Bright and cheerful looking, stylishly softened with coloured cushions, Indian artefacts and white napery, this well-priced South Indian local is a popular choice for families and other Uxbridge residents. Satya does Kerala proud with its fried fish dishes, coconut-based curries and rice-based snacks. An impressive pomfret-fry – served whole and steeped in a piquant paste of ginger, turmeric, curry leaves and lime juice – was deliciously juicy and notable for its boldly spiced crust, yielding to delicate flesh below. Dosais (rice and lentil pancakes) are listed as starters on the menu, but arrive in main-course portions; we recommend sharing. Filled with spicy mashed potato, our dosai was accompanied by delectable sambar (lentils simmered with tamarind, aubergine and drumstick pieces). Keralite lamb curry was top drawer too: meltingly tender meat, simmered in onion sauce, scented with toasted coriander seeds and ginger. Only the vegetable pilao was a let-down, with its pronounced flavour of floral essence. Service is slow, if well meaning, but the standard of cooking outshines that of many pricey venues in central London.
33 Rockingham Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm, dinner served 6-11pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: Uxbridge tube|
|Price:||Main courses £5.50-£9.50. Set buffet (noon-3pm Mon-Fri) £6.50.|