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Shilpa

Hammersmith

Mouthwatering meat curries, deftly spiced fish dishes and plenty for veggies bring a blast of the tropical subcontinent to Hammersmith.

The Keralan cooking at this neighbourhood gem doesn’t disappoint – the food outshines its simple surroundings, so don’t be distracted by the unassuming décor. Dishes are seasoned with a harvest from India’s spice gardens, delivering the likes of explosive chilli heat, nutty mustard seeds, fragrant curry leaves and toasty peppercorns. You may never look at your pepper mill in the same way again. 

We skipped the starters and headed straight to the main dishes. A sea-bass fillet, steeped in lime juice and cloaked in a paste of softened onions and gingery tomatoes, was wrapped in a banana leaf and flash-fried until cooked just so. Unwrapped at the table, our parcel unleashed a puff of spiced aromatic steam - beachside cooking in the heart of Hammersmith never tasted so good. The chilli-heat dial was turned to maximum for chemmeen mulakittathu - juicy prawns, simmered in a tomato-mustard seed masala, sharpened with a kick of tamarind. The result was a perfectly honed set of flavours melding into a first-class curry.

Meaty masalas share top billing with fish and seafood. Our erachi mappas featured tender lamb morsels in a smooth onion and coconut milk sauce, spiced with black peppercorns, warming cinnamon and green chillies. Its soupy masala made a marvellous match with saucer-like appams – spongy pancakes made from fermented ground rice and coconut-milk batter.

Dining here is a bargain – a set lunch of substantial curries and accompaniments will give you change from a tenner. Vegetarians are well looked after: we recommend the thorans – coconutty stir-fries. Shilpa feels like an outpost of southern tropical warmth and provides welcome relief from the street outside.

Venue name: Shilpa
Contact:
Address: 206 Kings Street
London
W6 0RA
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm daily. Dinner served 6pm-11pm Mon-Wed, Sun; 6pm-midnight, Thurs-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Hammersmith tube
Price: Meal for two with drinks and service around £40.

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Jason Dawson

The most hideous thing I have ever had in my mouth. And, you may not know me, but that says something. Gagging.

Charlotte

What a find! Went here for the lunchtime deal. Got a delicious fish curry, veg curry, rice, poppadum, bread and pickles all for £8. Service was very fast and the food was delicious. Highly recommended.

Arti

This is my favourite Indian restaurant in London. It's also my local, so I couldn't ask for better. The food is consistently excellent. The service is friendly. One piece of advice: Don't order North Indian dishes, this is a South Indian restaurant.

London 2012

We just finished dinner there this evening and we have to say, by far the best Indian In the city! This establishment beats any brick lane inhabitant with individual flavours in each dish that makes them utterly delicious. We will certainly be back!

Willy Eckerslyke

We chose Shilpa after reading reviews and can wholeheartedly recommend the place. Roast sea bass dish was superb, bursting with flavour. Jalfrezi also went down very well. One of our party who used to frequent the Manchester's "curry mile" reckoned this was the best Indian meal he'd ever tasted!