Name: Sripur
Area: Monument
Address: 25 Great Tower Street
London EC3R 5AQ
Phone: 020 7621 1214

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 24 Apr 2008|2. 29 Jan 2009|3. 29 Jul 2010|4. 29 Nov 2012

Now we know what the waiters were doing when they should have been serving us.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 106 (visit 2 of 4 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 29 Jan 2009
Cost per head: £28.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 5.2 6.3 6.1 7.1 7.3 7.4 8.2 6.7 6.9 6.93
Dave 8 8 7 9 9 7 7 7 7 7.7 See Dave's comments
Dominic 4 4 6 5 7 8 8 6 5 6.0 See Dominic's comments
Graeme 5 8 6 6 7 8 7 6 6.7 See Graeme's comments
Mark 5 5 4 5 7 9 5 6 6.1 See Mark's comments
Alex 5 7 7 9 8 9 8 9 7.9 See Alex's comments
Jeff 4 4 4 5 8 8 8 7 6.2 See Jeff's comments
Jon 5 7 7 6 8 7 8 7 7 7.0 See Jon's comments
Tim 4 5 7 8 8 7 7 5 6 6.5 See Tim's comments
Robin 7 7 6 9 7 8 10 7 8 8.0 See Robin's comments
Richard 5 8 7 9 4 8 8 7 8 7.3 See Richard's comments

All Comments

Dave - On reading Ratso's report from the 2008 visit I went for his "double 10" combination of King Prawn Puri and Chicken Chilli Garlic. King Prawn Puri was good however I found the Chicken Chilli Garlic a bit sour and hot for me (reminded me why I normally stick to Chicken Curry).

Dominic - The evening didn't start off well when our "booked" table had to be quickly made up on our arrival. And as it was last minute we were next to the door with the harsh cold breeze blowing in. Add the fact that there was a 20 minute gap between taking our starter orders and then the mains etc and it was clear that service and ambience marks were going to reflect a poor showing. On the food front my starter of King Prawn Puri was just OK (upon inspection there were very few prawns) while my main of Rogan Josh was quite tasty. The Special Rice was very good in that it was quite delicate and the Nan quite tasty as well. The wine list seemed to be better priced from our last outing and there was a nice round of drinks at the end to finish off the meal. However, I'm not sure this will be rated as an enjoyable evening by all and I expect that there will be a drop out of the top six.

Graeme - A bit disappointing ... Sripur didn't live up to its top-of-the-table performance of last year. It's a smart place and, overall, the food was good - no complaints there - but the service and starter let it down. The service, while being polite and effective, was VERY slow (with long waits for both courses) and my mixed grill starter was far too small (especially for the price). Having said this, I still wouldn't mind going there again. I missed half the AGM tonight and, while the second half had its moments, I do believe we are being more incisive in cutting through the crap and moving on (mind you, an onlooker would probably not share this view!).

Mark - The Sripur was on my 'to visit' list as I was the only member to miss out last time on Currymarks No.1 from 2008. I can see why it may have been marked highly but as the place was very full I think we suffered. About an hour after arriving we eventually got our starters. I had the Lamb chops which were OK but small and lacking any kick even with the paste spread over them. Main of Chicken Tikka Slathi ??? was described as fairly hot but I found it to be more flavoursome than a burner. It was very good and a good size portion unlike the veg. Tim decided to have red wine with his meal thanks to me and the waiter while Rats had tea with the vicar instead and Brian made sure he avoided the AGM.

Alex - Service marred by the wine lake... Food very good again.

Jeff - A visit to our 'top' restaurant of 2008 to start 2009, although how this got to be top I have no idea. Granted, the food was quite good, but everything else was not, and the price was not low enough to make up for that. Although we booked they had not set up our table and two places were not set until asked for; poppadoms appeared without asking for them (none of which were spicy), and there was just ONE type of bottled beer available. The ambience was uninspired. I don't think it is even a top 6 restaurant. A shame, because I like the pub next door (the Hung Drawn and Quartered) a lot.

Jon - A decent performance from the Sripur that is unlikely to maintain its number one status. The main complaint was the service which was not quick and a little haphazard. My mixed starter was a tad disappointing but my Chicken Madras main course was very tasty if a little on the mild side. The veg were good but not enough of them and the Keema Nan was very nice. The AGM was relatively painless  - it’s surprising how far some members will go to avoid it, I mean, a night out with the vicar!!!

Tim - Although we'd booked, our table wasn't prepared when we arrived. The restaurant was pretty busy, so we were stuck by the door, resulting in a cold draught every time the door was opened. Poppadoms arrived, and a while later they take our order for starters, though not for the rest of the meal. Just under an hour after we arrived, the starters appeared. Not sure if this was a ploy so we have more drinks, or they were just busy. The chicken chat was good, unusually featuring hot cucumber slices amongst the chicken and sauce. The main course of lamb achari arrived some time later. The waiter managed to knock over my drink when he put down the luke-warm plates. He then disappeared and came back after a couple of minutes with a napkin to mop up the drink, but no replacement drink was provided (until asked for later). The lamb was good, but the portion was rather small, as were the vegetable portions. I wasn't particularly impressed with the paneer kofta (a bit colder and blander than others I've had), but it was OK. The peshwari nan was nice. Overall I didn't find the service very attentive, I wonder whether they were short-staffed, or had more customers than expected. The overall cost was not too bad as we had complimentary poppadoms and a round of liqueurs, although the main course portions were quite small.

Robin - After a remarkably harmonious and reasonably speedy AGM the meal at Sripur was very good indeed. I had a very tasty king prawn puree to start, and then although it wasn't on the menu I asked for and got a lamb tikka pathia, which was fantastic. Beautifully aromatic, with a bit of "bite" and lovely tender chunks of lamb. The special rice was also pretty good and the veg dishes well above average although perhaps a little greasy. I had popped into the Sripur (from the pub next door) to book a table a bit earlier, and although they hadn't actually finished moving all the necessary furniture about to accommodate our group at least we got in, and if we hadn't booked we might have been turned down since the restaurant was fairly busy. I'm glad the notion to always book tables in advance of every outing was easily approved at the AGM earlier.

Richard - Generally great food, but let down by a few weak points. Starter of Sripur special and main of chicken Achari were excellent, as was everything except the peshwari nan, which was lacking filling. They were a touch slow to take the order, and food was slow to arrive. Overall the fab food, great location and ambiance should keep this top 6, I hope. Luckily the conversation rose a cut above Jon’s medical procedures to take in Graeme’s incestuous fantasies.

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