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Delhi Grill in Islington [London]

ManInTransit Jan 9, 2011 10:35 AM

This got mentioned (by me) on another thread but someone pointed out it perhaps deserves one of its own.
Obviously Lahore Kebab House and Tayyabs get a lot of the plaudits for good curry in London and I'm a huge fan of both.
The Delhi Grill is Indian (the others two are Pakistani) but they actually have quite similar menus with seekh kebabs, lamb chops, chicken tikka and tandoori and samosas to start and classic Chicken Karahi, Rogan Gosht, Chana and Dhal as mains. They also offer a fish pakora which was excellent and is usually up as a special.

As a huge fan of that sort of food I've been totally blown away by the Delhi Grill - the food really is top class and bears comparison with the two famous east end restaurants. As I know a lot of chowhounders are staying in hotels in the west end, Angel tube is quite a lot more convenient than Whitechapel to get to and from.

They also sell sandwiches outside during the day and the Evening Standard put those in the top 10 in London last week.

Until recently you didn't have to book but we went back on Saturday and they were turning people away so it's probably advisable to do so at the weekends now.

Menu: http://www.delhigrill.com/images/menu...

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    t_g RE: ManInTransit Jan 10, 2011 01:05 AM

    ive been wanting to make it here! i saw a post on bellaphon's blog + it looks great, also i live in hackney so this isnt v far away

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      JFores RE: ManInTransit Jan 10, 2011 06:22 AM

      Nice find! What sort of sandwiches do they sell?

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        chief1284 RE: ManInTransit Jan 12, 2011 01:38 PM

        In related news, I went to the cinema in the mall in Wood Green last night and they've only gone and opened another Lahore Kebab House in it. Will visit soon to see if it lives up to its older brother, but nice to have the option. And this Delhi Grill, sounds brilliant.

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          t_g RE: chief1284 Jan 12, 2011 02:48 PM

          is it related to the one on umberston st...? seems like lahore kebab house is kind of a common name

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            chief1284 RE: t_g Jan 13, 2011 08:01 AM

            Yes, yes. Fear not. They also have a Streatham branch. They list them all on the entrance in Wood Green. Either that or they trying to pull off one of the biggest passing offs ever.

            It looked nice too.

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              greedygirl RE: chief1284 Jan 14, 2011 12:27 AM

              Really? Why did I now know this? Maybe it's new.

              *goes off to investigate*

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                Samuelinthekitchen RE: chief1284 Jan 14, 2011 03:18 AM

                Streatham branch you say? It's actually kind of depressing how happy that news makes me...Love South London, but it is hardly awash with A grade South Asian options.

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                  greedygirl RE: Samuelinthekitchen Jan 14, 2011 06:23 AM

                  I love Khan's in Brixton for my loc al curry house fix.

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                    Samuelinthekitchen RE: greedygirl Jan 14, 2011 04:58 PM

                    what do you rate on the menu?

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                      greedygirl RE: Samuelinthekitchen Jan 15, 2011 12:41 AM

                      Chana puri, pumpkin masala, mirchi lamb, vegetable dhansak are my favourites.

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                        howler RE: greedygirl Jan 15, 2011 04:22 AM

                        greedygal - i doubt very much that khans gives you the real dhansak, tasty as their version may be. and as you are an excellent cook, i'm going to post a recipe for you in the home cooking board. its a bit daunting, but oh so well worth it.

          2. howler RE: ManInTransit Jan 14, 2011 12:54 PM

            just had lunch at delhi grill today.

            based on todays random sample, i'd rate it between good and great.

            two of us had: chicken tikkas, seekh kebabs, mutter paneer, bhindi, dal, rogan josh, rotis.

            bland seek kebabs, the only real downer. meltingly tender chicken tikkas, cooked in the tandoor as in india (why do the pakistanis grill them over charcoal and dry them out?). but the tikkas were missing a shade or two of spicing, i couldn't put my finger on it.

            mutter paneer - standout dish - cows milk paneer according to the waiter, but i would have sworn this was proper buffalo milk paneer. anyway, tasted like home.

            excellent pili dal - no fuss, but just as it should be. classically rendered.

            bhindi - fresh, vibrant and properly punjabi. a little heavy handed with the oil, but then thats a common complaint of punjabi cooking.

            rogan josh - outstanding version of the sauce, but the lamb lets it down. if this were goat, i would have run around the block screaming with happiness.

            nice rotis, home made in feel. amost maharastrian chappatis, but not complex enough. nonetheless, a welcome change from naan etc.

            summary: tayyabs still remains the king of seekh kebabs. but if you want to understand the indian genius with vegetables, delhi grill will take you a good portion of the way there.

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              gembellina RE: howler Feb 5, 2011 03:24 PM

              Just had a pretty awesome dinner here, based on loosely Howler's recs: lamb chops - tender and spicy; tandoori paneer - nothing like paneer i've had before, almost like mozzarella. rogan josh - amazing, nothing like the usual curry house version, very rich but possibly a little too heavy on the cloves? Chicken karahi - reasonably moist chicken breast pieces (and off the bone, friend's choice), loads of black peppercorns in the sauce. Bhindi was actually spectacular. Rice, roti, beer, less than £20 a head. Fab.

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                howler RE: gembellina Feb 5, 2011 05:02 PM

                "Bhindi was actually spectacular"

                yes, yes that's the point! it is easy to cook the meat dishes, but the veg dishes take actual skill!

                glad you had a good meal.

            2. CTownFeedR RE: ManInTransit Feb 7, 2011 04:49 AM

              My recent trip was maddingly inconsistent.

              Lamb chops were poorly seasoned, I mean my non-adventurous, doesn't like spicy food Mom would have found them bland. No char either.

              Bhindi was excellent. Best of what we ordered. Tarka dhal was good too.

              Wings, sheekhs, tandoori paneer were all so-so. Nothing that great.

              Rogan gosht was very good.

              I like the vibe and location, but couldn't go back based on the above. Was it an off night?


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              1. re: CTownFeedR
                ManInTransit RE: CTownFeedR Feb 7, 2011 05:37 AM

                Sounds like it unless it was a failure of expectations management.

                I've only ever had superb food there.

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                  CTownFeedR RE: ManInTransit Feb 9, 2011 12:46 AM

                  I expected to have flavorful, punchy food which I consistently get at their competitors. If they couldn't deliver on that then its not a failure of my expectations but a failure of their execution.

                  1. re: CTownFeedR
                    ManInTransit RE: CTownFeedR Feb 9, 2011 01:55 AM

                    I suppose my experiences were based mainly on the rogan gosht, fish pakora, chicken karahi, bhindi and the tarka dhal - all of which you liked or didn't try.
                    I'd have to disagree on the lamb chops which were as good as Tayyabs in my view.

                    I would like to say give it another go but personally I tend not to bother once I've had a mediocre experience somewhere as there are too many other places to try.

                    Otherwise perhaps it was an off night or they simply don't do the options you chose very well.

                    I didn't mean to sound flippant about expectations but I was blown away by Tayyabs when I first went as I had no idea what to expect compared to Lahore when I was well aware of what was coming. It took a lot of visits for me to realise I preferred the latter.

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                souhaite RE: ManInTransit Feb 7, 2011 09:13 AM

                The website still says delivery in one mile and provides a delivery menu. But when I called last night looking for some good Indian delivery, they told me they stopped delivering as of the first of the year. So disappointing!

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                  ManInTransit RE: souhaite Feb 7, 2011 10:26 AM

                  They stopped delivering quite a while before that in fact. Think they just got too busy. You can still go and pick up though.

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                    NorthernFood RE: ManInTransit Feb 24, 2011 02:04 PM

                    Was here last night, thought it was very good overall but agree with those saying it's inconsistent. A clear split for me between the grills and the curries.

                    Lamb chops, seekh kebabs and chicken tikka all seemed a bit bland, and were also lacking in any char or smoky flavour. If this is the difference between cooking them on the grill or in the tandoor, I think I prefer the former. The chicken was very tender though.

                    Curries were the highlight. Chicken karahi, goat curry and the bhindi were all excellent. Rich, deeply flavoured sauces particularly the goat. Decent meat to bone ratio too. Breads were also good, particularly a very light, crisp nan. I thought the roti was a bit too light though, needed a bit of chew or char to it.

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                      howler RE: NorthernFood Feb 24, 2011 04:23 PM

                      there's goat curry?! in that case i'm there yesterday.

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                        deansa RE: howler Feb 24, 2011 09:35 PM

                        It's on the specials board, though it was also available when I went a couple of weeks ago. So maybe a semi-permanent special!

                        (I had the chicken karahi when I went. Quite a decent rendition.)

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                          NorthernFood RE: deansa Feb 24, 2011 11:00 PM

                          On the website the specials are listed under the heading 'February' so assume they will change monthly. You should be good for it 'til Monday then....

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                            ManInTransit RE: NorthernFood Feb 25, 2011 05:21 AM

                            The goat curry has been going down an absolute storm so I suspect it will stay longer than February. Hope so anyway.

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