Delhi Grill: my new favourite place
Delhi Grill is a new Indian street food restaurant in Chapel Market inspired by Dhabas. According to the menu, Dhabas are informal eating places – no frills or ‘airs and graces,’ and customers go for the food, not the décor. This works quite well for me as I love street food and many of my favourite places to eat in London come in the form of street carts or market stalls and don’t even have a décor.
Seeing as traditional Dhabas in India have their own specialities, when we ordered we asked the server to bring us enough food for three people and choose his favourites (as long as his favourites included the slow cooked chick peas). With only a few beers or bottles of wine to choose from, we went with a very reasonable £14 bottle of Pinot Noir.
Although we loved everything from the beautiful and fresh chutneys to the traditional Tarka Dahl, I’d say the stand out dishes were the Keema Aloo (incredibly flavourful minced lamb) and the Channa or ‘chickpeas slow cooked in a coriander, garlic and tomato masala.’ To get your meat fix I recommend the Delhi Grill which is 4 chicken tikkas, 2 sheekh kebabs and 2 lamb chops all hot off the grill, and definitely big enough for three people to share at only £6.50. One thing on the menu that certainly cannot be forgotten is the fresh – so fresh you watch it being made from your table – handmade roti, which is served warm and of course is ideal for soaking up all the sauces left on your plate.
Don’t leave without ordering the pistachio kulfi, a traditional Indian ice cream that is a bit denser and creamier (and therefore tastier) than regular ice cream and topped with crumbled pistachios and chili flakes for a fabulous explosion of flavours.
The food – and the décor for that matter – was delicious and I highly recommend Delhi Grill to anyone looking for a casual Indian restaurant with character and charm. All of the dishes were fresh and although not incredibly light, they were not covered in oil like many of the Indian meals I have had before. All of the items on the menu are meant for sharing and priced between £1.95 and £6.95 so you can keep ordering until you’ve had your fill – perfect for a group of friends looking for an inexpensive night out. And did I mention they deliver?