosas were provided.

On arriving (a bit late) we were warmly welcomed and from there the experience was just excellent in terms of the guidance on what to eat, the service and the kind consideration of our party.  A very gateful thank you from me for a first class experience and wonderful food where the entire party had a truly good experience.


15 December 2021  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5
A must try place !

Brilliant ! One of the exquisite Indian restaurants in London.
The meat & grill items are authentic and also the starters give you sense of Asian street food ...

the railway mutton curry & grilled fish was delicious.

Will definitely come back...

John D

28 March 2012  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 5
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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