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A tucked-away location off the beaten track should mean relative obscurity for this homely South Indian restaurant, but a long-standing reputation many competitors would kill for keeps it in business.

On our last visit we started with a chicken and potato dosa so filling and flavourful that we could have ended there too. A main of Keralan mutton curry featured a satisfyingly potent sauce and heaps of tender meat, while a side of spiced aubergine virtually melted in the mouth.

Rasam was a ground-breaking restaurant in its day, but South Indian food in London has moved on a lot in the last decades. Ragam still has its devotees despite the fact you can now get better cooking elsewhere.

Venue name: Ragam
Address: 57 Cleveland Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6-10.50pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street tube
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James A
moderatorStaff Writer

I almost feel like I shouldn't review this place as I want to keep it to myself - the fact it's in need of a lick of paint shouldn't distract from the fact that the food and prices are some of the best you'll find in central London. It's never going to be particularly on-trend but that's no bad thing as it does just fine sticking to what it does best - cooking great curries with decent service to those in-the-know.

Dimitar M

Very home-y atmosphere; nice and friendly staff; relatively cheap and exceptionally delicious meals. Good variety and high quality. We're already regulars :)


Fantastic food. Try the beetroot side dish it's absolutely delicious. Their fish dishes are equally excellent. The atmosphere is slightly 1970's but the great food makes up for it.


Went to this restaurant last night having read glowing reviews of it. The food was appalling. Zero atmosphere as only 3 tables were taken. The paratha was uncooked and leathery. The dosa and accompanying chutney tasteless. The rasam, which I usually love, was unlike anything I have ever tasted.I think the food had been made less spicy for a western palette.If you want to try good south Indian food I would head to Tooting or Wembley where the food is far superior.

Gavin Bell

It's interesting, isn't it, that a 'dog-eared' appearance somehow makes the food taste even better when you're served something delicious. Perhaps it's the surprise factor. Whatever it is, at Ragam, the surprise factor goes through the roof as the food is genuinely good. As in bloody good. And I like that. The dog-eared appearance works for me as it means that the unknowing will continue to walk by and I can generally always get a table. Oh wait, why am I posting this? Don't go. It's horrible ;-)