Curries over the phone, coffees served with cocktails: welcome to The Imperial Durbar

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Curries over the phone, coffees served with cocktails: welcome to The Imperial Durbar
27th November 2014

Run by brothers Alastair and Nick, The Imperial Durbar the latest coffee and cocktail watering hole to open in Tooting.
With no space for a kitchen, the brothers decided to collaborate with their next-door neighbors to give customers a unique dining experience. 

They created a curry hotline by fixing up an antique telephone. Then they piped the line to their neighbors’ kitchen, the Cardamon Club.
Punters wanting food, lift the phone, dial 9 and order from the menu.
When the food arrives it's delivered in old Tiffin Boxes. A bell is rang and the old Hurricane lantern on the table lights up to show the food is ready.


On the subject of modern Indian cusine, food writer Rosie Birkett told Wake Up London the hot spots to taste the east here in the capital
Here are her picks:


Based on the cafes of Bombay. The third of the franchise has just opened in Kings Cross. Once you’ve tasted the delights of this place you can wash it all down with a bottle of it’s locally produced own craft beer.


Said to be best new Indian restaurant in the country.
Winner of a Michelin star, despite only being open a short while.
It showcases Indian cuisine with a mixture of east and west ingredients.


This place is all about the Roti’s.  It’s a new place serving up Indian street food. Expect homeade flatbreads, and chutneys at reasonable prices.

Roti Chai

If you’re looking for Bombay street food with no frills this is the spot for you. It’s casual dining at it’s best, and it’s nice to your wallet.

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