Restaurant

Name: Palms of Goa
Area: Fitzrovia
Address: 12 Charlotte Street
London W1T 2LU
Phone: 020 7636 1668
Website: palmsofgoa.com

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 29 Aug 2019


I don't know what was happening but, from the expressions, it was slightly disturbing!

Visit Report

Visit Number: 232 (visit 1 of 1 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 29 Aug 2019
Cost per head: £37.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 5.6 6.7 7.0 5.3 5.0 6.3 7.3 7.1 5.4 6.25
Brian 7 8 7 5 8 8 10 8 8 7.8 See Brian's comments
Jon 4 6 7 4 4 6 7 4 5.3 See Jon's comments
Neil 6 7 7 7 4 8 6 6 6.4 See Neil's comments
Mark 5 8 7 5 7 8 6 6 6.6 See Mark's comments
Graeme 5 6 6 3 5 9 6 4 5.7 See Graeme's comments
Dominic 5 5 3 3 5 4 6 2 4.1 See Dominic's comments
Robin 7 7 6 9 5 6 8 8 8 7.3 See Robin's comments
Tim 6 9 6 7 7 9 5 6.9 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Brian - It was good to see Tim carrying on the "techie in sandals" tradition, previously the exclusive preserve of Alex.  I enjoyed the Fitzroy, having got over the initial confusion created by its layout – a series of non-interconnected rooms, each with its own street door - and £3.50 for a pint of lager is great value. The restaurant was a very short walk from the pub, and I thought was reasonable value (I avoided the temptation to go for the £20 Fish Thali, and opted for the Goan Mara Fish curry for my main, which was excellent and "only " a tenner). I was unimpressed with the shared starter; two lots were brought out, each supposedly catering for 3 people, yet there was only 1 prawn in each. Despite Dom winning the rock/paper/scissors contest to determine who got ours, he very generously cut it into three; such a nice bloke!

Jon - Well the pub was good.  Service haphazard, mixed starter for three that couldn't be easily split into three was a bit strange (including just one prawn), no "special" rice, just egg fried which would be more at home in Chinese.  Main was ok, bill was pricy.  Enjoyed the evening but wouldn't rush back.

Neil - A West End treat for us all. First meeting in the Fitzroy Tavern which had lots of room, cheap beer and quick service, Fantastic! Followed by only a minute's walk to the Curry House. Really enjoyed the starter, (Tandoori Paneer) and the main (Vegetable Biryani) was very tasty, sauce could have been hotter but that's my fault for not asking for madras strength. Stuffed Paratha was a bit boring but all food generally good quality. VFM not great but being the West End it wasn't not too lumpy and they took all of my small change without complaining! I'd go back.

Mark - Meeting in the Fitzroy Tavern brought back memories of my youth (well 20's anyway!) then onto the café like Palms of Goa. Good to have our table reserved as it got very full and also meant no squeeze through being in the centre of the room. Slight false start as mixed grill was discussed with waiter prior to drinks order which then caused confusion. Even more confusion when they arrived with 1 prawn per set for 3 people. Main of Chicken Xacuti was good as was rice but overall nothing exciting enough to stand out. Good to see both Dom & Robin out and we covered the usual banter so enjoyable evening. No discounts so full price which did seem a tad high but not excessive

Graeme - Well done to El Pres for taking us to this 'happening' part of town, although it did make me feel quite old walking past all the young things enjoying their Thursday night drinks. I liked the Goan menu which had some different dishes to our norm, esp. fish and seafood ones. The experience, however, was a mixed bag - some things good, others not. After showing initial interest and quickly providing our poppadoms and drinks, the waiters took a long time to come back for our orders and there was a long delay for the food to arrive. I went for the Mixed Grill Kebab starter which the waiter initially told us we could order for any number of people, then later insisted that it had to be in multiples of three. I don't know why, as the food was not easily shareable by three people - the worst 'offender' being the single prawn! It was a very disappointing dish. In contrast, my main course of King Prawn Ambot Tik (a Goan spicy sour curry) was delicious. I thought the price was on the high side, even taking into account the location.

Dominic - After a 2-outing absence it was good to attend an evening once again albeit in the company of a scaled-down "motley crew". Not to mention being a "dry" evening for my sins. Upon arrival, we were seated in a middle table cobbled together from tables of slightly different height (not a good start) - Tim and I obviously sharing the "kiddies'" table! Like most, I opted for the shared mixed grill for 3 which was supposed to contain sizzling chicken tikka, tandoori chicken, lamb tikka, sheek kebab, prawn, green peppers and onions. On observation, there was one small prawn (which became the subject of a "rock / paper / scissors" contest with Brian - you're truly prevailing woohoo!! ... although I did share it with both Brian & Tim via a bit of "microsurgery"), one roast chicken wing and pieces of "somethings" ... definitely the worst mixed platter I've had! For main, I went for the Lamb Kofta Curry which again was disappointing in taste and number of lamb dumpling pieces. With the rest being just ok, except for the Stuffed Paratha which was poor, it was certainly a low VFM evening. Although it was good to be among the lads, it was definitely a night to forget!

Robin - I had a very nice lamb tikka to start with loads of lovely tender, tasty lamb. My main course was King Prawn Ambot Tik, with an interesting (apparently Goan) spicy and sour sauce containing kokum and tamarind. I've looked "kokum" up and it is supposed to have healing properties and is usually applied to the skin, but it is also frequently used in Goan cuisine as a souring agent. The sauce was excellent but the dish was slightly let down by the prawns still having their tails on, which made eating it a bit of a messy process. The veg was very good too, so overall it was a great meal at a quite reasonable price.

Tim - There was an interesting selection of beers on the menu, including a cider; the Bombay bicycle IPA was good. The mixed starter was apparently specifically for three people, but when it arrived, it came as a pile of meat (chicken, lamb, kebab) of different shapes and sizes and one large prawn, so it was hard to divide evenly. This was all the more surprising given that the restaurant insisted that they couldn't produce a larger version for four or five people. There was also quite a wait for it, with the starters delivered over an hour after we arrived. For the main, I asked for pork vindaloo; unusual to see pork on the menu, but pork is the authentic meat for the proper "Portuguese" vindaloo. Unfortunately they had no pork available, and I was steered towards the (chicken) Palm Goa - one of their specialities. It was not bad, but a bit bland (or maybe just subtle). I thought the vegetable dishes were better than average; they were certainly more expensive than normal. There was no free round of liqueurs to finish, and the overall cost was quite high.


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