Vinisha, Loampit Hill

Vinisha
2 Loampit Hill
SE13 7SW

Thanks to Niru, who sent us this great review of local Sri Lankan restaurant, Vinisha:

Shortly after moving to Brockley, my no-nonsense bookshelf-builder asked me where I was born and then pointed me in the direction of Loampit Hill to a row of Sri Lankan businesses. Since then I have been working my way through the menu of Vinisha.

Sri Lankan food is seriously hot. Ingredients such as dried Maldive fish and coconut milk differentiate it from Indian food and many dishes are fired by the startling combination of chilli, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, garlic, ginger and fennel seeds. But there are friendly entry-points. Hoppers, which are pancakes made from a fermented batter of rice flour, are excellent eaten with seeni sambal, a spiced onion relish.

The closely related dosais are also satisfying. Once you’ve got a handle on these, I can recommend the authenticity of the biriyanis – hotter and sweeter than their Indian counterparts, and also that of the staple dish of Sri Lanka, the unglamorous sounding “chicken curry”. This gravy-heavy dish shows off the peculiar sour-hot tastes that typify Sri Lankan cooking best. Mop it up with cholesterol-raising puris and some plain rice.

You have to try very hard and have a glutton’s appetite to spend over a tenner per head here – I have, and have been pounding the hills of my newly adopted area in some sort of effort at counter-balancing the effects of this excellent find.

8 comments:

Kevin Milburn said...

The take-away orientated Sri Lankan restaurant Everest Curry King (24 Loamput Hill) in the same parade is also excellent and astonishingly good value.

Sue said...

I second what Kevin says - Everest Curry King is great, but can also be a chilli-intensive experience - I tend to stick with the dhals and steer clear of the aubergine dish which is seriously hot.

Niru said...

Yes, I am looking forward to trying Everest as well after I've fully worked through Vinisha's menu. Theoretically you can ask for "mild" versions of dishes in most Sri Lankan restaurants but I'm not sure how much this ever then gets put into practice

bulging shelves said...

Never mind the food, please can we have the details of the "no nonsense bookshelf builder"?!

Niru said...

The no nonsense bookshelf builders are Alcove Queens, who are great. They're recommended somewhere on the tradespeople link and I can heartily endorse that recommendation

Not The Brockley Fox said...

Tried a takeaway from here tonight. All good, wasn't entirely sure what i was ordering though. The lamb biryani was a bit short of lamb but tasty, I liked the pancake things. For the price, no complaints.

David Jennings said...

What the veggie options like?

Sylvie said...

AWFUL service, they forgot my drinks and fish + they swap one of my dish for another that I did not order nor like. I will never order there again!!!!

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