Name: Reema
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 48 Hanbury Street
London E1 5JL
Phone: 020 7655 4544

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 26 Apr 2007|2. 27 Mar 2008|3. 26 Mar 2009

I don't know what's happening but Griff seems to be enjoying it more than Jeff!

Visit Report

Visit Number: 108 (visit 3 of 3 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 26 Mar 2009
Cost per head: £18.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 4.2 5.8 6.2 5.5 5.0 6.6 5.7 6.0 7.2 5.77
Jon 2 5 5 4 6 7 5 7 6 5.1 See Jon's comments
Jeff 3 7 7 3 5 7 5 9 5.7 See Jeff's comments
Mark 4 7 5 7 7 4 7 8 5.9 See Mark's comments
John 1 1 6 2 1 5 4 6 5 3.4 See John's comments
Dave 6 8 7 6 6 7 6 7 7 6.6 See Dave's comments
Alex 3 7 5 7 5 6 6 6 5.7 See Alex's comments
Graeme 3 5 6 5 7 7 8 7 8 6.3 See Graeme's comments
Brian 6 6 6 7 6 6 4 6 7 5.9 See Brian's comments
Dominic 5 5 6 5 2 8 5 6 7 5.4 See Dominic's comments
Richard 8 6 7 8 7 7 7 7 10 7.4 See Richard's comments
Tim 7 6 8 6 7 7 7 9 7.1 See Tim's comments
Robin 2 6 6 6 5 7 5 1 4 4.7 See Robin's comments

All Comments

Jon - Oh dear. After a brief time as a Brick Lane exception, the Reema has plunged to the standards of the majority of its neighbours. The service was incredibly slow – OK, we were a party of 12 but there was no one else in the restaurant. And when my starter turned up, it was not only missing its salad garnish, but was also barely lukewarm. After an extended wait, food for the main course started to turn up in dribs and drabs, and people were so hungry that half of the veg dishes had been eaten before most of the main courses had arrived. My Garlic Chilli Chicken Masala was tasty, had a liberal spread of chillis, but the chicken was a bit tough and I was left distinctly unimpressed. The price may have been low, but so was the level of satisfaction. Brick Lane disappoints once again.

Jeff - Another very quiet night in Brick Lane and, just like last time, we arrived at Reema to find it empty; in spite of this fact, 90 minutes later we were still waiting for our main course. The chef must have gone out for the evening. When the food did arrive, my starter of chicken chat had an unpleasant taste although to be fair there was quite a lot of chicken. Jon had no salad with his reshmi, which you'd think was the end of the world considering the fuss he made!! Then due to terrible service Robin and I ended up with each other's mains and we had to resort to scraping them off onto each other's plate. Mains at least were quite large but rice was in small portions. Despite the small size of the bill (including a 20% discount and free beer), the VFM didn't make up for the poor service and average quality. I don't think we'll be back again for quite a while.

Mark - Mixed bag from the Reema. Tandoori selection to start was good but the main of plain Chicken Curry, while containing some good solid chunks of meat, was overall a bit bland and the meal was not very warm. Ended up drinking Carlsberg as Dom stuck to wine so I had the two freebies. Good to see everyone out again and to learn in the pub that as a 'white person with blue eyes' I had helped bankrupt the world - must be why we have so many UB40's amonst our members. The meal was cheap and so were most other things about it. I still chuckle at the reviews of our first visit. This one will make me sigh!

John - Rubbish. Portions very small and the worst keema nan I’ve ever had! I’ll eat my trousers if this place gets back into the top six!

Dave - Full turn out of the 12 curry disciples gave rise to a good ambience, however service was slow considering we were the only customers when we first arrived. The food was nothing special and I would not be disappointed if this slipped out of the top six.

Alex - Rather confused/slow service esp. considering how quiet it was when we came in… Free Carlsberg marks down the beer for me. Unpredictable garlic Nan – much too dry but then they came up with a rather tastier freebie because they’d mixed up Robin’s order?? Main was tasty but a bit cold. Not much veg came our way, the little I tried was decent. Cheap though.

Graeme - A very disappointing showing from Reema. After clinging on to a top 6 place last year, this was an opportunity for Reema to show what it could do. Unfortunately, even though there was nobody else in the restaurant for a long time after we arrived, there was a long delay before our orders were taken and the food took ages to be served. The actual delivery of the dishes to the table was haphazard with the waiters having no idea who had ordered what dish or, in some cases, what the dishes were. My starter (Reshmi Kebab) was barely warm but, apart from that, the food was pretty good. I marked the VFM fairly highly based on the price and the overall quality of the food (not the overall experience). With a full turnout of all 12 members (yes, Rats was there!), this was a very enjoyable evening.

Brian - Perhaps it was that there were no unguarded comments about sexual encounters with senior relatives, or no chairs giving way under substantial pressure, but there seemed something missing from this visit to the Reema. My main dish of a Gowan Tikka Masala, which promised a bit more bite than its M&S equivalent, was a disappointment, however the fish tikka starter was pleasant. Veg, rice and bread were all OK. I'd be surprised if this remained in the top-six, as I think there needs to be something that stands out above the average, and unfortunately nothing did. Still an OK, good-value restaurant though, perfect for an after-pub meal, but I wouldn't recommend it for an evening where the meal is the main event.

Dominic - This was my second visit to Reema having missed last year's revisit. And my recollection was that the year before this was very good (hence the top 6 position). But oh how things change! The table appeared quite tight and the service was just so so. My starter of the Reshmee Kebab was just passable while my main of Tandoori Chicken with a touch of Garlic and Ginger was quite bland. Added to that was the worst ever Peshwari Nan (it was hard!). The special rice was the standout but unfortunately didn't make up for rest of the meal. The overall low cost will still have an appeal but I fear this may slip out of the top 6 ... and rightly so!

Richard - Reema remains my favourite "value" curry house. It was a shame to see it empty when we arrived, which knocks the ambience a bit, but otherwise it’s everything you want: good food, good location, good service and superb pricing. My mixed grill starter was very good, as was the Chicken Korai main dish, rice, nan, side dishes.

Tim - Reema is a long and thin restaurant on a road just off Brick Lane. The restaurant was empty when we arrived, though another group arrived later. Poppadoms were accompanied by sauces including a tamarind-based one in place of the usual lime pickle. Starter of mixed kebab was pleasant enough, though fairly basic and not particularly large. Main of chicken tikka uribeesi gatta was nice, though could have been a little spicier. I thought the service was pleasant, though there was quite a long wait between courses. The wine was quite good value compared with other places we've been to - I had a nice St Emillion. Overall, there was nothing outstanding, but no particular problems either, and the final cost was quite a bit less than other places we have been to.

Robin - Quite a disappointing meal despite the 20% discount and a free pint of Carlsberg (ugh). At least the bottled Cobra was nice and cold. My reshmi kebab starter was okay (a bit dry) and the special rice was pretty good, but my main course was a disaster. I'd ordered balti lamb madras and when it turned up the sauce was lovely - but it was a balti chicken madras! Once I'd explained this to the waiter he said that I'd got the meal another of our party had ordered, and swapped them over (since we'd only just started eating) with much scraping of rice (the other guy had ordered pilau rice and piled it all on his plate). But although the dish I wound up with actually contained lamb it was a balti lamb jalfrezi, not madras. This sauce was nowhere near as good as the madras sauce I'd started off with. The single bite of veg dish I managed was of some horrible aloo onion thing, and since the mob at the other end of the table had wolfed both dishes of mushroom bhaji and all the other vegetables I've given the veg dishes a very poor mark. Hopefully we won't be going back to this restaurant again.

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