There are quite a few Indian restaurants around Angel in Islington, most of which I came across during my years at college. There is one restaurant however I didn’t see as it opened many years after I had left. Delhi Grill opened in 2016 located within the main road housing the Chapel market. Marketed as an Indian canteen or ‘Dhaba’, this restaurant specialises in spicy street food and caters for vegetarian food. Bring on the street food!
Food - 7/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 7/10
Value for money - 8/10
Housed within Chapel Market in Islington, this a great place to visit for cheap Indian street food.
Price Range: ££
Telephone: 020 7278 8100
Address: 21 Chapel Market, The Angel, London N1 9EZ
Nearest Station: Angel Tube Station
As the restaurant proclaims to be a ‘Dhaba’, they are true to their word as you will notice once you are seated at your table. Film posters and Indian newspaper cuttings stuck across the walls, chipped wooden cupboards and a basic blue wall paint all add to the authenticity of making it feel like a true canteen as if it were in the streets of Delhi.
Starters and Drinks
Adding to the authenticity, we ordered ourselves Thums Up, which can be put as India’s spin on Coca Cola. All brands of Coca Cola generally taste the same…but not this one. One sip of this and you can straight away tell the difference.
For starters, my friends and I went for something different from the usual samosas and chaats. We ordered the Delhi Grill starter which consisted of chicken tikkas, lamb chops and sheek kebabs, all sizzling on a plate. The chicken tikka had a strong vibrant orange colour with charcoaled areas, meaning the chefs must have been marinated them for a very long time! The sheek kebabs were fully cooked to perfection, however the lamp chops were a let down as there was hardly any lamb on the chop, just bone. The combo is a very great deal for two and I would recommend trying the chicken tikka and sheek kebab.
Out of all the mains we could have ordered, we all went ahead and got the same thing! The Spicy Butter Chicken is a traditional Indian street food main and particularly my favourite. Comparing this with other street food restaurants, this was certainly in the higher ranking. The chicken was boneless and very tasteful. Ordered alongside rice and naan bread, this is a recommended dish.
Where is the Desserts??? Delhi Grill doesn’t cater for desserts; however it would be a great shout to help cool down that spiciness after a long street food session.
The food at Delhi Grill was great alongside the bustling atmosphere within the restaurant. Seats do become taken very quickly as the night goes on so do book in advance if attending with a group. Housed within Chapel Market, this is a great place to visit if looking for Indian street food. Do take precaution on spiciness as most food contain spice.