New Delis

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New Delis

An Indian pit-stop for the professionals of nearby Farringdon.

New to Gray’s Inn Road is this Indian establishment, firmly in the Dishoom vein of ‘hip Indian’ and bearing a chic’n’cheerful menu of mains, sides and small plates. The street-food section was great for starter nibbles, the bhel-puri chaat (bombay mix wrapped in a cone of flatbread) in particular. The classic-with-a-twist cocktails were excellent too: a darjeeling mojito had a lovely cardamom fragrance, while a jewel thief – their take on a lychee martini – rang with the cool hum of turmeric.

Mains weren’t quite so glorious. The centrepiece option is the build-your-own ‘urban Indian bowl’, clearly aimed a daytime takeout crowd. Here, you choose curry or stir-fry, and then pick a protein, grain, sauce and spiciness. Sadly, the stir-fry wasn’t up to much: the noodles were overdone, the prawns scant, and the chillies unevenly scattered, so that one mouthful was heatless and the next practically nuclear. A Keralan fish curry from the specials list was better.

Don’t go at the weekend as we did: both the area and restaurant were deserted. It’s clearly best as a lunchtime destination – somewhere to go if you can escape the office for a full hour. Or perhaps a bit longer: those cocktails were very, very good.

By: Matt Breen

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Venue name: New Delis
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Address: 35 Gray's Inn Road
London
WC1X 8PG
Transport: Tube: Chancery Lane
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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Micheal London
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Really liked the Vegetable Biryani with Vegetable curry. Also recommend Grilled Dishes. Good food; reasonable prices. Great destination for a quick lunch or dinner.

Angharad B
Tastemaker

I actually stumbled upon Gandhis whilst out looking for lunch with some colleagues, and left feeling pretty impressed! The ‘light lunch’ menu had plenty of choice, with the idea being that each dish was inspired by street food, with an Indian twist. I went for the Bombay burger – a lamb patty topped with salad and a delicious curry mayo – but the tacos looked equally appealing! The prices were pretty reasonable and service was excellent – worth it for a curry with extra pizzazz!

Lucy C

I have been coming to Gandhi's for more than 10 years and I have never been disappointed. Recently the restaurant has been refurbished with a really calm and welcoming interior. I enjoy the wide variety of vegetarian options but I am always encouraged by the staff to explore other dishes on the extensive menu. The food is always very tasty and good value for money. This is one of the best restaurants on Grays' Inn Road and is very worth checking out if you are in the area.

bruce h

Coming to Gandhi's ruined our entire evening I would discourage anyone from going there. The food lacked flavor and was very oily, there was an hour wait between the starter and the main. Worst of all after we had paid our bill in cash (as card isn't accepted) we were very rudely told that we still owed £45 because they added our bill up incorrectly! After we had added up the bill up ourselves it turned out that they were dishonestly double charging us for our mains and drinks! Dishonest staff, poor quality food, terrible service.