Name: Dawaat
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 60-62 Brick Lane
London E1 6RF
Phone: 020 7375 3095

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 28 Aug 2008

The boys did not appreciate the long wait for their drinks.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 101 (visit 1 of 1 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 28 Aug 2008
Cost per head: £19.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 4.3 6.6 5.9 5.6 6.1 5.6 6.4 5.6 6.8 5.92
Richard 8 8 7 4 7 7 8 4 9 6.9 See Richard's comments
Graeme 5 6 6 7 8 4 7 7 7 6.4 See Graeme's comments
Jeff 5 8 7 6 6 6 6 9 6.5 See Jeff's comments
Brian 3 6 5 6 7 6 8 7 7 6.3 See Brian's comments
Dominic 2 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 3.8 See Dominic's comments
Dave 6 8 6 6 6 7 5 6 5 6.0 See Dave's comments
Jon 3 7 8 6 6 5 8 5 8 6.4 See Jon's comments
John 2 6 5 6 6 6 4 6 5 5.0 See John's comments

All Comments

Richard - I liked this place: Brick Lane done right. Shame we had to go through a bit of the usual nonsense with the touts, even after we said we would try to go to an un-touted place (do they exist?), but 30% off is worth having. The atmosphere was good, although starters were a bit slow to come out. The meat samosa starter was tasty but not enough with just 2 small pieces. †The non-vegetarian Thali main was very good, sizeable and varied, and came with 3 meaty curries (2 chicken and 1 lamb I think), cool yoghurt raita, rice, nan. Poppadums were fresh and crunchy, nan good, side dishes ordinary, beer was cold! Graeme has obviously passed fully into old age, as his advice for any of us youngsters suffering from mid-life crises was to forget the Porsche 911 or motorbike and get a narrow boat. 3mph is enough for him these days: the motorised wheelchair beckons!

Graeme - I'm surprised we haven't been to this place before as we walk past it every time we go to Brick Lane. It's one of the flashier looking places - maybe that has put us off in the past. Dawaat gave a steady all round performance - nothing special but everything acceptable at a very reasonable price (taking into account the pimps kind offer of 30% off the whole bill). We were seated in the upstairs 'overflow' room which can often be a bit of a graveyard but here it was busy and fairly lively. We had a long wait before being able to order and then for the starters to arrive but after that it all flowed pretty well. My Mixed (Tandoori) Starter was tasty but a little on the small side and had no garnish. My main of Chicken Pattia was good but I've had a lot better. The Peshwari Nan was excellent. I was tempted to mark up the beer because they did have Kingfisher on draft but it tasted a bit watery so I didn't. I arrived slightly late at the pub beforehand and found some of the guys already well lubricated and arguing about who was owed drinks out of the whip - it is hard to believe that the average age is mid 40s!

Jeff - A typical Brick Lane establishment, a not-bad meal for less than £20. Without Tim or Mark to urge us out of the pub, we lingered until gone 8:00, perhaps giving us the courage to face the touts of Brick Lane; and boy were they out in force. We were offered every sort of discount imaginable and seemed puzzled when we told them "we aren't allowed to visit your restaurant". We walked up and down and finished where we started, at Dawaat, an airy, busy place on two floors which had a good buzz and a fair mix of couples and larger groups. The menu offered all the traditional dishes. Initial service was not good as we had almost finished our poppadoms before the beer arrived (draft Kingfisher but a bit flat) and they were slow to take our order. It then took 30 minutes to deliver our starters. My prawn puri starter and main of lamb balti were both average, not a patch on say the Herb and Spice's versions of the same dishes. Vegetables and breads were again ok. Rice portions were small. The place typified Brick Lane, which is about 'the craic', the company and having a decent meal, for a reasonable price. And I thought £19 a head very reasonable.

Brian - Marked down for service as it was incredibly slow (I think it was about 40 minutes for the starter to arrive). The draft Kingfisher was disappointing. My lamb tikka starter was OK, although a bit dry. My fish main was excellent - a good-sized portion of some white fish (can't remember exactly what fish), topped with a nicely spiced sauce. Veg were OK. Company excellent as usual, and I like meeting in Williams as opposed to the KS.

Dominic - Not sure that our "Brick Lane" radar was working this visit as we were herded up the stairs to our table and almost immediately forgotten. And on that note I would have to say that this was one visit best forgotten! The food was largely bland and the dining experience a long and drawn out process. Next ....

Dave - Lively brick lane atmosphere gave rise to the high mark for ambience but I'm afraid this restaurant was let down on† food quality and service. Things didn't get off to a good start when I discovered†mould on my spicy poppadum (although Jeff disagreed and to prove it went on to eat it). My chicken curry had a tasty sauce but was spoilt by what tasted like very cheap chicken. Hope we don't return.

Jon - Right opposite the end of Fashion St, itís surprising we havenít been to the Dawaat before. It was a fairly solid performance without being in danger of troubling the top six. They were very slow in taking any sort of orders from us and it was nearly an hour later that the starters turned up. My Reshmi Kebab was tasty but couldíve been a bit bigger, but my Chicken Madras was pretty damn good. The vegetable dishes were a bit dry and disappointing, the Nan bread uninspiring and the special rice anything but. Nice pint of draught Kingfisher though, and with a 30% discount, a very reasonable £20 per head.

John - Slow service, average food, good company.

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