Restaurant

Name: Drummond Villa
Area: Euston
Address: 118 Drummond Street
London NW1 2HN
Phone: 0207 388 2699
Website: www.drummondvilla.co.uk

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 27 Feb 2020


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Visit Report

Visit Number: 238 (visit 1 of 1 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 27 Feb 2020
Cost per head: £27.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.6 7.0 7.0 7.2 5.9 6.3 6.8 7.0 7.4 6.95
Jeff 8 7 8 7 6 6 5 8 6 6.6 See Jeff's comments
Dominic 8 8 8 9 7 7 9 6 8 8.0 See Dominic's comments
Mark 8 7 5 7 6 3 8 5.9 See Mark's comments
Jon 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 7.3 See Jon's comments
Graeme 8 7 7 8 7 9 7 9 7.9 See Graeme's comments
Alex 8 8 7 8 8 8 8 9 8.0 See Alex's comments
Neil 7 6 6 7 2 3 6 6 5.6 See Neil's comments
Richard 8 8 8 8 8 7 8 7 8 7.8 See Richard's comments
Dave 7 6 7 5 7 7 7 7 7 6.6 See Dave's comments
Tim 6 5 7 6 3 7 6 6 5 5.7 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Jeff - 10 of us at this new venue, a small street next to Euston station with a decent pub and 5 or 6 curry restaurants. Graeme cc'd this one. The room was a small one, clean but quite plain, with a mature, quite wrinkly clientele. A point up for draft cobra being available. The menu was traditional, service efficient, and the food came up pretty quickly. Two large lamb chops were served for starter, and they were more spicy than usual. My main of king prawn Balti was herby but sadly lacking in prawns.  Naan and rice were of average quality but the vegetables were better than that. A handy 50% tastecard discount kept the cost to a reasonable £27 a head.

Dominic - After eating at this venue a few times off-piste with Graeme, it was good to see it nominated this month. And with our pre-curry drinks in the Crown & Anchor conveniently located opposite, it was definitely a feeling of déjà vu all over again! The eatery is modern yet intimate with our table of 10 dominating the floor and service was good all evening. My dishes were both off menu being a Reshmi Kebab as a starter and a main of King Prawn Naga. Both were excellent. Of the rest, the Stuffed Paratha and Keema Rice were the standouts. My choice of rice made me laugh as when I ordered it I explained that my usual order of boiled rice frequently arrived at a multitude of curry-houses as the last dish brought out (go figure?) ... and lo and behold my keema came out first and Richard's boiled rice last ... prophetic! A free round of Baileys added to the already good VFM so another great night all round. Great conversation as always although my ears did prick up when I caught Griff trying to create some sort of romantic double nickname for two members who shall remain nameless ... oh, jealousy's a curse!

Mark - After the shock of a backstreet pub charging ridiculous amount for a beer we crossed the road to Drummond Villa where the resultant cost was far better. Slightly split table due to post meant I spoke more to the girls on the table next to us than those at the other end of our seating arrangement. Dom informed me, after I had ordered, that the Chicken Chilli Fried starter was fairly spicy and I have to agree. It was good and my lips tingled for a fair while after. However my main of Lamb Sag was very disappointing as the meat was very fatty. It was tender and sauce was tasty but overall just not good enough. My first beer arrived flat but was refreshed upon asking for replacement. I would be happy to return but would order a main where poor quality meat cannot be disguised in the sauce.

Jon - A first trip to the Euston area and it did not disappoint.  It was a really nice meal and, thanks to a 50% discount on the food, it was very good value for money.  My tandoori mix starter was very good, although I missed lime pickle with the popadoms, while my lamb dansak main course wasn't as hot as I would like, but it was very tasty.  Great company as usual!

Graeme - This restaurant has become a favourite of mine over the past few months, so I thought I would introduce it to the Club. It's a small-ish place but the 10 of us were accommodated comfortably. I had the Chicken Chilli Fried to start - it was very spicy (I guess the clue was in the name!). For main, I chose the King Prawn Dhansak (a bit extravagant but we were getting 2-for-1 discount on the starters and mains with Tastecard) - it was delicious. Everything else was good, including the draught Cobra and complimentary Baileys at the end. This was another top meal here for me; I hope the others enjoyed it too. I hope this doesn't turn out to be the last CurryMarks outing before Coronavirus precautions prevent us eating out for a while.

Alex - Nice, speedy service, everything tasted good. And pretty good price. What's not to like?

Neil - Richard and I have been talking about going to Drummond Street for almost a decade now but Graeme beat us to it. Not quite the traditional South Asian veggie dosa feast we planned however, basically a fairly normal Brick Lane style of menu. Starter fine if not sizzling (sizzling paneer advertised). I enjoyed the chicken dhansak sauce but chicken and rice well overcooked. Some of the food was lukewarm also, so I strongly suspect they weren't used to catering large numbers. Stuffed paratha not stuffed and a bit stodgy. Maybe time for Rich and I to propose  a real 'Drummond' next time, even if veggie!

Richard - How nice to finally get to Drummond St for a curry. This was a classic curry house indeed, with dodgy bogs and plastic menus, but also a relaxed ambience and a good selection of classic dishes done well at a reasonable price. I enjoyed my lamb chop starter and chicken tikka balti main and hope to return.

Dave - "Fair to middling" is how I would describe This curry house. My prawn purée was served Luke warm bordering on cold so was marked down  accordingly. The chicken curry was ok and we got a free round of baileys at the end which was a nice touch (although no ice). Cost was quite reasonable. Would not expect this to make top 6.

Tim - Nice to see a selection of beers including Mongoose beer, (unfortunately in a smaller bottle than the others). The red sauce accompanying the poppadoms tasted like mostly tomato ketchup with a small amount of Indian spices though the other condiments were fine. The chicken chilli fried starter was quite nice; not obviously fried, probably sautéd, though there was not a huge quantity of chicken. For the main I had aloo keema curry - a Chef's Special. It was unclear how much meat was in the curry as it was mince in sauce, but it didn't seem like there was a lot of it as I was still hungry at the end. It was advertised as containing chillies and the manager described it as medium, but it was actually rather mild, more so than Neil's Dansak (which was nice but rather sweet). I also tried some of Neil's stuffed paratha; I don't know if they brought the wrong item, but there was no filling, and the inside was doughy i.e. uncooked. Vegetables seemed more bland than usual. The round of Baileys to finish was a nice touch. Service was generally quite good, though some of the staff seemed confused about what food they were handing out. The overall cost was quite reasonable - the Tastecard discount was helpful here - but I wonder if the quantity of food, particularly meat, suffered as a result.


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