Leigh Street is a small thoroughfare not far from King’s Cross station, but it is not the sort of place you’d stumble on by chance. So it was a good sign that when we arrived at Depa Tandoori, the place was full (this being a weekday evening).
It’s been going since 1957, so it is one of the oldest Indian restaurants in London. And it’s very much my idea of a typical “curry house”; the décor isn’t posh and the laminated menu is extensive, with all the usual favourites on offer.
We started with Onion Bhajis and the Tandoori Mixed Grill. Generous portions and tasty. I majored on a Naga Chicken, on the recommendation of the waiter. My colleagues, preferring something milder, went for Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka Dansak. All the food was very fresh and tasty.
Desserts consisted of the usual bought-in ice cream concoctions, but I don’t have a problem with that.
The service was efficient and friendly, and the price was good. It’s worth noting that if Depa Tandoori can offer a bottle of very drinkable Merlot for under £14, why can’t so many other places?