The first ever South Indian restaurant to open in England, London’s Vijay South Indian was established all the way back in 1964. Since then it has become a firm favourite among Willesden locals, and even attracting a number of celebrities through its doors, from Kylie Minogue to the Indian cricket team! Begin your meal with some South Indian starters like the spicy egg dosa & sambar (a crispy pancake filled with deliciously spiced fresh eggs with onions and ginger) or the rasam (a thick soup with tamarind juice, black pepper, tomatoes, green chilli, garlic and ginger). Then, move on to some keralan lamb fry (lamb pieces cooked with a dry masala paste), cochin chicken (chicken cooked with fresh lime leaves and mustard seeds) or the veggie-friendly mutter paneer.
Excellent food and a very charming owner. Family business. We would definitely return again. Many vegetarian dishes and each dish was excellent. Very reasonable price point.
Very authentic food, beautifully cooked, individual flavours, lovely service, clean, casual restaurant. I would have liked better cutlery but that is such a minor point.
Revisiting Vijay's after a gap of two years and it hasn't changed at all. Great Masala dosa and good selection of vegetarian dishes and southern Indian fish dishes bought to us by friendly, welcoming waiters. The restaurant has been repainted but the decor still has the same 70's vibe. Best of all it is carpeted so the acoustics are good so we can hear each other unlike in many restaurants with laminate flooring. Perhaps though they should update the toilets as very shabby now although quite clean. We live a long way away but hope to revisit soon.