|Name:||Standard Balti House|
|Address:||71 Brick Lane|
|London E1 6QL|
|Phone:||020 7247 5855|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 28 Jun 2001|||||2. 25 Jul 2002|||||3. 30 Jan 2003|
|Visit Number:||35 (visit 3 of 3 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||30 Jan 2003|
|Cost per head:||£24.00 (2 beers)|
|Dave||5||6||8||6||4||6||4||5||5||5.3||See Dave's comments|
|Graeme||7||7||6||7||5||6||9||6||7||6.9||See Graeme's comments|
|Mark||8||5||7||6||8||6||7||5||6.5||See Mark's comments|
|John||6||6||7||1||4||4||8||7||2||5.1||See John's comments|
|Robin||6||6||7||6||6||6||4||6||6||5.7||See Robin's comments|
|Jon||6||7||8||5||7||7||9||8||6||7.1||See Jon's comments|
Dave - OK, I was in a bad mood because we had not got in at the Herb and Spice but I still can't understand how this curry house made it into the top six last year. We had to wait ages for my starter (which was not what I expected), the meat in the chicken curry was chewy and the nan bread doughy. In true curry night tradition I then faced an horrendous journey home which ended with me cadging a lift in a Landrover from the station as all the cars were snowed in - how I wish I had been wearing Robin's Fishermans sweater!
Graeme - Despite comments from Rats that he couldn't understand how this place got into the top 6, I thought it was very good. Overall, an excellent curry 'experience' in a traditional curry house. My main course was the best I've ever had: I asked for a Chicken Karahi but was persuaded to have the Balti version (I think) - anyway, it was superb - spicy and tasty. I guess that most people will mention Robin's Alan Titchmarsh-esque knitted jumper but I'm going to take the opportunity to complain about funding Robin's & Griff's meals - they refused to make allowance for the fact that Mark, John and I had only 3 drinks out of the whip to their 4 (Jon, being a man of honour had the decency to cough up the extra).
Mark - VFM suffered as Jon rushed in without getting a discount and we had 6 vegetable dishes for some strange reason but at least they had room for us. Mixed starter promised more than it delivered while my Shylsi (?) Chicken was plentiful and well presented. Service was pleasently challanging - "You don't want to order that." Always a solid performer, the Standard delivered again. AGM well attended even if the curry wasn't.
John - Started with shami kebab which was like a tasteless cheap burger. The main course (special balti) made up for the bad starter. Nice spicy pieces of lamb and chicken tikka in a thick source peppered with prawns!! The chickpeas were excellent and so was the draft Kingfisher. However, the starter and the high price let the Standard down. Robin was obviously sporting his Xmas present a month too late - do people still wear jumpers like that?
Robin - Rather disappointing compared with previous visits. An average shami kebab to start was followed by an indifferent balti chicken madras accompanied by an uninspiring special rice. I got the strong impression that the "balti" chicken is all cooked in a large pot and then served with dollops of whatever sauce is closest to hand rather than being prepared to a specific recipe. At least Griff waited until after he'd finished eating (and until I visited the loo) before he tried on my jumper. Heaven knows why he did that, but I could now easily fit myself and a couple of close friends into the garment thus enlarged.
Jon - A good overall performance from the Standard. The shamie kebab was disappointingly bland but the vindaloo was excellent. All the extras were pretty good although the service was a bit slow and overall it was a bit pricey. Original choice of the Herb & Spice was full with 3 people, but I don't think it would have beaten the Standard. The AGM was something to behold with a bunch of 30- and 40-somethings arguing about how to calculate star ratings as if we were discussing something important, like football. What is happening to us all?