Great south Indian and Sri Lankan restaurant near Walthamstow central, definitely several cuts above the burger and kebab joints that surround it. Clean and modern without being having that pretentious boutique curry house thing going on. It serves some great bread and dosai dishes, all a refreshing variation on standard curry house stuff though enough of that is there too albeit spelt a bit differently. Especially recommended for vegetarians as the veggie menu is huge.
Priya bills itself as a modern take on south Indian and Sri Lankan resturant. It's very clean and modern looking restaurant - all white walls and white tiled floor with a totally glass shop frontage. Too clinical and soul-less in practice, I think.
I went on a Friday evening to get a takeway. It took 20 minutes to take my order, then over an hour to actually get it, despite being continually told it would be 5-10 minutes. I don't have a problem with any restaurant being busy, but I do have a problem with their dishonesty. If it was going to take a while, they should have let me decide whether it was worth the wait, not string me along.
After the wait, the food was below average for me. What was supposed to be a dish with string hoppers (a regional speciality sort of soft ride-noodle cake), turned out to have had the string hoppers finely chopped into the main dish a la a Biryani. As someone who has spent months in Sri Lanka, this was completely new. It wasn't described as such on the menu either. As dish it didn't work. Overall it was underspiced and basically pretty dull.
A friend who I bumped into there on that evening had much more successful masala Dhosas though, hence the extra star in my review.
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