Sons of curry sons

4. Takeaways

Curry Royal Tandoori, London, SE10

Deep in darkest east Greenwich as you head towards Woolwich there is a takeaway place that has been there since 1978. Still owned by the same man (his grandson was serving) and operating out of the same place, it must be doing something right.

“We have generations of the same family eating with us,” I am told. “Sons of the sons eat with us as they grow up.”

Let’s be honest, this area is not for everyone late at night and the place looks like it could do with a spruce up. But the staff are friendly if you collect, and if it’s just a delivery you’re after it’s really only the food that matters anyway.

The place will certainly be tough to beat on value, with even most of the specials (Makni Chicken, Meat Chilly Piazy, Jamal-E) coming in at just £5.95. Classic dishes are £4.50 for chicken, £4.95 for lamb and prawn, while boiled and standard pilau rice are both under £2.

Chicken Bombay (£4.50) is a hybrid dish, medium in strength, with potato, whole tomato and boiled egg. Very good it is too, especially with Bengal rice (£2.55) a dish that comes with fresh chilli and coriander. The Motor Pannir (£2.75) is a bit different from usual in that the cheese was mostly melted and not in cubes, to create that delicious, how shall I say, cheese goo? Wonder if it was on the menu in 1978?

Parking: on Woolwich Road.

Delivery: free on orders over £10 to SE3, SE7, SE10 and parts of SE8, SE9, SE18.

Specials: free papadom and onion salad with every order over £12 or vegetable side dish or a bottle of Coke on orders over £25. A 10 per cent discount on collections if you spend over £15.

Beer while you’re waiting: the Duchess is nearby. Who knows, with luck you might be able to get a bit of karaoke in while you wait…

Curry Royal Tandoori, 9 Woolwich Road, London, SE10 0RA. Tel: 020 8858 1384 or 020 8293 3610. Open: daily 5.30pm-midnight.

Curry Royal Tandoori snapshot

Food ① ② ③

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Value ① ② ③ ④ ⑤

Service and friendliness ① ② ③ ④