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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.
West Hampstead, London NW6 2LU
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Saturday - Sunday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
£25 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
020 7328 3308
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.
Beer, Delivery, High Tea, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
Elephant Walk Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!!!
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.
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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