I had a vegetarian buffet lunch, costing £6.95, at the Ravi Shankar Indian restaurant in Drummond Street, close to London’s Euston Station, in September 2015.
I arrived in Kings Cross around 1pm, However, I couldn’t check into my hotel, the Travelodge London Stratford, until 3pm and Travelodge don’t offer a left luggage facility. As I had a fair sized suitcase and a backpack, my options for spending that couple of hours were limited.
As I didn’t know if there were any good restaurants in Stratford, I thought I’d stick to Drummond Street near Euston Station. I’d eaten at the Diwana Vegetarian Restaurant located there a few months ago, and wanted to try one of the other restaurants that I’d observed in the vicinity.
I wasn’t sure what type of reception I’d get as a solo customer with luggage arriving at the Ravi Shankar at peak time. Upon entering, I was impressed to receive a warm welcome.
Initially, the waiter gave me a small table by the food counter, with space to tuck in my luggage. He told me that he’d give me a larger table as soon as possible. Sure enough, within a few minutes, I was seated at a more spacious table closer to the buffet selection.
There was a notice at the buffet requesting that you use the same metal plate for both your starters and main course. That didn’t bother me, as I often re-use my plate. It certainly encourages you to try a tiny portion of something to see if you like it.
I didn’t see labels on the various dishes, so I tried most things.
I enjoyed the desserts. The Fresh Fruit Salad was refreshing and the Gulab Jamun (like doughnut balls in syrup) were rather addictive.
In my opinion, the buffet lunch at the Ravi Shankar Indian Restaurant for £6,95 was very good value for money. I thought that food at the lunch buffet at the nearby Diwana, for the same price, was tastier and better presented, but that the staff at Ravi Shankar were much friendlier than at the Diwana.