Lunch at Grain Store

I hadn't seen Hari since I had both hands, but we became re-acquainted via Facebook, where he posts prolifically about Eighties pop - Kate, Siouxsie, Madge - and his indestructible dog, Delius, a beautiful blue whippet. Since Hari is a purely north London phenomenon and I am strictly Sarf, I suggested that we meet on... Continue Reading →

Mamuśka: Smacznego!

Round my way - London's Elephant & Castle - as the nights draw in, the changing of the seasons is marked by Mamuśka's switch to the Winter menu, which is the season when her meaty meals at £6 per plate make most sense. So far as vegetarians are concerned, it mostly means the buraczki -... Continue Reading →

Kastoori Puris

Manoj Thanki's legendary flavour bombs shall henceforth be known as 'Kastooris'. I have been noshtalgic lately for Kastoori, SW17's legendary Indian vegetarian restaurant, run by the Thanki family. According to Manoj Thanki, 'from 13th February 1987 up until 23rd November 2010, Kastoori was my life and breath,' but then his lease expired. Loyal customers were... Continue Reading →

The Camberwell Falafel Sadwich (sic)

Scene of the sadwich (sic) I am glad to return to a routine of swimming regularly at the refurbished Camberwell Pool in Artichoke Place, which means that I have thoroughly renewed my acquaintance with sarf London's premier falafel purveyor, 'Falafel', the pertinently-named Lebanese fast food counter at 27 Camberwell Church Street. Words can barely express... Continue Reading →

Chipotle Away!

tear the lid off the sucka! You've seen that episode of South Park, right? The one where Billy Mays endorses Chipotle Away, a product that changed Eric Cartman's life, enabling him to carry on scoffing his favourite fast food without worrying about the cost of replacement underpants??  A 'chip-oat-lay' is a smoked Jalepeno chile pepper,... Continue Reading →


'Wahaca' would be a great name for a Scouse restaurant, but in fact it serves so-called 'Mexican street food': tacos y burritos. It's very London, in the format pioneered by wagamama nearly 20 years ago: there's no booking; orders are taken electronically; dishes made to share & delivered in no particular order; average spend is... Continue Reading →

Dragon Castle

  Clockwise from the noodles at six o'clock:  Chinese calamaris with dipping sauce; cheung fun;  green seafood dumplings in steamer baskets;  har gow; mo' cheng fun; the best ever sesame prawns toasts;  two types of spring rolls. When Dragon Castle opened around the corner four years ago, I could hardly believe it and nor could... Continue Reading →

Jaffna House

 I'm going to India in a few weeks, so want to get around as many of my favourite places in London before I leave and right at the top of the list is Jaffna House, across & along a bit from Tooting High Road tube. This may be my favourite Tamil restaurant in the world;... Continue Reading →

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