With its beach-style wooden bar, hessian cushions, beads, and quirky curios, Potli has a tropical street-bazaar vibe. Local residents visit for the classic curries, smoky grills and generous portions. Banana-leaf packets, unwrapped at the table, revealed splendidly steamed Gujarati-style prawns, each cloaked in an outstanding coconut, coriander and green-chilli paste.
Main courses tend to be rich affairs, with dishes arriving in bowls for sharing. Our curries wouldn’t have won awards in a beauty pageant, but despite their similar tomato-masala appearances, each had distinctive spicing. An enormous rogan josh lamb shank (enough for two) was supremely tender, and sauced with a gelatinous caramelised onion masala spiked with citrous cardamom. Sadly, goan pork vindaloo, although containing tender pork belly chunks, was let down by a flat masala and needed a kick of chilli and vinegar to lift it from mediocrity.
It’s good to see Meantime Pale Ale on the drinks list – a marvellous match with all things spicy. Despite occasional slips, Potli is a great place to enjoy a relatively inexpensive meal. Its chefs excel in putting unfussy, homely meals on plates.
319-321 King Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.45pm Mon-Sat. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Thur; 6-11pm Fri, Sat. Meals served noon-10.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Ravenscourt Park|
|Price:||Main courses £6-£9.50.Meal for two with drinks and service: around £45|
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Average User Rating
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What a restaurant this is! Tava machi, chicken tikka and lamb biryani are phenomenal, and you can be sure that each dish holds a different flavour and texture, not overly hot or spiced but seasoned to perfection. Potli doesn't fall into the trap of serving dishes that all appear to have come from the same vat of sauce or masala. The decor is gaudy yet appropriate and the ambience and music takes you back to a more classical time. Loved it.
The Samosas were nice and came with a nice tomato based lentil sauce, yummy. You could really taste the dough but it wasn't as oily as your usual samosa. The mixed grill came with 2 shish kebabs, 1 lamb chop, 1 half chicken tikka, some pieces of chicken and some fish. All were good and cooked well but were all lacking a bit of flavour, seasoning and/or spice. And with the weird numbers no one had a full tastings. With that fiasco over and our party size then reduced mains were ordered.
We went simple-ish and ordered one butter chicken, one rice, two garlic naans and a new dish suggested by me...lamb coconut fry. Because I don't want to leave you in suspense, I will start with the lamb coconut fry. This was a winner, sweet with the coconut and very well cooked lamb. The dish was quote dry but with some garlic naan went down a treat. Onto the butter chicken and another winner. Creamy with a nice familiar taste. As always we couldn't finish the food but this time I blame the alcohol and suspense of watching the footy. (England were playing that night). All in all good food, however and this is a big however...very expensive for what it was. Remember I said this was in Chiswick not Hammersmith and the prices proved it to be.
best indian food i've eaten in and out of india in many years. lovely cocktails too and very friendly service. go!
Excellent service, varied & innovative menu, brilliant recomendations, absolutely incredible Indian cappuccino & brilliant atmosphere Would come again wothout a doubt
I went to Potli last week & had a meal of my life there. Straightforward & high quality food. You can tell the difference between a regular Indian & this 'pot cooking' style. Every dish had a flavour of its own & the price for what we had there was extremely reasonable. I also enjoyed their innovative & spiced laden cocktails too. A must, will go back soon.
This restaurant is absolutely amazing, can say one of the best indian food i ever tasted in london. quite authentic flavours.. very reasonable price.... great service... and quite refreshing list of mocktails & cocktails... highly recommended .....WILL BE BACK SOON
Brilliant service, lovely atmosphere, great decor and delicious and exquisite food! Can not go wrong with this place and after 3 visits they still leave me in awe! Love Potli
Delicious. Lovely lunch. The lightest lemon rice ever. Very reasonably priced considering it was top notch Indian cuisine. Loved it.