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London’s Favourite Malaysian Restaurant Is Actively Seeking Site Number Two

Cult restaurant Roti King has its eye on a site in Bloomsbury, but faces competition from another major London restaurateur

Roti King
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The owners of Roti King, the cult subterranean Malaysian restaurant on Doric Way, close to Euston Station, are actively seeking a second site, Eater understands. The restaurant, which is famous for its freshly-made roti canai, lentil curry and spicy noodle assemblies, is an absolute darling of the London restaurant industry, and beyond. It is widely acknowledged as one of London’s greatest cheap eats.

It is understood that the site Roti King — which is owned by Kalpana Sugendran Sugendran — hopes to secure is the one recently vacated by Byron, the burger restaurant group facing multiple closures, on Store Street in Bloomsbury.

The site that Roti King hopes to acquire
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Marina O’Loughlin, writing about Roti King for the Guardian in 2014, is generally acknowledged as the person who “discovered” it. It was at least following her recommendation that the restaurant-going community followed like lemmings. The restaurant, which last year underwent a refurbishment, still carries O’Loughlin’s review, in full, on the back of its printed, laminated menus.

Eater understands that while Roti King is being considered by the owners of the Bloomsbury site, it faces competition from Stevie Parle’s restaurant company — one whose growing portfolio currently includes Pastaio, Rotorino, Palatino, Craft London and Sardine. The chef-restaurateur was forced to close his original restaurant, Dock Kitchen, in Notting Hill, at the end of last year.

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Rotorino

434 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AA Visit Website

Roti King

40 Doric Way, , England NW1 1LH 020 7387 2518 Visit Website

Sardine

15 Micawber Street, , England N1 7TB 020 7490 0144 Visit Website

Craft London

Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0SQ Visit Website

Palatino

71 Central Street, , England EC1V 8AB 020 3481 5300 Visit Website

Dock Kitchen

342-344 Ladbroke Grove, , England W10 5BU 020 8962 1610 Visit Website

Pastaio

19 Ganton Street, , England W1F 9BN 020 3019 8680 Visit Website

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