The 2nd Century ('c2')

Restaurants Visited

Here are the restaurants that we visited in 'c2', sorted by their average score, and showing the number of visits in the period.

Click on a restaurant's name to
see the reports for our visits.

Pos. Restaurant Av.
Score
No.
Visits
1 Mehek 7.73 7
2 Empress (The) 7.59 4
3 Masala 7.32 5
4 Cafe Saffron 7.14 1
5 Shampan (The) 7.11 5
6 Lahore Kebab House 7.00 3
7 Salaam Namaste 6.99 3
8 Bangalore Expr. City 6.99 3
9 Curry Leaf East 6.96 5
10 Gulshan 6.94 3
11 Anokha 6.91 4
12 Rasa W1 6.89 2
13 Red Fort (The) 6.89 1
14 Sripur 6.89 3
15 Cinnamon Tree 6.87 1
16 Mumbai Square 6.84 3
17 Sitar 6.83 2
18 Spice Trader 6.83 2
19 Halal (The) 6.82 1
20 Bhatti Indian Cuisine 6.82 1
21 Red Chilli 6.79 2
22 Gandhi's 6.78 2
23 Bengal Tiger 6.76 4
24 Indian City 6.74 2
25 India (The) 6.73 3
26 Kasturi 6.73 2
27 Eastern Eye 6.72 2
28 Papadoms 6.71 2
29 Muhib Indian Cuisine 6.69 1
30 Mirch Masala 6.64 1
31 Red Leaf 6.60 1
32 Nazrul (The) 6.56 1
33 Jamdani 6.54 1
34 Chawol 6.54 1
35 Herb & Spice 6.42 3
36 Barbican Tandoori 6.24 1
37 Golden Oven (The) 6.14 1
38 Seema Tandoori 6.01 1
39 Dawaat 5.92 1
40 Taste of India 5.89 1
41 Reema 5.77 1
42 Sajna 5.76 1
43 Indian Lounge 5.61 1
44 Strand Tandoori 5.60 1
45 Sheba 5.46 1
46 Mantra 5.40 1
47 Moonlight (Famous) 5.06 1
48 Moti Mahal 4.63 1

Summary

Another 8 1/2 years and another 100 outings under our belts. In this period 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!).

The restaurants most visited were:

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 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.

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.)

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).

Appearances

This table shows the number of appearances made by each club member in 'c2'.

Name Debut '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15 '16 Total Strike
Rate
Alex 30 Mar 200036677666653 53%
Brian 24 Feb 200048478857758 58%
Dave 27 Jan 200029746789961 61%
Dominic 26 Jan 20063899109781073 73%
Graeme 27 Jan 20005121210121212101196 96%
Jeff 27 Jan 20053101089788770 70%
John 27 Jan 200036598667757 57%
Jon 30 Aug 2001481010610119977 77%
Mark 27 Jan 20004101110910991284 84%
Neil 25 May 20001512121212111176 76%
Richard 28 Jun 200134697666956 56%
Robin 25 Jan 20014111089877670 70%
Tim 29 Nov 200241210119111081085 85%
Fixtures 51212121212121112100

Our 200th Outing

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 (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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