Restaurant review: Sangri

By - Thursday 13th March, 2014

Tom Lickley and Cormac Mannion’s restaurant tour trilogy concludes at Sangri, a surprisingly distinct Indian restaurant in the south of the High Street

Photo by Tom Lickley. All Rights Reserved.

Sangri Indian Restaurant, 265 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QH.
Time from East Croydon:  15 minutes 

Ahh, curry. It’s not exactly hard to find an Indian restaurant in Croydon, and find a good quality one at that. If there’s one thing that unites north, central and south Croydon, it is the quality of the south Asian restaurants on offer. In this respect therefore, whilst I was expecting Sangri to put on a good display, I was of little expectation that the restaurant, squeezed into a location near to Leon House, would prove capable of putting itself separate from the crowd.

How wrong I was. From the moment my eating companion and I entered Sangri, there was the general impression of high quality and style; Sangri is not a large restaurant by any means, but this only adds to the relaxed atmosphere, and given our visit on a Wednesday night in the middle of winter, it was surprisingly full – always a good sign.

In traditional “let’s go to an Indian restaurant” style, far too much was ordered – the popadoms were greeted ravenously, the accompanying chutneys and sauces evaporating swiftly. The main courses were ordered – a lamb madras for Cormac, whilst I opted for the chicken karahi. Plain and garlic naan completed our order, and we sipped the house red as we waited.

A second visit is a necessity in order to sample the whole range of food on offer

The service was rapid, friendly and to the point; no sooner had the popadoms made their way than the main dishes arrived; large portions were warmly greeted. The madras was near to perfection; fiery, but not to the point where a sweat band was a necessary garment whilst eating. The karahi meanwhile was full of flavour, and whilst the sauce which accompanied the chicken was thick, it did not compromise the meal as a whole. As expected, the naan was filling but tasty, and provided a useful mop to clean the post dinner plate wreckage.

So far, so good for an Indian restaurant. How, I hear you ask, does Sangri stand amongst its Croydon rivals? For the price, the food is of the higest quality one can expect from a typical meal of £15-£20 (including sundries and drink). Whilst our meals stuck to the traditional menu, a look around at other dishes being served demonstrated a commitment to presentation and daring; the menu’s highlights included Goan fish curry and duck shashlick – a second visit is a necessity in order to sample the whole range of food on offer.

In my opinion, for atmosphere, quality of service and above all, quality of food, Sangri is among the best; whilst, sadly, I can’t confess to having visited every Indian restaurant in town, a considerable effort would be needed to match this eatery – I would be willing to try anywhere which believes they can do.

Tom Lickley

Tom Lickley

Contributing a variety of roles to the Citizen since early 2013, Tom now focuses upon regeneration, urbanism and real estate writing. He is a strategic communications consultant specialising in the real estate sector, and counts a number of the world's largest investment and fund management companies amongst his clients.

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