Indian Restaurants Old and New

Saturday, August 05th , 2023

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Roots in Teddington (pictured) serves Indian dishes varying from the familiar to the more exotic e.g. goat biryani or frogs legs with curry leaves. We enjoyed a superb tandoori prawn dish, excellent kumbh palak (spinach and mushrooms) and classy chicken biryani, amongst other dishes. South west London has a stack of classy Indian restaurants now (Dastaan, Black Salt, Chatora, Saffron Summer) and Roots is a fine addition.

A stalwart of the London Indian restaurant scene is the Brilliant in Southall, which has been running since 1975. It was packed with Indian families on the night of our latest visit to a restaurant that I have been a regular diner at since 1991. Consistently cooked Punjabi dishes include excellent methi chicken, very good chaats and lovely romali roti bread amongst other things, all at a modest price.