Malabar Junction

Restaurants, Indian Bloomsbury
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Venue says 15% student discount if you spend £10 or more. You will need to show your valid student card.

A Bloomsbury restaurant serving traditional dishes from south India, with a particular focus on the food of Kerala. The restaurant is set across two floors, with the ground floor representing the restaurant proper and a downstairs room for set menus and lunchtime specials.

The restaurant bills itself as a specialist in dosa – light, crispy pancakes eaten across the south of India. Here they're served with masala potato, sambar and chutneys, with egg, lamb, chicken or prawns, or stuffed with diced onion, tomato, capsicum and cheese. Other starters include chilli paneer, rasam soup and even mulligatawny.

Mains include dishes ranging from chicken Malabar, chicken korma and butter chicken to Kerala fish curry, crab thenga, green mutton masala and meen manga puli – a dish of fish and mango cooked in fenugreek, onion, tamarind, curry leaves and coconut milk. Biryanis also feature.

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Malabar Junction says
Staying authentic to the traditional cuisine and appealing to the urban customers at the same time is no small achievement for a restaurant. Malabar Junction has been doing this with immense success for more than two decades, serving South Indian delicacies to customers from around the world.

The restaurant features a comprehensive menu containing a wide variety of popular South Indian dishes prepared with authenticity, retaining the flavour of origin, such as Kerala fish curry, crab thenga and traditional green banana curry. The spices, mixes and recipes are picked and prepared from Kerala by experts to keep dishes as original as possible. The highlight of the menu is the specialty thali lunch, served in typical South Indian style, giving options of both vegetarian and meat dishes to guests. The extensive menu also include gluten-free options.

The ambiance is perfect for special occasions, parties and corporate celebrations and it is a regular practice that we offer customised parties for small groups. Call us for more details!

The increasing number of returning guests to Malabar Junction is the biggest testimonial to its uncompromising attitude towards quality. Malabar Junction has become synonymous with South Indian food through all these years and usually ends up being a top pick for anyone trying out this exotic culinary experience. We are minutes from Tottenham Court Road and the landmark Dominion Theatre. The restaurant is a part of Kerala Group of restaurants.
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Venue name: Malabar Junction
Address: 107 Great Russell Street
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Diana R

I have been to this restaurant several times and always enjoyed the experience, but in November a booking to celebrate a major birthday with 6 guests turned into a nightmare.

Soon after we settled in, a party of 60 Norwegian teachers filled the entire restaurant, apart from our table, for a private function. The evening was ruined for us, it was hard to hear each other speak over the noise, several times they sang songs and we were given dirty looks for talking while they made speeches and gave presentations.
I approached the manager, who was most unhelpful, even impertinent, suggesting I myself could ask them to be quieter and saying it might have been worse if it was in a place with a DJ playing music!
The Norwegian organiser came up and asked when I had booked, as he had requested the space 3 days before and had been told all other bookings were cancelled for them to enjoy their function privately. Seems the owner had instructed to keep our booking in order to maximise his profits!
In addition, I had joined the online Malabar Gold Club, promising a £5 discount, never got it, plus noticed later we had been charged double for a side dish.
Not wanting to create a scene in front of my guests, I didn't refuse to pay, which I would certainly have done in other circumstances.
Emailed the owner, who said he would investigate, then never heard any more.
A horrible experience and deceitful restaurant.

Jon D

Although very busy, the restaurant managed to fit us in after a short wait.  Amazing starter of Spicy Fry Chilli Lamb that if you are big fan of indian food you must go and try. Def one to figure out how to cook at home! Went for a Tikka Masala for main with a Keema naan. The naan was full of proper fresh lamb and the Masala was of a colour that indicates it was freshly made and not just standard pot sauce. Very tasty food in a nice environment with excellent service where the staff converse with you. Def my new favourite Indian Restaurant in the Bloomsbury area. 

I would advise to book in advance though, we got lucky but it was very busy.

Nathan S

We ate hear last night, and as with most places, the sign of a busy restaurant will often dictate how good the food is.The food is deep and rich in flavour, the Spicy Lamb starter was especially good.

For mains we all had something different and each one was very good.

Service was polite and efficient considering how busy they were.

Well worth a visit if down Bloomsbury way