Stoke Newington is not especially known as a culinary hot spot, but perhaps it's most well-known option is Rasa, the Keralan restaurant whose two original branches on Church Street - one serving meat and fish, the other wholly vegetarian - are mostly responsible for introducing South Indian cuisine to the capital's curry-loving palettes. Perhaps it's because locals have already been primed for non-generic curry that Gujarati Rasoi has opened its new restaurant here serving food from the western Indian state of Gujarat.
Fresh from their street food success at Exmouth, Broadway and Borough Markets, the mother-and-son team of Lalita Patel and Urvesh Parvais have carved themselves a tiny restaurant on Bradbury Street (home to other interesting arrivals like White Rabbit) to serve authentic vegetarian Gujarati cuisine like dhals, savoury lentil cake, baby gourd tindoras and spirals of taro leaves stuffed with spicy chickpea flour batter. They're still finding their feet, but for fans of the subcontinent this will be a welcome addition.
Gujarati Rasoi: 10c Bradbury St., N16 8JN; 020 8616 7914; firstname.lastname@example.org