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Vapiano

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Est India
73-75 Union Street
London
SE1 1SG
Tel: 020 7407 2004

This is a modern Indian, which is just a tad off the beaten track so you’ll either head to it as a destination restaurant, which is unlikely or you’ll stumble across it by chance.

It’s just that being merely a stone’s throw from London Bridge station, the establishment faces stiff competition from scores of different restaurants though admittedly this will likely be the best Indian in the immediate area. Modern without being pretentious, the restaurant proudly proclaims in its tagline that it’s where “traditional street cuisine meets fine urban dining”. Not a bad way of putting it.

There’s certainly much in the way of earthy and casual Indian items on the menu, ranging from puffs and nan rolls to chatts, aloo tikkis, pav bhajis, dosas and other street foods. There’s even a “desi” burger made of spicy lamb and served with masala wedges and slaw though one would be hard pressed to call the latter Indian street food!

So here’s what doesn’t work: the lassis were a tad watery to say the least and this isn’t a drink one can really get wrong in an Indian restaurant. The kasundi fish tiika – with a hint of mustard – doesn’t quite deliver the “wow” factor whilst the tandoori broccoli was just so-so. But on the plus side: a lovely methi murg, given enough of a punch by the fenugreek, a supremely delicious and robustly flavoured “railway” lamb curry, which was faultless and addictively good and last but not least – a sublime gobhi mutter (cauliflower and peas).

Service is also friendly and efficient in a restaurant which is relaxing, decked out in earthy tones, and all the better for it.