|Name:||The Famous Curry Bazaar|
|Address:||77 Brick Lane|
|London E1 6QL|
|Phone:||020 7375 1986|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 31 Oct 2002|||||2. 19 Dec 2019|
|Visit Number:||236 (visit 2 of 2 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||19 Dec 2019|
|Cost per head:||£37.00 (1.5 beers)|
|Jeff||8||7||5||10||6||6||7||6||6||7.0||See Jeff's comments|
|Mark||5||7||6||10||6||6||7||5||6.6||See Mark's comments|
|Jon||7||7||7||9||8||8||8||5||7.5||See Jon's comments|
|John||7||8||6||3||5||4||6||7||5||5.6||See John's comments|
|Neil||6||7||5||7||4||2||6||5||5.4||See Neil's comments|
|Dominic||7||7||7||8||6||5||7||6||5||6.6||See Dominic's comments|
|Graeme||7||5||6||7||6||6||6||4||5.9||See Graeme's comments|
Jeff - 7 of us at this Christmas curry, we went to Brick Lane and arrived in one of two 'joined-up' restaurants. I presume they share a kitchen /menu, who knows? Quite busy as you'd expect. Starter of tandoori mixed grill was huge, so much so that Rats helped me eat it. Not much meat in my lamb korai, but the size of the starter meant that it wasn't too much of a problem, also meaning that we left a deal of rice & veg. the cost came as a bit of a shock, despite the discount, so that affected the VFM. Nice to see Dom back even if his hair is channelling Kris Kristofferson
Mark - Good old POS to start, real pub and even someone playing the Joanna for a sing along! Having booked for the Bengal Village, and popping in on the way to the POS, we still got bounced to the 'branch' next door and sat at the top of the stairs to the loo! Not a great start to finish our 2nd decade of Currymarks. However, the actual starter mixed grill was massive and would have done me for a main meal meaning I struggled with my main of Chicken Korai. With £30 of veg there was enough food left at the end to have kept Tim going until his Xmas lunch. Nothing special apart from starter but an enjoyable evening. Good to see Dom out again and sorting out the final snifter, perhaps he might make it to a barbers one day.
Jon - It's not the first time that we've booked a table in one restaurant only to end up eating in a "sister" restaurant next door – it could make revisits interesting should this place make the top six and, based on the food, it very well might. I was impressed with pretty much everything, bar the price which was a bit lumpy given that it was Brick Lane with 25% off. I went with fairly default options, tandoori mix starter and a lamb dansak – the starter was very generous in size and very tasty, while my main was pretty good too, and it was a nice change to get the rice out first! Wasn't sure how to mark the ambience as it was getting very loud towards the end of the evening – not sure what would have happened had Griff been on hand to sing carols!
John - Disappointing king prawn puree followed by an ok chicken shashlik bhuna. Veg good. Company brilliant as ever. An enjoyable 20 years of curries concluded. Here's to the next 20 years!
Neil - A Christmas curry night! All started well, we mixed with a very large crowd at The Pride of Spitalfields, wasn't too bad though as they had enough staff on. We even managed to order a quick round of halves just before we left, a first for the club I think. Our booked destination, The Bengal Village, was full so we were moved next door (where Dom was waiting). They put up a sign up in the window : 'a branch of the Bengal Village', so all legal I guess! Food was plentiful, especially the starter which would have been sized for two elsewhere. Rice was a bit dry though and the stuffed paratha wasn't stuffed(!) Everything else ok but not really worth the hefty £37 price. Some confusion as to who was paying for the 'free' round of shorts at the end, so have lowered the service mark accordingly.
Dominic - Having decided I was well enough (just!) to attend another curry night, I thought it prudent to avoid the pub and made my way directly to the venue, only to be told that we were to be placed at its affiliated neighbour, The Famous Curry Bazaar. This eatery is quite standard in layout for Brick Lane and soon filled up with an array of noisy diners making us feel quite at home. Service was generally good all evening despite a mix up with our liqueurs (more on that later!). I started with the Tandoori Platter consisting of lamb tikka, chicken tikka, sheek kebab and lamb chops which was one of the best and sizeable platters I've had. Higher marks would have been given if the lamb chop was a better cut of meat. For main I selected a "turned up" Tawa Lamb Tikka which was very enjoyable indeed. All the rest were fine without being anything special although the house wine wasn't a bad drop. Having solicited what we thought was a free round of liqueurs, we were somewhat dumbfounded to see them on our bill! But a quick conversation with the waiter had them removed which was kindly accepted. Overall, I couldn't fault the evening but found it surprisingly expensive for Brick Lane especially after a 25% discount. Accordingly, VFM was deemed only moderate. Nevertheless, it was great to be amongst the members once more despite (or perhaps because of) a certain "carol singer" not in attendance!
Graeme - Having booked a table at the Bengal Village, we turned up to find the place full and were then escorted to the Curry Bazaar next door where our table was waiting - very odd! Curry Bazaar is quite a small, plain place. In fact, everything about it was quite ordinary, except the price, which was on the high side for the type of place and its location. My King Prawn Puree starter was nice, while my Chicken Tikka Sizzler main was average! It was a very enjoyable evening with just the 7 of us but something made it stand out ... no Griff ... no out-of-tune Xmas carols!