Papaya, W13 9QT

Sri Lankan and South Indian restaurant in Ealing. They used to have another branch in Rayners Lane, but this changed hands somewhere around the end of 2010. They also do takeaway.

The decor is smart and modern; the floor, tables, and chairs are black and shiny, and the walls are dark orange.

Kake, bob, Martin, and others visited on a Thursday evening in June 2009. There were 14 of us altogether, so we'd pre-booked. When we arrived around 9pm there were already a fair few people in.

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.

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Last visited by Kake, bob, Martin, and many others, 18 June 2009. Opening hours taken from the Papaya website, April 2011.
OS X co-ord: 516980 OS Y co-ord: 179501 (Latitude: 51.502346 Longitude: -0.316018)
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