When you arrive at 40 Doric Way all you’ll see is scaffolding and ‘Euston Chinese’. But don’t start thinking Time Out’s failed you. You might think you’re lost, but the dark, dingy basement restaurant below the neon ‘open’ sign is the right place. The king you seek is inside, and like Elvis he steals the show with his fresh roti canai.
A type of flaky flatbread found at Malaysian hawker stalls, it’s not on the main menu here. So, skip the Chinese dishes (although the handful of Malay ones aren’t bad), and ask for the ‘Roti King’ menu instead.
The plain rotis come with curries (chicken/lamb/fish/lentil, all costing £5.50). We liked the warm, tangy fish option; or the ‘murtabak’, which has a dry meat curry sandwiched into the dough (£5). The mildly spiced lamb version came cut into thick squares and with a bowl of thin veggie curry for dipping.
Yep, for Roti this place is a revelation. You might have been lost, but now you are found. Uh-hu-huh.
|Venue name:||Roti King||Contact:|
Euston Chinese, 40 Doric way
|Opening hours:||noon-3pm, 5-10pm Mon-Sat.|
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I don't like to tell a lot of people about this place, but this truly is London's best kept secret. Once a dark and dingy hole in the basement, it has now transformed into a trendy cafe, with industrial light-fittings, still serving the best roti canai in London!
As soon as you walk in, the smell of authentic Malaysian curry mixed with the buttery flaky goodness of roti hits you at the door. It still is a no frills no fuss Asian restaurant where service is minimal, but the food outshines the lack of friendliness, which I prefer.
If you don't know what the roti is, drool over the pictures attached and get one in you ASAP. If visiting the kingdom for dinner, make sure you arrive before 6pm or be prepared to queue. It is also one of the few places in London where you can bring your own beer or wine for a small corkage so it's a great spot for not-so-sensible mid-week catch-up with mates.
Very authentic Malaysian food made freshly and at a great price right in the center of London... Feels just like home.