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Shilpa

Hammersmith · Indian · ££££
Excellent
5.2/6
94 Reviews

About Shilpa

So many of London’s Indian eateries are generic affairs, pulling in customers who are simply too tired of pounding the pavement in search of something, anything spicy enough to ward off the innerscape equivalent of London’s drizzle. Therefore, it’s always heartening to find an Indian restaurant that is a proper specialist. Shilpa Indian Restaurant is one such place, with an intimate understanding of South Indian cuisine and dishes typical of Kerala in particular. Located down Hammersmith’s King Street, close to Ravenscourt Park tube, Shilpa is a good place to hunker down with vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies from the historic home of India’s spice trade.

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Address

Shilpa
206 Kings Street, Hammersmith
London W6 0RA

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Chef's Choice

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Starters

Onion Bhajee

Bengal gram flour, onion, ginger, green chilly and curry leaf made in to dough and then fried. Serve
£2.75

Nenthraka Porichathu

Raw banana batter coated in gram flour and deep fried. Served with green chutney
£3.50

Aattirachi Varattiyathu

Deep fried boneless pieces of lamb sautéed with crushed ginger, garlic and shallots
£6.00
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Mains

Pacha Curry Korma

Fresh vegetables cooked with cashew and coconut sauce
£4.00

Meen Alleppey

King fish in a moderately spiced gravy of coconut and raw mangoes
£6.50

Konju Pollichathu

King prawn marinated with special Kerala spices and wrapped in banana leaves and grilled
£9.50
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Desserts

Gulabjamun

Condensed milk rolled into balls, deep fried and soaked in sugar syrup
£2.75

Ada Pradhaman

Rice flex cooked with jiggery, ghee and coconut milk
£3.50

Masala Dosa

Crispy pancake made of rice and lentil flour with slightly spiced potato fillings
£5.50

Further Information

Shilpa is an award-winning South Indian restaurant, with expert chops provided by their (yes, award-winning) head chef Sunny Kuttan, who honed his skills in the Taj family of luxury Indian restaurants. This London eatery focuses specifically on the regional cuisine of Kerala, an eastern state that has been a centre for the global spice trade for centuries, and Shilpa’s relatively narrow mandate when it comes to Indian cooking has allowed this Hammersmith restaurant to concentrate on perfecting a few, very particular signature dishes. Unsurprisingly, given Kerala’s long coastline – known as the Malabar coast – seafood features prominently. Grilled sea scallops, king prawns cooked with green mangoes and coconut milk, and banana-leaf-wrapped grilled sea bass are just some of the tropical delights that you can find at this King Street eatery.

But it’s not all clams, crab, prawn, lobster, mussels, cuttlefish and squid being shaken down with the Bollywood treatment down at Hammersmith’s Shilpa Indian Restaurant. Central Keralan dishes like the little-known erachi mappas – a succulent lamb specially prepared with a mix of freshly ground spices called erachi kootu – are also on the menu. And vegetarians in London take note, the Keralan take on South Indian cuisine emphasises a great variety of vegetarian options. Beyond the popular Keralan snack of banana chips (found in a supermarket near you) and the prevalence of coconut (it’s a beachy place), Shilpa does at least a dozen vegetarian mains for you to enjoy, meaning you’ll be coming back to this Hammersmith gem many a time to try out the cheera parippu thalichathu for example, a dish of lentils and spinach cooked with garlic and shallots and tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves (this last another ubiquitous part of Keralan cuisine).

94 Shilpa Reviews

"Excellent"6/6
Janine D.a month ago · 1 review

Lovely Indian restaurant with unique dishes , very fresh food and superb service. Highly recommend this place for a casual supper with friends. The Masala Dosas are fab.

"Excellent"6/6
Jane A.a month ago · 1 review

A comprehensive menu that ensures something for everyone. Shilpa offers delicious food with generous portions and reasonable prices. A real gem of a restaurant that deserves every award.

"Excellent"6/6
Sajir M.a month ago · 1 review

Tasty fare at very reasonable prices. The South Indian dishes are fab. Friendly service even at a busy time. Will definitely go again. Highly recommended.

"Excellent"6/6
Ilia L.2 months ago · 2 reviews

We had a great meal - the food was very tasty and the service was fast, efficient and friendly. I will definitely be returning soon.

"Excellent"6/6
Karen S.a year ago · 1 review

We were greeted by a really pleasant waiter who showed us to our table. Our waitress came over, she was extremely friendly and helpful. She was also knowledgeable about the menu. We started with the set poppadoms, 2 each with nice pickle tray, a selection of 4 pickles each. I had the seabass, cooked in medium spices, in a banana leaf. I liked the way we were asked if we preferred mild, medium or hot. Accompanying this, I chose lemon rice. The seabass was really tasty and was covered in an onion and tomatoe herb mix that was superb. The lemon rice went really well with the fish, was very tasty and had cashew nuts and lentils in. My husband had a chicken curry, kerala kozhi roast, which he thoroughly enjoyed, with steamed rice. We had two pints of Kingfisher and two sparkling waters. The bill came to £36.15, which we thought was very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food and excellent service. I had seen the restaurant advertised as one of the top 50 in London in Time Out and we were staying close by. We would definetly go again, if we come back to this area of London and would thoroughly recommend it!

"Excellent"6/6
Victor W.2 years ago · 1 review

Another wonderful meal at Shilpa. Each dish is distinct and delicious, the ingredients blended to perfection, yet not overwhelmed by the strongest. As usual, Shilpa pleases in every way, impeccable service and friendly in the best understated manner. The downside ? Can't find one.

"Excellent"6/6
Penny C.a year ago · 4 reviews

Shilpa is our favourite Indian restaurant. They do a lot of south Indian and Keralan food - which is quite delicious. A particular favourite is the Masala Dosa - a huge very thin pancake filled with spicy potato. All of the food that we had was absolutely delicious and very fairly priced. We will be coming back again and again

"Excellent"6/6
Gillian B.a year ago · 1 review

Shilpa provides excellent food and excellent service. It is also very good value as well. My dad, who had never been to an Indian restaurant, really enjoyed it. We are going to Kerala next year so this was a great introduction to the cuisine of the region.

"Excellent"6/6
Bridget I.3 years ago · 1 review

Met friends from France, where Indian restaurants are not numerous and they love Indian food. They loved it. Fabulous South Indian food and very warm welcome from the staff. First visit but we'll be back for sure. Thank you, Shilpa!

"Excellent"6/6
jenny b.2 years ago · 1 review

Really delicious food which was surprisingly good value. We went on Boxing Day, and whereas every else deserted Shilpa was bustling with people which I think is testament to what a great place it is. Service was also great.

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