This is a new outlet of a chain that opened a few weeks ago at the foot of Highgate West Hill.
I love Indian food and have often eaten at Kiplings in Highgate Village (which seems to have gone slightly downhill lately)so was intrigues to try this one.
I loved it! I've already eaten twice there (well, got take-away at least) and been pleasantly surprised both times. The staff are friendly, the decor is classy and modern, the cocktails are good, and the food is some of the best I have tried in recent years.
A great level of heat, beautiful flavours, not too greasy, really fresh tasting and good quality meat. I can already recommend the lamb Jalfrezi, the chicken Madras, the non-vegetarian Thali and the chicken Korma. The Paneer Naan is also fabulous and the lemon rice is perfect. Mmmm. I'm getting hungry again just thinking about it.
I almost gave the place 4 stars because their website is rubbish and their menu is riddled with typos (get in touch guys if you're reading this - I can sort both for you). However, my husband and I spent a happy 15 minutes in stitches reading the amusing mistakes while we waited for our take-away so I can't really complain. It adds a sort of strange authenticity to the place I feel.
The price is decent too. If you're in the area, give it a try.
This is my local sushi restaurant and I order deliveries from there all the time.
In the past they used to do a special 'off-menu' order for me of veggie tempura rolls - but now they've included them on the menu! Although I recommend asking for them without the sauce!
Its a simple and friendly place with good quality freshly made traditional Sushi. Not cheap but not over priced either.
A great place for after hours drinking. It is small and can be tricky to get into sometimes because it has a memberhip policy.
I have had good nights in there, ones I can remember and ones that are blurry.
The staff are friendly and the bouncer have a particular charm.
I would recommend this place if you are out with friends rather than on a romantic date.
As burger/kebab shops go this is up there with the best.
The food is all freshly cooked in front of you and is tasty as hell.
I ask them to construct a bespoke burger with all the trimming and they happily oblige.
The place is very clean and you can see them scrubbing down after closing (if you are up that late). It i good to see.
I can't recommend highly enough.
So we had a bit to drink and we were walking from Kilburn to Hampstead. At this time, most of the takeaways are closed, unless you want a kebab.
So here is Fortune Gate in West Hampstead. This is only the second time we've grabbed something from there, but to be honest, I am not sure that was chicken in that chicken fried rice we ordered.
The prawn crackers were okay.
Never rented a single title from here, but still my favourite shop in the area. There's a good selection of new titles and the prices aren't too bad, but that's not what I like about here.
What makes this great is the pre-owned section. There's always a fantastic selection and at some really great prices. Certainly the best selection of cheap Blu-Rays that I've ever seen.
You never have to wait long, even when it's busy and I've always found the staff to be very friendly and efficient.
This is a generous 4 stars because I'm quite fond of the place though if I were to score on food alone (a rather big component on eating out I'm sure you'll agree) I don't think they'd cut it. Where they do cut it is fresh and comfortable decor, attentive staff, presentation and great deals - 2 courses for £8, and 2-4-1 cocktails 5-7pm each day (and pretty damn good cocktails actually).
We shunned the special and went straight for the platter of the house (£16 each) - which turned out to be a whole lot of deep fried somethings (unfortunately). As the most expensive item on the menu, I expected a tastier offering.
With a really weird fusion of asian and Italian dishes I think they do the Italian side a lot more justice - the caprese starter winning over the prawn dumpling dim sum hands down. I think they may try to cater for too many taste buds and should perhaps concentrate on doing a few really well.
I will be back during happy hour and quite intrigued to test their duck hoi sin pizza!
Went on Saturday night and haing booked was shown directly to our table. Drinks were offered, ordered and quickly served, then starters, mains and poppadums! The starters were good and the chicken tikka cubes were moist and served with a nice sauce. My main dish was lamb korai, for the mix of spcies & described as 'medium hot'. Having been brought by a Pakistani family (more or less - long story) from the age of 3 years to 6 I like a lot of heat in my 'Indian' food. I asked for the heat to be increased to 'Madras' and yet I still found it didn't quite hit the sweet spot! It was indeed good though, with everything made fresh (rather then from a glass jar with Pataks on it!). The chapathi was good as was the rice.
Our friends, really enjoyed it - we knoew that to go to the more specialist Indian restaurants would not suit their palettes but this was good and they really enjoyed it!
I have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant to anyone looking to try a more authentic Indian, where the food is freshly made and the price is adequate - including, wine, beer (lots of it!) water - £35 per head
I have been coming to Ping Pong now for about 2 years. I was overjoyed when it came to Spitalfields. I know that menu like the back of my hand and I was even more happy to go when it was "Lazy Sumday" which means you can have all-you-can-eat dim sum for £17.20!
I starved myself until it was time to go and I had fun ordering baked vegetable puffs, seafood sticky rice, scallop and shiitake dumplings, king prawn har gau, pork and prawn siu mai, crispy prawn toast, hoi sin duck spring rolls, spicy seafood dumplings, mushroom and spinach dumplings and had some pak choi and choi sum.
Feeling fit to burst, I thought I would have a go at the cocktail list. Their signature cocktail called 'Ping Pong' was fruity and light, and their kumquat mojito was so refreshing and so addictive...I ordered another 2!
By the end of the meal I felt like I was going to explode, but it was all worth it!
The only thing I felt that let the restaurant down a little was the service, but to be fair it had only just opened a few days prior to my visit and I feel the staff are rattling out procedures as found in the staff handbook, rather than using their own judgements and common sense. For example: Waiter asks me if I have been to Ping Pong before and I said yes and he still went through the how to order process and explained most of the dumplings even though I had told him that I have been coming to Ping Pong for 2 years! I know he meant well but I found it a little irritating. He also congratulated me on filling out the order paper too.
For those unfamiliar with Ping Pong, every dish you order will arrive in sets of 3 per basket. So if you wanted 2 lots of something you would write '2' next to the dish on a piece of paper which has a pencil provided. Whatever you don't want you leave blank. It's hardly rocket science...
Anyhow the meal was fine, and that was my only bug bear. But in terms of value, good food and an available banquet on my doorstep, I give Ping Pong top marks!