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“Hidden from View but worth the visit”
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Swadesh
Price range: $28 - $56
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Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Description: Swadesh, purveyors of authentic Indian cuisine. With sumptuous food set in a stylish interior in elegant surroundings, the Swadesh is quit simply, the finest Indian restaurant in your area. We can accommodate up to forty diners at any one time.From our modern kitchen, our dedicated chef from India, Mr. Raj Kumar will freshly prepare the best food you can imagine… We aim to provide customers with high quality Indian cuisines straight to the comfort of your own home.
Reviewed July 23, 2012

The food is excellent, not typical menu but spicy and fresh. Its often empty which is disappointing, but the location may be why its not as populart as some of the others in Lordship Lane. But its our favourite. We love the service, the decor, the price especially.
Its the best curry in East Dulwich

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Thank monkeyhands67
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

I won't claim it's the best in town but it really is rather good and it means I've given up trying elsewhere for South Asian - Bangladeshi here - food in East Dulwich.

Little place and hardly brimming with atmosphere but it's comfortable, the service is excellent and food really very, very good. I don't think you'd claim it as a hugely inventive South Asian restaurant but the quality is lovely, it doesn't do that over-salted thing that poor Indian restaurants do and the food is always fresh. Its Saturday afternoon and Sunday buffet is insanely good value and the staff offer a refreshing view in that sometimes sad choice. They cook small quantities and put it out fresh; and the starters included in the buffet price are always cooked fresh... I've turned up with the family on a Sunday afternoon to find an entirely clean buffet set out creating the fear that they've finished. But no: the chef then proceeded to provide what was in effect a banquet for the five of us. The bill for two adults and three kids ages 11-14 (with drinks) only just broke the £40 pound barrier. Its regular menu is great and very fair value. Go.

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1  Thank Springburn
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Reviewed May 9, 2011

I first opted to eat in Swadesh not long after moving to East Dulwich. There was an understated charm compared to the other more garish Indian restaurants on Lordship Lane. It is simply the best curry I have had. From the starters (the onion bhajis with cabbage are great) to the choice of mains, which is varied enough to be interesting but not baffling. Subtle and exquisite is how I would describe the food which is always served by friendly and attentive waiting staff. 10 out of 10.

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Thank juanathan83
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Reviewed April 18, 2011

There are lots of good curry houses to choose from on this strip of Lordship Lane, and at first sight there's nothing to set the Swadesh apart. But if you're lucky enough to be passing on a Saturday or Sunday when the Swadesh is serving its all-inclusive buffet, then quickly grab a table as you're in for a treat.

A starter of chicken tikka and an onion bhaji shows the chef really cares about food. Not only is the chicken perfectly spiced and beautifully moist but the onion bhaji is light, fluffy and freshly cooked to order - not something you would expect in any run of the mill place.

Before you dig into the buffet itself, make sure you order a roti, naan or paratha. You won't be disappointed as the chef is one of the best makers of Indian bread in the whole of London.

Naans arrive piping hot from the tandoori oven, beautifully light and fluffy and puffed up with air. Both parathas and rotis have that delicious buttery flakiness that's just right for soaking up hot curry sauces.

But of course the star of the show is the buffet itself. Forget those bland offerings of gloopy chicken tikka massala that you'll find in most other establishments. Here you'll find chicken in a piquant sauce, spiced by fiery red chillies (which the waiter kindly points out); melt in the mouth lamb in a rich tomato and coriander broth; and garlicky chana dal.

With gracious and attentive service to match the quality of cooking, the Swadesh gets it right on every level. A real find for curry fans.

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Thank curry_lover15
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Reviewed April 13, 2011

Our favourite London curry house. Not Been for a few months (more's the pity) so we made a special effort to get along. As good as ever, great friendly staff, a fresh and innovative chef and excellent prices. If you're in the Dulwich area, trust me, you NEED to visit this curry house!

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Thank jack1969_11
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