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Soho Curry, Indian Cuisine

Soho Curry, Indian Cuisine

61 Rupert Street (just off Brewer Street)
Tel: 0171-734-2230
Fax: 0171-437-3789

Whilst wandering through the hustle bustle of Soho, trying to avoid the lure of the neon-lit sexpots, there is refuge and sanity to be found in the form of a very decent Indian restaurant. Soho Curry is a medium sized restaurant right in the heart of London's Soho region. It is a light, modern air-conditioned establishment that is open 7 days a week. Like most restaurants in this area it attracts a large tourist trade and it is also difficult to predict how busy it will be. However, it would be wise to assume that the tables will be busy later on in the evening.

The décor is clean and refreshing, it is not done in the traditional flock wallpaper style that is mercifully fading out at last. The waiters are keen and attentive and very helpful in explaining the menu. I expect that they are used to hand holding the clientele with so many overseas visitors sampling Indian food for probably the first time. Prices are typical of central London Indian restaurants. Expect to pay anywhere between £6 and £10 for a main course and £3 to £4 for a starter (March 1999). The bill will be around £20 - £25 per head including drinks. As is common practice with nearly all London restaurants there is a service charge added to the bill. (My only complaint).

I have sampled this restaurant on many occasions and the quality is consistent. My normal choice would be korai chicken or lamb (I think that is how it is described on the menu, although it may be karahi, but they are both exactly the same thing) or else a dhansak. The chicken or lamb korai comes sizzling in the small iron pot (the korai), as one would expect. The portions are ample and the flavour is one of subtle spicing rather than heat. The dhansak is prepared in a courser lentil source than in some restaurants, which is actually to my preference. It is a hotter dish altogether so be prepared, because more usually in Indian restaurants a dhansak is prepared as a milder curry, although it is described on the menu as hot.

Verdict: Soho Curry is a better than average Indian Restaurant. Apart from good food, the standard of décor and service make it stand out from the crowd. Recommended.


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Soho Curry

Total Score: 71%
Quality: Good
Service: Good
Facilities: Average
Ambience: Average
Value: Good


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