Being a huge fan of Indian vegetarian food, my colleague and I headed to Ravi Shanker’s Indian Vegetarian Restaurant on Drummond Street.
On arrival the restaurant was surrounded by scaffolding due to building work, but this didn’t interrupt us. Before entering we saw that the restaurant had a lunch buffet for £6.95 which runs at 11:45 till 3pm every Monday to Friday.
It’s a small restaurant, with a green and orange theme, suggesting the use of India’s national flag colours. It did have the old school feel to it, which was nice as you can tell that the restaurant has been alive for many years since it was established in 1982. Although the restaurant was busy when we arrived at lunch mainly due to the buffet offer, we were seated promptly and we saw that there are also seats available upstairs.
Although the buffet looked amazing with a huge variety of Indian vegetarian dishes from savoury to sweet options, we decided to pick from the main menu. For starters we picked two different tasty snacks, the first Pani Poori or named Gol Gappa which is small crispy pooris these were whole-wheat, served with tamarind sauce. And the Aloo Chana Chat which is chickpeas, potatoes served on pooris with sweet and sour sauces and topped with lots of yoghurt both priced at £3.60.
I have no words to describe the starters apart from Mmmmmm, both the pani poori and aloo chat were delicious with a capital D! The tamarind sauce with the pani poori was a great combination and the yogurt on the aloo chat was to die for. We gobbled everything down, I for sure wanted more.
Onto the mains and being a huge fan of South Indian food, we both decided on the Mysore Masala Dosa (£6.95) a pancake filled with a spicy potato filling and served with sambhar (dhal) and coconut chutney.
Again it was yummy in my tummy, the pancake was slightly greasy to my likening but it was still lovely and crispy, the spicy potato filling complimented it well. The sambhar had a good flavour, but I wasn’t so keen on the coconut chutney. Either way even though I was full I managed to eat it all as I can never resist South Indian food, it’s definitely a huge favourite of mine. So after a great meal we were given Mukhwas with the bill, which is an after-meal snack (that I literally need everyday after my meals too) also helps freshens the breath at the same time too.
So if you’re ever in the Euston area in London, I highly recommend that you visit the Ravi Shankar Indian Vegetarian Restaurant the food is amazing, and if you go with more diners don’t be shy, order lots of the snacks to share and experience all the different flavours on offer, you wont be disappointed.
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