This unassuming little Pakistani restaurant serves up some of the best kebabs in London. Located on Drummond Street near Euston station, it's got better ambience than Lahori Nihari, Needoo Grill and those other Pakistani spots out in East London.
Lunch today consisted of:
- Seekh kebab (charcoal-grilled minced lamb), served with yoghurt-mint sauce and fresh-cut onions and cucumbers. The kebab consisted of roughly-chopped lamb with onions and spices - Raavi's rendition was excellent, though it still did not match up to Lahori Nihari's.
- Chicken tikka (grilled marinated boneless chicken): pretty average, not particularly outstanding.
- Nihari (lamb shank stew): tongue-searingly spicy. Probably the most tender lamb shank I'd ever had for a long time - the lamb pieces fell apart at the merest touch of my fork. In Pakistan, nihari stews are customarily left to simmer over low heat overnight, or about 8 hours, and would be ready in time for breakfast. The version here is predictably less oily than the super-rich version in Pakistan - gladly so, since I'd found the overly-greasy version I encountered in Karachi almost umpalatable. Raavi's rendition is good, though I wished they'd made it more gingery and aromatic (cardamom?) as the versions in Tayyab or Needoo Grill.
- Peshawari naan: topped with chopped nuts and slightly sweet - a perfect foil for the nihari.
Raavi has (much) more personable service than Tayyab, Needoo Grill or Lahori Nihari - we're made to feel very welcome from the start.
Raavi Kebab Halaal
123 Drummond Street
London NW1 2HL
Tel: +44207388 1780