Hoppers: Tiny Frith Street restaurant offering an escape to Sri Lanka

From the team behind Gymkhana and Bao comes Hoppers, a fabulously unusual Sri Lankan eatery that’s opened on Frith Street where famous noodle spot Koya used to reside.
Hoppers: Tiny Frith Street restaurant offering an escape to Sri Lanka and serving spicy, spiced and rich dishes, including hoppers and dosas | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
Hoppers: Tiny Frith Street restaurant offering an escape to Sri Lanka and serving spicy, spiced and rich dishes, including hoppers and dosas | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
Hoppers: Tiny Frith Street restaurant offering an escape to Sri Lanka and serving spicy, spiced and rich dishes, including hoppers and dosas | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
The décor is fab – colonial Sri Lanka, with lots of tiling and colour, wicker back chairs, pineapple plants and a hallway hung with Sri Lankan Raksha masks – to ward off evil!
Hoppers: Tiny Frith Street restaurant offering an escape to Sri Lanka and serving spicy, spiced and rich dishes, including hoppers and dosas | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
Hoppers: Tiny Frith Street restaurant offering an escape to Sri Lanka and serving spicy, spiced and rich dishes, including hoppers and dosas | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
Hoppers: Tiny Frith Street restaurant offering an escape to Sri Lanka and serving spicy, spiced and rich dishes, including hoppers and dosas | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
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.
Dosa @ Hoppers: Tiny Frith Street restaurant offering an escape to Sri Lanka and serving spicy, spiced and rich dishes, including hoppers and dosas | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
Bone marrow @ Hoppers: Tiny Frith Street restaurant offering an escape to Sri Lanka and serving spicy, spiced and rich dishes, including hoppers and dosas | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
End on a sweet note with Love Cake or Watalapam, a steamed custard made with coconut milk, kithul jaggery and spices:
Dessert @ Hoppers: Tiny Frith Street restaurant offering an escape to Sri Lanka and serving spicy, spiced and rich dishes, including hoppers and dosas | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
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.
Cocktails @ Hoppers: Tiny Frith Street restaurant offering an escape to Sri Lanka and serving spicy, spiced and rich dishes, including hoppers and dosas | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
Cocktails @ Hoppers: Tiny Frith Street restaurant offering an escape to Sri Lanka and serving spicy, spiced and rich dishes, including hoppers and dosas | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
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.
Hoppers: Tiny Frith Street restaurant offering an escape to Sri Lanka and serving spicy, spiced and rich dishes, including hoppers and dosas | Recommended by HYHOI.com: Have You Heard Of It? | A curation of design-led hotspots around the world, tried and tasted
Expect to spend up to £25 per person on food.
Photos by John Carey.
Hoppers
www.hopperslondon.com
49 Frith Street, Soho, London, W1D 4SG
Instagram @HoppersLondon