Est. India

Est. India


LUX Tourism Awards 2017

Lux Award Best Casual Dining Restaurant - South East London

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Hari Ghotra Review

Like most people, I love trying different restaurants to experience the offering they have to share.

Times have changed and so have Indian restaurants. Luckily, in London, there are many different types of Indian restaurants to choose from.

The classic take away still exists and fulfils a very definite customer need, but we now have a whole array of places to choose from. 

There are the very high-end establishments that provide a unique dining experience like the Gymkhana’s and Tamarind’s and there are the fun trendy street food joints like Dishoom, as well as specific regional restaurants too such as Hoppers. 

These are all the high-end, well-known places that have great PR teams, but London also boasts (literally) hundreds of smaller Indian restaurants too. From the Desi pubs to takeaways and the traditional Indians, which still has the classic 70’s feel about it.

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Gipsy Toast Review

The team was going around the corner from our office last week, to the Globe to see Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra. This of course necessitated a pre-theatre dinner, after which we were going to be sat on hard wooden benches in the open top site. It was whilst researching somewhere new to go (having exhausted many of the local eateries), that I stumbled upon this tiny little local gem tucked away on Union street. I’m a huge fan of dosas and you can’t find them at every Indian restaurant, but Est.India was clearly like no other Indian restaurant.

We made an early evening booking and arrived with our local workers buzz card in hand, which gave us 25% off the already reasonable prices. We were seated promptly at the modern wooden interior. There were five of us eating, but we were waiting for a colleague. Having looked at the menu all afternoon in the office deciding what we were going to have, we were chomping at the bit to exit the starting gate – so poppadums’ it was. These were wonderfully crisp (and not greasy) and came with a tomato, fresh mango and yoghurt chutney. We crunched, nibbled and chewed on these whilst awaiting the arrival of our colleague.

The street food feast began at this point; with three of my colleagues all keen to try the Desi burger and masala fries. I opted for the vegetarian dosa, whilst another colleague chose chicken. I had worried that these might get mixed up on the way out, but no fear, we received the right ones.

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Eat Travel Live Review

A whistle stop tour of Indian food with a few Anglicised twists and turns right here in London.

Indian food has grown so much in the UK. Dishes that were made here are now being cooked out in India and we have evolved from choosing a sauce of varying spiciness and adding meat, fish or shudder vegetables. We now have regional cuisines, Michelin stars and fabulous Indian street food.

Est. India was a collision of all of this. It was eclectic and exciting. The menu had influences form the Punjab to Kerala, over to the Bay of Bengal and all the way back to the UK.

We stared out with naan bread stuffed with keema (a traditional lamb mince and pea curry) and a spicy green chutney (£5.50). It was soft, hot and fresh. Next was a papri chatt (£4.50), a very traditional street snack of rice puffs, tamarind, yogurt and chickpeas. This was stunning. Spicy, sweet, sour, crunchy and creamy – if you have not tried this please give it a go!

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Eat With Steph Review

A sister restaurant to the more refined Mango Indian around the corner, Est India serves more “rustic” Indian dishes but with plenty of flavour attention to detail. It’s a classy restaurant but still with an intimate feel, with booths for small groups and just enough lighting in there to make you feel welcome but not dazzled by bright lights.

I came in with high expectations, with my meal at Mango Indian last month being pretty impressive with its use of fresh ingredients and attention to detail. Est India does not disappoint. The focus here is on street food, with dosas, naan rolls and small plates making up a significant portion of the menu, with other regional specialities in the curry section that deserve as much attention as the street food.

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East London Girl Review

Est India offers traditional Indian dining with a large twist of originality and flavour to the dishes. Located near Borough Market, the restaurant has a homely feel with a number of booths for small groups.

Particularly with the small plates, the focus is on Indian street food including dosas and naan rolls. The main menu is a mixture of regional specialties and the staff are very happy to answer questions, offer suggestions and accommodate changes to the menu.

We had a selection of starters to begin with including the (1)  MAKAI ALOO TIKKI: deep fried, corn and potato cake (2) PAPRI CHATT: a medly of crispy wafer, puffed rice, onions, coriander, chilli, tamarind sauce and yoghurt.

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The Telegraph Article

Curry: why the British are moving on from Chicken Tikka Masala - Experimentation by British Indian chefs and a desire to eat more healthily are behind growing consumer confidence when it comes to curry.

Skate Cheeks Koliwada, sir?  In 1997, Chicken Tikka Masala was reportedly being ordered by 11 million diners in Britain, about 22 per cent of the population. Lodue Miah of the Madhuban restaurant in Liss, Hampshire said at the time that if he had 100 diners in a sitting, at least 80 of them would order CTM (as it’s fondly known in the industry).  Updated statistics on the number of annual CTM orders do not appear to exist, but the dish’s appearance on most of the country’s Indian restaurant menus suggests it still has a firm place in our hearts. At least it did until 2011, when a survey by Chaat! Magazine revealed the Jalfrezi, a much hotter dish, to be Britain’s new favourite curry....

Shafiul Alom, the Bangladesh-born owner of cool new restaurant Est. India in Southwark, south London, agrees. He designed his menu to broaden understanding of the “rustic” dishes he hand-picked from around India, and will happily direct customers towards the more challenging ones: Kasundi fish tikka, for example, a tandoor-cooked dish marinated with mustard; or a south Indian Dosa, a long crispy pancake stuffed with chicken or lamb and served with Sambar, a soup-like vegetable sauce. Keema Pav, a bowl of finely minced and richly spiced lamb topped with pomegranate seeds, is another favourite. “Most of my customers are very open-minded and enjoy the culinary journey,” says Alom

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Square Meal Review

A recent addition to pedestrianised Flat Iron Square, Est India’s self-proclaimed ‘modern urban feel’ translates as bare walls, wooden furniture, long tables and cosy booths for intimate get-togethers.

The cooking shows its debt to the subcontinent’s street food with dosas, naan rolls, puffs, utthapam and small plates (perhaps deep-fried corn and potato tikki), before offering various tandooris, biryanis and regional specialities such as Bengali prawn curry, Kashmiri palak lamb with spinach or a desi burger.

There are some genuine desserts too, including keer (rice pudding), syrupy gulab jamon dumplings and gajjar halwa (carrot cake) – plus kulfi on a stick.

All-in tiffin menus (£7.95) are ideal for relaxed business lunches, and there are some fragrant and spicy teas if the short international wine list doesn’t appeal.


London The Inside

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.