The walls of this established Keralite restaurant are covered with photographic wallpaper depicting coconut-fronded beaches and sunsets; a full kathakali dance costume sits imposingly in one corner; and statues of Krishna and his girlfriend Radha adorn the counter.
Food-wise, we recommend sticking to specialities such as avial (vegetable stew), vellappams (large, frisbee-shaped crumpets) and thorans (vegetable stir-fries that include diced beetroot and grated cabbage). The dosas, idlis and vadai are also fine, but several restaurants in Tooting now do these better, and cheaper.
Recently we’ve found RKB inconsistent – on our last visit, a mango and yoghurt curry (kalan) contained yoghurt that had curdled, giving the dish an unappealing lumpy texture – but there’s seldom much to find fault with.
|Venue name:||Radha Krishna Bhavan||Contact:|
86 Tooting High Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm daily. Dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Thur, Sun; 6pm-midnight Fri, Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Tooting Broadway tube|
|Price:||Main courses £4.50-£7.95. Minimum £5.|
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Average User Rating
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It was a little wet so I did not want to walk around too much to choose a restaurant.The first thing you notice is that the window is covered in various posters which in my view detracts from the appearance.
The decoration is OK although somewhat cluttered. Its neither too bright nor too dark so about right.
There were about seven eating on a wet Monday evening. The service is fairly friendly but could be a little better. The Spanish house wine at £10.95 is quite good although we were not given the opportunity to taste it first which all good restaurants do.
The paper serviettes and paper table cloth give a slightly cheap feeling but I am happy to accept them as cloth ones would need to add about a pound to the bill.
The starters were quite good and reasonably sized. They took quite a while which gives the impression that they are cooked to order.
The main dishes were less interesting and they seemed to have run out of the coconut for one of them. After the size of the starters I thought they were rather on the small side. The plain rice was a good size though.
All in all quite a good place to go for a meal but it could be significantly improved by some simple changes like taking off the posters and some improvements in the service.
I have been to this restaurant twice over the past six months and it has been great every time. The food is amazing; staff are friendly and helpful; and prices are reasonable. As a fan of aniseed, the aniseed sweets at the end of the meal are the icing on the cake.
I think the review under rates this restaurant which I and a number of my friends use regularly. For veges the food is consistently good and the service particularly efficient. It's so popular on Fridays and Saturdays you really need to book. Yes, you can get individual items off the menu cheaper but you pay slightly more for the whole experience and that is worth it.