I have been a fan of the mother and son team behind Gujarati Rasoi since I discovered their stall on Broadway Market and had one of their perfect samosas. It was a revelation. None of the greasiness and/or blandness that often comes with a samosa. It was a revelation. Honestly, I went back and picked up four more to have at home with a nice cuppa.
The stall still exists (as do their other stalls at Exmouth Market and the food mecca that is Borough Market) but now they have opened a small vegetarian restaurant in Dalston and it manages to keep up the standards.
I had the Ringan Burthu (baked aubergine with coriander that comes with a paratha) followed by the Palak Paneer (paneer with spinach served with a fantastic dhal and cumin rice) with the Thelpa (fenugreek flat bread) as a side. It was all great. Spicy rather than hot. Full of flavour rather than just heat. Sadly, there was no samosa on the menu but then too much of a good thing isn’t always what you need.
If you go I would recommend popping next door to the Servant Jazz Quarters either before or after (or both). It’s part speakeasy, part Art Deco cocktail lounge, part jazz venue (don’t worry, they do play other types of music too) and part Dalston hipster venue. It’s great and these two seating next door to each other sums up everything you need to know about Dalston at the moment.