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Chutneys

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124 Drummond Street, London, UK, North West London, England, NW1

One of the vegetarian Indian restaurants on Drummond St, the small Indian enclave 1 minute walk from the Euston/Euston Square tube station, or Warren St tube station. Offers a large veggie buffet at lunchtime Mon-Fri 12pm-2:30pm, Sat 12pm-5pm and Sun all day.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Indian, Buffet, Beer/Wine

Reviews (17)

First Review by Enfieldian

Awful... - Edit

This is up there with my worst restaurants ever.
MCLP is vegan so i have been dabbling in Indian cuisine,so i know of what i speak.
The Onion Bajjis were flat and tasteless,has the price of onions shot up recently?
My Vegetable korma was thin and bland,with the vegetables seemingly boiled to death.
The Peshwari Nan was packed with coconut and no fruit. It was perhaps the least offensive part of the meal. I didnt bother with a dessert ,i thought it best to cut my losses.

Pros: good service

Cons: awful food


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Great food! - Edit

As a big fan of Indian food, I just had to try an Indian restaurant in London during my short stay. I picked Chutneys and I was not disappointed! The food was amazing! I visited with a friend at lunch time when they have buffet. Great variety of tasty meals and friendly, helpful stuff. Only 2 of the meals weren't vegan as well as all of the desserts except the fruit salad of course.
Highly recommended!

Pros: Great food, affordable , friendly staff


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Brilliant buffet - Edit

I popped in for the lunchtime buffet before getting the train out of London, and this was the perfect place to get some fuel. It was busy, but there was no wait for a table. The buffet table was full of food and kept well-stocked. I asked a waiter which options were vegan and he replied that it was easier to tell me what wasn't vegan, so I had plenty to eat and loved all the variety. It was cheap and we ate a lot, so it's definitely good value for money. I'll be back for more!


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Lovely Indian all you can eat buffet - Edit

I only discovered this restaurant on my visit to London a few weeks ago (thanks to the Happy Cow app), but I will definitely go there every time I return to London.
The food is really great and there are so many different dishes, all of which are absolutely delicious. Although it is Indian, it is not too spicy, just the right amount of spices. There are a lot of curries, salads, rice, bread and on Sunday they had sweet, thin pancakes, which were really gorgeous.
There is also dessert for free, fruit and yogurt, which is both really tasty.
The staff is very friendly, they always ask whether one likes the food and when I came back to eat there again after a few days they recognised me and said they were happy I had come back.

Pros: Excellent food, Very friendly staff, Amazing choice of dishes

Cons: often very busy


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Quick and tasty!! - Edit

I went here with a friend for an evening meal. We were there for 7pm and it was very quiet, only about 5 other customers, so had extremely quick service.
I had to ask which items on the menu were vegan, and the waitor was very helpful. Turns out almost everything is vegan, or can be made vegan, so there was plenty of choice.

We started with poppadoms and pickles (only the raita isn't vegan), and the food came so quickly, we hadn't even finished these! For mains, we shared a dosa (large with good flavour) and a vegetable curry (it was top of the menu, but can't remember the name!)which was nicely spiced, although mostly carrot rather than the advertised 'exotic' veg!
There were a lot of waitors around, so the service was really good. They were continually topping up our water and were quick to bring the desserts menu and bill.

A really nice little restaurant, with a convenient location in London, plenty of choice and good value for money. I'll definitely be returning to try some more items on the menu!

Pros: Very quick and friendly service, Good vegan selection, Good value

Cons: Vegan options aren't identified on menu


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Excellent - Edit

I cam here for an evening meal with friends (including omnis) and found delicious food with plenty of vegan choices. I had an amazing masala dosa myself, and the others who came with me were all very happy with the food. My only minor gripe is that vegan options are not marked on the menu so you have to ask for them to be pointed out to you. However, as the staff were all so lovely and friendly, this wasn't a problem.

Pros: Great food, Friendly staff, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Vegan options not marked on menu


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Lunch Time - Edit

I went here with some colleagues for lunch. They were a bit skeptical at first, heading towards Euston rather than down town. That soon changed when we entered.

Its quite a small place, and can feel busy, but we were able to get a table straight away. There were about 20 main dishes to choose from, some hot some cold. It's a buffet, so you can pick and choose what you want. The staff offered us drinks but we had tap water, which wasn't a problem. (Some places like to sell you drinks or bottled water.)

We all went up several times to refill and try new things. The consensus was that the food was very good.

There are a few things I haven't seen in other places. There are also a few things that can catch you out. The fresh mango salsa, was in fact fresh lemons with a sauce. Very nice, but not what I was expecting!

There are several deserts. Gulab jaman, a keer (rice pudding), fresh fruit and a gram flour based dish.

The staff were friendly and not intrusive. The atmosphere is relaxed, with a diverse lunchtime crowd. All of this for £6.95 is a bargain.

Pros: Good food, Lots and lots of choice.


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Hits the spot every time - Edit

Chutneys is consistently good, and offers delicious food and great value for money in a convenient location. By a long way the best of the Drummond Street restaurants, and second only to Rani for all the Indian restaurants I have tried in the Greater London area.
Their lunchtime buffet is superb. The variety is endless, and every dish is different and delicious. Be prepared to try some new and different things, although familiar old favourites are there too. The food tastes healthy and balanced - lots of flavour, not too much oil. The staff are very helpful in pointing out which dishes are vegan (most of them). You can eat a three-course meal with seconds of everything for a ridiculously small £7.95, making it outstanding value, especially as the quality is high.
If you are going in the evening, the à la carte dining experience is also highly recommended. They do the best dosas I have ever tasted, and everything else I have tried has also been good.
Unsurprisingly, it can get a little crowded - unless you want to go on an intimate romantic date, don't be deterred. Chutneys will not disappoint.

Pros: Delicious food, Outstanding value for money, Good location

Cons: A bit crowded


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Best Veggie Curry Buffet in London - Edit

I've been frequenting Drummond Street restaurants for over 20 years (Diwana, Ravi Shankar too) but Chutneys is still my favourite. It's the most comfortable of the 3 veggie restaurants on the street and there are loads of vegan options on the buffet including one or two starters, three or four mains, at least one dhal and half a dozen or more really interesting salads. The vegan dessert is only fruit but I never have any room for that anyway! Their chutneys are fab, especially the garlic one and the coriander one. The food is fresh, properly spicy and the dishes on offer are different every time. They continue to evolve - the salads were added four or five years ago, presumably to keep regulars interested. I love this place! London would be way poorer for vegans without it.

Pros: Food is fab!!!, Choice, Chutneys

Cons: Can get busy


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wonderful - Edit

The buffet is an excellent deal. With a wide selection of health favoring tasty food, it's surely one of the best around. Try some (or all) of the nearly dozen sauces that will leave you're taste buds desiring more days later. Staff are friendly and willing to explain dishes to those interested, which is useful for those with special diets. This is a prime stop for me.

Pros: excellent value, healthy cuisine, tasty


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Five cows indeed - Edit

My boyfriend and I went here for lunch. They have an all-veggie lunch buffet. Most things were very yummy. Some were a bit on the spicy side though, but not as much as I expected (or feared ;)

The buffet was authentic, very large and included some desserts. The service was very swift and friendly. The price was ridiculously low for an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Pros: yummy!, great service, great price


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Enjoyable experience - Edit

A pleasant restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere. Plenty of vegan options and staff very patient at running through the menu and telling me more about what various dishes are like. I tried a very tasty starter, some type of spiced balls and ordered a main that whilst very nice wasn't to my personal tastes.

The waiter was lovely and noticed that I wasn't too into it and very kindly brought me a complimentary spicy chick pea dish that smelled and tasted wonderful. As others have said incredibly handy for Euston and a pleasant place to eat and wait for your train.

Pros: tasty, very reasonable prices, proximity to Euston Station


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All you can eat buffet! - Edit

Good and cheap. Curies were very tasteful. Wonderful sour mango chutney. Nice apple salad. Ate more than i should have :-), so skipped the desert buffet.

Pros: good food, low price, all you can eat


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Tasty and good value - Edit

I ate here on a work trip to London. Being close to Euston train station it is very convenient. Although the menu isn't labelled with vegan items the waiter advised what was suitable. Great flavours and good value. There weren't any vegan desserts, but I was given a complimentary fruit salad instead. As a single female I didn't feel uncomfortable here. Highly recommend.

Pros: tasty, good value, near train station

Cons: menu not marked with Vegan


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Chutneys, London - Edit

When I travel to London my principal point of entry and exit is Euston train station. Thus with Drummond Street being right beside the station, the veggie restaurants there have had a lot of my business over the years.

For vegan veggies the best of the Indian eateries on Drummond Street is Chutneys. If you ask the waiter what on the menu is vegan veggie you will get an on the spot answer on what is and what isn't. The food is tasty and reasonably priced. Also with seating available for up to 120 you'd have to be pretty unlucky not to get a table.

This is a popular restaurant and it's not difficult to see why.

Pros: Vegan veggie friendly, handy for Euston station, tasty reasonably priced food


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Bargain lunch time special. - Edit

I would highly recommend Chutneys for their lunch time buffet special which they run between 12 noon and 2.45pm (so get there early). For the bargain price of £5.95 there are numerous tasty dishes from starters like spicy potato balls, onion baajis, vegetable samosas, pakora, with a selection of pickles and chutneys (try the to-die-for coconut chutney) followed by main courses such as the lentil and kidney bean daal, cabbage curry (tastes lovely despite sounding like it wouldn't), vegetable curry, chick pea curry, potato and cauliflower curry, etc. with a selection of pillau rice and nan breads. For dessert there is fresh fruit salad, an Indian rice pudding, and gulab jam. Because it is a buffet, you can help yourself to as much food as you like and the friendly staff are always replenishing the empty dishes. I don't think you can beat the food or the price. In face we eat so much at lunchtime that we don't want to eat for the rest of the day!

Pros: Good value, Great selection, Tasty food


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