Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Very good general advice, even though its applicability is debatable when it comes to London restaurants.
It is, however, very much true in the case of Roti King.
Hidden behind a Gentlemen’s Night Club on a small side street near Euston station, in a cramped, shabby basement you can only access by a small, metal staircase, it’s fair to say it’s not the most dreamy of settings.
And yet, there are queues at the door, day in and day out, for both lunch and dinner.
And you know what? Roti King is very much worth the queues.
The food they serve might be simple, but it’s stellar in its simplicity.
Especially if you forget about anything listed as a main course and focus all your attention (and appetite) on the staples of Malaysian street food: roti & dhal (sambar).
The eponymous roti are as good as they could be. Feather-light, soft, thin, buttery and super flaky, they’re any carb-lover dream come true.
Roti King serves a few versions of those, from the traditional Roti Canai (plain roti served with a side of excellent, lightly spiced sambar), to egg, cheese or spinach stuffed versions.
Get the cheese-stuffed one and a side of sambar, and you’re all set for the best (and cheapest) lunch in a 5-miles radius.
Aaaah, it’s good indeed to be king!