Unwrapping your curry

4. Takeaways

King of Curry (Medina), London, SE10
(Takeaway)

I like the menu at King of Curry (the name was changed because Medina, the previous name, is Islam’s second holiest city and offended Muslims. The Medina sign still remains). It offers straightforward, no-nonsense takeaway choices, which you’d expect from a place run by a chef.

But look a bit deeper and you’ll find a couple of speciality gems for the times when an old-school favourite just won’t do. Grilled Trout (£8.95), Salmon Tikka Masala (£8.95), Rupchanda Fish (£9.95) and Sardine Bhaji (£5.75) should keep you fish lovers happy.

But it’s the Kings Special Stuffed Chicken (£8.95) that headlines for the chef, which the menu proudly announces, has featured on the BBC London News. Basically large pieces of breast (sealed together) have been stuffed with tasty red and green peppers, and mushrooms. It’s like unwrapping a curry present and the succulent chicken really works well as the wrapping paper. The dish is marinated and coated in a green mint and coriander sauce.

Parking: on side streets off Blackheath Road.

Delivery: free on orders over £12.50 (menu doesn’t specify a distance).

Specials: free Bombay Aloo side dish with orders over £20, free nan and veg dish with orders over £30 and free nan, side dish and bottle of drink with orders over £50.

Beer while you’re waiting: the Graduate, a good old local boozer is opposite.

King of Curry, 106 Blackheath Road, London, SE10 8DA. Tel: 020 8692 2423 or 020 8964 2396. Open: daily 5pm-11pm.

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Pumpkin up the curry

4. Takeaways

Green Chillies, London, SE10
(Takeaway)

Green Chillies is a classic takeaway: no airs and graces but good-to-honest curries, friendly service and exceptional value.

There are numerous specials worth a mention. Pumpkin Bhaji (£2.95) is an unusual side dish with the vegetable served in strips and lightly spiced. This should be ordered with something extra spicy such as a Chicken Jalfrezi (£6.45). There is also Honey Khany (lamb £6.65), another very mild dish of cashew nuts, sultanas and ground cashew nuts in a sauce that contains honey. Again, the mildness should probably be offset with side dish with a kick such as a Vegetable Curry (£2.45) and maybe mopped up with a Hot n Spicy nan (£2.05). Cheesy Chicken (£7.45) a dish of tikka chicken in a bhuna sauce and covered in cheese, is also worth a try.

But it’s the traditional dishes where Green Chillies really comes into its own with sauces deliciously textured and cooked in the perfect amount of oil. The grid display in the excellent small-sized menu makes it easy to choose from all the classics and all are offered with veg, chicken, chicken tikka, lamb, lamb tikka, prawn, fish or king prawn. Chicken Rogon (£4.25) and Prawn Dopiaza (£4.95) are recommended with Pilau rice (£1.95) and a chapati (£1.15)

Parking: on side streets off Blackheath Road.

Delivery: free on orders over £12 (menu doesn’t specify a distance).

Specials: free papadom and relish with every order. A 10 per cent discount for orders collected. Bombay Potato or Onion Bhaji on orders over £20 and a bottle of Coke on orders over £30. There is also a regulars’ card where you get a stamp every time you spend £12 and your sixth curry will be free.

Beer while you’re waiting: the Graduate, a good old local boozer is opposite.

Green Chillies, 110 Blackheath Road, SE10 8DA. Tel: 020 8469 1719 or 020 8691 8040. Open: daily 5.30pm-11pm.

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