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“Pricey but good food”
Review of Hop and Spice - CLOSED

Hop and Spice
Cuisines: Sri Lankan
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 12 November 2012

Pleasant enough little restaurant. The menu showed a bit of imagination and food was reasonable quality. Main dishes were expensive at around £16 each but that included rice and a little pot each of mango chutney and raita. Side salads at about £4 seemed really expensive as they came in tiny little metal dishes.

1  Thank Treiziste
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

This is a fab place. Contemporary decor , great staff and the food and service was excellent. They recommend you choose around 6 dishes between you but we couldnt decide and so went for their suggested set meal and werent disappointed ! It was all lovely and with 2 bottles of wine and a drink at the bar the total night came in at £51 for 2, which represented excellent value

2  Thank Cavfan
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Reviewed 11 October 2012

Hop and Spice is probably my favourite restaurant of all time, and I've been to a lot. It has consistently astounding food at very reasonable prices, a great relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and most importantly a shot glass of smarties with your bill. The menu is extensive and everything is super-tasty and almost oil-free.
I find it extremely difficult not to go at least once a fortnight despite the fact there are so many other good restaurants in Balham. Just go there, now.

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1  Thank Tom C
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

Always welcomed with a beaming smile and a pat before being treated to consistently amazing food. It doesn't have huge amounts of salt in leaving you gagging all night and if you like a bit of heat get any of the devilled dishes. Also recommend the aubergine.

Hard to pick individual dishes out when they're all amazing. First delivery from them last night, usually eat in - still just as good. Even delivered by the happiest man in Balham.

Repeat visitor week in week out. Genuine feelings of guilt if eating elsewhere.

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1  Thank UkFloss
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

We walked into Hop and Spice on Saturday night and were a bit surprised that the place was so quiet. With only three tables occupied, it was in stark contrast to the other, surrounding restaurants, but we really fancied giving this place a try so we asked for a table for two. My partner pointed at a free table near the window and asked to sit there; the waitress coolly declined to let us sit there, and pointed us at another table further inside. Seemed a bit harsh as nobody else was sitting there but perhaps it was reserved, so we were okay with that.

We had been sitting for a few minutes when the waiter appeared and offered us drinks menus; he explained that he couldn't give us any proper menus as they were "all out on other tables right now", which made us chuckle because there were, as I say, perhaps only four other tables of customers. Anyway, not a problem because we weren't in a rush. That said, we then sat there for ten minutes and nobody came back to take our drink order.

Four tables of customers, four staff and yet nobody can take a drink order? We were in there for a quarter of an hour in total and all we had had is a surly, unfriendly waitress who refused to seat us where we had asked to sit; a waiter who offered us drinks menus but never came back to take our order, and no sight of a food menu? If the place were heaving I would overlook it, but if four staff can't handle four or five tables then there is something wrong. Eventually we left and went to Hamiltons down the road, where we had an entirely different experience.

Balham has loads of restaurants: do yourself a favour: never try this one.

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2  Thank CLHScott
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