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Indian restaurant located on the second floor of the Strand Continental Hotel. Founded in 1946, it was originally a private club.
Back-to-basics Indian restaurant specialising in South Indian food at low prices, located on the second floor of the Strand Continental Hotel. Reviews on the interweb are rather mixed; I suspect it's a love-it-or-hate-it kind of place. Certainly worth a go, though. The set menu (not mentioned on the actual menu) seems to be widely recommended — and the naan disrecommended.
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It's fairly basic in decor, seating around 70 people on mismatched chairs lined up alongside formica-topped tables. Scuffed canary-yellow walls are adorned with Indian art along with portraits of Gandhi, Nehru, and other important Indian figures. A tiny bar in the centre has fonts for Cobra and Kingfisher lager, with the shelves behind bare aside from a few pint glasses and a stash of till rolls and other restaurant paraphernalia. A door left open next to the bar offers a glimpse into the kitchen.

[[Kake]] visited on a Friday lunchtime in April 2018. When I arrived just after their opening time of noon, there were two other customers, and by the time I left around 12:45 it had started filling up rapidly. No music was playing.

Egg curry (&pound;5) <small>[https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/41278228922/ photo]</small> consisted of two halved hard-boiled eggs in an indistinctly spiced sauce with slivers of undercooked green pepper and the occasional piece of underripe tomato. Puri (&pound;2 for two) were doughy and greasy.

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[[Kake]]'s verdict: You'd come here for the history and nostalgia, not the food.

Accessibility: Two flights of stairs to get in, with a handrail on one side. Toilets are on the floor below. The cubicles in the ladies' are very narrow, but the doors open outwards.

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* [https://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/41321164771/ Photo of the menu as of April 2018]
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kake]], April 2018. Opening hours taken from the India Club website, April 2018.</div>
<div class="last_verified">Opening hours taken from the India Club website, April 2018.</div>
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summary='Back-to-basics Indian restaurant located on the second floor of the Strand Continental Hotel.'
summary='Back-to-basics Indian restaurant specialising in South Indian food at low prices.'

Back-to-basics Indian restaurant specialising in South Indian food at low prices, located on the second floor of the Strand Continental Hotel. Reviews on the interweb are rather mixed; I suspect it's a love-it-or-hate-it kind of place. Certainly worth a go, though. The set menu (not mentioned on the actual menu) seems to be widely recommended — and the naan disrecommended.

The hotel bar on the floor below is also open to non-residents, and according to Pubs Galore comments (linked below) as of December 2012 the staff will get you drinks from there if you like.

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Opening hours taken from the India Club website, April 2018.

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