Raka, London E14
There are certainly no airs and graces about Raka, this Indian come kebab and burger joint.
But while its 1970s English caff decor won’t will any prizes its food certainly could.
Served up in patterned bowls, which makes a change from the usual shiny standard issue curry house serving dishes, the Chicken Acharie (£5.95) had a great balance of tanginess from the pickle and kick from the chillies.
The meat (which had been in the tikka oven) was top notch and perfectly cooked. Plain rice (£1.75) is the ideal accompaniment with Acharie I reckon so nothing competes with its tastes.
The menu includes all the old school favourites at excellent prices (Lamb Vindaloo £4.95, Prawn Dhansak £5.50, Chicken Rogon £4.95) and a few interesting dishes which have to go on the ‘to be tried’ list. How about Exotic Papri Massala (£6.95) cooked with onions, tomatoes, ginger, roasted peppers and tamarind or the medium spiced Kalia (£6.95) cooked with herbs and mint?
Raka, 258 Poplar High Street, London, E14 0BB. Tel: 020 7719 8808. Open: daily, noon-11.30pm.
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