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“So overrated...” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hot Stuff

Hot Stuff
Ranked #1,773 of 22,204 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $41
Cuisines: Indian, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“So overrated...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

What is it with people? They latch on to a popular thing; patronise it to the extreme and end up believing all the hype before they've actually trusted their own senses. For God's sake, if you think this is a 'GOOD' curry house then you really haven't had a 'GOOD' curry. I've lived locally since 2010 and Hot Stuff was actually recommended to me by the people the moved out the house I moved into. Back then it was relatively good. It was exceptional value, better than average quality but moreover, had a great atmosphere with an air of 'Vauxhall's best kept secret' about it... until it was reviewed by The Guardian. Now it's full of wannabe hipsters who think they've found the next best thing when the baby was lost with the bath-water ages ago. But worst of all, the food is bland.

And I mean BLAND. If you're lucky you get a re-heated portion of rice served with an incredibly tasteless, watery 'curry' offering with 4 / 5 chunks of boiled meat. I say boiled because it's blatantly obvious that the (eg, chicken) hasn't been marinated prior to adding to the sauce. The (almost uniform chunks of) meat are all pre-cooked beforehand and then added to the 'sauce' after cooking. That's why every curry tastes almost the same. And the sauces are so thin and mildly spiced you can't really call it a curry without infringing some archaic trade description law!

Boys and girls, if you really want to take your friends for a decent curry, you could do a lot worse than take them 50 metres up South Lambeth Road to Mumbai Delight which I and all my friends have found to be outstanding. Yes it costs a few quid more but at least you're getting the real deal. Come on Hot Stuff - time to turn up the heat!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Lund, Sweden
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good food!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

The resturant is laying in neighborhood that seemed that have no resturant. But when we came up to a small square the resturant was there. It was intrested and funny to go to the supermarket and buy your wine and beer and go inte to the resturant! The food was very good!

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Thank panerai88
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London
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64 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Good but used to be better”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

I've been going to Hot Stuff for several years now and whilst it is still pretty good it is definitely not as good as it used to be.

Since making the premises larger the quality of the food is not quite as good as it once was, with certain dishes, it is pot luck as to whether they will be spicy or bland, regardless of what they are meant to taste like.

Sometimes the service will be very quick and well spaced and other times, you can wait up to 40 minutes for your starter and then the main will come 5 minutes after finishing the starters.

All in all when you take into just how cheap the food still is (and the fact it is BYO) it's still a pretty good place for a no frills cheap meal.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Well named. Excellent food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

Probably one of the best Indian meals I've ever had. And I've had a lot over the years. And best of all, you get an ice pole for dessert. Perfect. Can't wait to go back!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Paul M
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

We were here three years ago due to a positive review in the New York Times. It was excellent and that was it still. It starts already with THE Indian bread with sauce and pickles and it continues... No one in the streets but busy at Hot Stufff. THE service is energetic, good advise but THE place is so crowed, they manage it by running! Visit them!!

Visited July 2013
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