Diwana Bhel Poori House

fully Fully VEGETARIAN
fully Fully VEGAN

Opening Times

12 to 12 7 days a week


Drummond Street
London NW1


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Was a bit concerned about visiting this restaurant but my friends said it is worth suffering the poor service due to the quality of the food and the value for money. The four of us arrived at 4pm on a Saturday and were offered the lunch buffet before it closed and whilst we were not there for it, the food still looked fresh and vibrant. We ordered off the a la carte menu and our waiter was very friendly and helpful. The bel poori starter was delicious and my wife raved about the crispy pastry wrapping the spicy samosas and with three large ones to a portion didn't leave much room for her number 3 thali but she gave it a good try. The daal was the favourite and the sweet custard pudding (not sure what it was) was a great addition that cooled her tongue. But the dosa pancakes were huge, thin and amazingly crispy. The filling was plentiful and I've just eaten the other half for lunch today! The filling was fresh and bursting with flavour even if the potatoes were a little over cooked so the texture was a little soft. We were very glad to have eaten by the time the evening shift arrived as the attitude and atmosphere seemed to change. However if you go in expecting poor service be careful what you wish for.... we were very positive and friendly to our waiter and he was in return so big thanks to him. Perhaps the evening staff were not happy that a table for four was being occupied by customers that had already paid and continued to drink? Overall a pleasant experience but I'll stick with my local where the food is better and cheaper (£4.50 compared to £7.05 for the masala dosa)and the service is always friendly: Jai Shri Krishna, 10 Turnpike Lane, N8 0PT. Say hello to Babu next time you visit and say Chris sent you. Positive chrisflorey
Sun, 24 Mar 2013 16:19:05 +0000
Busy restaurant serving the best veggie Indian in the UK in my opinion. Try the Bhel Poori to start and then the masala dhosa wash down with a sweet lassi. They do take out if you have no time to eat in. The buffet is very good value at under £7 Lovely friendly staff. Positive Nigel Jones
Thu, 23 Dec 2010 20:39:45 +0000
Yet another superb buffet lunch at the Diawana on a Friday lunch time. Just so much the best buffet lunch in town for ages now. Saw an ex- minister of Health whilst queing for the food as it was absolutly jammed packed. Love the way that they have a cold salad section before moving on to the main agenda of the amazing curry displays which are heated and replenished constantly. It is such a vast colourful array of different types of food that it must surely appeal to everyone even if they are meat eaters at other times. The desert trays are not to be ignored either as they have wonderful mango jelly slices, rasmalie & coconut slices along with masses of delicious fresh fruit. As I was serving myself I remarked to an elderly lady next to me that I had been visiting the Diawana for a very long time and still love the place to bits. She asked me how long and I replied about 20 years plus, whereupon she said she had been going there for about 30 years. It has to be said she looked alright for the experience and I would as always recommend the Diawana to others for either the wonderful lunch time buffet or the Thalie experience in the evening. Simply the best curry buffet in London as always, check it out for yourself!!!! (Costs about £7.50) Positive David Nash
Sat, 14 Nov 2009 17:35:47 +0000
David Nash, I don't think it's fair for you to call anyone who doesn't like Diwana a moron. If you're happy with third rate service and second rate food then the very best of luck to you - just make sure you've got some imodium for the following day. I won't be going to that turd pit ever again, however cheap it is. I'd rather eat dead rats (actually you might find some in your bhel puri next time you go, I have seen rats in Diwana, it has to be said). Thanks. Negative Wooz
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 16:22:47 +0000
Have read the reviews for the Diawana and feel moved to say that the food at their Saturday & Sunday buffet is absolutly amazing and some of the best that i have ever had anywhere (30 years a veggie, Veg Soc Member). For £6-95 per head this is not only best food but also the best deal in town. Second thoughts ......dont bother as it leaves all the more chance that I will be served and I dont really care if the morons that write these reviews go anyway!!!!! Please Diawana, just keep cooking food the way you always have its utterly superb and I love being able to buy beer or wine in the shop next door. (The Thalis, Masala Dhosas & Mango Milk Shakes are also incredible) Positive David Nash
Sat, 14 Feb 2009 20:14:12 +0000
A very very poor experience. My family have been going to Diwana for over 30 years. I hadn't been for 4-5 years because of previous bad experiences but thought I would try again today. It was awful. The decor is bad. The tables and seats are cramped and uncomfortable. The toilets are a sex-offender's paradise with no privacy and not to mention the fact that they're broken and filthy. The food is totally bland (and no longer particularly cheap). But the worst thing about Diwana is the service (or lack of it). People swipe at your plates to get you out of the restaurant as quickly as possible. The waiter even said to me as I was hunting for my credit card "can you hurry up, I have a queue of people outside". Rude and insulting. Do yourselves a favour - don't go to this restaurant. I shan't be going again (ever). Negative Wooz
Tue, 23 Dec 2008 14:13:08 +0000
The all you can eat buffet lunch is amazing value - everything tastes really fresh and a real effort has clearly been made. All the food here is delicious. A real bargain. Positive Fazza
Sat, 27 Sep 2008 20:04:54 +0100
A lunchtime bargain... wonderful buffet till 2.30 (I think). Cold starters, delicious; hot mains, delectable; puddings, fabulous. All you can eat for under £6.95. This place is an utter gem. Positive Harry
Sat, 07 May 2005 00:00:00 +0100

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