Est. India

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Est. India
Venue name: Est. India
Address: 73-75 Union Street
Flat Iron Square
Price: ££
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Great find on an unexpected street near Borough market. The mixed platter was quite filling and the sides are worth a try. More on the traditional Indian cooking style than most new Indian restaurants popping up in London but this could be the place you would go back to get your regular Indian food fix.


Est India offers traditional Indian dining with a large twist of originality and flavour to the dishes. Located near Borough Market, the restaurant has a homely feel with a number of booths for small groups.

Particularly with the small plates, the focus is on Indian street food including dosas and naan rolls. The main menu is a mixture of regional specialties and the staff are very happy to answer questions, offer suggestions and accommodate changes to the menu.

We had a selection of starters to begin with including the (1) MAKAI ALOO TIKKI: deep fried, corn and potato cake (2) PAPRI CHATT: a medly of crispy wafer, puffed rice, onions, coriander, chilli, tamarind sauce and yoghurt.

(3)KEEMA PAV: minced lamb served with pomegranate seeds along with a buttered pav bun and (4) DOSA with sambar and coconut chutney, which is a thin rice and lentil crepe filled with vegetable and potatoes. Oh and, of course, some papadums.

These small dishes were my favourite part of the meal and I thoroughly enjoyed tucking into the selection – I genuinely loved all of the dishes, in particular the Keema Pav and Dosa which were so delicious and flavoursome.

Following the starters, we chose a mixture of curries to sample -Bengal prawn curry, Chicken Korma, Railway Lamb Curry and Chicken Kali Mirch – and of course peshwari and garlic naan. All dishes had a decent amount of meat / fish in and tasted fresh and tasty.

Great service and great value!

I came here when it first opened almost once a week and now, two years later, I went back as a last minute decision and was initially very disappointed to see that the menu has changed significantly as it is more like the typical el-cheapo local Indian you can get anywhere.  Fortunately what we ordered was so delicious (corn cakes to start, veggie dosa, prawn curry) and they even kept their Kulfi sticks on the dessert menu.  Will be back (eventually)!


Really enjoyable Indian meal here, with fresh ingredients and careful cooking but at comparatively low prices. Sure it's not as cheap as Brick Lane, but it's a bit more subdued here with great service and attention to detail, plus the food is obviously made with higher quality ingredients. 

Lamb chops to start were great, avoid the stuffed paneer as it wasn't quite worth it. The fish curry and chicken tikka turned out to be really good, and my railway lamb was also impressive. Naans here tend towards the more refined thin style that are crispy, so if you're looking for a more doughy bread to sop up all the gravy get a paratha or ask for their recommendation.

All in all, great Indian that I would happily come back to again!