Horn Ok Please (bhel puri, chaat, pani puri)
The Grub: Flying the flag for some fantastic vegetarian Indian fare in London is Horn Ok Please. HOP – as it is known – has a varied menu including Bhel Puri (puffed rice tossed in spices, mint and tamarind chutney), Pani Puri (crispy shelled puris filled with chilled tangy refreshing mint water), Samosa Chaat (fried samosas topped with chutneys, chick pea curry, yoghurt and crispy sev) and Moong Dal Dosas (lentil based savoury pancakes served with chutneys). New menu additions coming soon include Pav Bhaji with butter fried bread and spicy vegetables and the legendary Indian fizzy pop Thumbs up, a Limca and Maaza mango drink.
The Vibe: You can find HOP by following the smells erupting from the market stall. Bustling and chaotic, this really captures the vibe of Indian street carts in cities like Mumbai and Delhi. People visiting are never just there to get a street food fix but also to experience the atmosphere. NB: HOP’s trading hours are limited so if they sell out then you’ve missed them.
The story: The HOP duo is made up of Ahmedabad-born Gaurav and Sandhya who saw a massive gap in the market for Indian vegetarian street food. They believed it wasn’t always showcased to its fullest potential despite the fact that a massive population of Indian communities are vegetarian. Before launching HOP two years ago, Gaurav worked in marketing and telecoms while Sandhya was an urban planner.
The tab: from £3
Get the low down: At Kerb Kings Cross from 11am – 2.30pm every Wednesday, at Borough Market every Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday from 10am-5pm. Horn Ok Please is also part of Real Food Festival and Flavours of India. Follow on Facebook.com/hornplease, on Twitter @Horn_Please or for new locations, menus and news visit hop.st
Seller profile by Maunika Gowardhan for LSF