Restaurant Reviews, Awards and Accolades
MICHELIN Guide 2019
”Chef-owner Manoj Vasaikar seeks inspiration from across India. His cooking balances the traditional with the more contemporary and delivers many layers of flavour – the lamb dishes and breads are particularly good. The restaurant is always busy yet service remains courteous and unhurried.”
“It’s well worth the tube ride” to Manoj Vasaikar’s well-known, “wonderful” little Indian, a short walk from Ravenscourt Park. “It’s still right up there as one of the best Indians in West London” with “consistently superb”, “non-mainstream” cuisine all “at a reasonable price point”, delivered by “willing and thoughtful staff.”
“Modern takes on traditional Indian food” bring “real pizzazz” to this “relaxed”, upscale “gem” “tucked away” in Hammersmith, a white-tablecloth affair with a “strong wine list” and prices that are only slightly “expensive”; “charming”, “attentive” staff are another reason fans feel it’s “worth a trip” from afar, particularly for the “fabulous lunch deal”.
THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE 2018
”Manoj Vasaikar opened on King Street in 2005 and has been doing a roaring trade ever since, delivering Indian food that is a cut above and has genuine – what’s the word? – zing. The neutral decor is run through with vivid colours from Indian artworks and there’s a small covered terrace out back.
The menu delivers distinctive courses that match the promise of their descriptions. Start with a vegetable-filled samosa with tamarind relish, spicy chicken kebab with artichokes and tomato relish, or lamb salli rasilla (lamb mince, fresh fenugreek and Indian cottage cheese). Among main courses, Keralan fish stew is full of the flavours of the south of the Subcontinent, and chicken makhani has a rich, fresh and piquant sauce. For dessert, dried apricots get the tandoor treatment, flavoured with Cointreau, cinnamon and cardamom. The annotated wine list opens at £20.”