|Name:||Curry Leaf East|
|Address:||20 City Road|
|London EC1Y 2AJ|
|Phone:||020 7374 4842|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 24 Feb 2005|||||2. 28 Sep 2006|||||3. 26 Jul 2007|||||4. 25 Nov 2008|||||5. 28 May 2009|
|6. 28 Jan 2010|||||7. 30 May 2013|||||8. 26 May 2016|
|Visit Number:||193 (visit 8 of 8 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||26 May 2016|
|Cost per head:||£37.00 (2 beers)|
|Robin||8||8||6||6||6||8||9||8||7||7.3||See Robin's comments|
|John||7||8||8||5||6||6||9||8||7||7.1||See John's comments|
|Dave||7||9||7||9||7||7||7||8||7||7.6||See Dave's comments|
|Aneta (Guest)||6||4||6||8||7||7||7||6.6||See Aneta's comments|
|Richard||8||7||6||7||4||8||9||5||6||6.9||See Richard's comments|
|Graeme||8||7||6||8||7||9||7||7||7.6||See Graeme's comments|
|Jon||7||8||7||6||6||7||9||7||6||7.3||See Jon's comments|
|Dominic||6||7||8||6||5||6||6||6||5||6.1||See Dominic's comments|
|Neil||7||6||5||6||6||6||6||6||5||5.9||See Neil's comments|
|Mark||6||6||5||7||6||7||6||6.3||See Mark's comments|
|Alex||8||8||7||8||8||9||8||8||8.3||See Alex's comments|
|Tim||7||5||7||9||7||7||8||8||5||7.2||See Tim's comments|
Robin - Good service and again we were seated in the main restaurant, so ambience was also good. I had a slightly disappointing lamb sula to start - supposed to be infused with gin and then cooked in a tandoor but it was very slightly tough and without any hint of gin. My main of lamb rogan josh was excellent, loads of lovely tender meat in a wonderful sauce. The keema nan wasn't nearly as good as last time (hardly any meat) but the veg dishes were pretty good and the special rice was lovely. Slightly pricey for what you get but I'd be happy to go back.
John - Average, over-priced starter (mixed fish) following by excellent King Prawn Bhuna. However, doesn't deserve a top six ranking.
Dave - Bit out of my comfort zone at Curry Leaf East as no Griff set menu available. Can't remember the names of dishes I went for but the starter "chicken in a wrap" was very good. The luminous green main dish was not quite up to the same standard. Place was full which created a good ambience.
Aneta - Quite a pleasant restaurant, although the entrance and the sign could be nicer. Thought the menu was interesting but as I am not so educated in curry dishes it was slightly confusing for me. They could do a bit more effort in terms of their crockery though, did not think that serving different plates were particularly elegant. I really liked the food though - my lamp chops starter was really tasty and chicken shashlik for main didn't disappoint.
Richard - The CLE gave a good performance, as they should for £37. Food was very good - I had a starter of succulent Chicken pieces, with a Lamb Jalfrezi main. Keema nan was small, which is not good if you are sharing. Veg side dishes were also rather small. The service provided was a masterclass after last month's abysmal waiters.
Graeme - This is a very nice restaurant with very good food. There's nothing really to fault but it just doesn't excite me for some reason. My Chicken Tikka-style starter (I can't remember the name of it) was tender and tasty - very nice! My Chicken Jalfrezi main was really good - the only reason I held back from giving it a 10 was that it was a little too spicy for me! The service was efficient without being particularly friendly, although we were generously given a free round of liqueurs at the end (well negotiated, Dom). There was good varied conversation, covering metric vs imperial units through to my regular inquisition of ex-football referee Jon to get his view on possible injustices suffered by the Boro. Yes, we was robbed! Again!
Jon - It had been seven years since my last visit but it was pretty much as I remembered it - generally good food but a bit pricey. My main course, lamb dansak, was very nice but my starter, while tasty (something with prawns), was disappointingly small. It was a good night as usual.
Dominic - This has been a favourite of mine in the past but unfortunately this visit didn't live up to previous outings. While I quite enjoy the modern decor and space at each of the tables, the service appeared slow for most of the evening notwithstanding a solicited round of small drinks at the end. I shared the Mixed Seafood Starter with Wratts but found it just OK. And my main of the Xacuti Chicken was one of the less memorable that I can recall. Everything else was also just OK except for the bread which was somewhat greasy. The saving grace for me was the wine with a big, big thank you to "the lovely Aneta" for her generosity with picking up the tab. Overall, a disappointing night with a lumpy VFM for what we had but good to see the return of nomadic Jon!!
Neil - The CLE has 'bubbled up' into our top six venues due to a recent set of poor showings and retirements. However, I don't think we'll be seeing it next year as it's probably the most average curry house I've been to in a long time with an above average set of prices. Positives are the service is good and it seems to have become a bit more lively. Maybe it would have scored better if we could meet at the pub next door but we have to go to the annoyingly slow to serve Globe, groan!
Mark - Same ol', same ol' from CLE. Always reasonable but never outstanding. A regular drift into top six when overall standards drop but not a key place in my view. Chicken foil wrap starter was unusual but not something I would go for again. I selected the least spicey options due to a 600 mile car journey the next day! There are better value places but it is normally reliable and has some interesting menu options. As this was our 8th visit it must be doing something right.
Alex - Efficient service, food was consistently good, touch expensive. Not surprising it stays in the upper ranks.
Tim - Although I like the ambience in this place, the decor is now starting to look rather tatty, with holes and scratches in the paintwork. The starter of Kasuri chicken tikka was very tasty with succulent and tender meat. The main of gosht rara was also very good; it's nice to see some unusual dishes in the menu, which was continued with the vegetable side dishes, where I tried Baigan Bharta Shalimar, an aubergine and tomato dish, a cut above the usual brinjal bhaji. The more conventional sag aloo was also very good. Service was efficient, but the final bill was rather high.