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|Kalpa was a Sri Lankan and Keralan restaurant in [[Locale Croydon|Croydon]]. It has now closed.
||Sri Lankan and Keralan restaurant in [[Locale Croydon|Croydon]], a short walk from [[West Croydon Station]].
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The information below is retained for historical purposes.
Sri Lankan and Keralan restaurant in [[Locale Croydon|Croydon]], a short walk from [[West Croydon Station]].
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kake]] and [[bob]], July 2018.</div>
address='5-7 St James's Road, CR0 2SB'
category='Featured Article,Now Closed'
<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kake]] and [[bob]], July 2018. Opening hours taken from the Kalpa website, July 2018.</div>
address='5-7 St James's Road'
category='Curry,Featured Article,Indian Food,Keralan Food,Restaurants,South Indian Food,Sri Lankan Food,Takeaway'
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hours_text='Mon: closed; Tue-Thu: noon-3pm, 6pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat: noon-11pm; Sun: noon-10:30pm'
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summary='Now closed; was a Sri Lankan and Keralan restaurant in Croydon, a short walk from West Croydon Station.'
opening_hours_text='Mon: closed; Tue-Thu: noon-3pm, 6pm-10:30pm; Fri-Sat: noon-11pm; Sun: noon-10:30pm'
phone='020 8684 6661'
website='' summary='Sri Lankan and Keralan restaurant in Croydon, a short walk from West Croydon Station.'
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.
- Photos of the menu as of July 2018: page 1, page 2, page 3
- Videos of the chef cooking: coconut chutney, masala omelette
- Croydon Guardian article
- TripAdvisor comments
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