Name: Laxy's of Lye
Status: Closed
Area: The Black Country
Address: 53 High Street
Lye, West Midlands DY9 8LQ
Phone: 01384 356519

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Visit Report

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"The Black Country Curry"
Date of visit: 10 Mar 2007
Cost per head: £20.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.0 6.9 7.0 7.1 6.8 6.0 6.6 7.5 6.67
Jeff 8 9 5 8 7 3 6 8 6.3 See Jeff's comments
Graeme 5 7 8 8 7 6 7 7 6.8 See Graeme's comments
Dominic 4 4 6 6 5 6 6 4 5.3 See Dominic's comments
Mark 5 7 10 8 6 6 6 8 7.1 See Mark's comments
Jon 6 9 8 7 9 8 8 9 8.0 See Jon's comments
John 6 7 4 5 5 5 6 8 5.6 See John's comments
Robin 7 7 6 7 8 9 7 7 7.4 See Robin's comments
Brian 7 5 9 8 7 5 7 9 7.0 See Brian's comments

All Comments

Jeff - The restaurant was small but not cramped, incredibly busy (as they all were), so good marks for ambience. No licence, so no beer mark, but BYO helps the VFM. Service was a little slow to start but improved as the evening went on. Huge menu choices for main courses, making it difficult to choose. Starter of pepper stuffed with minced lamb was pretty good, but they seemed to have forgotten to put the chicken in my main course, which was actually fairly tasteless; still I managed to try plenty of vegetables which were quite good, as was the rice; and the nan breads were so big you could see them from outer space. Altogether, the meal was above average, especially when considering the £15-ish price and how much food we ordered. VFM would have been higher were it not for the poor main course.

Graeme - A very enjoyable meal at "The best curry house in Lye" - well, that's what it said on the window! The food was generally very good with my stuffed mushroom starter and the peshwari nan being excellent. My main course (Laxy's Al Bahaar - a chicken Balti dish of the chef's own concoction) was a bit mild and uninteresting, but enjoyable all the same. I must say that I prefer a plate so I can keep the components of my meal separate but I went for the traditional Balti bowl where everything is thrown in together. Unfortunately, the service was poor to begin with - we were left on our own for quite a while and then had to wait too long for the poppadoms. Also, the place had no alcohol licence - which I see as a negative but nobody else seems to agree. Obviously, we took in our own beers. All-in-all, this was a good end to our day on tour in the Black Country.

Dominic - This was an interesting first event outside of London which started with the train ride on Friday evening. The Saturday evening eatery was well positioned at the start of the high street but because of overcrowding meant that we had to wait in the freezing cold before our table was ready! When we did get inside I was a little disappointed with the service which was moderate at best. My starter of the King Prawn Puri was decent but moreso amusing as the description included "puffy bread"! My main of the Lahore Special was enjoyable although the Balti delivery meant that things seemed to blend into each other. The most notable item of the evening was the nan bread which was resembling the size of a "super-sized-pizza"!. Many thanks to Jon and co for a very enjoyable weekend despite the fact that I had to spend it with all these people!!

Mark - Who would believe we finally made the Black Country - next stop Bangalore! Non-licensed place so beer mark not real but obviously helps VFM. Place was banged out so good job we booked but this did mean that service was extremely slow. My mixed grill starter was wonderful and put to shame the overpriced meagre offerings down south. Just a shame my main Balti of mixed Chicken & Lamb was lacking meat. Nan breads were huge but other sundries were nothing special. Good day at the races meant I was quids in and Boro booked a win that may take them to Wembley so a good day and great organisation from Jon. Just a pity there was no guest appearance from SP.

Jon - The long-awaited Black Country Curry, or perhaps it should really be the Black Country Balti, was not a disappointment (other than the performance of my chosen horses). Other than the service being a tad slow, probably due to the busyness of the restaurant, the overall experience was a good one. The food was plentiful and inexpensive, with the slight inconvenience of having to purchase our beer elsewhere also contributing to a good VFM mark, and it was also very tasty. The very extensive menu made the choice a difficult one, but I was pleased with my choice of Chicken Tikka Jalfrezi which had the right combination of flavour and spiciness and the meat was excellent. The starter was a variation on a reshmi kebab, the name of which escapes me, but it too was generous in size and very tasty. The special rice was also very good. It was a worthy end to an excellent weekend.

John - I don't think this place would have made the top six. I had balti chicken tikka bhuna massala which in hindsight was a mistake as it was too rich for me. The starter of king prawn purree was ok but unspectacular. Still, a pleasant weekend spent up North all in the name of research!

Robin - A most interesting expedition to the darkest Midlands, where mothers apparently devour their young. Focusing on the curry (rather than sundry other drinking and horse race betting activities), the restaurant was obviously popular and pretty crowded so we were rather packed in at our table. The food varied between being not bad to extremely good - my balti chicken madras being the highlight - although some of the dishes were a bit on the greasy side. We had to provide our own beer - none of the restaurants in the street (quite a few) were licensed, but what the heck - at least there was an off license only a couple of minutes away. The only downside to the weekend was the travelling. Although the journey out of London was long the trip back was interminable due to loads of weekend engineering plus, rather to my amazement, a stop for a while to repair a window on the train that had been shot by some lunatic with a gun of some sort (apparently the driver saw the miscreant in the act). If that's what the Midlands are like these days I reckon I'll need to get some body armour before my trip to Newcastle at Easter.

Brian - The BCC was a very good experience overall, and an excellent weekend. The restaurant itself was a bit cramped, hence the lower ambience mark, and the main course appeared almost vegetarian, despite being advertised as having 3 separate meats in there somewhere. My starter was excellent, although I have no recollection as to what it was (due to the passage of time, rather than too much alcohol - honest!). No licence, therefore no beer mark, but I'm still a fan of the BYO-style restaurants which unfortunately no longer grace our Brick Lane heartland.

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