Food-wise, you’ll be grateful for the glossary of terms included on the menu – I found myself referring to it for every dish, so unfamiliar were the dishes! But the unfamiliarity paid off, as all the food I’ve eaten at Hoppers has been delicious – spicy, spiced and rich, beautifully served on painted plates and hammered copper trays lined with banana leaves. This is eat-with-your-hands fare, so get stuck in! Black pork and lamb Karis were both incredible, scooped up with crispy dosa; a bone marrow Varuval, served with a delicious roti was the perfect “Short Eat” to start.
Cocktails haven’t been forgotten either, with the menu conceived by mixologist extrordinaire Matt Whiley. Expect lots of arrack and gin, with ingredients like cashew milk and papaya for a Sri Lankan twist.
This is Soho, so you won’t be surprised to hear this tiny restaurant doesn’t take bookings… Aim to arrive early or eat off-peak, and you should be fine. This is, however, a unique and awesome dining experience in a fab setting with great service, and it’s 100% worth the wait.
Photos by John Carey.