Five minutes north of Euston station, Drummond Street is an unexpected slice of the subcontinent, dotted with Indian sweet emporiums and well-stocked grocers’ shops and restaurants, but with none of Brick Lane’s touts or tourists. Though Chutney’s tinted windows and plain exterior look less than promising, inside it’s far more inviting: a cosy, convivial dining room painted in rich reds and ochres.
The main draw is the all-vegetarian buffet, served every lunchtime and all day on Sunday: vats of saag aloo, delicately-spiced tofu curry and creamy lentil dahl jostle for space with own-made chutneys and chilli-spiked veg of every description, from chickpeas and red cabbage to gleaming baby aubergines. Save space for dessert; the sweetly sticky semolina pudding, fragrant with cinnamon and cardamom, was great on our last visit.
124 Drummond Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served 7am-8.30pm Mon-Sat; 10am-5.30pm Sun.|
|Transport:||Tube: Euston Square or Warren Street tube|
|Price:||Main courses £3.50-£5.|
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I’ve been here twice – the first time, the food was pretty good and the service was very rushed, but that was fine as it was a busy night and we understand that restaurants need to make money. The second time – and my last time – was awful. I went on a quiet Monday evening & we’d booked a table for three as my friend was bringing her baby daughter. She called ahead and they told her there was no high chair, so she brought a portable one. When we got there, the restaurant was pretty much empty (two tables were taken) and they made a huge fuss about how big her push chair was (even though there was loads of space for it). They made us feel very unwelcome, and put us on a four chaired table, muttering comments each time they passed our table (so that we could hear) about how we shouldn’t be sitting at a table for 4 when there were only two of us. My friend set up the portable high chair later to prove we were using the third seat, but it was only done because of the looks and pressure they were putting on her. They also didn’t bring us the drinks we ordered and they kept giving my friend dirty glances. If the restaurant has been full, we might have been more sympathetic as to why they weren’t happy we were taking up a four chaired table, but THEY made us sit there and the restaurant had many free, empty tables. I will never go here again – it was the rudest service I have ever experienced in any restaurant I have ever been and not worth it for the food, which is okay.