thanks for all the tips, positive and negative, so far. I am looking for a sit down restaurant and somewhere to spend an evening with friends, much as I too appreciate a good takeaway. Good food, distinctively different flavours between dishes, not too oily or salty, reasonable beer and wine choices, a bit of atmosphere but no live music/Elvis acts. Picky aren’t I.
So on my audition list so far are:-
Elachi - easy walking distance from the All Inn One, and I have also had quite a few good visits here over the years, sometimes it’s been pretty quiet, though that makes it good for conversation.
Babur - is a shoe in for innovation and best quality but is also premium priced, so one for any special occasion. Their birthday offers take a bit of the edge off the price. Have enjoyed their Sunday buffets too.
Gurkha (the one in Sydenham High Street ) - easy walk from the Dolphin, have not been there for a few years - sounds worth a revisit
India Gate - central SE23 location, have been a few times over past couple of years- very friendly, good value , nearly made it to most favoured status, but the lost and lamented Lemon Tree had the edge while it lasted.
any other favourites? Catford? Lewisham? Lordship Lane?