Hankies Cafe brings you the much loved food from their more formal Hankies - Marble Arch in a more casual setting.
Hankies Cafe is located on Shaftesbury Avenue right in the west end. on the border of Soho and China Town. However, don’t let this deter you, their prices are very competitive and it feels like you’re getting a great deal.
Dishes are built around roti: hot breads blown up like balloons over a gas stove, then deflated and spun till they’re as thin and flat as shirt cloth. It is a spectacle to watch one being done.
Ordering off the menu is quite daunting as the names are all traditional and unique at the same time. The waiter talsk you through everything and you’re immediately put at ease with the concept and dish names. We ordered half the menu, remember this is a tapas restaurant so you’re encouraged to try more than a few each.
A real star was the butter chicken. The meat was melting in the mouth, flavourful, and filling. The warming sauce worked together beautifully and was packed with flavour. Every dish was bursting with flavour and full of character. A central London must for any foodie.
For me, the real heroes are the desserts. Seldom do I go to an Asian restaurant and enjoy the desserts, however Hankies have an very tasty selection to choose from. By the end of the meal we were planning our next visit. like any decent restaurant the menus change seasonally, so you’ll never get bored.
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Verdict: Every dish we tried at Hankies Cafe was delicious, and screams flavour. One could easily enjoy dinner for two (with drinks) for under £50. You won’t find a better tasting restaurant in Shaftesbury.