Tooting is a go-to destination now. Tooting is a hip, a top ten, ultra-cool neighbourhood. Each week it seems like a new bar or restaurant has popped up. But its real heart is the curry mile with some of the best Sri Lankan restaurants in London and of course Tooting and in London.
My top pick of the best Sri Lankan restaurants in London and Tooting
Of course being Sri Lankan, I am blessed with some amazing restaurants that really showcase Sri Lankan food. Here is my personal pick of some of the best Sri Lankan restaurants in London and Tooting:
Apollo Banana Leaf
Apollo Banana Leaf – when I first walked in here I was transported back to my granny’s kitchen in Colombo. This restaurant serves great Sri Lankan food, which uses coconut as its base (so very on trend). Seafood is a Sri Lankan speciality – the crab curry is to die for. Try the hoppers, a Sri Lankan style pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk – just tear into pieces and dip into the delicious curry sauces.
Address: 190 Tooting High St, London SW17 0SF
Tel: 020 8696 1423
Go to Jaffna House, if you are looking for a restaurant that serves up authentic Sri Lankan cooking. This is a humble place, a cafe in the front, and a small, very small restaurant at the back. You aren’t here for the ambience, nor the service (be patient) you are here for the food. Jaffna House does real Sri Lankan food, hoppers, string hoppers, dosas, idlis. When I am here, I fill up on mutton and squid curries, all washed down with Lion larger.
Address: 90 Tooting High St, London SW17
Tel: 020 8672 7786
I am going to give Yhaal House a shout.
It’s not a restaurant, but a cafe and takeaway. Given the heat of the food, the chilli content, this place caters for a very local Sri Lankan clientele. This is where I go to stock up on Sri Lankan short eats (street food) such as roti rolls, patties, mutton rolls, fish cutlets, vadai. There’s also a good selection of authentic, fiery curries. Yhaal house is cheap and fantastic.
Address: 114 Mitcham Rd, London SW17 9NG
Tel: 020 8767 7688
Hoppers is a new breed of Sri Lankan restaurant. Opened by the team that have brought us Trishna, Motu and Brigadiers. This is high-end, incredibly well done Sri Lankan food. Hoppers has taken Sri Lankan food mainstream and this can only be a good thing.
49 Frith Street, London W1D 4SG – firstname.lastname@example.org
77 Wigmore Street, London W1U 1QE – 0203 319 8110
when I last visited this place it was called Sekaras. Dammika’s a stone’s throw from Victoria Station. You can stop by here to fuel up on Sri Lankan food after a hard day’s sightseeing or shopping. And on Sunday, Dammika’s serves up a fantastic Sunday buffet feast – it’s well worth the trip.
Address: 3 Lower Grosvenor Pl, Westminster, London SW1W 0EJ UK
Tel: 020 7834 0722
And, some of the best Indian restaurants in Tooting
I can’t leave you without giving you a round up of some of Tooting’s fantastic curry houses. OK, so we might have trendy pop up places offering you sharing plates. But if you are in Tooting – try out one of our fantastic curry houses before you leave.
Dosa & Chutney
Dosa & Chutney – this family favourite specialises in South Indian crispy pancakes with a spicy potato filling. My kids love the kid’s dosa, but have now moved on to chicken 65. This restaurant always makes the listings of best Indian and Sri-Lankan restaurants in Tooting. I love the mutton masala dosa. It also serves a good selection of Sri Lankan starters including mutton rolls, fish cutlets, vadai (spicy lentil doughnuts). Ignore the orange décor and wall-to-wall mirrors and enjoy a great meal for under a tenner.
Address: 68 Tooting High St, London SW17 0RN
Tel: 020 8767 9200
Sree Krishna – is another of my South Indian favourites – specialising in Keralan food. I love their vegetable dishes – green beans & coconut, beetroot and cabbage thoran. The food here has always been consistently good.
Address: 192-194, Tooting High St, London SW17 0SF
Tel: 020 8672 4250
Vijaya Krishna is heading out of the main drag of Tooting’s Indian restaurants. But it’s been a fixture in Tooting for the last 25 years. About three years ago the restaurant had a revamp, and now it’s super stylish. The restaurant specialises in South Indian food, in particular, Kerela. And the food is delicious!
Address: 114 Mitcham Rd, London SW17 9NG
Spice Village, in Tooting Bec, is well worth a mention serving North Indian and Pakistani food. The restaurant is bright, busy, and popular with local families.
Address: 32 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17
Website: Spice Village
Tel: 020 8672 0710
Another favourite of ours, Lahore Karahi. This restaurant serves Pakistani food, and I can highly recommend the masala lamb chops and the chicken karahi. This is a bright bustling restaurant, with quick service and easy on the wallet.
Address: 1 Tooting High St, London SW17 0SN
Tel: 020 8767 2477
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