Some of the best Indian food I had in London- yes better than anywhere on Brick Lane I went to...
The 88 bus stops right nearby or you can take the tube to Vauxhall.
We ordered chicken tikka masala and chicken korma.
It was our first time ordering Indian food in London and we needed simple dishes everybody knows to have some way to compare.
WOW it was amazing.
I found this place due it being mentioned on Anthony Bourdain's Layover programme, and was compelled to visit as it is not too far from where I live.
I admit, due to it being featured on the Layover, expectations were high, and the food was good, but... just not exceptional, and I guess exceptional is what I was expecting.
When it comes to Indian food, perhaps, I am probably a harsher critic than most, since I have spent quite some time travelling in India. So far in London, I have found the best Indian eateries around the Indian communities of west London (Hounslow) or south London (Tooting), where you can get some particular spectacular south Indian food.
The service was slow - it was a Friday night, so perhaps this was understandable, however the staff was friendly, particular a gentleman who I think is the manager. One thing to note is that there is no bill given, it seems you are just given a total. I think they should at least offer the option of a bill.
In summary, I would recommend visiting as it is a good value Indian eatery, and the food was all in all, good.
Notice none of the five star ratings are from *actual* Indians? Take a guess why...
It's not that the food at Hot Staff is all that bad, but it is far from a four and a half star rating that it has garnered. Yes, they offer a lot of the staples but that alone will not cut it (especially in this town). If you are a connoisseur, you know that your meal is a dance and at any moment it can become a train wreck if you're not careful. What the hell am I talking about? Well, to eat Indian food is a seductive process whereby you are romanced by spice and slowly cooked ingredients yet frankly, I didn't feel much more seduced than being approached by a toothless streetwalker in the daytime offering a BJ for 20 quid.
All in all, if you were so hard up for Indian food and were in the neighborhood, I would say that this is you best option, although you could probably still have Holy Cow delivered from Battersea Park Rd too, and they're definitely a world apart; the type of seduction taught in the Karma Sutra!
The staff is very nice, courteous, and helpful. Yet, every time I come here I have to ask no less than three people if they're open and if I can get a seat... Also, it's always empty.
This place offers affordable, delicious Indian food with a definite kick of spice and heat if you so seek it!
Went to dinner with some friends visiting and who wanted to try the great Indian food that is offered in London. We were not disappointed. The food is really tasteful, plentiful and filling.
The meat samosas were absolutely fantastic-- really crunchy pastry and filling nicely complemented by sweet Tamarind sauce.
Also, these guys are totally flexible to combining plates upon special requests. My husband was able to get Prawn curry with pieces of Lamb.
Staff is super friendly and accommodating as well.
Finally, although they may not advertise-- they actually allow BYOB!
Highly recommend making it over to get your Hot Stuff on.
A little curry place that is a bit out of the way from touristy London, but well worth the bus ride. They have a friendly staff, great food and BYO with an off license conveniently located next door.
They have a full menu, but they can also put the chef's menu out with a mixture of items and I believe it was only £15 each and we were stuffed.
Food was amazing. I have been there twice and will always visit when I am in London.
Yes, it was good. but honestly, the ratings for this place created sky high expectations that were probably impossible to meet! i'm not sure i'm a great indian cuisine connoisseur, cause i think almost all indian food is good. we opted for the "bring us whatever" menu and we got a variety of vegetarian, lamb, chicken, etc dishes with rice and naan. no bill, just someone came over and told us it was £15/person. it was good, for sure, but nothing to write home about and not worth going to vauxhall for a NW londoner.
i think as all things, best advice would be to go in with regular human expectations instead of thinking you can eat here and die happy :P (that's how avatar was ruined for me as well..)
My friend took me here about 2 years ago. I loves it. Loves it loves it loves it.
First: BYOB. There's even a corner shop in case you need to, or need to recharge.
Second: Just go in and order some things-- tell 'em how many dishes, whether you want rice or bread, etc.
Third: You may have to bring some hipster-shaped blinders. It's worth the hassle.
The food is seriously good. And frickin' cheap. I almost moved to Vauxhall just so I could be near it (though the flats were expensiver and smaller than the size-11 shoebox I lived in already)
So it may look dodgy and it my be in an unglamourous place, but OMG the food is amazing. The walls are covered in impressive reviews from great publications from around the world. (amazing what you can do on photoshop) The furniture is plastic and the space is incredibly small will about 10 tables - so book ahead. Often, half the space is booked for one party so it will be loud. Best bit - Bring your own Booze policy.
All the Charm is the owner. (light brown eyes- you will see what I mean when you meet him)
Don't look at the menu as it is filled with a few of the obvious things but most names you will not know. Just have the owner bring you his favorite of the day and you will be hooked. Whats more, you have to order the ridicules huge circular bread 'nan' thing - it's larger than the table. dooh!!!
you will love this place
Hot Stuff is what makes going home to my parent's house to spend endless hours fixing some disaster on their various computers worthwhile.
I haven't had anything but the takeaway for a very long time but the food is amazing. Even dumped into little tin cartons, left to vegetate in a brown bag and drip grease everywhere the food is still very good Indian. Probably my favourite Indian in London for the actual quality of the food (though Tayabs is obviously good for the meat piles)
I first ate here in 1993 when Belay and Abdul, the owners, did all the cooking. It was pretty spartan back then, but the curry was fantastic and together with a naan and rice would cost about a fiver.
Then some oik from Time Out wrote it up and now you have to book a table on one of two sittings. Still a good place for a take-away and sometimes I'll drive over from SE1 to pick one up.
It's allways busy, the food is great, pick up your beers from the off-license next door or go to the pub at the end of the road, get your pint and take it in.
It's still very resonably priced and if you are in the area it's a must.
The name says it all, it's a seriously tasty spot!
Been here twice now for the sampler menu at £15 and always leave with a smile on my face, a pleasant feeling of having eaten some really good grub and a doggie bag with more for next day's lunch - yay! Lots of food and lots of flavour.
The staff are also super attentive and friendly. They make sure the tailor the sample selection to your tastebuds by asking if there's anything you'd particularly like to have or not and then running you through what they have in mind - now that's service!
It's a good place to come with a group as then you get more and more dishes to sample but it is pretty teeny - you'd have to book ahead. BYOB is always a pleasure and the booze shop pretty much next door makes it all very handy.
Definitely one to check out! My mouth is watering just thinking about it...
I can't believe, having lived in Stockwell for five years, that we have only just discovered this local gem. The other reviews sum it up, really, small, local, family run restaurant offering freshly cooked amazingly tasty dishes.
We took up the offer of the £15 per head sample menu. There was no problem providing a range of dishes suiting on vegetarian and two carnivores. The spread of taste, ingredients and spices were amazing, very different from the stock in trade of the average high street curry house.
The staff couldn't be friendlier, the BYOB keeps the overall cost down and the small space coupled with the way meals are served in two sitting create a fantastic intimacy
The naan bread is to die for
Hot Stuff used to be owned by a Indian family of West African extraction (or West African of Indian extraction? Apologies for my appalling lack of historical knowledge) who specialised in cooking up a feast and bringing you a wide selection of their recommended dishes. No need to make a decision; they'll do it for you. This was back in the day when the restaurant was housed in a ridiculously tiny hole in the wall that could handle all of about 20 covers, with steamed-up windows, plastic chillies hanging from the ceiling and canteen-style furniture. It looked like a total dive. To all intents and purposes, it was. And yet the food they produced was second-to-none; lipsmackingly delicious dishes, Indian home-cooking at its finest, naan bread the size of a table and so much food that even at the end of the meal, the offerings had barely been dented.
Not surprisingly, they've since expanded. The original hole is still there, but they now own the spot two doors down and its purple frontage makes for an altogether smarter-looking joint. Still, you can't get away from the fact that it's housed in an industrially grey Vauxhall backstreet, and it's BYOB (there's an offie helpfully located right next door) which is purse-friendly but doesn't exactly raise the class factor. I don't know if the original family are still in charge but the ordering policies have now become more formal, if with the same end result; they do an option which is £15 per head and provides you with a variety of curries to share, poppodoms and the aforementioned gigantic naan.
This isn't gourmet dining. The staff are brilliantly friendly and cheerful but it's hardly silver service. But the dishes are wonderful, comforting, warming and fragrant, the portions huge (doggy bags are available) and the new premises allow room to breathe. It's not quite as special as it was before, and I do think that they have lost some of the intimacy and family-run atmosphere which used to prevail, but it hasn't negatively impacted on the food at all and it's still my go-to Indian restaurant in London.
Book ahead. It may be in Vauxhall but it's more popular than Brick Lane.
Uhmmm, went here with some colleagues after one was told of rave reviews of the place.. In a few words, I found the place lacking, a lot!
The staff is nice and attentive but the food was not all that. We were a large group and the manager offered to bring us a selection of stuff in ample quantities including starters, mains, naans and rice; sounded like a good deal so we let him decide for us. The food was plenty but most of us just didn't like it. The appetisers we got - paneer, chicken & bhajis were okay. In the curries, we got a mix of fish, chicken and lamb. The spices were off and the balance in the food was completely missing. Our rice was dry and the naan was hard and more like a papad. And we paid £15 for it all with no dessert. Sounds cheap, but the food just didnt justify it.
I'd love to say that I'd return but I know I speak for 3 others from my group we won't.
Super friendly waiter, small restaurant and difficult to get to (nearest tube stop is vauxhall).
Chicken tikka masala - yum!!
pashwari naan - delicious but not as sweet or filled as other pashwari naan i've had. i still love it though. Good for those of you who like sultanas and coconut.
mango lassi - a really small glass... a little watery.
rice - standard
meat samosas - delicious (i split it with a friend)
parathas (free! with four dips!) - same as any other restaurant
All of the above for 13.20. i had SO MUCH food it was ridiculous.
And the waiter was ridiculously nice and gave us otter pops (or whatever the uk equivalent is) at the end. He's also happy to give suggestions if you dont' know what to order! I recommend booking a table ahead of time, as the place is small and fills up quickly.
Great service, great food, great prices, but a difficult location to reach!
I hate to be a Negative Nancy but I was not impressed with our final meal in London on my first Europe trip. Despite all of the great reviews on Yelp, the dishes left much to be desired.
First of all, it is kind of in the middle of nowhere - expect to walk for a bit after getting off the tube and then walking around amongst a residential area. Also, there are 2 locations on the same street! They do the menu for a large group of people where they will just bring out a few of their popular dishes and that's great, but... I just found the food to be a bit bland. Then again, I love spicy food and there are about 10 Indian restaurants within a square mile of where I live (San Francisco/Berkeley) so perhaps it would be spicy and flavorful for people less familiar and accustomed to the cuisine.
+1 for the cleanliness and decor - I love the chili decor (if I remember correctly)
+1 for their large portions (even by American standards, we had leftovers!)
+1 for the milk tea!
I will tell anyone within earshot about this place. It's one of London's finest establishments.
Hot Stuff get the experience of Indian cuisine in London absolutely right. You know when you normally go for a curry and they bring you a weighty tome of a menu full of stuff you don't understand so you just order a chicken korma?
Well there's none of that at Hot Stuff. They just bring you everything and then charge you between £10 and £15 a head for it. And it's amazing. Just how curry should be.
Ian Wright is often there at weekends picking up his takeaway. You'll be hard pushed to find better value and better food in London.
Book ahead. They're always rammed. And rightfully so.
Just coming in to add my voice to the chorus of appreciation for Hot Stuff! Hidden down a very unassuming street, you wouldn't know this place was there without guidance from a local, so I was very pleased to be ushered in by my sister who lives nearby. The guys who run Hot Stuff are extremely friendly and welcoming, and made sure to make me feel appreciated as a new customer.
We had take-away and the food was top quality, tasted slightly home made and not at all like the identical flavours you get from generic curry houses all over London. Despite this, it was also super cheap. Will be back to dine in next time!
My Local Indian. Fantastic!. Great atmosphere - always full. Hot Stuff has bought great food to a little known road. Full of regular customers - which is a recommendation in itself. You would do well to book in advance.
I have watched it grow and only hope that it doesn't grow out of its small self and move!!!!!!! Of course it could take over the chippy next door. Thats my posssibility for HOT STUFF.
Ate here last night with a couple of friends, and we all thought it was great :)
Looking at recent reviews on this and other sites, I think expectations might be a bit hyped. No, we didn't get a smorgasbord of culinary perfection for £4.50 a head. Prices have undoubtedly crept up (and who could blame them, with the constant stream of Guardian-reading, city-type customers who wouldn't normally dream of visiting Stockwell). The decor is a bit more refined now too.
But we did get friendly service, amusing banter with the owner and, above all, excellent Indian food. We took their advice and went off-menu, receiving a selection of starters and main courses with rice and naan. Each dish tasted really good and great choice for vegetarians too. All freshly cooked, no dodgy colouring or layers of grease.
For the four of us, the bill came to £55 which isn't bad at all. We'll be going back.
Still the best Indian I've had in London.
They've recently moved the restaurant two doors down the road and the original site now houses the take-away operation, Hot Stuff On Wheels... which means when i'm too lazy to walk three blocks but still need my fix, the food comes to me!
Staff are always very friendly and chatty and the food never less than delicious a world away from the sweet orange goo you get on Brick Lane.
Cute little place for Indian food. The chairs and tables are not the most comfortable around they're plastic and small. Anyway, the food is great and it's always worth the visit. I was also impressed by the bathroom which was smelling fresh and seemed disinfected.
This place is definitely the cosiest restaurant I have ever been to with a grand total of four tables inside and three outside, so booking is essential, you have a choice of 7:30 or 9:30, no compromises, you know who is boss in this place! The intimacy of the place means that all the attention is on the guests and the chef has time to make each dish with perfection! Its bring your own booze and the waiters will even keep it in the fridge for you and top up your wine when its running low, very over the top considering my bottle was £3 from Tesco's but I'm not complaining! The place is covered in little chilli's, a warning that the food is spicy but delicious, the king prawns were divine! The poppadoms were delicious! If you dare to venture south, you must pay it a visit! But remember to book!
Excellent Indian. The food is all freshly made, with a range of dishes. The owner will also make up dishes for you if want something not on the menu. The naan breads are to die for and price is brilliant- you will look at £15-£20 a head for 3 starters, 3 mains, mushroom rice and a massive naan bread. What makes this place great is the owner, the atmosphere and the fact that you can bring your own alcohol to keep costs low. Book ahead or you will be disappointed- locals love it here!
friend took me here the other night for dinner. omg amazing. i was skeptical based on the location and it's hole-in-the-wall nature but it blew my expectations out of the water.
they have bookings at 7:30pm and 9:30pm - definitely call ahead. and then basically we just said bring us whatever and they brought 2 starters, 3 mains, naan and rice and we paid about 15 quid each. everything i had was excellent. not a single complaint from me other than i could not eat more by the end. definitely worth the journey.
This was by far the best Indian food experience I've had. The husband agreed. We opted for the "bring me whatever" option. Like others said, it was two starters, three mains, rice, naan, and a tortilla-like cracker bread thing. More than enough food. I couldn't tell you the names of anything we ate, but every single dish was fantastic. We thought we were getting a steal when we were quoted £28, which we assumed was per person. We were pleasantly surprised to learn that it was actually £28 total. Do not make the trip out there on a weekend without a reservation, though!
delicious food, fun atmosphere (most upbeat curry place I've ever been to!), friendly service, BYOB. what more could I want?
...that it be in NY.
obvious tip: get some beer from the off-license next door.
Don't order, just indulge in what's presented.
What a delightful little find in Stockwell, an area not generally renowned for its local cuisine. I'm a big fan of Indian food and this place didn't disappoint. The starters of meat samosas and something else which was like potato balls were delicious. The chicken biryani was good (not amazing though, for truly incredible biryani the best I've had in the Uk has been at Amaya). The dansak curry was of good quality and not oily. The naan bread impressed me most (although if you get a chilli one prepare for a hot mouth). What I love most about this place is its laid back style, you can bring your own drinks and the waiter we had was so friendly and approachable. Do not go here if you want a quiet romantic evening. The ambience is a little frenetic. I will definitely go back, it's not the best Indian I've had, but for the value and convenience it's great.
Awesome food. Very low prices. Not much of an ambiance as it is just the kitchen and a few tables. It is BYOB. But the food is amazing.....the location is not the easiest to get to...I took the Victoria line and got off at Vauxhall and walked for about 15 minutes to get to the restaurant. Definitely worth it. Service was also VERY friendly.
There are only good things to say about Hot Stuff. The food, staff and atmosphere are all top notch. Make sure you book early as it can get busy at weekends. Once you're in you can't help but get caught up in the fun of it all. Brilliant.
This is not your typical Indian! Yes you can get a take away but be prepared to be amazed. Hidden away down a quiet side street, it would be easy to miss but this place is so popular you must book before you go. The staff are just as full of character as the food is and if you return with new customers, they give you a table-sized portion of naan on the house! Well worth a try even if you're sceptical - I can't even take spicy food but this was not a problem; they cooked me a mild masala fish pronto! Very reasonably priced for what you get.
I live very close to that place and everytime, I mean every single time I walked by is completelly full!
I don't know here i UK, but in Spain if a restaurant is always full is because the food and the service is great! We also used to look at the floor - if it's dirty it's a good sygnal too, but that's another theme...
Reasonable prices, excellent and very spicy food just the great hot for spicy lovers and the option to buy your alcoholic drinks just in the shop in the corner.
I used to like Hot Stuff, but prices started to creep up, once was charged £35 for a lunchtime meal for 2 - the meal was no different to one which I paid under £20 for a year earlier. I recommend that you take a note of the prices when you order. Food Ok, but as an Indian colleague of mine said - he would never go there again.
UNBEATABLE authentic Indian meals served by really efficient staff. All the positive comments here are TRUE. The boss is very friendly and gives a great welcome. Paranthas are even available if you ask - don't miss them.
Bring your own booze (although there's an off licence right next door).
Can't recommend highly enough - we paid £35 for four incl. soft drinks in Dec09.
There are two sittings each evening (7 and 9pm); we went at 7pm on a Weds and it was full!
I've eaten here many times. The food has been good (given the price) every time.
It's a small restaurant and the tables are packed up quite closely. Because it's BYO it can get quite rowdy, especially on weekends - that makes for a great atmosphere if you're drinking too. The booze shop next door is quite expensive but the only option if you want chilled beer. If you're after red wine then you're better off popping across Wandsworth Road to the big Sainsburys.
Prices are variable - I'm sometimes charged different prices when ordering the same thing over multiple visits - not sure if this is because of the chaotic kitchen or taking advantage of drunk patrons! Many people opt for letting them choose the meal which makes it very difficult to know what the final price will be. But generally it's about £15/head. They don't provide receipts - just tell you the final bill. Sometimes they offer a discount for cash.
They do takeaway food too. Worth noting that there's another BYO restaurant in the area - Bonnington Square cafe (vegetarian).
Finding it - either walk down South Lambeth Road until you find Lambeth Library (opposite the Portuguese Estrala restaurant) - walk down the path on the side of the library - about 150m along the path it turns into Wilcox Road and the restaurant is on the right hand side.
Or walk down Wandsworth Road til you find the big Sainsburys - Wilcox Rd is just a bit further south from the petrol station (on opposite side of street).
Tried this for the first time a couple of months ago and was pleasantly surprised, it is a good quality Indian and would recommend it.
We love this place. Been going there for years. Great food, well priced. Lovely staff. Book a table - it gets really busy, really quickly.
fantastic food, fantastic service
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