21 Chapel Market, London, N1 9EZ
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, No fuss
Expert review of Delhi Grill
Islington’s Chapel Market is home to a range of serviceable-but-ordinary fast food joints, so this opening is proving quite a treat. It’s based on Indian dhabas (informal street food canteens) and has a menu far shorter than the typical British curry house because the emphasis is on cooking what’s available to a very high standard.
They’re proud of their family recipes, which involve overnight marinating of meats and slow cooking. The main menu features classic grills, rogan gosht, chicken makhani, dhals and samosas. I loved the stir-fried okra and fiery sheekh kebabs, and the vivid beetroot chutney is understandably popular, but be sure to check the specials board before ordering – you may find a treat like goat curry or the excellent rajmah (kidney bean curry). At lunchtimes the focus is on the market stall at front, which serves tandoori wraps.
More comfortable than similar places I’ve visited in India, but a cheap-and-cheerful vibe nevertheless with simple wood furniture and old Indian newspapers used as wallpaper. Fellow diners tend to be intelligent, style-conscious locals.
Very welcoming and sweet, though we wished we didn’t have to wait so long for dishes and drinks to arrive.
A short walk from Upper Street.
Fish dishes command a premium but otherwise the main courses are all under £8, starters under £3, and the Delhi grill for two is just £7.50. You could easily spend less than £20 a head even with drinks and service.
More information on Delhi Grill:
- Price guide:
- Restaurant, Takeaway
- 21 Chapel Market, London, N1 9EZ
- 020 7278 8100
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Tue-Sun noon-2.45pm, 6-10.30pm. Closed Mondays.
- Accepts Credit Cards: