5 stars for the lunch buffet here.
Excellent Indian vegetarian food with a huge array of salads, crispy pakoras, breads, Dosas, hot dishes which are different every time, and yum deserts.
Every dish I have tried here has been excellent and I have to restrain myself not to over eat here.
Finally, it's great value at £6.95.
When I'm around Euston there are a few places I frequent for lunch and given I hadn't been to Ravi Shankars for several years I thought I'd pop in to sample their buffet lunch. It's one of those 'all you can eat' offers that proliferates around Drummond Street with most costing around £7, including a desert or two.
It was pretty packed but I found a table for me and my shadow. The guy who greeted me was a bit miserable and clearly wanted to be somewhere else, maybe in a Bollywood movie crooning some maiden. He was elsewhere for sure ... but I know the routine and didn't need 'service', so just get outta the way dude!
You grab a large metal plate and then have the tricky job of deciding what you want to major on. It's all veggie here so I'm happy. You really won't be stuck for choice. There is maybe every South Indian veg option ever invented available! The rice is good quality, the curries tick all boxes taste and looks wise and there's nans, popas, dosas to dunk.
It's one of those places where you sample lots of little portions rather than slop on just one or two. All are tasty and 'home style'. I had a sweet lassi, which was Ok, par for the course, and a few bits from a somewhat average tasting but decently wide dessert selection.
All in, I spend less than £10 including tip and enjoyed it. I kinda wish my was stomach was bigger 'cause I could have gone back for seconds easily. So, it's maybe no great shakes on the service or decor side of things, but top marks on value.
This is the best vegetarian indian buffet I've ever had before! There are so many selections, I was blown away! The whole restaurant was really clean and the staff was extremely helpful and courteous. Especially compared to some of the other indian buffets in the area... There were at least 20 different selections, I was drooling right when I walked in.
I love all the different flavors that are offered, and all the creative ways they use chickpeas. Also, their spinach dish with mushrooms was AMAZING. I am in love with this place, and it is only 6.95 pounds, and only a 5 minutes walk from Euston station. My boyfriend even loved this indian buffet and he usually hates vegetarian food. They also have a pretty decent desert selection!
I will DEFINITELY be coming back on my hungry days, and it's cushy on the wallet as well! This is better than any indian buffet i've had in Los Angeles as well! I am definitely coming back here as much as I can!
Home cooked Indian lunch buffet for under £7? Yes please!
Don't be confused, by the way, of getting here. There are a lot of Indian spots on this street and even a few called Ravi. This is the one to go to though.
I came here for a lunch meeting because I heard it was solid and I was not disappointed at all. It's a no frills kind of joint. Tiny with tons of tables and chairs placed around the tiny spot (which does make it hard to get around with your food and even harder to set up a computer on the tiny table, so I wouldn't recommend a lunch meeting here again.)
However, the food? Solid! They have the buffet set up in the back of the room and it's basically a few tables with a bunch of different dishes in silver trays. Meats, sauces, naans, breads, little pasties, delicious rice, the likes. I tried a little of everything and was thrilled with it (and even went up for seconds on some more of the meats because they were tasty.)
Service was... meh. Almsot non-existent, but that's ok because it was a buffet. They sat us, they got us a drink and we didn't see them again until we needed to pay (which we did at the counter right next to our table. Not sure if that's the right way to do it but it worked out in the end.)
A solid lunch choice to have in your back pocket for sure.
Read some of the reviews of great Chaat food and came all the way from Oxford Circus for some early dinner. I was disappointed that the Chaats were few in number and took up only the starters of the menu. The rest of the menu is pretty standard fare for a decent Indian restaurant in London.
Was disappointed with the choice of food and the fact that they expected us to order mains. We ordered 4 startes instead and I will go ahead and look for other Chaat options in future.
The Ravi Shankar is just one of many Indian restaurants in that street, but I really recommend it as it has very nice food and a fast service.
We went in after an evening in the Welcome Collection around the corner. The waiters were really fast ... maybe a bit too fast ... as the menu is extensive and had some unknown food on it. I needed time to study, but we had someone pop by our table on a regularly 2 min interval. It's not really a place to linger and have a slow meal with a long discussions about the existence or non-existence of the human conciseness in a Descartes universe. Not that I ever have these discussions in a restaurant ... that's only for posh wine bars.
I also agree with the review before: The tables are tiny. Even without a computer we had problems placing all our food and drinks on it.
On the other hand the food was fast, hot and very yummy! Really a place I would like to go back to.
One of many vegetarian Indian restaurants on the lovely Drummond Street, near Euston. Popular with local hippies and intellectuals, this is the best of the establishments on this road.
I adore Indian food, basically because they offer such wonderful variety for vegetarians, so the menu in this restaurant is a dream come true.
It's not flashy or particularly luxurious, the decor is sparse and plain, but the food is very good. They offer a great buffet for one, or two, with delicious breads, stewed pulses and rice. You'll be charged around £6 for the pleasure, which is very cheap, especially considering the area. They also offer a wide selection of fresh juices, and specialist Indian health drinks.
Highly recommended if you're in the area, it's a beautiful setting that harks back to Bloomsbury of yore, and very pleasurable to wander.
Not the fastest service but its a buffet for lunch for about 7 quid so its not really a huge complaint. Excellent Indian vegetarian food with a wide range of dishes including daal, pulses, salads and even dessert.
Its out of the way and less hectic than brick lane. A good way to eat without the hussle and bustle.
I've come here several times at the behest of friends, most recently this week. Ravi Shankar is happily consistent in the excellence of its food and sadly consistent in the inadequacy of its service.
The curries are good, but the dosas are the highlight of the menu for me.
I would absolutely love this place if it weren't so difficult to get the correct food order. Dishes go missing, only to reappear on the bill... It does get corrected, but it's a fuss every time.
The menu of this all-vegetarian Indian restaurant seemed exciting, with lots of south Indian specialities.
From said menu I chose the Shankar thali as I was were there in a big group and it's easy to order. I generally like the variety that a thali has to offer (it's a high-sided metal tray with 5 or so metal dishes inside, each with a different curry, and a large metal dish of rice). I've eaten quite a few thalis here and there, and this one was, well, it was OK. A bit greasy, not much variation in flavour or appearance, but on the whole edible.
The gulab jamun was nice, however, but there was only one in my dish!
If I had to I'd go back (i.e. another post-conference dinner), but I wouldn't choose to go there again. If I did maybe I'd try a dosa, as a previous reviewer recommended.
Extremely yummy food, just not the fastest service. Even non-vegetarians think it's delicious! Reasonably priced, as well. Two can eat dinner here for less than £20. I also really like the daily specials - a set meal for £6.50! Also, the mutter paneer is super good.
Fantastic! Good service, good variety. You never know what you will stumble in to when taking a chance on a place--we loved this one.
Amazing Indian food. I wish we has something like this in Boston. Something like 60 items on the buffet, really great service. Highly recommended!
I used to come here regularly before I discovered the nearby Chutney's (also reviewed), but I am still very fond of this restaurant for its lunchtime buffet and especially its syrup sponge balls. The Ravi Shankar is spacious, with wooden tables and benches, but still pretty packed so get there early. The food is of course wonderful, and all vegetarian. If not having the buffet, there is a wide choice of dosas, which here seem thicker and more filling than at neighbouring restaurants. The only downside to this restaurant is that there is segregated seating at lunchtime, so that non-buffet eaters are not allowed to sit with buffet customers - so that if one of your party doesn't want the buffet you have to split up. But the buffet is pretty special and it would be silly not to try it.
Really good and spicey indean food. We discovered while staying for a conference the whole group was really fond the different tali meals. For us germans the idea of tali was need but this is really a great treat.
After reading the reviews here, I went for the lunch buffet. It was fine. I tried small portions of 10 or 12 dishes to get a sense of the available range. They were mildly spiced, without a lot of striking variety. The selections relied heavily on potatoes, breadings, and batters--the inexpensive starches that keep buffet costs down--and I didn't find those to be done especially well. The sweets were the usual Indian buffet selections and a little on the bland side. I will say that this is a good choice for someone who doesn't want a lot of spice and expects certain standard dishes to be part of any Indian buffet. For a wider range of flavors and dishes, and more inventive choices, I prefer Diwana on the same block.
The food is not as good as advertised here on Yelp. It is good, solid authentic Indian fare. Great? Certainly not. But the value for money is outstanding. Very inexpensive, with good flavours throughout. Was disappointed with the buffet options. After walking the buffet and putting very little on my plate I ended up ordering an entree, which I surely enjoyed.
My wife and I make it a point to go here when we're in London. Great food, and affordable. Within walking distance of the British Library.
This is a really excellent Indian vegetarian restaurant. The daily specials are particularly good. You must try the Shrikand (a dessert of thick yoghurt beaten with sugar, pistachio nuts, saffron and other spices), which is exquisite. This is northern Indian food as it should be: spicy enough, with the requisite amounts of oil and ghee to make the dishes rich but never cloying.
A deservedly popular vegetarian Indian restaurant, practically a legend among North Londonites. My companions had the day's special but I settled for a Masala Dosa which is indeed a lovely thing. Does a buffet at lunchtime. There are several restaurants along Drummond Street but this one has a special place in many hearts.
A south Indian vegetarian restaurant serving excellent dosas. Also a good lunch buffet. Prices very reasonable.
Excellent meal. Good service. Total vegetarian.
Great place to get delicious Indian food for a really good price. We enjoyed our evening! Taste it!!! :-)
I went here because of its good ratings and location in fabled Drummond Street. I took the set menu consisting of starter, main course and dessert for a fixed price. The starters were uniformly dry and brittle (somosas, etc), the main course liquid and lacking in substance (for example an aubergine curry consisted of a single slice of aubergine in a pool of yellow sauce). Next time I'll go to the more reliable Diwana Bhel Poori House down the road.
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