Recommended to me by my friend Kavey of http://www.kaveyeats.com/ . It specializes in Hokata-style Tonkotsu ramen. The broth for the noodles is a lovely cloudy white, made from pork bones. I had the house signature "Ganso Tonkotsu." Other than the noodles it contained tender slices of pork, green onions and other delicious bits and bobs.
Advice: Go when it opens at 11:45am or prepare to wait. It's that good and that popular. They don't take reservations.
Prior to an afternoon matinee theatre show, we wanted to have an Indian meal in London. I disovered Chowki, just off Picadilly Circus.
Excellent service, delicious food, very affordable (even with the exchange rate), nice ambience.
We were hungry and we like Indian and it was there - so we chose Chowki. It was a risk, I know, but it turned out to be a great choice. The appetizers and entrees were reasonable, and there was a large variety. Apparently, they also focus on a different region every month. Loved the level of spice! The waiter was friendly and helpful with choices.
The one thing is that some of the chairs don't have back support, so be sure to choose a table carefully if you want to lean back.
I've lived for 6 years in the sub-continent, and love Indian cuisine. This ex-imperial capital is one of its best exponents (ditto Chinese, in Chinatown). Try, for example, the dim sum at Chuen Cheng Ku, 17 Wardour St. (just N. of Leicester Sq), which is unpretentious, inexpensive and delicious. Even better, though, is the dim sum at the much more up-market and stylish Yauatcha, also in Soho, on the corner of Broadwick and Berwick Streets.
For authentic, typical North Indian cooking, go to Gaylord in Mortimer St (just N. of Oxford Circus), a branch of the N. Indian chain, and a favourite of several of my Indian friends. These days, tho', I find this a little heavy, and prefer the lighter, modern take offered by the long-established Veeraswamy's, just off Regent St, by Austin Reed. Even better, tho', is Zaika, with a Michelin star, on Kensington High St. Extremely good-value lunchtime and early evening deals for both the latter are sometimes available thro' lastminute.com. A newer arrival is Chowki, just off Piccadilly Circus, which offers a small selection of tasty regional dishes in a menu which changes every month, at very reasonable prices.
For "cheap and cheerful" Bangladeshi meals, Brick Lane in the East End is very popular. Or further afield, Madhu's in Southall is excellent. And we've recently discovered a wonderfully authentic and absurdly cheap Pakistani restaurant in Tooting, Mirch Masala.
This place was great!!! This may have been one of the best Indean food places I have ever been to. The long table and home style food make it feel very at home. The waiters we also very helpful and freindly. Every month Chowki had 3 different styles. (ie. Delhi, Pakistan, Kashmir, Goa). Not mention that the price is great. Starters start at 1.95 British Pounds and a complete meal for 10.00 (starter, main course with acompaniments, and dessert)
Favorite Dish The Pakistanee dish that I had was outstanding. The flavors and spices were so vivid it was almost like seeing colors. Try the Indian beer!!
There's no cooking like home cooking. At Chowki they serve the best homestyle cooked meal from all over India; from the Himalayas to the Indian ocean , from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal. Every month they change the region from where the dishes are coming from. So the menu changes a lot. If you want to know their current menu check their webside and start drooling. It is endeed hard to make a choice. And our vegetarian friends would even have the same problems; the vegi plates are numerous.
The surrounding is modern basic with a warm Indian feeling. The long tables dominate the interior of the restaurant. You share tables with the other guests, but this is what it all makes even more homely.
My congradulations to Chef Kuldeep Singh and his entirely staff for serving delicious food for a resonable price.
Favorite Dish I had a Bengali Fish Curry , which was quite hot (8.95 pound), my boyfriend took the Roganjosh lamb curry
(7.95 pound). Both dishes were served with rice , naan bread and dal ( kind of sauce with vegtables)
As dessert we took a delicious mango kulfi (2.75 pound)
We both enjoyed our meal verry much. Not only was the taste good but it was also a nice presentation of the food, which is not unimportant . The eye also want's to be pleased, you know!
It was my first Indian restaurant in my life!
The atmosphere is very relaxing! The service is great! The food is superb.....
If you find someshing to be too spicy - they will exchange it for a milder one.....
It's really delicious!
The menu is quite long.....
Modernly decorated Indian restaurant. With decent Indian food and conveniently located.
Favorite Dish They serve the basic curries here with rice and other basics. Good taste nice presentation of the food.
Don't forget to orde papadums
First and foremost: The food is superb!
The menu changes every month into different regions and tastes. There's not much on the menu, but what they serve is great value.
The ambiance is nice, interiour zen like with lot of steel and style. the service is quick and attentive.
Favorite Dish Barrels of cottage cheese stuffed with ‘khoya’, nuts, scooped out cheese, mint and lemon juice marinated and grilled.
Party in your mouth!
Chowki's friendly staff ushered us into a nicely-decorated restaurant, where we enjoyed salad, a chicken dish, rice, and delicious vegetables.