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Guglee West Hampstead

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  • West Hampstead
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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

An Indian restaurant on West End Lane.

There’s another Guglee in Swiss Cottage, but this West Hampstead branch is the one that people rave about. A gaudy looking Indian restaurant on West End Lane, it’s small, with interiors that are basic (think wipe down white pleather seats), but in quite a cosy, unthreatening way. Serious Indian fans go here regularly, often alone. On my Tuesday night visit it was heaving.

Mango lassi was a real highlight: creamy with a lovely tart twang. Unfortunately, the rest was a massive disappointment. A platter of five starters arrived late and almost cold, with a mushy masala dosa and a dry onion bhaji. The lamb rogan josh was completely forgettable. It was surprising because the takeaway vegetable biryani I’ve previously had from here was a soft, intensely buttery pile of rice spliced with green beans, herbs and crisped-up little onions. Another good takeaway dish was the ‘Veggie Veggie 5’: hunks of smoky cauliflower and tiny peas coated in sharp, red juice. It can’t be just the fact that it was a takeaway: it must be the luck of the draw.

The kind of devotion its fans show must be founded in something. Try Guglee, then cross your fingers.

Kitty Drake
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Kitty Drake

Details

Address:
279 West End Lane
London
NW6 1QS
Contact:
02073178555
Transport:
Tube: West Hampstead
Price:
Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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