Name: Papadoms
Status: Closed
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 94 Brick Lane
London E1 6RL

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 8 Jan 2009|2. 25 Nov 2010

Graeme tries to look interested as Robin explains his star cross-reference data table.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 105 (visit 1 of 2 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 8 Jan 2009 (Re-scheduled Dec 2008 outing)
Cost per head: £23.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.8 5.8 6.4 7.4 6.1 6.6 7.2 6.8 7.9 6.91
Jon 7 7 7 7 8 7 8 7 10 7.9 See Jon's comments
Robin 7 6 6 5 5 8 8 6 8 6.6 See Robin's comments
Graeme 8 4 6 8 7 7 9 7 9 7.4 See Graeme's comments
Mark 7 5 6 8 6 7 7 9 6.9 See Mark's comments
John 6 6 6 6 6 6 8 8 8 6.8 See John's comments
Alex 8 7 7 8 7 7 7 7 7.3 See Alex's comments
Tim 5 5 5 9 4 7 5 7 6 6.0 See Tim's comments
Jeff 7 5 7 8 6 7 6 7 6.7 See Jeff's comments
Brian 6 7 8 8 6 6 6 6 7 6.7 See Brian's comments

All Comments

Jon - I was reluctant to traipse down Brick Lane given the general standard of most restaurants around there, but I was pleasantly surprised by Poppadums - it was a real find! The price tag was suitably Brick Lane cheap (helped by the offer of two free pints of Cobra), but the food was more akin to that served in some of the more expensive restaurants in the City. The Tandoori Mixed Starter was a very nice mix of kebabs and tikka, and while none of the main courses jumped out as a must-try, the Chicken Madras I opted for was extremely tasty if a little on the mild side. The main course may not have made my eyes water, but the predominant topic of conversation made up for that!

Robin - The tout's offer of two free pints of Cobra per head enticed us in, and that certainly helped to keep the price down. The service was pretty good but the dining experience was variable. My sheek kebab starter was small and not particularly tasty, but my main course of balti chicken was very good as was the special rice (not on the menu). The veg dishes were okay but a bit greasy, and my chapati was pretty average. But overall I thought it was good value for money and the food was probably better than the average Brick Lane curry house.

Graeme - It's always a bit of a risk when we cruise Brick Lane in search of a good deal but it certainly worked well for us this time. Papadoms doesn't look that special from the outside and the interior is as plain as you'll get but the food and service were excellent. I had the mixed Tandoori platter to start (very tasty) and Garlic Chilli Chicken for main (yum, yum!). At £23 per head it was certainly very good value-for-money and, I think, a good 'find'. Much of the conversation concerned Jon's impending operation (and the mental image of him shaving his genitals will be difficult to shake off). Will he be known as The Null Monte?

Mark - On a cold winter night we set off to the far east of London in search of somewhere to eat… Actually we strolled up to Brick Lane which is nearer Williams Bar than is Fenchurch St despite Robin no doubt checking his GPS watch. Poppadums was our chosen venue which seemed familiar and indeed has replaced Bangla Blues. Meal was very good although my Chicken Bhuna lacked punch but Graeme's chillies made up for that. Portions were of reasonable size but Jon still insisted he would need a Chop for breakfast. A good outing and an excellent price.

John - Usual Brick Lane affair – ok but not outstanding. Started with a sheek kebab followed by an interesting chicken joypuri which was served in a whole red pepper. Very tasty but the chicken portion could have been bigger. Good amount of banter mainly focussing on Jon’s imminent castration – ouch!

Alex - Starter was tasty but main (chicken jalfrezi) was a bit generic – reminiscent of a pleasant M&S curry. Nice enough but not as interesting or as hot as one might expect.

Tim - This is a long, narrow restaurant, and was surprisingly busy for a cold January evening. The décor was plain, and for some reason there were no coat hooks/stands anywhere - inconvenient when you have a long coat. Beer choice was a bit limited - Cobra or Carlsberg. The poppadom accompaniments were good; the mango chutney not too sweet. Starter of tandoori platter was good - a selection of five items including fish and king prawn, with salad. Main course of Chicken Joypuri was a bit of a disappointment. It consisted of a large red pepper, sliced partially into segments and folding out to look like a flower. The chicken and sauce was then placed in the middle. Unfortunately although there was a lot of pepper, there was not so much chicken and sauce. The peshwari nan was also not very good - the filling tasted like they'd just mixed damp sugar with coconut - it was too sweet, and there were no pieces of fruit, nut etc. Rice and veg were OK, but were finished up pretty quickly, so I'm guessing the portion sizes were a bit smaller than normal. Overall, the cost of £23 was not too bad, although this was partly due to having negotiated free beer.

Jeff - A very cold January evening, and despite resistance from a number of members we trekked to Brick Lane - however El Presidente had researched our destination so we minimised on touting, although due to the temperature they shouted at us from their front doors rather than wander the street. We were also offered two free pints of 'Cobra' each, some thought this should be accompanied by 30% off food as well!! Anyway, I thought this was a good choice and one of the better places we've been to on Brick Lane recently. Service was swift and efficient, if perhaps a little miserable, my prawn puri was excellent and really quite spicy, main of lamb korahi was quite good although not up to Herb & Spice standard. Downsides were that there were no spicy poppadoms and portions were on the small side - I was hoovering up other people's leftovers. On the way home, a Californian couple asked us our opinion on the best place in Brick Lane - Tim, Brian, and I took them straight off Brick Lane to the Herb and Spice, which was sadly empty as we passed it!! They took a note of the currymarks web-site and said they would contact the webmaster with their experiences.

Brian - I was not keen to venture down Brick Lane for this outing, however the Poppadom appeared to be a return to form for the Lane. Not much variance from the traditional norms on the menu, and the meal was of a reasonable standard and price, especially when considering the free Cobras. Shared a mixed tandoori platter to start - excellent choice, full of various tasty and meaty treats. My Lamb Korahi main was fairly good - the lamb could perhaps have been slightly more tender, but it was certainly not chewy or full of gristle. Veggies were good, although remarkably we may have under-ordered as I did not have enough Brinjal Bhaji or Sag Aloo for my liking. Enjoyed the conversation with Ivor (remember Comrade Bolokov, the famous cosmonaut?) about his impending op, although I seem for some reason to be wincing every time I sit down at the moment. Best wishes mate, and remember to keep those thumbs clear!!

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