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  • 98 West End Lane
    West Hampstead

    London NW6 2LU
    West Hampstead
  • Transit information Jubilee Metropolitan Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 7328 3308
  • Business website elephantwalk.biz
    • Qype User Na…
    • London
    • 86 friends
    • 268 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    5/12/2008

    Yum yum yum. Went here for a friend of Sri Lankan origin's birthday and apparently the food is very authentic. But not quite as good as mother's, naturally. Starters are a must have. The mutton rolls are incredible and we had this egg thing (fried egg in a thin wheat basket thing with really hot stuff on the side (you'll know what I mean if you see the menu!)) which was wicked. Poppadums are crisp and not greasy and rather than the usual crap you normally get, they had two amazing flavoursome sauces to go with them. Fish roll things weren't as good as the other dishes but masala dosai was amazing - and you can get it in an extra big portion if you want!

    Fairly short menu on the main courses (bascially the same curries etc but for lamb, chicken, seafood etc). Devilled lamb was flavoursome and the meat really tender and the lamb with okra really good. Aubergines on the side were mushy and yummy and the fish and prawn curries were also good and fresh.

    Forget what the menu says - they ask you what heat you want the curries when you order. And they don't just do hot - they'll happily cook you something Sri Lankan hot.

    Lovely atmosphere, tinkling music in the background and cosy candle lit feel to the place.

  • 1.0 star rating
    16/2/2013

    I went here after meeting the owner at a Chinese restaurant in Edgeware.

    The experience was not very good and perhaps typified by trying to put a bottle of red wine into an ice bucket.

    The portions were rather small and the service dreadfully bad.

    In fact the only thing done well was the website and regular emailed invitations.

    THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But the website still encourages you and even to go there on February 14 for Valentines Day!   Very odd to keep web sites running when its closed.  That could waste people's time visiting only to find it closed.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/12/2008
    First to Review

    I recently dined at the Elephant walk and was delighted with everything. I also discovered that it was voted the best Sri Lankan Restaurant in the UK this year, so that was great to know.

    I have been seeing and walking past this restaurant for ages and originally thought that it was an Indian restaurant, because of the name being associated with Indian culture, the countries are right next to each other and the foods are very similar.

    I finally ate there due to my girlfriend's sister booking at table for all of us. It had a real relaxed mood in there, I had never eaten Sri Lankan before and this was a great place to start, being the best in London and all. Everything is of a reasonably priced and presented really well.

    It is a quite restaurant and at the same time almost packed out, so I wouldn't recommend a birthday meal there, it is just somewhere to eat a nice meal in a relaxed vibe.

    I had the Mango Lassi and Butter Chicken, which was delicious as it sounds. We all agreed that we will definitely be going again. It is easy to get to, only a two minute walk from West Hampstead tube.

  • 3.0 star rating
    5/3/2010

    It is a pleasant mix of curries, noodles and sweets. The staff is absolutely delightful -- they are incredibly attentive and sweet. At the end of your meal, they will ask you to sign their guest book which I found incredibly charming; it is as if you have had dinner in their home.

  • 1.0 star rating
    12/9/2011

    Bought a groupon recently for this place. Have been meaning to check it out for a while as I spent some time travelling around Sri Lanka and really enjoyed the food. There are very few Sri Lankan places in London so thought I'd go to this one.
    I have tried to book a table 4 times on the net at this place. Also called them for confirmation of a Yes or No. When I finally spoke to a lady and asked for confirmation, she just kept telling me to book online.
    We turned up there Sat evening because we were in the area, the place was empty apart from 4 people, when I tried to explain my problem with trying to book a table, I was told I had to go away and book online and then they would confirm, then I should print off the email as well as the groupon and take them to the restaurant as proof......When I asked if I could book there in person due to the problem with the emailing, I was told No. When I asked if they had a free table (only 4 people in the place at 7:20pm on a Sat night) I was told No, they had no free tables....
    I have writen to Groupon and it's fair to say i will not waste any time trying to book a table there.
    If they don't value Groupon customers then they should not advertise on Groupon..
    So sad really, cause Sri Lankan people are so warm and friendly, this lot have let their own down.

    • Qype User MissGo…
    • London
    • 97 friends
    • 178 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    10/3/2008

    This is a small but friendly restaurant that serves authentic Sri Lankan dishes. The devilled lamb and Gothamba rotis are really the best. Also if you like your food to be authentically hot then please mention it to your waiter as a lot of the heat has been moderated for London palates

    • Qype User boywas…
    • London
    • 33 friends
    • 89 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    29/5/2008

    Great curry house (all the better for being under 2 mins from my flat). I'd never eaten Sri Lankan food before and was v impressed. Like the previous reviewer said, it wasn't all that spicey, but there was plenty of flavour. Attentive and genuine customer service.

    • Qype User amuchm…
    • London
    • 16 friends
    • 52 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/5/2009

    Brilliant Sri Lankan restaurant. I can't attest to how authentic it is, but it's certainly very tasty and a welcome change from the usual Indian school of curry cooking. We wimped out and asked for milder heat (which was actually quite tame) rather than very spicy heat. Nice rice dishes and friendly service - seemed like a quiet night when we visited, so obviously not as popular as it deserves to be.

    • Qype User towa…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 69 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    12/8/2008

    Sri Lankan restaurant in West Hampstead. The Sri Lankans curries and the lamb rolls are really nice. Not the most romantic place Ive been to but great service and good prices. Good to book in advance over the weekends.

    • Qype User bt…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 34 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    27/3/2011

    We went to the Elephant walk yesterday on a mission to explore a new cuisine with a visiting cousin.

    We had indian food before and it can be hit and miss.

    Here it is Sri Lankan, so different from your usual curry house, but yes they have to bow to the favorite british dish of Chicken tikka!

    The lady help us to navigate through the menu and we decided on onion bajia and tuna cutler (more like a croquette) for starter to share, nice and not as oily as you may fear.

    Then Chicken trinco , chicken with sweet mango and kerala lamb, all requested to be done as mild.
    Nice mild spices and with sauces lighter that you'd expect.

    Very tasty and the rottis yummm!

    No space for desserts...
    Until next time!!

    • Qype User SaraVe…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 10 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/1/2012

    Exceptional  the best Indian we've tried and a very wide range of veggie and vegan South Indian specialities. We will all return.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/6/2010

    Good selection of quality Sri Lankan dishes on offer. Friendly service and very close to West Hampstead Tube.

    • Qype User behemo…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/10/2010

    you can also order online
    hungryhouse.co.uk/elepha…

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