The start to November has been particularly auspicious this year due to the lunar calendar dropping Diwali into the month. Diwali, also referred to across the sub-continent as the festival of lights, represents the victory of good over evil according to the Hindu beliefs, and also for Sikhs commemorates the Freedom of Guru Hargobind Sahib. So we hope that love and light comes to all and sundry!
At Delhi Grill, we've had a wonderful week - one of our busiest starts to the month and would like to thank all our customers on Friday evening for their patients and being prepared to bare the elements and wait patiently outside the restaurant for a table! Thanks and we appreciate all your support.
Some great specials again - Chicken Lauki being a personal favourite has delicious chicken slow cooked in a fresh masala along with the Lauki vegetable which is very similar in flavour to a courgette.
We have also launched our Christmas 2013 menu, with a unique range of items created especially for the festive period - please see the menu on this site under 'Christmas 2013 menu'. Please contact me at the restaurant to make a booking - we'll make sure we look after you and if you want any of your favourites from our regular menu then please let me know at the time of booking and I'll ensure we accommodate your request.
October is one of our favourite months at Delhi Grill as the beautiful autumnal colours start to come through and although the nights draw in earlier there's a cosiness about the restaurant. The vibrant posters and soft lighting inside Delhi Grill on Chapel Market reminds me always of a welcoming inn for weary travellers of days gone by. Somewhere to unwind and share a flavoursome meal with good company and friendly attendants. It also means that Christmas is on our doorstep and many of you might be considering a venue for a social or company gathering. Please consider Delhi Grill - our Christmas menu will be posted on the website in due course and will have a few surprises and unique items at the exceptional prices we've always tried to maintain.
As for specials this month we see the return of Haandi Goat Karahi - that dear old favourite providing delicious and heart-warming comfort eating. We love our vegetarian dishes and have included a mixed Vegetable Sabzi which is a lot more interesting than the name suggests - a lovely selection of fresh vegetables gently coated and cooked through in a tarka of cumin, turmeric, coriander and our preferred garam masala. Aloo Paratha and Garlic Chilli Naan make up a couple of wonderful alternative bread options.
As always we look forward to seeing you soon.
For the football fans among you the build up to the new season has surrounded the excitement about player transfers. Well here at Delhi Grill we're keeping the same team as last season with the exception of one departure - Ashraf has left the 'creative midfield' on the Tandoor for a new pitch - we wish him well and thank him for his loyal support over the years. He'll be missed. However, we have a new player of great skill by the name of Harry. A master tandoori chef we're over the moon to have as part of the team. We're sure you'll love his cooking skills.
Specials this month have gone 'all Punjabi'! Paneer Pakora is one of my favourite snacks - delicious Paneer strips fried in a light bhaji batter. Raajma is the ultimate traditional dish of red kidney beans - now, if you want to try something unique but heart-warming then this is a true window into Punjab. Of course, you'll need to like kidney beans but the sauce that brings vibrancy to the simple but nutritious beans is wonderful. Keema Mattar - minced lamb fried in a blend of cracked spices with the addition of peas is also a popular meat dish. We fry and drain off the lamb fat to keep this dish easier on the arteries and bring out the flavour of the spices! Enjoy!
Hope to see you soon
Well what a scorcher July has turned out to be. And believe it or not a spicy Indian meal is just the ticket during these Indian summer days! It's also the holiday season and I'd like to wish all our customers who are off on their summer break a great time and look forward to seeing you all on your return.
I'd also like to welcome little George into the world of the Royal family - who knows maybe one day he might drop in to Delhi Grill!
The Specials this month are a super vegetable biryani which is cooling and satisfying when eaten with some raita. The lamb kofta karahi is a more spicy lamb 'meatballs' in a light masala which works well with either a plain naan or plain rice.
Hope to see you soon!
Yes, we finally have some sunshine on Chapel Market as May arrives. The boys have decided it may now be safe to hang up the thermals and woollens! Thankfully, we've had busy evenings to keep us all warm looking after our tables of customers.
With summer coming along we aim to have our cooling and delicious lassis available on the stall. Equally, why not enjoy a light yet flavoursome thali in the restaurant at lunchtime and at a great price too!
As for the special in May, we've got haandi goat with potato which needs no introduction - wonderfully spiced and slow cooked. Alongside this we have crispy potato bhajjia and aloo mattar.
Please come and say hi and celebrate the summer with us!
All the best
Welcome to 2013 and let’s hope it’s a cracking one.
We finished 2012 on a real high with a very busy Christmas period. We were delighted by the support from our customers. Indian food seems to have taken a back seat recently against the new favourites of Mexican and Spanish but we have witnessed a resurging interest in Indian food done well. And we like to think we do our part well with a lot of care and attention to the honest traditional cooking through to how we serve our customers.
In December we also took part in Feast Festival Islington – based in the old Royal mail building on Studd street what a ball we all had. Four full on days at the festival was terrific. Some great music and a wonderful atmosphere. Loads of credit to the team that put the event together at wefeast. I think we must have broken the record for serving the most pakoras in the time allotted!
Into 2013 we aim to continue to bring more genuine home cooking to the restaurant. Perhaps challenging the norm with some dishes on our specials list.
In February we offer our best wishes to our Chinese friends on their New Year and the arrival of the Year of the Snake which is anticipated to be a positive year all round! We've also got Valentine's Day fast approaching and there's a complimentary glass of bubbles for all couples dining with us on 14th February!
For March we have brought back one of our personal favourite specials - Chicken Kofta Karahi. The koftas are lovely spicy mini globes of deliciousness. We've also got Gajjar Halwa dessert on the menu. With a bit of luck we'll see Spring arrive and some nice weather, which always brings the best out of Chapel Market, creating a terrific atmosphere on this characterful street! So come a grab some time here and try out these wonderful specials.
See you soon
Yes, we're already there - winter wonderland is on our doorstep and another year is coming to a close.
We've had a really exciting year in 2012 and really pleased with the support and appreciation from our customers. Eating out has transformed over the year as we've seen a huge development in street food, exciting new restaurant openings and a back to basics style of cooking. At Delhi Grill we've always been surprised at how Indian cuisine is sort being left behind in this 'revolution' and along with a handful of other Indian restauranteurs are trying to maintain that Indian food is still one of the most exciting dining experiences when it is done properly and with a whole load of love and care.
We'll be at Feast Festival in Islington on 6th, 7th and 8th of this month so please check out the website (www.wefeast.co.uk) and come along to what looks like a food extravaganza and lots of fun!
To see out the year we've brought back our all-time favourite Haandi Goat with Potato - a heart-warming winter dish. Hara Bara Tikki and Aloo Puri join us for the festive season!
Thanks to all our customers for visiting us this year and hope to keep seeing you all next year.
Well, come to Delhi Grill and we can assure you of a great treat! Our new lunch menu is up and running and we’re getting a wonderful response to what is a lovely warming lunch that is office ‘friendly’ and really hits the spot! If you work locally please come and try it out.
As Bonfire night s upon us it’s time for fireworks – so for a truly ‘explosive’ evening ask for our chilli and ginger chutney to add a little fire to your meal!
With winter upon us it’s worth noting that the three amigos – chilli, ginger and garlic – all contain anti-bacterial properties and make up the base of the majority of our slow-cooked dishes. We’ve also got the superfood Turmeric, identified in India as a wonderful ‘healer’.
Specials this month has Shahi Chicken Korma – new to our list of special dishes. It has coconut milk to give this Indian chicken dish a lovely Thai twist. Dingri Dolma (no not the name of a burlesque dancer!) is our bean dhal – wonderful whole butter beans stewed in a winter warming broth. Juts delicious and very comforting.
So do come and join us and celebrate a month of darker days and brisk nights.
All the best
As we go to press more great news for British sport as the Europeans win the Ryder cup in a last minute dash for the line! Congratulations and especially in honour of the master Seve.
Delhi Grill continues its drive (not on the Golf Course, sadly) but in-house to innovate and provide our customers with a unique experience in Indian dining. They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery and we’ve seen a number of examples cropping up recently. It goes to show that we’re breaking new ground! Accordingly, we launch our revised lunch menu which offers our superb grills alongside traditional thalis. These thalis are not the ubiquitous mish mash of Indian dishes but carefully thought out to complement one another and offer a genuinely palatable lunch-time meal. Flavoursome and yet light enough to enable productive work in the afternoon! All said and done the thali may even be considered a deconstructed burrito but with each of the items on the thali creating their own ‘voice’ in terms of taste. Please come and try one. And at £5 this is exceptional value!!
We hope to see you soon.
Well summer’s nearly over and what a summer it has been – Euro footie, Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics with the Paralympics just starting off. Phew! What will we all do when it’s over? Well you can always still come and hang out at Delhi Grill! We’ve had a wonderful summer and despite the weather enjoyed all the hustle and bustle that the aforementioned activities have brought to London.
The exam result week has also been key in the hearts and minds of so many and I can speak from personal experience as we waited with baited breath for my daughter’s results last week. The nervousness was short lived as she exceeded expectation and made us all proud!
From mid-September we aim to launch our new lunch menu. This will bring back the grills from the Tandoor by popular demand! Also we’ll have a wider range of delicious Thalis and salads to ensure a healthy lighter lunch offering. So come and join us for a genuine flavour-busting slow cooked experience!
We look forward to seeing you all soon
So the Olympics have kicked off with aplomb and we're relishing every minute of it. Some great performances and a remarkable achievements witnessed every day – we're backing TeamGB to pull in a mass of medals!! It's also wonderful to see people of all nations flocking to London and seeing this amazing city with its inherent multiculturalism – a big welcome from Delhi Grill.
We're going for our own new record by increasing the items on our regular menu to include some favourites that from our past specials that regular customers request on their visits. Now more choice and a challenge to our guests who in the past have ordered, 'one of everything on the menu please'!
Specials this month are a combination of Punjabi classics including the 'double roti pakora' which is not the name of a gymnastic routine but is a lovely snack to start of any good Indian meal!
Hope you all continue to enjoy the next few weeks of Olympics and see you soon at Delhi Grill
OK so the Euro 2012 didn't go so well. At the time of writing we were pinning our hopes on Mr Murray and looking forward to the start of a great Olympic campaign. We'll be welcoming visitors to London and hope that a few will venture over to a bit of 'old school' London on Chapel Market. Take in the sights and sounds of a lively market and tuck into a good old British favourite - Chicken Makhani at Delhi Grill!
Our Delhi Grill stall continues to please its loyal following and we remain patient that the hungry lunchtime crowd will cotton on to our great thali - a delicious, properly cooked balanced meal full of flavour but without the 'curry effect' so a return to work won't befriend any colleagues! And at a great price too! Done to our exacting standards, we're sure you will not be disappointed.
We have added the good old Indian 'street' favourites of Thums Up, Limca and Frooti to our range of drinks. A little bit more of the Indian Dhaba comes to London!
Please drop by and see us soon.
An exciting month of activity kicks of this weekend with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - we'll be closing on Tuesday lunchtime and waving our flags!!
Now that we open on Mondays if you revellers fancy a break from the Pimms and cucumber sandwiches, head over to Delhi Grill from a spicy and delicious Indian meal that is full of flavour but not swimming in oil! There will be a celebratory glass of bubbles for all who join us on Monday evening.
Hopefully we'll see some of you pre- or post match once Euro 2012 kicks off next week too!
The specials this month are Moong Dhal Pakora - made from lentils these are light but incredibly moreish! Shahi Paneer is a vegetarian's Chicken Makhani using paneer not chicken and very popular in the Punjab. Finally we bring to the table our much loved Lamb Biryani - we think this is one of the best you'll find anywhere in Britain - come and try it!
Hope you all have a wonderful June and the sunshine holds out!
All the best Ashik
Delhi Grill will be two years old on May 5th and we're delighted to have such a loyal and discerning customer base!
It was always our intention to bring real home Indian cooking from the Delhi region, inspired by the sense of an Indian Dhaba or street canteen. We cook our dishes to authentic recipes many of which are time consuming and require patience and skill to create. The wonderful reviews from critics and the tremendous support from our customers fills us with joy. It has been an enjoyable journey but also one that is challenging as we strive to get better and better at what we do. Though located somewhat off the beaten track and lacking the resources to get noticed through advertising and other marketing, thankfully word of mouth has brought those who appreciate real Indian cooking to our doorstep.
We aim to continue along this path and the Delhi Grill lunchtime stall is a step in this direction. Delicious wraps - already voted best 10 sandwich's in London by Evening Standard now adds freshly cooked pakora's to the offering.
Inside the Dhaba at lunchtime we have Thalis which are a light way to enjoy Indian food so that you get lots of flavour but still go back to work and not upset your colleagues! And it's easy on the pocket.
Always exceptional value but not skimping on good quality ingredients we hope to remain at your service and celebrate another great year this time next year!!
Join us on Saturday night for a free glass of something 'refreshing'!
Ashik Ali P.S. We will now be open Mondays as of 16th May 2012
So we've all been enjoying a wonderful start to Spring since the sun is out and had a good rummage for sunglasses!
At Delhi Grill we're particularly excited by the prospect of our new Street Stall coming into play. Take a trip up to Chapel Market to see this unique stall and sample some of the wraps and snacks we'll be offering. Great value and delicious and, as always, utterly real! We expect the stall to be on the street by Friday 20th April.
The evening Specials bring in some lovely light recipes full of flavour and perfect for these mild but sunny days. Haandi Chicken is a slow cooked dish with robust spices yet not too oily. The lamb samosas are a favourite of mine and great starter to kick of an evening of bold tastes. Aloo Mattar (potato and peas in a light tomato curry) provides a super vegetarian option.
Please come and try out our Thalis at lunchtime. A completely new concept but one which really draws on communal eating with a light but flavoursome way to eat at lunch. As a new launch we're seeing a steady build up of customers and thanks to all our customers for their support.
First and foremost we're delighted to announce the launch of our lunchtime Thalis. A plated meal in a wholly traditional format. We have a vegetarian and non-vegetarian option which comprises a rice or roti option coupled with either a meat main dish or a vegetarian one; there is a snack such as a delicious bhaji or papri chaat and a small salad with yoghurt as well as two chutneys. This is a fabulous flavoursome lunch cooked as always to our slow-cooked family recipes. At £6.90 or £6.40 (vegetarian) the lunch represents excellent value for money and deep flavours that we're really proud of. Please join us at lunchtime to try it out - we’d love to hear your feedback too.
The 'tandoor' and 'pot' menu remains available for evenings and we have some exciting specials that include Keema Aloo (whole spice fried minced lamb with potato - we drain off the lamb fat to reduce the saturated fat content yet retain flavour), Dhal Makhani - the ubiquitous lentil dish from Punjab and finally bhajia.
Away from the menu changes, we're proud to announce that one of the team (Harry) has recently graduated with an MBA and a few of us were lucky enough to go and celebrate with him on his big day at the ceremony.
Oh and please follow us on twitter and facebook!
Thanks again for all your support.
Chaldi Chaldi! Means Hurry Hurry! and is how we've all been working frantically hard to launch out our lunchtime 'Thali' menu. We're really excited as it's a completely new arena for us. The idea is to provide a select group of dishes that complement each other in a manner that would be eaten by most Punjabi's. There is a non-vegetarian and a vegetarian option on the main dish with various condiments and a 'Shnehx' aka 'Snacks' - all excellent value at £7.50 and true to Delhi Grill!
This lunch menu kicks off on Tuesday 7th February and offers a delicious flavoursome yet light and speedy 'office friendly' lunch. Please come and try it out. The current menu will therefore only be available in the evenings.
As Specials we have Fish pakora - an old time favourite, along with the original Punjabi staple of Mattar Paneer. The popularity of Chicken Kofta Karahi sees the return of this time consuming to make yet delicious dish.
Hope to see you soon
Happy New Year 2012!!
First of all may I wish you all a wonderful year ahead and hope the opportunity to see some Olympics, watch some Euro football or celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee presents some upbeat news in a year expected to be testing.
At Delhi Grill we've had a lovely Festive break and return with some exciting developments for 2012. We've refurbished and freshened the restaurant as last year had left some areas looking 'tired'. This is all expected to be completed this month and we hope you will come along and enjoy the slight modifications. Please let us have your opinions too as we value you comments.
We also aim to launch our new Thali lunch menu before the end of the month and we'd welcome your comments on this too once we're up and running with it.
We're pleased with a lovely review in Time Out eating and drinking guide 2012 and aim to always try to improve on what we do. If we're ever less than satisfactory please speak to me or Kabir and we'll always do our best to accommodate your wishes.
So once again have a great year and we hope to see you soon.
So the Festive Season is upon us. Christmas lights have appeared on Chapel Market and the sights, smells and sounds of winter are all around.
We’re having a few 'home improvements' inside Delhi Grill and the New Year should beckon in an even more exciting place to visit. We will be launching our lunchtime Thalis which we are really excited about and hope will get an enthusiastic response.
We have a number of Christmas party bookings and we're very thrilled to be able to host those celebrations so thanks to those who chose us to dine with.
The specials for Christmas start with a wonderful spicy Chicken Kofta Karahi - minced chicken pakoras simmered in a finely diced onion masala. Then there is the Dingri Dolma - a real winter warmer this one; a hearty stew of butter beans that will drive away the fiercest chill of winter. The Shammi Kebab is an alternative cutlet of lamb mince that is fried and served with sliced lemon and side dressing.
Finally, just to let everyone know that we will be closed on the following days over Christmas - 25th, 26th, 27th and 31st December and also 1st and 2nd January, but we're open all other days as usual and look forward to welcoming you all.
The cold chill Autumn has cut through us all after an unusually warm few weeks - but the bright blue skies are an uplifting feature of this wonderfully colourful period.
Happy Diwali to all and hope some of you managed to celebrate the Festival of Lights.
Our specials this month are aimed at trying out some ideas we have for our upcoming revised lunch menu. The Harra Barra Tikkis are a potato, peas and greens cutlet fried for a flavoursome spicy and herb taste. The keema roti is a popular street food which is a bread pancake stuffed with egg and minced lamb served with a tamarind sauce - delicious! And finally as so many people love it - the Goat is staying on with us for another month!
Wishing you all the best and please note we are taking Christmas bookings so please call to discuss how we might tailor things for you.
Just when we thought it was all over the hot weather came round and summer finally arrived! What a scorcher to see out September. Just waiting for the onslaught of the northerly winds...
Back by popular demand on the Specials we have Goat Curry - On the bone richness! An absolute delight. To join this is another old favourite of Dahl Makhani where we slow cook the lentils for hours to create that creamy texture rather than using ladles of cream or butter - deliciousness without the calories. Likewise Fish Pakora always goes down well and is also brought back thanks to customer feedback.
With Christmas coming up we are taking party bookings and aim to make you feel at home and well looked after for any work or private party - just give me a call and we can tailor the menu and trimmings to suit.
All the best and see you soon