When “Baba” Thaker emigrated from India in the 50's, he took his knowledge and passion for Pure Vegetarian Indian cuisine with him. Here he met “Baa” Thaker and together raised a family of characters and mis-fits! The comedian son, the academic, the hardworking rebel, the sweet loving sister, and hoards of uncles, aunties, nephews nieces and cousins...big families are the Indian way.
In the late 60's due to the expulsion of Indians from Uganda, the Thaker tribe were forced to leave and were let loose on the Streets of London.
Along this journey the family took their own paths, encountered their own problems and lived their own lives... but no matter what happened, when Baa would sound dinner, they would all come running!
She picked up the best from the Indian and East African culture to create a truly unique taste explosion. They didn't have much, but she would create incredibly tasty dishes, out of the simplest of ingredients...
These concoctions and flavours were passed down through the generations, and signature dishes very quickly became renowned with the locals. Herbs and spices being ground in a pestle and mortar, or pots and pans bubbling away on a fire stove, would release an unmistakable aroma, the Thakers were cooking again!
Neighbours would come up with the most creative reasons to knock on the door, knowing that the Thakers rarely ever cooked to feed a few. Our dishes are created with sharing in mind. Food is our passion and we want to share it with the world. Scores of people would gather around, sitting on the floor, eating together, picking from each other’s plates, conversing and laughing late into the evening.
Taking inspiration from that journey, Imitating no one with a select menu of our best dishes, our foods and tastes are far from authentic to any particular region or cuisine, but rather a fusion of feelings, unique ingredients and flavours. Its Indo-Afro-Vegi-Soul food... I guess the best way to describe it is, it's Thakers!
Hearty, home cooked, Soul Food, perfect for on the go, and even better to share in a nostalgic social setting.
Our recipes have been handed down from generation to generation. Our secret blend of ancient herbs and spices, coupled with our old school methods of preperation create an unmistakeable flavour, reminicent of times past, and truly unique to Thakers.
Our flavours take inspiration from a culinary journey that spanned decades, and which continues today. A fusion of flavour from three different continents.
We've made vegetables exciting again! we source nutritious exotic vegetables from the land of the sun. Ever tried a baby watermelon? how about a green kidney bean?