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About Elephant Walk

Voted Best Sri Lankan Restaurant in the UK in 2007, Elephant Walk is a jewel in the crown of the West Hampstead dining scene. Inside, the décor is modern and minimalist, with deep red walls and smart dark wood furniture – perfect for intimate dinners for two or laid-back family gatherings. The menu is a real treat for fans of this subtle and complex cuisine, with traditional hoppers (Sri Lankan rice noodles), delicious curries and spicy seafood dishes like devilled king prawns. Elephant Walk is run by a dedicated husband and wife team who are passionate about bold flavours, fresh ingredients and friendly service. They also run a cookery school where local foodies learn how to cook authentic Sri Lankan and Indian dishes for themselves.

98 West End Lane
West Hampstead, London NW6 2LU
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sri Lankan

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday - Sunday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm, 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
020 7328 3308

Website:
http://www.elephantwalk.co.uk/

Entertainment:
Cookery Classes

Catering:
We are pleased to announce that we have now launched our Party Catering service from our award winning kitchen. No matter what the occasion, from dinner parties, birthday parties to weddings we can provide you with exquisite Sri Lanka and Indian food to suit your needs. We can cater both a Sri Lankan Menu as well an Indian Menu or a combination of both.

Executive Chef:
Rick Stein

Additional:
Beer, Delivery, High Tea, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Elephant Walk Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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3.8

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3.7

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3.9

60% would recommend it to a friend

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 (London)·Dined on September 22, 2012

After viewing their website, it seemed obvious to give this restaurant a go. However if you're looking for authentic sri lankan food, please stay away from this restaurant. Of course you will not get "real" Sri lankan food in the UK, but one would expect sth similar to it if you're going to spend a considerable amount of money. I have been to Sri Lanka for 2 weeks this year, thus I know what to expect to a certain degree. The chicken kothu tastes like an ordinary biryani, the lampris is extremely dry (usually very moist) and the service was not reflecting the price on the menu. Overall, this restaurant has made a very poor effort to call itself a sri lanka restaurant. I'm shocked/bamboozled it's received so many positive reviews.

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 (London)·Dined on September 20, 2012

I had booked Elephant Walk for a meal for ten on a Thursday evening. We turned up to find the door barred. When someone did come to the door they said that they couldn't serve us because something that happened meant they had no cutlery or drinks(!?). I then had to find an alternative restaurant who could deal with a walk-in group of 10.
I found it appalling that (given they had my email and mobile number), they hadn't informed me they couldn't honour my booking.
I would not go there again.

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 (London)·Dined on August 15, 2012

Excellent food and very good service. Very friendly environment would highly recommend it to friends and plan to return myself soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Outstanding Value
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2012

I went along for my 24th birthday celebrations to the Elephant Walk.
The customers were polite and helpful with recommendations.
It was great value for money and also a different choice from the usual Indian food.
Would highly recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value
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 (London)·Dined on August 11, 2012

We went for a first visit here, and were most impressed by the warmth and friendliness of the welcome we received. Food was tasty and interesting - but perhaps the highlight was the DELICIOUS mango lassi. But above all, it was the charm of the service that won our hearts!

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 (London)·Dined on August 10, 2012

The food is OK, but barely so. With TT 50% off, pretty cheap though.
Would I go back ? I don't think so.
There are better places around guys.

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 (London)·Dined on August 6, 2012

Food was good, and not a bad deal at all with the top table discount

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 2, 2012

Goof food. Thali offer slightly confusing not as described.

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 (London)·Dined on May 4, 2012

The first time that I have been to a Sri Lankan restaurant and the string hoppers, hoppers and pittu was lovely. Especially the pittu. The service was great too.

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 (London)·Dined on October 15, 2011

Having lived in Sri Lanka for 3 years, we had high expectations for the food. Although half the menu was South Indian rather than Sri Lankan, the food we had (all Sri Lankan dishes) was excellent. We had plain hoppers and coconut sambol for starters - very tasty (although the sambol serving could have been a bit more generous). For main course we had 4 curries and rotti, and they were all delicious. No room for dessert! I would certainly recommend this place.

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 (London)·Dined on October 5, 2011

Quite authentic Sri Lankan food, with pleasant enough service in a clean, utilitarian environment. Certainly not the place for a romantic dinner, but a decent meal at a competitive price.

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 (London)·Dined on September 2, 2011

Pleasant evening, food was good. The didn't have the tasting platter which was disappoint despite the waitress starting to explain what was in it :-)

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 (London)·Dined on August 17, 2011

Good quality food and good value

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·Dined on August 17, 2011

Elephant Walk in West Hampstead was a tasty good value choice for a mid week hang out. Really recommend the lamb samosas, and the mango lassi was delicious too!

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 (London)·Dined on August 16, 2011

On the balance the meal was distinctly average. The chicken curry portions were very small and somewhat lacking in flavour. The mixed starter was also pretty devoid of taste. Overall ok, but i would not have been happy if i'd been paying the full price as opposed to the 50% price off the food.

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 (London)·Dined on August 12, 2011

Had an OK, (but slightly disappointing given some other very good reviews) meal at Elephant Walk this evening. We opted to share a spicy prawn dish which was delicious though only had six prawns in it and a street food Thali like dish which was OK but not a 'wow' experience. The taster curries were quite similar as were the rice dishes. The cashew curry dish was ... well, bland really - sort of like soft cashews in a sauce that reminded both my friend & I of mushy peas. Good for a low key eve.

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 (London)·Dined on August 10, 2011

Food is good, nice atmosphere, good decor.

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 (London)·Dined on August 10, 2011

Elephant Walk is lovely. The food is already cheap, so with the TT deal it's a steal. If you're tired of the usual Indian fare then try this place. I didn't think there'd be such a marked difference with Sri Lankan food. I would re-vamp the lacklustre wine list personally, but I'm a snob.

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 (London)·Dined on August 10, 2011

Tasty food with a difference

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 (London)·Dined on August 8, 2011

Elephant Walk in West Hampstead is an enjoyable good value restaurant with good ambiance and friendly service. It makes a very pleasant change from the usual Indian food, although clearly Sri Lankan cuisine and Southern Indian Cuisin have a great deal in commom. On the 50% off the food deal it is fantastic value but even without the offer it is a good place for a relaxed informal meal.

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 (London)·Dined on August 4, 2011

Very nice food! Service had a bit of a first-night feel about it - friendly, but still trying to find their feet. Well worth it for the food...

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 (London)·Dined on July 29, 2011

Elephant Walk, West Hampstead, London

Excellent food dampened by the poor service.

Well after we had finished our starters and were waiting for the mains, we were informed that the main course we ordered was not available.

I would recommend it for the food only if you have the patience to put up with the service.

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 (London)·Dined on July 26, 2011

We were disappointed with the food, it tasted like poor quality indian food and there was very little meat and the dishes.

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 (London)·Dined on May 16, 2011

On a Monday night, you might find that you'll get the whole place to yourself. It was the perfect way to celebrate my husband's b-day. The service was great and the food was spectacular. I enjoyed the variety of vegetarian dishes while my husband appreciated the wide selection of meat dishes. There's something for everyone's taste here.

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 (London)·Dined on May 2, 2011

Elephant Walk, West Hampstead, London: The food is good, if a bit too salty, and you should like coconut if you go...it's in everything. The starters were hit and miss, all seemed too similar although they were tasty. The mains were good. We stuck with traditional Sri Lanken dishes, skipping things we get in Indian restaurants. The Sri Lankan breads and rice dishes were excellent. The curries were tasty but could have used less sauce and more substance. The service was slow but pleasant.

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 (London)·Dined on April 23, 2011

Good food but mains came too quick after starters had finished. Service is friendly but could have been more on the ball especially as the restaurant was not busy.

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 (London)·Dined on April 15, 2011

The food and service were good.I really enjoyed the main course dish of spicy fish with tamarind. There was a lot of choice although one of the starters we wanted wasn't available.

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 (London)·Dined on April 15, 2011

Food was nice and they had a good choice of deserts also. The service was friendly and we were served quickly. Would recommend.

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 (London)·Dined on March 31, 2011

Went to Elephant Walk last night. Venue pleasant, food okay. Starters were tasteless but mains were much better.

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 (London)·Dined on March 12, 2011

Good Service . Good variety but not really authentic food . Gravy very watery and bland.

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 (London)·Dined on December 29, 2010

Decent enough variation on traditional Anglo-Indian food. Combination meals a bit expensive and a little uninspiring but loved spicy lamb "croquet" style starter.

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 (London)·Dined on December 3, 2010

Being a Sri Lankan in London, I do miss home cooking. While my non-Sri Lankan wife tries her best, it's just not the same as home. Elephant Walk is a great place to get authentic Sri Lankan dishes. We brought a group of friends to try Sri Lankan food for the first time and they loved everything. The food was delicious, service good, ambience was nice (we were a big group in our own section of the restaurant) and honestly we cannot wait to return. We met the owner as we were leaving - nice man.

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 (London)·Dined on October 11, 2010

Elephant walk is a fantastic place to eat, a real hidden gem. The food is amazing and the service is excellent. Totally recommended !

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 (London)·Dined on September 2, 2010

I am a local of West Hampstead in London and the Elephant Walk is my favourite restaurant in the area. I took my parents there last night and they loved it. The service is friendly and efficient, plus if you are there to catch up they don't rush you at all. The food has never dissappointed and they have a great selection of more traditional Sri Lankan dishes, the street food is great if you're looking for something a bit different!

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 (London)·Dined on August 25, 2010

My visit to Elephant Walk in West Hampstead was a unique experience, as it was my first time to try Sri Lankan cuisine. I was impressed with the expansive menu and variety of dishes. My friend and I tried several tasty starters and each ordered a main. The food was simple, fresh and delicious. We cleaned our plates! I will definitely go back again!

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 (London)·Dined on August 5, 2010

In NW London again for Part 2 of the Great Game at the Tricyle Theatre, we chose Elephant Walk for it's Sri Lankan cuisine. The service was quick and friendly, the menu comprised of Sri Lankan traditional and street food cuisines, and it also mentioned sustainability and free range ingredients, which we liked. I chose the stringhoppers which I had never had before with a hot prawn curry. A word to the wise, it was HOT! Not for the feeble. Would definitely visit again and good value too.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on July 25, 2010

went on a Sunday night, food / service excellent. Really great ingredients, very fresh and full of flavour. We had a sample of curries, local street food sampler and a host of sides. Very reasonable wine list as well, service was impeccable, only suprise was that there was not more people there. Blows away some of the other locals in West Hampstead, give it a go!!!

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 (London)·Dined on June 18, 2010

The food was great, the staff were freindly and everything came in good time.
We were slightly late (10 minutes) because we couldnt find a place to park but the staff werent rude about it or anything.
Lots of smiles all the time!
I think maybe they could of had a bit of background music as i dont remember there being any.

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 (London)·Dined on June 11, 2010

The Elephant Walk was fairly busy on a Friday evening, but no where near full. The food was nice and very filling, with complementary snacks (as we had to wait a while for the main course). Also a complementary dessert to share - which was a lovely touch. Service was very polite and friendly.
However, left feeling over-full - but maybe that's just because we were being girls!!

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 (London)·Dined on June 5, 2010

Very good meal.
The Indian dishes were very good. I could recommend the Diavolo chicken specifically.
The Sri Lankan dishes are somewhat overpriced, but are good all the same.

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