Hidden away a short walk from London Bridge you’ll find a surprisingly nice open space, which in the summer will be a sweet little sun trap, perfect for drinking a mango lassi or two… Home to Est. India, a modern alternative to traditional Indian cooking the restaurant takes inspiration from the past and kicks it right into the future, this isn’t your korma with plain rice kind of place.
We started our eastern journey with two amazing dishes. Papri Chaat, a little tower of puffed rice, onions, coriander, chilli, tamarind, yoghurt and finished with pomegranate. Then the Keema Pav, a small bowl of insanely addictive minced lamb was so good, we could have ate this all night.
We then moved onto the curry. The fiery tiger prawn Malai Jhingha was the perfect amount of heat and the Palak Lamb was deeply marinated in kashmiri spices, resulting in a tasty sweet and sticky dish. All of the above was accompanied by an array of rices, punchy little side dishes and a great selection of chutneys, particularly the pumpkin which is now our favourite kind of chutney…
We finished our night with the cooling kulfis. Taking us right back to our childhood, just like a giant mini milk. Est. India is a cool little place, a secret neighbourhood gem and it’s pretty affordable too – well worth a visit.