This is a review of my favorite Vegetarian eatery in Islington - Indian Veg. Indian Veg is located on Chapel Market, just off Liverpool Road N1 next door to the elbow rooms. I use the term 'eatery' as opposed to restaurant as this isn't the type of place you would bring someone you were trying to impress, but don't let that put you off as first impressions can be deceiving. It is a fairly small space with no delusions of grandeur. The walls are plastered with anti meat eating propaganda such as slogans stating that 'Meat is Murder' as well as various posters explaining the health benefits of Vegetarianism and Veganism. I have taken several meat eaters to dine here though and they haven been put off so far. The staff are friendly and helpful and I am always made to feel welcome at Indian Veg. Now for the best bit - the food. Indian Veg is a buffet only restaurant serving traditional Gujarati Curries. When you go in, you pick up a plate, pay £3.95 and you can eat as much as you like from a selection of 3 curries (generally one is potato based, one aubergene and one chickpea). There is the choice of white or brown rice and a selection of sides such as breads, salads and Indian snacks. Now, a friend of mine has complained that there is not enough choice and that the curries are always the same. My answer to this is, why change a winning formula? Because there isn't a range of 20 curries available, you can be sure that what you are eating is freshly cooked - every 15 mins or so, a new vat of the delicious curry is brought out so it is always fresh and piping hot, and for £3.95 for all you can eat - you really have nothing to complain about if you're after a cheap but tasty and healthy meal! I have been going to Indian Veg for years - and will continue to, it's one of the best!
One of my favourite eating places at the Angel, Islington is an Indian vegetarian restaurant called Ravi Shankars. The restaurant itself is small, neat and tidy, clean but not fussy, in that the decor is very plain, beech laminate flooring and beech effect furniture. You walk in, you are shown to a table and then it is all down to you! You get up and go to the front of the restaurant where there are two tables set up with 6 large pans of food, 3 different veggie curries, usually a spinach and potato one, another with mushrooms, corn, peas etc. and the 3rd is usually aubergine, courgette etc. There will be a pan of battered deep fried fritter style veg, a pan of small round flat breads and the last pan is rice; either plain white or brown with chick peas. there are plenty of different chutneys: garlic chutney, apple chutney, regular mango chutney, mixed fruit chutney and dishes of things like mint dip, lime dip and yoghurt dip, there is a bowl of salad and finally a dessert dish which is a fruit pickled in syrup (the only thing I don't like, too sweet for me). The idea is simple. You simply help yourself to as much as you want. When you have finished one plate, go ahead, if you can, and fill her up again! till you burst! The restaurant serves soft drinks, if you want wine or beer you can bring that in with you. Or just have water. I work very near to this restaurant and if I don't have any one to go to lunch with or if I am busy and need to work during my lunch hour I pop down to Ravi's and ask for a Lunch Box. No, Linford Christie does not work there. The lunch box is a plastic take-away box filled with rice and topped with one of the veg curries, a veggie samosa and a small box of salad. All for £2.50! Incredible, and a large portion at that! I have managed to convert nearly all of my fellow workers to become at least lunch time veggies as no one can believe just h ow much you get for your money. I used to buy sandwiches but found they are hardly much cheaper and less filling and I am hungry again in no time. I highly recommend Ravi Shankars to everyone.