Restaurants, Indian Fitzrovia
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This homely South Indian restaurant, tucked away in the backstreets of Fitzrovia, has been a fixture here for more than 30 years. Dishes from across India feature, but the focus is on authentic dishes from the South.

That means dishes such as lamb Malabar, Kerala mutton curry, beef ularthiyathu and Southern seafood curries alongside butter chicken, lamb rogan josh and various biryani. Avial – a Keralan dish of vegetables cooked in coconut, yoghurt and spices – also features.

A take away option is also available, as well as membership options.


Venue name: Ragam
Address: 57 Cleveland Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6-10.50pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Goodge Street tube
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I don't understand the low Time Out rating. This place is very good and good value, especially considering it's only just outside the West End. It's small and often busy, but if you can get a table the dhosas are especially good. I like the atmosphere here too, it's quite bookish - I suspect it attracts a lot of students and lecturers from the nearby university.

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I almost feel like I shouldn't review this place as I want to keep it to myself - the fact it's in need of a lick of paint shouldn't distract from the fact that the food and prices are some of the best you'll find in central London. It's never going to be particularly on-trend but that's no bad thing as it does just fine sticking to what it does best - cooking great curries with decent service to those in-the-know.

Very home-y atmosphere; nice and friendly staff; relatively cheap and exceptionally delicious meals. Good variety and high quality. We're already regulars :)

Fantastic food. Try the beetroot side dish it's absolutely delicious. Their fish dishes are equally excellent. The atmosphere is slightly 1970's but the great food makes up for it.

Went to this restaurant last night having read glowing reviews of it. The food was appalling. Zero atmosphere as only 3 tables were taken. The paratha was uncooked and leathery. The dosa and accompanying chutney tasteless. The rasam, which I usually love, was unlike anything I have ever tasted.I think the food had been made less spicy for a western palette.If you want to try good south Indian food I would head to Tooting or Wembley where the food is far superior.

It's interesting, isn't it, that a 'dog-eared' appearance somehow makes the food taste even better when you're served something delicious. Perhaps it's the surprise factor. Whatever it is, at Ragam, the surprise factor goes through the roof as the food is genuinely good. As in bloody good. And I like that. The dog-eared appearance works for me as it means that the unknowing will continue to walk by and I can generally always get a table. Oh wait, why am I posting this? Don't go. It's horrible ;-)