Diwali (Sunday 27th October) is almost here!
The Festival of Lights is about the triumph of consciousness, knowledge and awareness over ignorance - vital, no matter what faith you belong to - and it’s celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists by lighting candles, gift-giving and cooking up a feast.
Here’s our rundown of some of the best Indian restaurants in South East - why not light a candle and treat yourself to a feast this Diwali?
Where? 137A Southampton Way, Camberwell, London SE5 7EW
This gem is known locally as the best takeaway in Camberwell, but it’s worth sitting in because the atmosphere is so friendly and the service is so good. Specially recommended dishes include honey chicken on the bone and any of their wonderfully fluffy naans.
Their set menus are also brilliant and great value for money - vegetarians and meat eaters alike will be delighted.
Spice of Life
Where? 260 Lee High Rd, Lewisham, London SE13 5PL
This warm and friendly family restaurant is worth going to for its affordable prices and super authentic food.
With three dishes for just £12.50 it’s an absolute bargain, and you’ll find chicken tikka and tandoori wings alongside quirkier dishes like spiced pumpkin (perfect for this time of year!) Spice of Life are especially known for their fantastic onion bhajis, so don’t forget to order some!
Where? 38 Holly Grove, Peckham, London SE15 5DF
This authentic South Indian restaurant is an award winner and subject of glowing reviews from major newspapers, but you’d never know from the unpretentious, homey atmosphere.
The menu is small and rotated every few months, everything is fresh and delicious. If you’re spoilt for choice, order a Ganapati thali to sample a bit of everything - at £15 it’s great value for money. The menu also comes complete with Indian wine and beer pairings if you feel like splashing out.
Where? 111b Deptford High St, Deptford, London SE8 4NS
This authentic, family run curry house is only a couple of minutes’ walk from Deptford station. It’s completely vegetarian with plenty of vegan options and describes itself as a street food restaurant, with a small selection of great (and very cheap!) dishes.
You’ll find British curry classics with a veggie twist like tofu tikka masala and korma as well as amazingly authentic samosas. Be warned - it’s cash only!
Where? 119 Brockley Rise, Forest Hill, London SE23 1JP
This gem is only a few minutes’ walk from Honor Oak Park station and the food is delicious. Babur have a wide range of menus, including vegan, gluten-free and halal, so you’re guaranteed a great meal no matter what your dietary requirements are.
Ordinarily Babur is a bit pricey, with a main setting you back at least £15, but they offer a ‘De-congestion bonus’ - 50% off if you book a table before 7pm or after 9pm, order at least two dishes and enter the offer code on their website. Get on it, people.