Where to find good curry in Tooting (and Paris)

Where to find good curry in Tooting (and Paris)

It’s National Curry Week, so what better time than share with you, and only you, my favourite Indian and Sri-Lankan restaurants in Tooting, south London. If you want to find good curry in London, Tooting is the place to head to. But now I live in Paris, and yes, you can find good curry in Paris too.

Tooting is world famous for curry, along the stretch from Tooting Bec to Colliers Wood stations, you can get a flavour of all the regions of India.

Tooting Mama’s top Tooting curry picks

Dosa & Chutney

Dosa & Chutney –  specialises in South Indian crispy pancakes, dosa, with a spicy potato filling. I love the mutton masala dosa. Ignore the orange décor and wall-to-wall mirrors and enjoy a great meal for under a tenner. They also do a kid’s dosa, which is Wonder Boy’s favourite, it comes with a selection of dipping curries, and puri (or the bubble as Super Girl calls it) again with a selection of dipping curries. At the weekend, Dosa & Chutney is filled with Asian families, it’s that good.

Address: 68 Tooting High Street, London SW17 0RN
Tel: 020 8767 9200

Apollo Banana Leaf

Apollo Banana Leaf – when I first walked in here I was transported back to my granny’s kitchen in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Apollo serves great Sri Lankan food, which uses coconut as its base (bang on trend). Seafood is a Sri Lankan specialty – 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 delicious curry sauces.

Address: 190 Tooting High St, London SW17 oSF
Tel:020 8696 1423

Sree Krishna

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. We used Sree Krishna to cater for our kids’ adoption celebration party, our guests, were wowed by the food. But by the looks of it, this restaurant has now closed down.

Address: 192-194 Tooting High Street London SW17 0SF
Tel: 020 8672 4250

Lahore Karahi

Lahore Karahri – this is another personal favourite. Lahore specialises in Pakistani food. I love the lamb or the chicken methi, cooked with fenugreek leaves, which gives the curry its unique smokey flavour (delicious). Service is quick and efficient, very popular with families at the weekend, we love this place. This is a favourite of London’s new Mayor, Sadiq Khan.

Address: 1 Tooting High St, London SW17 0SN
Tel: 0208 767 2477

Where to find a good Indian restaurant in Paris

You might not expect it, but there are some really good Indian and Sri Lankan restaurants in Paris. The place to head to is La Chapelle, or Little India, just a five minute walk from Gare du Nord station. Curries in Paris are cooked to French tastes, expect them to be mild but full of flavour.


Dishny one of the Paris’ oldest Indian restaurants it does a good selection of north and south Indian food. I can come here and have my favourite Sri Lankan treat, mutton rolls. If you can’t decide what to eat, a thali is a good option (a little bit of everything).

212, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, Paris 75010
Tel: +33 1 40 05 18 36

Krishna Bhavan

I love this place, there are actually about four Krishna Bhavans on this street, but they are all good. This is where I head to when I need my dosa fix. Krishna Bhavan is solely vegetarian which is great news for veggies; Paris isn’t the best place to dine out if you don’t eat meat.

21 and 24, Rue Cail Paris 75010
Tel +33 1 42 05 78 43


    • Tooting Mama
      November 21, 2016 / 9:20 pm

      Ooh just thinking about the Lahore Karahi is making my mouth water, so miss living close to fab Indian restaurants!

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  2. October 17, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    oh i could live on curry…. i just love it.. the spicier the better…. your recommendations all sound delish

    • Tooting Mama
      October 19, 2016 / 6:57 am

      Me too! Hope you make it to Tooting or Paris to try these out!

  3. October 17, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    I love a good curry! I find it difficult to actually get a place that I enjoy eating it from, I haven’t found one yet that I particularly love which is a shame. I love your suggestions, if I’m ever in that neck of the woods I’ll be sure to try some out.

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    • Tooting Mama
      October 17, 2016 / 7:20 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I am sure there are good places in your area, you just have to hunt them down. At the weekend, check out where Asian families are eating, put it this way, we’ll only cough up for an Indian meal if it’s better than what our mums can make!

    • Tooting Mama
      October 17, 2016 / 2:52 pm

      You are so right!

  4. Kerry Norris
    October 17, 2016 / 6:39 am

    Oooh great list. We may be going to Paris next month so will bear this in mind. We all love curry in this house x
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    • Tooting Mama
      October 17, 2016 / 2:53 pm

      Brilliant, make a trip up to La Chapelle. Have a great time when you come!

  5. October 16, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    I love curry’s. These places sound great too. I need to try more different dishes out, I stick to the same 2 as they are my favourites..

    • Tooting Mama
      October 17, 2016 / 3:08 pm

      Hey time to branch out and be a little more adventurous!

  6. Kat
    October 16, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    Well, I love visiting London and Paris. And I love a curry – perfect tasty food for a non-meat eater like me! I’m bookmarking this for my next visits. Love ‘insider’ tips!

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    • Tooting Mama
      October 17, 2016 / 3:08 pm

      Aww brilliant – thank you!

  7. Yvonne
    October 16, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    I have been to Dosa & Chutney, fab place. I live in Germany at the moment and they don’t really have good places for curry here, great for turkish food though x
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    • Tooting Mama
      October 17, 2016 / 3:11 pm

      Yay! Another Dosa & Chutney fan, I love that place. I bet you are having amazing Turkish food in Germany – I’d love to read about it!

  8. October 16, 2016 / 4:30 am

    We live in Richmond which is probably not too far to go, my husband loves curry so I might have to see if he’d be keen to try any of these! ?

    • Tooting Mama
      October 17, 2016 / 7:34 pm

      Hey you aren’t far at all. YOu’ll have to swing by Tooting one evening, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

  9. October 15, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    I would never have thought about Paris as a place to find good curry! This could be a way to encourage my teenage son to visit France. French food is not good, according to the teen who has never been!
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    • Tooting Mama
      October 17, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Yes my kids still take convincing about the French food, it is meat overload, but there’s some pretty cool hipster places that might impress him!

    • Tooting Mama
      October 17, 2016 / 7:31 pm

      Yes time to venture out of your curry comfort zone! I’m a bit like that, I have my favourites and hardly stray! It does us all good to do something new every now and then!

  10. October 15, 2016 / 7:30 am

    Sounds good! We don’t go out for curry too much as I’m not much of a fan but great to have a place with some top recommendations!

    • Tooting Mama
      October 17, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      Thank you. Well, if you’re ever in Tooting, drop in on one of these places.

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