Hop on over to Hoppers this lunchtime! After the success of their Soho restaurant, Hoppers St Christopher’s Place has just opened.
Hoppers, named after their namesake dish of rice pancake ‘hoppers’, serves Sri Lankan fare in a thoroughly modern setting. Gone are the shagpile carpets, aertex ceilings and generic photos of Sri Lanka, that one often finds in South Asian restaurants. Instead marvel at the beautiful Jungle Mondernist movement interiors created by Katy Manolescue. The light and airy celebration of modern Sri Lankan design in St Christopher’s Place mirrors the style of their Soho restaurant and the decor is only matched for quality by the food, which is just fantastic.
As with Soho, the menu will revolve around the hoppers, but they’ll be served alongside a selection of new karis including lamb shank, aubergine, crab, cauliflower and prawn. Making the most of their larger space they’ll be serving up ‘rice and roast’ dishes designed to be shared, family feasting style. These include banana leaf roasted plaice, green mango and madras onion sambol; Jaffina lamb cutlets, cucumber mooli sambol and a chicken buriani with chicken heart acharu and yoghurt. Hate making decisions? Go for the Taste of Hoppers menu. Don’t have much time? Then there’ll be short eats – the Sri Lankan term for bar snacks, have a bone marrow varuval roti with a frozen pina-pol-ada and a fro-yo mango lassi, as there’ll be serving frozen slushie drinks for the first time. If you like to share your drinks too then pitch in with the feast cocktails – we’ve got our eye on the Jungle Negroni.
Unlike its sibling restaurant, this Hoppers will take reservations, so hop to it and get on the list. And if you do have to wait for a walk-in then St Christopher’s place has no shortage of places to grab a pre-dinner drink.
Hoppers St Christopher’s Place: Opens 12th September 2017, 77 Wigmore Street, W1U 1QE www.hopperslondon.com