Towards the upper end of Drummond Street, there is the big burgundy sign of Chutneys. It is an Indian vegetarian restaurant. The interior is fairly simple with wooden chairs and tables and lime green walls. The restaurant was very popular and got really busy as the evening progressed.
Lots of starter dishes that were coming out for the other diners looked freshly cooked and the aromas were wonderful. The temptation to have starters had to be resisted as there would be no room for a main dish. There is a good range of street food starters on the menu including bhel puri, pani puri, samosas and dahi vada. For the drink selection, there are freshly squeezed juices, coconut water, lassis and hot drinks.
The staff were attentive and polite but they seemed to hover around the tables. On a positive note, this meant that service was efficient and it was easy to ask for extra items and drinks.
The Gujarati Thali was the perfect complete meal for the evening. Five small silver bowls filled with the mouthwatering delights came in the classic stainless steel tray.
The portion of rice was quite big and was enough to have with the curries. The mixed vegetable curry had lots paneer in a thick tomato based sauce. The slightly sour and sweet flavour of the sauce was great. The dal was just like a homemade one and nothing goes better than dal and rice together. There was also the yogurt raita and salad for added freshness to the meal.
Even though the menu stated that the thali came with either chapatti or pooris, the staff did not mind changing it for a paratha. The paratha was flaky, soft and buttery.
Chutneys is a no nonsense Indian restaurant with good quality food. Further up the road, Massala Hut had been reviewed previously but Chutneys seem to have better cuisine.
You can take your pick from the array of Indian restaurants on Drummond Street but Chutneys is a good pick from them.
Chutneys, 124 Drummond Street, Euston, London, NW1 2PARating: