When you think of the best Indian food in London, you probably think of Southall or Wembley, not somewhere in Zone 1.
But just around the corner from Euston Station is a street that is home to some of the capital’s oldest Indian shops and restaurants.
Drummond Street is affectionately known as “Little India” because of the rich variety of Indian cuisine on offer.
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From thali dosas, Lahori lamb skewers to bhel poori and jalebis samosas – Drummond Street has it all.
Some of the establishments on the street have been solid for decades, such as Confiserie Ambala, which opened in 1965.
The shop regularly receives rave reviews from long-time customers like this one on TripAdvisor: âI’ve been coming to this Ambala since the 1960s. Their Rasmalai is absolutely delicious, absolutely delicious.
At one time, the shops and restaurants of Drummond Street drew people from as far away as Birmingham and Manchester.
Israb Miah, manager of the Ravi Shankar restaurant, which dates back to 1982, told the BBC: “People came from Wembley, Southall, even Birmingham and Manchester, before those areas had their own South Asian restaurants.”
A household name synonymous with curry sauces and chutneys also had its humble beginnings on Drummond Street.
The Pathak family opened a grocery store there in 1958 and the business exploded into the Patak’s staple food brand that many of us know and love.
Other long-standing businesses include Diwana Bhel Poori House, which claims to be the oldest vegetarian restaurant in South India.
Diwana offers a famous bhel poori buffet at unbelievably low prices.
A satisfied customer wrote on TripAdvisor: âWe visited based on a strong recommendation and were not disappointed. Our party of 6 included a vegan as well as a vegetarian, and we all enjoyed the samosa and spring roll starters followed by a variety of dosa. .
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âHaving visited South India a few times the food brought back fond memories to me and certainly seemed very authentic. The service was good and we bought beers from the counter next door; we would not hesitate to come back. “
And the list goes on – there’s Ravishankar Bhel Poori, Chutneys, and more.
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