I could wax lyrical, I don't think I need to.
I liked it, I'm going back. I like the bright light and the takeaway counter in the downstairs dining area. Yes they are busy, but they are well staffed too. Just come an chill out and order several dishes with a group of friends.
Don't expect too much more than being well fed on a small budget and to leave with spicy tingling lips. We'll be going back .... soon.
Oh and it's BYO too.
We took some out of towners here for a classic British curry experience and it totally met expectations. The star of the show were the lamb chops. I have a great photo of my friend gnawing on the bone but I won't embarrass her by posting it.
We also had the Karahi chicken, chicken jalfrezi, tarka dal, and saag paneer. All delicious.
Service was spotty but would you expect any different?
I first came to Lahore Karahi about 4 years ago after a colleague said this was hands down much better than Tayyabs. From what I remember, the grilled lamb was really good. Definitely a 4 star experience.
I came back recently as I've had to hit up Tooting frequently to get my punjabi suit tailored - I came back for lunch on the weekend. We ordered paneer pakoras (really good and surprisingly big portion. And had chicken biryani (okay, a little greasy), weekend lamb stew special (I forget the name - it's something they only offer on the weekends) - it was really good as it just melts in your mouth but it was a surprisingly small portion and a little on the greasy side, and last we had the okra - which didn't taste very fresh. I've knocked it down to 3 stars 'cuz I didn't feel too great for the rest of the day. Not because it made me sick or anything but it was that really heavy - couldn't digest it too well feeling. Now I've got a pretty tough stomach as I've abused it quite a lot with street food but my friend who had all of the same dishes felt the same.
I'll come back to have the grilled stuff again but I'd be cautious about ordering some of the other stuff.
If you want to eat until you pop for really cheap- this is your place!
Seems that everyone else knows this secret too. And the food is good to boot!
There was nothing wrong with my food. The fried cheese was good, samosa- meh a bit on the heavy side; butter chicken and peshwari naan, good. Not amazing, not the best but good. Also, I thought their veggie curries were REALLY expensive. Usually I get veggies because it meant I got 2 small curries for the price of 1 big one, but it was only like a pound cheaper here. And, I know we are in an "ethnic" area; I do know some curry items but seriously what's with the no description thing? I don't expect you people to come to China Town and order from a Chinese menu WTF?
The 2 star clincher- We waited over 30 minutes to order and then another 30 or so for the food. They forgot our pompadoms (and seriously, I personally think these should be offered while you look at the menu). The sauces look suspiciously like they were merely topped up and not changed between people- you know people actually double dip their foods? The service was (and dude I am Chinese, I understand the lack of service) beyond non existence and I have serious doubts about the cleaniness of the place (Again, playing the dirty steel made asian stomach here- I normally have no qualms about eating from dirty places where they essentially rinse the cutlery and crockery in a bit of luke warm water, but this seriously gave the impression of dirty dirty dirrty)
Considering most of the stuff was precooked this was unacceptable. No one makes me wait an hour for dinner. Not even Heston Blumenthal (well, that's because he wants to give my table to someone else).
In the battle of Tooting curry VS East End Curry: So far East End is winning.
Anyone who knows anything about London curry will give Brick Lane a pass and head way out to Tooting for their masala fix. To me, there are only two real choices out here- Mirch Masala and Lahore Karahi, conveniently located within a block of each other.
Zoe makes a good point about the demographics of this place - looks like their customers know a thing or two about curry.
I mostly eat veggie, which is a shame as their meat curries look outstanding. I can say that their karahi channa is the best I've had, including the subcontinent itself. Onion bhaji is an item to avoid though.
BYOB, service with a smile (and a wink), plus truly memorable food. And cheap! My girlfriend and I can eat there for under 10 pounds combined.
Just don't show up when there's international cricket on. You've been warned.
I love Indian food, but I don't get why this place gets such good reviews.
I've had Indian food in five countries across three continents, and this is the worst by far. The food is bland, the service is beyond terrible, and the place is REALLY cramped. (Don't fit tables in a place just because you can!) There are much better places close by this location. Save yourself and go somewhere else!
A friend took us-a party of five-to what he called "a take-out with seats" and we were led through a brimming full open kitchen counter with dozens of items on display and a large seating area to upstairs to a quieter room with larger tables. We ordered several dishes off their extensive menu. Soon the small bowls of delicious morsels arrived.
The veg Samosas were fresh and crisp, and were a delight with the sauces provided on each table. I found none too spicy, and did like their Mango Chutney the best.
We ordered Masala Lamb Chops, Chicken Tikka Karahi as well as Tikka Masala Karahi, Chicken Korma, Keema Aloo, and Chicken Jalfrezi. Their Chicken Tikka Masala Karahi was the best dish I had in a long time, and would bring honor to every chef! Chunks of tender chicken in a balanced, thick , tasty sauce that was sublime! It was one of the occasions where one could "lick out the bowl" - and the best dish I've had for a long time (being a lover of creamy sauces)!
They allow beer and wine to be taken in, but we drank their delicious juices (Passion, Guava, Mango) and the Masala (spiced) tea.
Service was very friendly, and they went out of their way to provide us with an excellent dining experience. A must-go if you like Pakistani food, or like to try succulent dishes that are a pleasure to the taste buds.
Best curry in Zone 3. I come here every Tuesday night, close to midnight, with a bunch of regulars. We get the papadam, peshwari naan (it's sweet and scrumptious), chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, saag paneer, and a whole host of other dishes to rotate through. I have never had anything to complain about, although some dishes are better than others. I've eaten at a few places nearby, and would say this is the best in the neighbourhood. Rizwan, the proprietor, has a great sense of humor and is quite kind. The TV plays top 40s Bollywood music videos.
This used to be a favourite but standards seem to have slipped. The service is always friendly and it has a lovely neighbourhood feel.
Lamb chops were disappointing. Only thing I really enjoyed last time I went was the sag paneer.
What can i say about this place. Situated in the heart of Tooting, south west London. It is the finest place to grab a grub.
Hot food prepared on site, with a wide range of dishes catering for all veggies inc. Have a packed seating area downstairs and one upstairs too.
Food is mostly Asian based, all halal with table service. Can also take out. Some of the dishes : kebab roll, curries etc. Fresh naan is always made in-front of you and the aroma is so good, put you in the mood for food anytime.
Prices are very reasonable for London and great staff, who are at hand throughout your stay. Have been voted restaurant of the year and must try ti to believe it.
There is nothing fancy about this place, but it tastes great and most of the customers are Indian or Pakistani which is always a good sign. There is a constant stream of people filtering in and out for sit down meals and take aways. The portions are generous and the food tastes fresh and even healthy at times. Beware though, the spice is intense in some dishes. You may need a mango lassie to cut the heat. And here, the mango lassies are particularly yummy--not to sweet and not too thick.
The Lahore Karahi, or to give it its full name, The Lahore Karahi Genuine Spicy Taste is magnificent. Formica tables, buzzing atmosphere, cosmic Pakistani grub, bargain prices. My fave in this part of town.
Outstanding Pakistani food both to eat in and take away. Authentic, cooked in front of you, with an extensive menu. It's always busy, full of local families, and dead cheap. From the outside it looks a bit naff (like one of those awful fried chicken joints) but inside there's a buzz and a fast turnover of customers.
Lahore Karahi offers a good range of Pakistani cuisine and the lamb biryani, in particular is worth a try. Formica tables and the evidence of canned spinach and other boxed masala mixes visible in the kitchen from the side streets are synonymous with the price. This place has all the typical asian cheap restaurant traits, including food that is laden with oil, water jugs and cups on tables, open til late and a TV screen for cricket or bollywood visuals. The real reason to come for is the fairly authentic food that is both delicious and satisfying.
P.s. for a yum lamb biryani that I rate more than the Lahore Karahi version, try this from a chef in Mumbai, Suresh Nair who posted his recipe on Jamie Oliver's Forums website. My boyfriend made it for me and it is out of this world!
Tastiest curry in Tooting, if you want authentic flavours. A bit spicey, so for people looking for something mild-don't go here. If you want something really tasty with a bit of a kick, definately come here. The place is always busy. The inside decor and tables are minimalistic. The mango lassi is really nice. Always a popular place for Indians and families. They also provide a takeaway service which is quick. The curries are also pretty cheap £4-£6.
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