Delhi Grill

Address: 21 Chapel Market, London, N1 9EZ, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 7278 8100

- Budget

4

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
4
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Service
3.8
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Food and drink
4
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Ambience
3.8
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Location
3.5
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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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Foodies
  • Seasoned travellers
  • No fuss

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