Food Review: Hankies

Hankies ★★★★☆

By Lydia Manch Last edited 18 months ago
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On the extremely beaten track of Shaftesbury Avenue, Hankies still feels undiscovered. It's quiet and shady inside, even with the grill going full-tilt in the open kitchen.

They specialise in roomali roti, hand-spun to thinness — cooked in a flash and served hot and folded into 'hankies'. It’s well worth veering into their grill or curry section if you have the time, particularly for the fluffy, meaty, egg and crab motala curry. But this place really excels at rapid street-food snacking.

A roti and jars of pickle — ours was a strange-sounding, incredibly compelling mushroom and mustard-seed chutney —  are each £1.50. Throw in a cold beer or their genuinely hot lychee and green chilli cocktail, and you've got perfect pre-theatre food for around the £10 mark.

Hankies Cafe, 67 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6EX.

Last Updated 07 August 2017