Restaurants, Indian Kilburn
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A long, thin restaurant with neat tables and white tablecloths, Kovalam looks like a typical curry house. However, the menu has several traditional South Indian delights to savour, especially from Kerala. A succulent king prawn malabar was offset by a smooth, spicy coconut sauce, which begged to be scooped up with handfuls of rice, Kerala-style. An unusual vegetarian option was a light filo parcel mildly spiced and stuffed with spinach and soft pumpkin. Hot and deliciously greasy Kerala porata (flatbread) was the perfect accompaniment to a chunky saag paneer, our one culinary sally into northern India. It was a pity that the seafood department was let down by an overcooked squid masala.


Venue name: Kovalam
Address: 12 Willesden Lane
Transport: Tube: Kilburn tube/98 bus
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We ordered over £30 of food to be delivered on Saturday. The food arrived fairly promptly, so can't fault the service, but that's more than can be said for the quality of the food itself. The onion bhaji was OK, but not amazing and the vegetable pakoras were overcooked and dry. For the main course, we ordered fish moli and prawn korma. The fish was dry and severely overcooked, the sauce was bland, and the whole thing was sitting under a thick layer of ghee which gave me stomach problems later that night. The prawn korma was passable, but the prawns felt as though they had been simply chucked in the sauce as an afterthought. The chapatis were cold, tough and chewy, so it was a struggle to eat more than half of one of them. The coconut rice was OK, but smelt much better than it tasted. I do not recommend this restaurant, and will never order from there again after this experience.


Very, very good. The Kerala lamb fry was amazing. HIghly recommend if you are in the Kilburn area.