Simply Indian is certainly the best Indian take away in Central London, let alone SE1. I know of friends of a friend who travel from West London to eat here, as Simply Indian don't deliver all the way out there!
Bengal Clipper do the tenner special every night but not only do you have to ask specially for the set price menu but the other night they brought and charged us for chutney we didn't order (it was quite nice though ;-) and double charged us for the set menu as well as the individual dishes from that menu! This made the bill more than twice as much as expected and when we pointed it out, there was a long delay before correcting it and no apology whatsoever!
On top of that, service was VERY slow and quite indifferent from MOST of the people involved..... It was late on Friday night but they weren't very busy and had lots of servers hanging about but we always look like tourists (and have that kind of accent) so we sometimes find we don't get treated like locals likely to reoffend...
In this case, we won't be going back even though the food was very good...
Having started this thread about WORST takeaways, I just wanted to say that the Thames Takeaway (jamiaca road, directly opposite shad thames junction) Is the best value take away in SE1 (my humble opinion of course)
It does a mixture of chinese and vietnamese food, it is a bit anglicised but lovely nonetheless.
For 2 years living here I was put off by the appearance of the shop, and indeed it most definately isn`t the Ritz,but one night when the Hing Lee was closed and I was desperate for a takeaway fix I took my chances and have never been to the Hing Lee since.
Last night we had two main courses and 2 side orders from Thames Takeaway and it was £8.
The squid we had was sooo fresh it was practically still swimming.
The staff are friendly and the service very fast (no delivery)
It is approx half the price of the Hing Lee so is definately worth a try folks!
Well, tried Simply Indian last night. They didn't have chicken Jalfrezi or Cardamom ice cream, but we had three main courses, rice and a stuffed baby aubergine and keema nan, plus large coffee spice Hill Station ice cream. The price was £33, so not dirt cheap, but apart from the aubergine which was a little disappointing and very oily, the rest arrived quite promptly and the food was found to be excellent and not at all mean in the portions. Will definitely order from them again.
they aren't based in SE1 but do deliver here. You can order on line without even having to speak to anyone, and the meal turns up!! (hot too which is a problem I have with some others I have ordered)
I tried them last night, ordering a special set meal and starter, the food was excellent. Lovely mixed tandori grill in which the meat was nicely cooked and delicious, not expecting the main to live up to the starter, I was very nicely surprised - a chicken balti that came with a good sauce and also a dal sauce, couple of free papadums too. The papadum onions and yogurt were the only disappointment, but as they were free I wasn't going to complain.
I was there on Saturday night, and as per usual, the food was brilliant and the service was great.
As with all restaurant experiences, it depends on the people and what they are expecting - I want authentic Indian food and decent service, and have always found Simply Indian to provide that in great measures!