Brought to us by the JKS Restaurants group who also owns Trishna and Gymkhana. Hoppers is their new venture at the heart of Soho. Serving South Indian and Sri Lankan street food for an affordable price. There is a no reservation policy like all the other new hipsters restaurant in London, so make sure you go early and queue up. I arrived at 530pm and did not get seated until 730pm. I watched a lot of hopeful diners being turned away at the door at 8pm as they were full for the night. When you get to the front of queue, the lady will ask for your number so they will contact you when your table is ready!
- Quail 65 – 7.5 GBP
- Pol Roti – 1.5 GBP
- Egg Hopper – 3.5 GBP
- Pol Sambol, Seeni Sambol, Coriander Chutney – 1.25 GBP
- Duck Kari – 6 GBP
RICE, ROAST & KOTHU
- Lamb Kothu Roti – 8.5 GBP
- Coconut water – 3 GBP
- Seasonal water – 3 GBP
Quail 65 – 9/10
This was my favourite dish. There were four pieces of the quail, fully seasoned n perfectly fried. The quail itself was slightly spicy and tangy. You do not want to mess with the sauce on the side, it is extremely hot. Hot yet damn addictive. However, if you cannot take spicy food, I would give the sauce a miss.
Pol Roti – 3/10
According to their glossary, Pol Roti is grilled coconut roti. I expected there to be more coconut with the roti, and not a spoonful in the middle. It was rather hard tos hare the coconut on the roti and dip it into the curry. I could not taste the coconut flavour, if you want roti, order the plain ones and save some money.
Egg Hopper – 7/10
From their glossary – Hopper (or Appam) – bowl shaped fermented rice and coconut milk pancake.
This is their signature dish, and you will see hundreds of pictures on instagram of this dish. A large bowl shaped pancake made from rice and coconut milk. It does look very pretty, there is a plain hopper but we opted for the egg hopper. I was expecting the egg yolk to be half cooked so i could dip the pancake into the runny yolk. However that was not the case, the egg yolk was cooked and I could hardly dip it in. The pancake on the edge was crispy and light, much better than the roti
Pol Sambol, Seeni Sambol, Coriander Chutney – 5/10
From their glossary – Pol Sambol is a Sri Lankan relish made with fresh ground coconut, Maldive fish, onion & red chill
and Seeni Sambol is a Sri Lankan caramelised onion relish
I thought it would be wise to order the dips that was recommended to us for the hopper. I am not too sure if this was the best dip for us. We were both not very fond of the Coriander Chutney. Both the Pol Sambol and Seeni Sambol didn’t impress us either unfortunately, however I have heard people rave on about these dips, i am sure they were made to taste wonderful but it just didn’t work for us.
Duck Kari – 6/10
Karis? Sounds like something familiar? You have guessed it right, karis is curry! I wanted curry beef or curry chicken, however it was not on the menu. There were plenty of choices for the curry, two vegetarian options, lamb, fish and pork, but we chose the curry duck in the end. The karis came in a small pot on the tray with the egg hopper. There were a few pieces of duck in the curry but not enough to share. I wouldn’t expect the karis to be the main course, but more of a side dish or a dip for your hopper.
For next time, I would definitely choose another curry, for example the curry lamb or curry black pork.
RICE, ROAST & KOTHU
Lamb Kothu Roti – 9/10
From their glossary – Kothu – a Sri Lankan street dish made with a finely chopped roti cooked with vegetables, meat or seafood
Another favourite from the meal. this was slightly more expensive as you can see, it is a bigger portion. This will be enough to share between three people. I loved this dish, there pieces of lamb, lots of vegetables and chopped roti in it. It was really spicy that i had to take breaks from eating it. But it was delicious.
Coconut water & Seasonal water
Ambience & Interior
Hoppers is a tiny yet cosy restaurant at the heart of Soho. There aren’t too many tables on the floor and expect to be squashed! With the wooden tables, and lights dimmed, this place was warm and cosy. The washrooms are located downstairs, and for your information, it is unisex. We had troubles working out if we went into the wrong washroom or it was unisex. I think lots of diners had the same problem.
Please click here for the full menu
The menu is simple to read and only two pages long on a piece of paper. Only thing I wish they could improve on is the glossary at the back. It was rather time consuming to keep turning to the back to look at the glossary then back again. I wish they had written the explanation next to the dish. They should also state how spicy it was for non spicy diners! haha
- Quail 65
- Egg Hopper
- Lamb Kothu Roti
- Quail 65 – 9/10
- Pol Roti – 3/10
- Egg Hopper – 7/10
- Pol Sambol, Seeni Sambol, Coriander Chutney – 5/10
- Duck Kari – 6/10
- Lamb Kothu Roti – 9/10
I liked the whole concept behind hoppers. It was modern,
Would I go back again? Probably no
Rating from my brain (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥♥
Rating from my heart (out of 5 hearts): ♥♥
Overall rating (out of 10 hearts) : ♥♥♥♥♥ 5/10
Approximately 20 gbp per person
49 Frith Street
Monday – Thursday
12 – 2.45PM
5.30 – 10.45PM
12 – 2.45PM
5 – 10.45PM
12 – 10.45PM
No reservation policy so please go early to queue