A) A soho restaurant specialising in chicken legs; staffed entirely by “unidexters”.
B) A soho restaurant and craft ale house, serving food cooked with the stalks, leaves and flowers of the ‘Humulus lupulus’ vine.
C) A soho restaurant where customers and staff sit astride the popular 70s bouncing toy, the “space hopper”.
D) A soho restaurant specialising in “hoppers”, a popular Sri Lankan street food of bowl shaped pancakes made from yeasted rice flour and coconut.
Unsure? If I tell you that Hoppers is the latest restaurant by the Sethi family – the trio with fingers in the pies of Gymkana, Trishna, Lyle’s, Bubbledogs and Bao – I’m sure you’ll realise that under the siblings with the midas touch, any of these concepts could work!
Instead of reservations, Hoppers use the Qudini ‘virtual queue’ software, which, from a customer’s point of view, I thought was great. You just have to make sure you are flexible with the time you want to eat as “waiting times” (mooching about, shopping or drinking in a nearby bar times) can be up to a couple of hours.
I’m not going to waffle on about the food – it was all good and excellent value for money! Just order what you like the sound of and I’m pretty confident you won’t leave disappointed. Here’s what I enjoyed:
Bone marrow varuval, roti
Chicken heart chukka
Hot butter devilled shrimps
Egg hopper with and chutneys (pol sambol, seeni sambol, coriander)
Black pork kari
Date of dinner: 21/12/15
The answer is D.