Restaurant Review: Chennai Srilalitha. If you’re looking for good quality and reasonably priced South Indian vegetarian food or the best dosas in London, seek out Chennai Srilalitha in Harrow.
“Tuck into authentic South Indian Vegetarian dishes from the extensive buffet at this busy, low key restaurant located in Harrow. Try one of their famous Dosa pancakes stuffed with tasty fillings or a bowl of curry at reasonable prices,” Homegirl London
Our friends who live in the vicinity took Homeboy and me to eat at this restaurant twice. We were impressed by this reasonably priced, authentic veg restaurant which has a long list of Dosa specialities and a popular buffet. We loved the food and the atmosphere, it’s definitely a place to check out if you’re a vegetarian, vegan or you love South Indian food.
Chennai Srilalitha Menu
The menu is quite extensive so take your time to review it. While you are deliberating, order a few starters for the table. The Bhel Poori (Bhelpuri) is a delicious savoury snack made from puffed rice, vegetables, and a tangy tamarind sauce. Or choose the Dahi Puri snack which are mini puri shells sweetened with tamarind chutney and smothered with sweet yoghurt. Samosa, Onion Bhaji, and Cassava Chips (which were addictive) are all available.
I would recommend you try a Dosa because they are very tasty and authentic. If you haven’t tried one before, it’s a very thin layer of rice batter (rice, black gram ground in a smooth batter with a little salt) which is a bit like a crepe. I ate the Masala Dosa which is filled with spicy potatoes, onions, and peas. Other Dosas include Onion, Cheese, Peas, Cauliflower Masala, Paneer Masala, Mixed Veg Masala and more.
If you’d prefer a curry, you’re in luck because the choice is very comprehensive with 15 varieties. These include Chana Masala which is steamed chickpeas cooked with onion paste and North Indian Spices. Tadka Dhal which is lentils cooked with North Indian Spices. And Aloo Cobi Masala featuring cottage cheese cooked with rich butter gravy. Order your curry with a Roti (round flatbread), Puri (puffed Indian bread) or perhaps try an Idly (savoury rice cake made from lentils and rice).
The buffet is always busy. During the week the buffet costs £9.49 and at the weekend it is £11.49. If you order from the menu, starters are £1.99-7.49. Dosas will be £3.49 or £18 for a jumbo. Curries are £5.49-6.99. Everything is reasonably priced so you can put on those stretch trousers and tuck in. Soft drinks are available including Mango Lassi, Fruit Juices, Milk Shakes, and Masala Tea. There isn’t any alcohol.
Chennai Srilalitha Interiors
The interiors are functional and low key so there isn’t much to report. Think Formica tables and no interior design. There are a few TV screens on the walls which can be a tad annoying if you are sat underneath as I was. This place gets very packed due to the tasty food at cheap prices, so you probably won’t even notice the decor!
Chennai Srilalitha Information
To find out more go to the Chennai Srilalitha Website. The restaurant address is 196 Kenton Road, Harrow HA3 8BX. The nearest stations are Kenton and Northwick Park. Current opening times listed are 11 am until 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm until 10.30 pm Monday to Friday. At the weekend they open from 11 am until 10.30 pm. Enjoy your meal.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London.