Delhi Grill – Angel, London, UK

Dehli Grill is cozy, modern restaurant which is hidden away on Chapel Market. It is a lovely little spot which is perfect for a filling, satisfying and inexpensive Indian meal where there is no need for lining up down the road to get a table or reserving a table at least a month prior.

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The salad and sauces that came in the beginning of the meal
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The Pani Poori (one of my favourite Indian dishes)
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The mixed grill
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A paneer curry

The restaurant has a family run vibe where people are upbeat and seem passionate about their food.

We ordered some pani poori and poppadoms to start and for our mains we had a mixed grill, a curry and a rice to share. Between two people this was definitely a good amount.

The food was great, atmosphere was great, service was great and the price was great too. I cannot fault it.

http://www.delhigrill.com/

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Jai Krishna – A Southern Indian Vegetarian in Finsbury Park, London

Emma and I have lived in Finsbury Park for over a year now and since moving in, we have kept saying that we needed to try Jai Krishna, the Southern Indian Vegetarian BYOB Restaurant. I am not the biggest fan of meat curries but I absolutely love vegetarian curries – plus the fact that it is BYOB (and let’s be honest now, who doesn’t love a Bring Your Own Booze establishment?) – just made it sound glorious.

Finally, one year later, on a Friday night we decided to try it.

Across the street is an off-licence that sells all sorts of craft beers, normal beers, ciders and wines from all over the world. So we got a couple of interesting beers and crossed the street into this authentic Southern Indian gem.

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It is a small restaurant with a very chilled out vibe. As we sat and looked through the menu at all the vegetarian delights, I no longer felt like I was in the middle of London but instead felt like I was back in Asia at a local family run restaurant.

We started with the Masala Dosa £4.95 which is a thin, fried pancake filled with spiced potatoes and onions and it came with a coconut sauce and a chutney on the side. It was very flavourful but very filling.
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We ordered a Spinach Dal £3.55, a Chilli Paneer £5.25 which tasted a bit like a sweet and sour mixture with paneer (not really my thing), a Malai Kofta £4.95 which was a curry with kofta made out of paneer (had quite a potato-like texture to it), a Pilau Rice £2.25, and a Garlic Paratha £2.25.

There were lots of burst of great Indian spices and flavours that were absolutely gorgeous. The spinach dal was without a doubt my favourite thing. I could have just had that with some plain rice – but obviously (as when trying any new restaurant find) we had to order a few dishes to try them all out first.

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With everything that we ordered and our bellies full to the brim – it only cost us £14 each. I definitely recommend for an authentic South Indian food experience.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d719381-Reviews-Jai_Krishna_Indian_Vegetarian-London_England.html

Tayyabs

Tayyabs is a hidden gem just a short walk from Whitechapel station. It is a Punjabi restaurant and is famous for its grills, which you can smell blocks away. You could probably follow the smell to find the restaurant. Delicious.

It is very busy all the time so I would definitely recommend booking before. If you don’t book (and I speak from experience) then you can wait in a long line, which curves all around the restaurant, for up to an hour. There is even a man with a neon yellow jacket with the words “Crowd Control” written on his back. No joke.

Hannah just got back from a 6 week business trip and so Glenn, Nathan and I decided to arrange a get-together for some Tayyabs on her first night back. There were 9 of us altogether, so luckily we booked.

It is BYOB (bring your own booze) so as soon as we got to the table we cracked open our beers and wines and they brought poppadoms for us to munch on while we looked through the menu.

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The grilled lamb is amazing and it is what the restaurant is famous for. It comes out sizzling on a hot plate with the gorgeous aroma filling the air. This photo does not even begin to do justice to the taste of all the spices and all the flavour.

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We also had some curries, which are all incredible. If you don’t know what you want, the waiters are great at helping you choose depending on what kinds of things you like. I love their dhal and any of their saag meat curries.

It is a good place to go in a couple or with a big group of friends. There is always a lively and vibrant atmosphere and always great food and very affordable (we paid £15 each, including a tip, and left with a food coma). The only downside is that your hair and clothes end up smelling like all the spices when you leave so its clothes in the washing machine and a good shower before bed.

It is my favourite curry house in London at the moment.

http://tayyabs.co.uk