North London's Cultural Guide

A beginner’s guide to… Indian Alley NW1

A restored building in the North Yard serves simple streetfood in an elegant interior

What exactly is it? This stylishly restored bare-brick North Yard newcomer is all about the “fiery flavours” of Delhi’s best roadside vendors, and part of the group who own several top restaurants including Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Benares. So there are curries, biryani boxes, wraps and more.
What do you recommend? The thalis – a complete meal in itself (priced from £13). We shared one slow-cooked lamb, and one chicken (vegan is also available), each served in a recyclable cardboard tray (see below). Separate compartments hold yellow lentil dhal, a smooth vivid green spinach potato curry, kachumber salad and saffron rice. There’s even a cube of walnut brownie for dessert.

Indian Alley
A chicken thali at Indian Alley. Photo: SE

What’s the verdict? Pretty tasty, and a full meal, but it didn’t feel heavy, either, like some curries. In fact the colourful wealth of veg-based items made us declare it a healthy choice (disclaimer: there’s no exact science to back this up). For our palates, however, the wet components just needed a little extra seasoning.
What else did you scoff? There are also small plates on the menu, and we shared one fish tikka, marinated white fish pieces cooked in the Tandoor, and one plate of deliciously melting onion bhajis fritters, both with a powerful coriander salsa.
Wine? House wine is a Chateau Haut Closet Bordeaux at £24. Plus there are imaginative cocktails and beer.
Anything else we should know? Offers run on different days of the week (check the website or social). There’s currently a £20 deal running every Wednesday as part of Secret Feasts (until March 16th, more info here): a choice of starter, a full thali plate and dessert. Book that directly here.
Indian Alley is at North Yard, Camden Market, follow @indianalleyuk, more info here.
Kentishtowner ate as guests of Indian Alley.

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