Thattukada, E6 1JG

Keralan restaurant on the High Street in East Ham, also offering a takeaway service. It is not licensed to serve alcohol, and BYOB is not permitted. The food is halal.

It was previously located up the road at number 241b photo, but in early 2012 they opened a second branch at number 229, and as of autumn 2013 the old branch has closed photo and only this one remains.

We haven't yet visited the new location, but below is information about the old one.

Kake first visited on a Monday early evening in September 2009, arriving shortly before 6pm. There were about 9 or 10 other people in, including a small family group. Background music was playing, though not too loudly. Jugs of water were already out on the tables, and a water glass arrived swiftly on request.

I chose the fish molley (£5), and the waiter recommended I have the appam (£1.80 for 2 pieces) with it. The fish molley consisted of a thick fish steak in a bath of coconutty sauce. It was pretty good; the fish wasn't overcooked, and the sauce was mild, fragrant, and enlivened with plump sultanas, crunchy nuts, and soft, sweet onion slices. The appam were lovely; thick and soft in the middle, thin and crisp on the edges, and with a nice slightly sour fermented flavour throughout.

I also had a mango lassi (£1.50), which was poured from a huge jug kept in the fridge at the back of the room. It was fine, not too sweet, and quite thick.

On a second visit by Kake and friend on a Wednesday evening in March 2010, the ambience was similar, and again there were tables available throughout our visit.

Ullivada (onion fritters) to start were quite tasty; similar to onion bhajis but crisper and less stodgy, with a deep roasted-onion flavour. Chicken 65 (spicy deep-fried chicken) was well-flavoured and nicely tender; they'd managed to avoid letting it dry out as can sometimes happen. Kadala curry (chickpeas) and aloo gobi were competent though nothing special. Appam were again good.

Our final bill this time was just under £11/head including a few lassis and excluding tip. They didn't seem to mind us sitting and chatting for over an hour after we'd finished eating (as mentioned above, the place wasn't busy).

Child-friendliness: Children are welcome. They have one highchair (with tray, and of a size more suitable for toddlers than for smaller babies). No baby change facilities.

Accessibility: A step to get in. One more step to the toilets (and half of the seating).

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Last visited by Kake and friend, April 2010 (at the old location). Accessibility and child-friendliness at new location checked by Kake, June 2014. Opening hours obtained from member of staff, June 2014.

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OS X co-ord: 542322 OS Y co-ord: 184324 (Latitude: 51.539370 Longitude: 0.052437)
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