Our 200th Outing (12 January 2017)

Another 8 1/2 years and another 100 outings under our belts. In this period ('c2') we have been to 48 different restaurants with 916 member appearances. The membership of the Club has stayed at 13, with no leavers or joiners, although Neil did revert to being a full member after a spell as a Country Member (yes, I remember!).

A number of restaurants visited in 'c2' are worthy of mention:

Mehek - 7 visits (plus 4 in c1). A long-standing No. 1, Mehek looked unbeatable until it closed down (to become a Post Office - we didn't see that coming). A great loss.

Masala - 5 visits. An absolute corker and a throw-back to the 'proper' Brick Lane restaurants of our formative years. Masala is our current No. 1 and has never been lower than 2nd place (probably!).

The Empress - 4 visits. A slight diversion to Whitechapel saw us find two new restaurants within two months. The Empress has proved to be a real gem and has consistently been high up in the Top 6. (The other restaurant, Red Chilli, flattered to deceive on our first visit but was found out on our second.)

The Shampan - 5 visits (plus 4 in c1). It wasn't universally acclaimed within the Club but the Shampan had a certain lived-in charm and was unique among Brick Lane restaurants in not having a discount-offering tout on the door. It seemed to fall on hard times and slipped away quietly over a year or two.

Curry Leaf East - 5 visits (plus 3 in c1). This place has flirted with the lower reaches of the Top 6 for many years but has never been quite special enough to establish itself as a real favourite.

Anokha - 4 visits. A regular in the Top 6 until they irked us by getting shirty about Jon's / Dom's request for a free round of liqueurs. That was the end of them (for us).

To mark the occasion of our double century, we decided to go posh (i.e. expensive) in the West End. On a cold and snowy evening, we first squeezed into the already crowded Dog & Duck, Bateman Street, Soho (it's got to be one of the smallest pubs in London) then ate at The Red Fort, Dean Street. Click to read our report of the visit.

Here's to the next 100!

It was great to see a full turn-out ...


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