Papaya, W13 9QT
- 020 8579 1662
- 161 Northfield Avenue, W13 9QT
- noon-11pm Mon-Sun
The decor is smart and modern; the floor, tables, and chairs are black and shiny, and the walls are dark orange.
We ordered in smaller groups; at our end of the table we'd already decided to order everything "hot" (choices are mild, medium, or hot).
Mutton rolls (£3.50 for two) had a pleasing level of chilli heat, but Kake felt the breadcrumb coating was a little too thick. Masala vadai (£3) were fine; not too dry. Mini masala dosa with chutney and sambar (£4) was really quite tasty; nicely sour, and well-crisped on one side. Devilled venison (£8) was overcooked to Kake's taste.
Sri Lankan fish curry (£7.50) was OK, but the fish was again overcooked in Kake's opinion. Dhal (£4) was fine; plenty of flavour. Madura manga kalan (fresh mango and green banana curry, £5) was good, with lightly-cooked mango and a flavourful, not-too-sweet sauce.
They have Lion stout, which went down well with our party.
In all, we paid £20/head including plenty of food, a beer or two apiece, and service charge.
Accessibility: Ramp to get in. Step-free through to toilets.