I generally stay at the Premier Inn (although sometimes save a few quid at the Travelodge just down the road if they have a deal on). Pappadums is just at the back.
Next door to the Indian, when I last stayed about 18 months ago, is a really good Turkish called Galata Pera. They do an absolute killer starter of lamb’s liver. Next door to the Premier is the old fire station whioch has gone through a number of different guises in the time I’ve been staying there. Last time, there was a Cuban bar on the ground floor and a very decent Persian on the first floor. And, a few minutes walk down the road into the centre, there’s a lovely Italian place - La Rosetta. Proper old fashioned Italian place - with blokes actually speaking Italian.
I’m a bit embarrassed to mention the Thames Restaurant (almost at the end of the shopping area). But it is, by far, the best all-you-can-shovel down asian buffet I’ve eaten in.