Delhi Grill

Price guide: Budget

21 Chapel Market, London, N1 9EZ

Price guide: Budget

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By Jenni Muir, your London expert

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#61 of 115
expert-rated restaurants in London
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
3.8
3.8
Service:
3.8
3.8
Location:
3.5
3.5
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Foodies, Seasoned travellers, No fuss

Expert review of Delhi Grill

A cool canteen setting a new standard for authentic Punjabi food in London.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Ambience: 

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.

Service: 

Very welcoming and sweet, though we wished we didn’t have to wait so long for dishes and drinks to arrive.

Location: 

A short walk from Upper Street.

Price advice: 

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:
Budget
Type:
Restaurant, Takeaway
Food:
Indian
Address:
21 Chapel Market, London, N1 9EZ
Telephone:
020 7278 8100
Website:
http://www.delhigrill.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tue-Sun noon-2.45pm, 6-10.30pm. Closed Mondays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Delhi Grill? Would you recommended it?