Restaurant

Name: Gandhi's
Status: Closed
Area: Holborn
Address: 35 Grays Inn Road
London WC1X 8PG
Phone: 020 7831 6208
Website: www.gandhisholborn.com

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 30 Jun 2011|2. 24 Apr 2014


Are we now "WineMarks"?
This is getting out-of-hand.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 169 (visit 2 of 2 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 24 Apr 2014
Cost per head: £30.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.9 6.4 7.0 6.3 6.7 6.6 7.4 7.1 6.6 6.82
Jon 7 6 7 6 3 7 8 9 7 6.8 See Jon's comments
John 7 7 6 7 7 7 7 7 8 7.0 See John's comments
Neil 6 5 6 6 7 6 6 6 6 6.0 See Neil's comments
Graeme 8 6 6 6 7 6 7 7 5 6.5 See Graeme's comments
Brian 6 7 7 6 8 8 9 8 8 7.5 See Brian's comments
Alex 8 8 7 7 8 8 7 7 7.5 See Alex's comments
Dominic 6 6 9 6 5 6 6 6 6.3 See Dominic's comments
Tim 7 6 8 6 7 7 8 7 6 7.0 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Jon - I enjoyed my evening at Gandhi's and the food was generally very nice although it was let down by a few issues. Firstly, the King Prawn Puri starter, while very tasty, was much smaller than the standard Prawn Puri which was a pound cheaper and, while the prawns were bigger, they weren't that much bigger. Secondly, my half of the Keema Nan was completely lacking in meat - not overly impressive. The veg dishes were very good, however, and my lamb dansak was very tasty with the lamb just right.

John - Solid performance - nothing special. Sheek kebab (bit warm) followed by Korai Chicken. Not enough to make me happy although a few episodes of DBTV would sort that out (I'm sure Brian is tuned in to it right now!).

Neil - A very pleasant evening in yet another curry house immediately next door to a pub. A common theme this year. Nothing wrong with that! Very friendly staff who enjoyed joking with us and provided an efficient service (a slightly longer than average wait between the poppadoms and starters but all else ok). Few other patrons, however, which lowers the ambience score. I enjoyed all the courses, although a couple I felt I could have made myself at home without too much difficulty. Paratha was very tasty and would recommend, the rest traditional anglo-indian fare. All in all, possibly the most average curry house in London. Absolutely nothing to complain about but nothing to shout about either. Would go back if I was passing that way.

Graeme - This place had the feel of an old-fashioned curry house and everything was OK/good but it was nothing special and I thought the price was a little high for what we got. My starter of Goan King Prawn Chilli was nice but too small for the price. My main of Chicken Jalfrezi was hot (spicy) but there was no 'subtlety' to it. The service lacked warmth but was efficient, although they did mix up my Chicken Jalfrezi with Dom's Fish one - I have to say I much preferred the chicken! I was pleased I got the chance to attend this time after missing the previous visit because of illness. I was also pleased that my self-imposed "no more than one glass of wine" policy was successful as I remembered both saying goodbye to people and leaving the restaurant. On the subject of wine, a special mention to Dom's generosity (as always) for picking up the tab for, I think, 3 bottles - good on yer, cobber!

Brian - King Prawn Puri starter was a bit short of prawns, certainly when compared to the standard prawn puri, which appeared to have a lot more prawns that weren't significantly smaller.  Next time I'd opt for the cheaper alternative.  Sometimes, restaurants obscure any taste of fish in a curry with too strong a sauce - the Goan fish curry main here was excellent, the sauce sufficiently subtle so that I could appreciate the lovely white fish.  Rice and veggies were all good.  My beer mark actually reflects the wine: as I felt I'd had sufficient beer in the pub, I opted to join the ladies in a glass or two of red, which was pleasant enough.  All in all, I liked this place.  It's also good to be a bit further west than our usual haunts - perhaps my old fear of being South of the river is slowly being replaced with a fear of everything East of the Bank of England - weird things happen as we grow older!

Alex - Pretty decent, main was better than the slightly cool starter. Fairly hot Jalfrezi as main, which was nice.

Dominic - You know, it pays to read one's notes from a previous visit as although I intended on having something completely different it appears I ordered exactly the same thing as last time!. The starter of Goan King Prawn Chilli and the main of Fish Jalfrezi. And my assessment was largely the same: both being a tad bland and mediocre. In fact the rest of the meal was just OK with the wine being the only standout given a good selection and reasonably priced. I'm afraid this is a venue that doesn't stand out for me especially after a 2nd visit. However, another enjoyable evening spent with fellow members where I learnt three important facts: i) El Prez is getting old and can't fulfil his presidential duties after a long flight; ii) Graeme is a Fish Jalfrezi thief!! (no wonder I got my own meal last time); and iii) I'm beginning to wonder about the intellect of several members after it took a full 5 minutes of heated discussion to finally establish that "a tiger is bigger than a cobra …"!!

Tim - This restaurant has a pleasant, if unexciting decor. No Kingfisher was available (IIRC), but there was Cobra and Tiger. There were some decent wines on the wine list, at reasonable prices. Spicy poppadoms arrived rather burnt in places, and there was no lime pickle accompaniment, and the raita was rather sweet. Starter of prawn puri was pleasant enough, and looked better value than the king prawn puri. Main of chicken green massala was new to me; I believe it contained coriander, chilli and spinach, among other things, and was quite tasty. Service was fine, VFM was OK, and a final round of liqueurs was nice touch. Thanks to Dom for organising the evening, and the interesting selection of wines.


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