It has to be said that if you are around Green Lanes and you fancy a bite, there is an abundant amount of choice for. Dozens and dozens, and rows and rows of endless Turkish restaurants serving up tasty cuisine at an affordable price point – you are spoilt for choice! But how do the non-Turkish restaurants on Green Lanes fare? Well, firstly: in my experience, you are better off sticking to the Turkish haunts – but what if you have a craving for, say, Indian that night? Let’s find out what Indika has to offer for you!
Food - 5/10
Ambiance - 6/10
Service - 5/10
Value for Money - 5/10
Indika is simply reasonable food at a reasonable price point, but there are better options in the vicinity.
Price range: ££
Telephone: 020 834 9886
Address: 473 Green Ln, Haringey, N4 1AJ
Nearest Station: Haringey Green Lanes Overground
When you walk into Indika, you will be greeted with a spacious and often quiet dining area. It’s certainly different to the other restaurants in the area – the Turkish restaurants are often heaving and lively with hustle and bustle. Indika is quiet; but I quite enjoy that. When I went with my friends, we had the whole restaurant to ourselves. Yes, that’s not often a hallmark of quality though.
One thing that Indika cannot be faulted on is its attempt to offer something for everyone in the menu. There are Methi dishes, Biryani dishes, Fish dishes, Bhuna’s, and vegetarian dishes. All sorts. Possibly too many even. And, it has to be said, that they are attempting too much – and covering too much ground, so in the end the different types of dishes do have a lot more in common than they do not.
My group, as we often try to do at a Turkish or Indian restaurant, went for a feast! Our starters consisted of vegetable samosas, pakoras, sheek kebabs and chicken tikka. The samosas were fresh and crispy, as were the pakoras, but the other meats did taste a little dry and chewy.
For our mains, we got between ourselves Chicken Korma, Butter Chicken and a Fish Bhuna with a side of garlic naan. Again, and unfortunately, the Chicken wasn’t quite right. I do have to say that the portion sizes were quite good here, and that the price was reasonable but the quality wasn’t quite there. Here are the Starters and Mains.
Starters and Mains
The night did take an interesting turn of events when our waiter came round with the last few plates of food, but also requested some technical assistance as his phone had started to act up. It was certainly not something I’ve experienced before but it was all light-hearted banter and our table – the only customers in the restaurant at that time – turned into IT Support as we attempted to diagnose and troubleshoot why our waiters Facebook app wasn’t working. Waiter was quite friendly and we were happy to help!
I would certainly eat from Indika again, but it has to be said only as a takeaway option rather than a dine-in option. I would say that, if you are around Green Lanes, and want a really good dine-in restaurant then pick from the array of Turkish restaurants available. If you do not want to go to a Turkish restaurant, then get a table at Yaalu Yaalu. A fantastic Sri Lankan restaurant serving some of the tastiest food in Green Lanes and Haringey; speaking of Yaalu Yallu… I really must go back there sometime, hopefully they can appear here on a future review. Until then, and as always: speak to you next time!