Kalpa, CR0 2SB
- 020 8684 6661
- 5-7 St James's Road, CR0 2SB
- Mon: closed; Tue-Thu: noon-3pm, 6pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat: noon-11pm; Sun: noon-10:30pm
The building was once two separate shops, and is still in two clear halves with a couple of doorways between. Decor is fairly simple, with highly polished tiles on the floor, sparkly melamine table tops, plain-painted walls, and ladder-backed wooden chairs photo. It seats maybe about 50-60 people in total.
Mutton rolls (£2.50) photo had fairly thick skins and not too much mutton inside, but the meat that was there was well flavoured and tender. The accompanying chutney of tomato, onion, and fresh pineapple went well with them.
Gobi 65 (£4.50) photo didn't have the thick batter it usually has, but just a thin crust of spices and possibly a sprinkling of cornflour. It was pretty good, though perhaps a touch too salty.
Mackerel curry (£5) photo was very good, with competently-cooked fish that came easily off the bone, and a rich, savoury sauce with plenty of mackerel flavour. Cabbage (£4) photo came dry-fried with carrot, coconut, fresh green chilli, and some nicely nutty lentils.
Plain rice (£2.50) photo was fine, with nicely separated grains. A plain appam (£1.25) photo was very thin and crisp around the edges, and thick without being stodgy in the centre, but the flavour was a little too sweet.
Masala tea (£1.70) photo was freshly made, and fine albeit nothing special.
No service charge was added to the bill.
Accessibility: A large step then a small step to get in, followed by a 90-degree turn. No further steps to the toilets, but access is quite narrow.