From East Dulwich to St James

Saturday, September 30th , 2023

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Kokum in East Dulwich is backed by Sanjay Gour of Dastaan and cooks mostly dishes from the Dastaan stable, such as the dazzling kumbh palak dish. We tried a lot of different dishes at our visit and the standard was extremely high, with superb tandoori lamb chops and raan utthapam some star dishes. Kokum is already cooking some of the best Indian food in the capital.

House of Ming is in the Taj hotel in St James, a large restaurant split into lots of little sections so it does not immediately give an impression of its scale. It serves fairly conventional Chinese dishes in a very smart setting and with classy service. The dim sum dumplings were unusually delicate, as were the noodles that we tried, and indeed the food was of a quite high standard throughout. It was not as expensive as some of its competitors either.