RESTAURANT REVIEW: HANKIES CAFE - SOHO, LONDON

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Hankies Cafe Halal Indian Soho

Dining at the Hankies Cafe in Soho again a few weeks ago was an absolutely fantastic experience. My family and I have already been to the Hankies Cafe earlier, we totally loved the food previously and this time again, it was great to know that they've maintained both the quality and taste! 

Being a busy area, parking might seem limited but there are some paid car parking spots near the Soho Square and it took hardly 5 minutes for us to walk to the cafe. The parking charge at the Soho Square in London (Location number: 8462) is £4.9 per hour, and can be paid by phone. The chargeable hours are Monday to Saturday from 8:30 till 6:30 pm. Initially, we paid for an hour but that wasn't enough for us to finish the meal, however the convenience of paying via mobile is commendable. 

Hankies Cafe can be easily located on the main street and it took no time for us to settle down once we were at the restaurant. The interior and sitting area gives an Indian cafe-like feel with wooden tables and benches which were comfortable for us. 

Hankies Cafe Halal Indian Soho

We started off with the drinks which were Hankies Cola (£4.95) and Guava & Tonic (£4.95). They both came with ice and as the name suggests, the guava drink had guava and naturally light fevertree and had a slightly bitter taste. Hankies Cola consisted of cinnamon syrup, lemon and coke - it had been quite some time since I last had a coke and it was quite refreshing especially on a warm day like that! 

Hankies Cafe Halal Indian Soho

Hankies Cafe Halal Indian Soho

We began the meal with the starters that came in small plates and were thoroughly enjoyable. The first item under small bites on the menu that I tried was Amritsari Macchi Fry (£6) - pieces of masala cod had been marinated with the house spices and was served in a basket with a a mint dip and lemon. The fish itself was absolutely brilliant and I loved the flavour of different spices that were coming through every bite. The hot crispy fish was delectable and it did not need any dip or lemon juice but I did add a hint of lemon on my fish for an extra kick. Moving on, I also tried the Dahi Puri (£5) - another favourite of mine! The fresh and crispy puri was filled with potatoes, yellow peas and sweet yogurt with tamarind sauce drizzled on it and some sev sprinkled on the top of the puris. 

Hankies Cafe Halal Indian Soho

Hankies Cafe Halal Indian Soho

From the grill, we ordered Gosht - a 5 Oz Ribeye (£10.5) steak that had been marinated with garlic, paprika along with some spices and spiced BBQ Butte. We also ordered Chicken Soola (£6.5) - a chicken supreme served with some apple chutney and salad. The steak was cooked well, while the chicken had been marinated well and was perfect for those who do not prefer too many spices such as BabyN'.

Hankies Cafe Halal Indian Soho

Hankies Cafe Halal Indian Soho

For the mains, I was really looking forward to try Khatta Aubergine (£5.5) and it was served in a skillet. The baby aubergine had been stir fried and cooked with nigella seeds, tamarind and tomato puree that gave it the sour taste. Pairing it up with the hankies was great, and it actually reminded me of mum's home cooked food. Tawa lamb masala (£8) was husband's choice as he's very fond of lamb - this slow braised lamb dish is a speciality of 'Lahore' and its cooked with green peppers, ginger and tomatoes. 

Hankies Cafe Halal Indian Soho

Hankies Cafe Halal Indian Soho

Also ordered Ashokee da chicken masala (£7.5) a Delhi street style dish and Hankies dal (£4.5), a traditional black lentil stew to try. The chicken had a very good balance of spices and the dal was husband's absolute favourite! The mains came in small portions and were  perfect for 2 to share and the plus point for this was that we could enjoy a variety of food. Really liked the concept of small plates served at Hankies as I was able to enjoy an assortment of food.

Hankies Cafe Halal Indian Soho

In the picture above you can see the Hankies (£1.90 each), more popularly known as the 'Roomali Rotis' in the subcontinent. I've had loads of them before so I knew about these type of rotis. They are really thin (say like a paper) and big in size. Now don't worry about the size because they're really thin, so an adult can easily eat 2 at a time! The roomali rotis are actually hand spun till they're thin enough to read through and then cooked on a hot roomali round black tawa that looks like a huge bowl turned upside down. Having said enough of the hankies, let me mention again, that the mains were delectable and appetising. 

Hankies Cafe Halal Indian Soho

Hankies Cafe Halal Indian Soho

To end the meal, we ordered Aam Gur ke Kheer (£4.5), Rose and Pistachio Kulfi (£4 each). Both our selections were on point because they were both amazing! The kheer was topped with some mango slices and caramelised sugar that gave a crunch in the first few bites. The kulfi was awesome, and I really loved it. Lastly, I ended the meal with a cup of Masala coffee (£3.5) as it was recommended by the staff and although I'm not a regular coffee drinker, I really enjoyed it! I'm definitely going there again, and would highly recommend Hankies Cafe in Soho (London) to you too!

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Rating: 8/10 
Pricing: Mid Range
Halal Options: Everything is Halal
Child-Friendly: Yes, sitting is child friendly but not sure about baby changing.
Alcohol Available: Yes
Location: Hankies Cafe 67 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6EX
Contact: +44 20 7871 6021
Website: Hankies Cafe
Prices mentioned here are taken from the menu card that was available at the restaurant. 
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12 comments:

  1. Hankies Cafe sounds like the perfect place to stop at whilst in Soho. I do love the foods you guys picked from the menu, everything looks super yummy.

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  2. This sounds like a wonderful place to stop and enjoy some food.

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  3. Oh wow this looks delicious! I actually work in Soho so can't believe I've no seen this restaurant before, will defintiely have to check it out.

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  4. The food looks lovely, I really want to visit and experience this! :) x

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  5. It looks like a lovely place to visit. The food looks really good, and I particularly like all the little dishes, crates and baskets the food is served in! So cute!

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  6. I usually visit the Buddhist cafe in soho but I am a sucker for small plates I am bookmarking the address as we speak

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  7. This looks so delicious! I love going out for authentic Indian food

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  8. That food crate has to be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen .. not to mention how mouthed wateringly good looking that food looks.

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  9. This honestly made me drool! The food looks yummy!

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  10. This honestly made me drool! The food looks yummy!

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  11. The food at Hankies Cafe looks and sounds so delicious! I was confused about the name of the restaurant until you explained about hankies, they're not something I've heard of before.

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  12. Hankies Cafe sounds like a great place to go for great quality food. The variety looks wonderful and all that food looks as though it is cooked and prepared to perfection!

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