Located outside of Carnaby Street within the Courthouse Hotel is a quirky restaurant by the name of Soho Wala. They specialise in Indian street food, serving small sharing plates. The décor is well lit, with metal baskets posing as chandeliers which provides a comfortable eating environment.
Food - 7/10
Ambiance - 7/10
Service - 7/10
Value for money - 7/10
Worth visiting if your craving Indian food within the Carnaby Street area!
Price Range: ££
Telephone: 020 7297 5568
Address: 21 Great Marlborough St, Soho, London W1F 7HL
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus
For starters we ordered some Mirchi Matchstick Chicken Wings and Bhel Puri, and for £4 a starter, they sure do give generous portions! The fried wings were flavoured with green chili, lime, ginger and were uniquely served within a wheelbarrow. The chicken was succulent and with a strong kick to them. Bhel Puri, being your usual savoury Indian snack, was a dish we ought to try. The presentation of the Bhel Puri was very vibrant in colour due to the pomegranates and tangy tamarind sauce.
For mains we chose the Lucknow Murgh Biriyani and Chooza Makhani with steamed rice. They also gave a free raita to complement our mains.
The Chooza Makhani is very similar to your classic Butter Chicken, yet it was tasteful in its very own way. I’m not usually a big fan when it comes to boned chicken, however I was very interested in scooping up and finishing the curry bowl.
Biryani is not usually my go to when it comes to Indian food, however the Murgh Biryani was very flavoursome with a special variation created by the restaurant itself.
I’m a dessert fiend, so when I saw the Jalebi Waffle Ice Cream on the menu, it was a MUST! Not often would you ever see the mixture of three desserts infused together to provide that unique flavour. The presentation of the Jalebi Waffle Ice Cream was immaculate with caramel sauce drizzled across the waffle and ice cream accompanied by blueberries, melons and strawberries. The dessert was a very odd combination, which I haven’t come across before. On the other hand I’m not entirely sure if Jalebis can be used along with waffles as one dessert. Jalebi with ice cream is definitely a must have though.
Overall the food was amazing at Soho Wala with an excellent service provided by the staff. Located in Central London, this restaurant receives a lot of footfall from tourists on Carnaby Street, and food enthusiasts who are out to find a variation to Indian street food. Be sure to book in advance, as there is only space for 50 seats. The pricing is reasonable, especially for the location the restaurant is in. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back again.