Five Lads Peri Peri, Leyton, London

Whilst returning from an exhausting day shopping at Westfield Stratford City, 5 members of Team HaloodieFoodie decided to stop off at Leyton’s uniquely named Five Lads Peri Peri!!


We arrived at around 7.30pm and the restaurant was brimming with diners and a queue of expectant people formed quite rapidly. The décor is modern and fresh, perfect for casual dining. Due to the sheer volume of people, the tables were quite tightly packed in places, and our team was squashed in between a group of teenagers! After a wait for around 20 minutes, we were seated. We had pre ordered our food whilst queuing and it soon arrived.


Starters included an order of 12 Chicken wings, which were covered in a hot, tangy and spicy peri peri sauce. The chicken, whilst moist and succulent, was overpowered by the amount of sauce, especially considering the size of the chicken pieces. Perhaps less would have been more, and allowed true appreciation of both the chicken and the marinade.

Gourmet Beef Burger £3.79

Mains ordered included the ‘gourmet’ beef burger – this was accompanied by a soft brioche bun, and the classic salads, lettuce,  red onion and a thick tomato slice, topped off with mayonnaise. The beef was of good quality, meaty and well seasoned.


However, the size of the patty was a little too small and was overcooked, resulting in a dry burger, which could have benefited from the additions of further condiments such as aioli or blue cheese sauce. However, I am acutely aware that this is a Peri Peri chicken joint and this is probably not Five Lads speciality, so for a £3.79 burger, this was a very decent attempt.

Chicken Breast Burger £3.49

It’s not often that I enjoy a chicken breast burger more than the beef. It was certainly the case in Five Lads. This burger was also served in a brioche bun and came with freshly cut tomato and lettuce. Additionally, the chicken breast burger came with a hot and spicy peri peri sauce. Much like Nandos, you can select the heat level to your liking.The chicken breast was cooked well, retaining some moisture, resulting in a luscious piece of meat, which is quite an effort considering the size of the chicken breast in the burger. The addition of Peri Peri sauce ensured that this formidable chicken piece was not bland and every morsel was packed with intense flavour.

Whole Peri Peri Chicken. £9.99 As part of a platter inc 2 sides and a Drink

To go to Five Lads and not order a whole peri peri chicken would be in our eyes, a travesty, for this was the star of the show. The Peri Peri chicken was served piping hot, it was tender to the bone. The fiery sauce was zingy, but unlike the wings it was not overpowering. The chicken was not overly charred and was still juicy inside. At less than £10 for a Whole Chicken platter with two sides and drink, it is definitely tremendous value for money and worth a visit for this alone.

Five Lads Peri Peri, 308 High Road Leyton, London E10 5PW

Halal Status: HMC approved


Prashad Indian Vegetarian Cuisine, Drighlington, Suburbian Bradford

My great aunt in Bradford is an amazing individual, and I always look forward to visiting her. Fortunately for us she also happened to live close to Prashad restaurant; and no visit to the West Yorkshire town was complete without consuming a feast of Gujarati snacks such as Khaman Dhokla and Chevdo.

IMG-20150405-WA0015 (1)Prashad rose to notoriety in 2010 by coming second in Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant. This is the first time I’ve visited the restaurant after it was relocated. As you’ll expect, the premises are now much, much bigger and the level of décor has also improved markedly.

Before leaving for Prashad I was quite apprehensive. I vividly remembered that my last visit to a pure vegetarian eatery resulted in a quick visit to a famous burger joint on the way home!! Also, if you follow my instagram stream you’ll notice that although I’m Gujarati by birth I consume loads of meat. I blame it on my maternal genes. Thanks Mum!!

Complimentary Amuse-bouche

Our group were seated upstairs after a short wait in reception. Before we ordered we were given a complimentary amuse-bouche; a piping hot potato and coriander cutlet served with a sweet and spicy tamarind sauce. The amuse-bouche was well seasoned with a perfect balance of sweet and spicy. It set the tone for a good evening.

We ordered the tasting platter which had a selection of 7 starters; Prashad’s award-winning Kopra pethis, a paneer and pea samosa, Hara bara kebab (spinach kebab), Khanda bhajia, Khuli kachori, Potato vada and a Stuffed pepper bhajia. The starters were served on a bed on pickled red cabbage and accompanied by a cooling coriander chutney.


With vegetarian food there is no hiding behind a big piece of steak or a well marinated chicken breast. The tasting platter was made fresh to order and you could perceive the quality of the fresh ingredients. The undoubted star of the tasting platter was the award-winning Kopra Pethis; a ‘spice infused fresh coconut pâté within a potato casing’; which was an absolute delight. It’s flavours took me back to the street traders in Navsari, Gujarat.

We also ordered the Special chaat and the Dahi Puri. Both are pure Bombay street food dishes with a balance of textures and flavours. Sweet and spicy crispy puris and soft potato, drizzled with fiery chilli, a cool, subtly sweet yoghurt and a tart tamarind chutney. The dahi puri and special chat are very similar in taste and texture, with the main difference being the Dahi Puri has mini crispy puris which are easily shared.

Dahi Puri
Dahi Puri
Dahi Puri
Special chaat

For the mains we ordered Masala Dosa, which is a lentil & rice flour crepe with a spiced potato and onion curry served with daal and coconut chutney. This dish looked very similar to the Dosa found in East Ham’s South Indian eateries, but thankfully the comparisons stopped there. The dosa was light and crisp, the potato filling was smooth, silky and delicately spiced, and the daal was flavoursome, with a chilli kick. Finally the coconut chutney was creamy and indulgent, most unlike the ‘knock your socks off’ chutney found in East Ham.

Masala Dosa
Masala Dosa

Our final dish was the South Indian themed Idly. The dish had a steamed rice cake which also comes with daal and coconut chutney. The idly were soft and luxurious, perfectly complimented by the daal and coconut chutney.

Normal and Mango lassi
Normal and Mango lassi

No visit to an Indian restaurant is complete without a jug of mango lassi. Like the meal, it was perfectly balanced; not too thin or sweet. The yoghurt lassi we ordered was not sweet enough for our tastes; the waiter kindly had another sweeter lassi made free of charge!!

In conclusion, I was pleasantly surprised by my latest vegetarian dining experience. We were so full we had to decline the desserts on offer…….Though I’ll admit I had to have a meat filled BBQ the following day to ensure my maternal genes were satisfied……