|Name:||Curry Leaf East|
|Address:||20 City Road|
|London EC1Y 2AJ|
|Phone:||020 7374 4842|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 24 Feb 2005|||||2. 28 Sep 2006|||||3. 26 Jul 2007|||||4. 27 Nov 2008|||||5. 28 May 2009|
|6. 28 Jan 2010|||||7. 30 May 2013|||||8. 26 May 2016|||||9. 27 Jul 2017|
|Visit Number:||110 (visit 5 of 9 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||28 May 2009|
|Cost per head:||£32.50 (1.5 beers)|
|Dave||8||8||7||8||9||8||8||9||7||8.0||See Dave's comments|
|Robin||9||6||7||9||3||8||8||8||7||7.4||See Robin's comments|
|Jon||8||6||7||9||5||7||8||7||6||7.2||See Jon's comments|
|Tim||5||6||6||6||5||7||6||7||6||6.0||See Tim's comments|
|Neil||7||7||6||5||2||10||10||7||7||7.0||See Neil's comments|
|Graeme||9||7||6||8||7||7||10||7||8||7.9||See Graeme's comments|
|Mark||8||7||6||5||3||7||8||7||6||6.4||See Mark's comments|
|Jeff||8||6||5||8||6||8||7||7||7.1||See Jeff's comments|
|Dominic||7||6||6||6||6||6||6||6||6.1||See Dominic's comments|
Dave - I was very impressed with the Curry Leaf East. I had the mussels starter which was very tasty followed by a specially prepared chicken curry which was also very nice. The vegetables were excellent and the Nan bread very crisp. Service was good and the ambience very appealing - would rate this in the top three alongside the big guns of the Herb and the Mehek.
Robin - I think this was the best service I've ever experienced in a curry house. Very speedy and attentive without being in your face. My chicken tak-a-tak starter was even better than last time and my chicken jalfrezi main course was very aromatic, quite hot and very good, although the chicken did look as though it had been cooked first and then had the sauce poured over it; completely white inside when cut, whereas if it had been cooked in the sauce you'd expect some to have been absorbed by the meat and to have given it a bit of colour. The special rice was just a fraction worse than our last visit, but still excellent by most standards, and the veg dishes were also very good. I had a rather disappointing floppy, folded bread thing that apparently was the closest to a chapatti that they could offer - stodgy and tasteless. Overall a very good meal, and although quite pricey very decent value for money.
Jon - A decent performance from the CLE. The shammi starter was really a reshmi and was excellent. The chicken jalfrezi was very spicy and enjoyable. I was a little disappointed with my keema nan, but the other accompaniments were good. The service was generally very good although Dominic was unfortunate enough to receive both his courses last with the starter being a good 5 minutes after everyone else. Griff enjoyed coordinating the text abuse of a couple of absent members despite having left his phone at home. Courage F was not amused.
Tim - On arrival we were ushered to an upstairs balcony. It was smart, but lacking in atmosphere a bit, as it felt quite separate from the main restaurant. For me, this set the pattern for the rest of the meal, where nothing was completely bad, but everything could have been just a little bit better. As the beer was quite expensive (£5.50 for Kingfisher), I decided to order a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. Unfortunately they brought Sauvignon Blanc instead, and initially tried to make out I'd said the wrong thing. And please, if I ask for a glass of water, just bring it with the rest of the drinks, don't make me ask three times. The poppadoms arrived with some of the spicy ones a bit burnt, and with only three accompaniments (no lime pickle again). The Lamb Sula starter smelt good, and tasted good, but the meat was a bit dry. And they'd taken away the pickles by this time, so no possibility of adding some raita. The main course of Chicken Jalfrezi was quite hot (i.e. spicy), but could have done with slightly more chicken and slightly less onion. Both the keema and peshwari nans had a good flavour, but were dry to the point of being crispy, and rather burnt on one side. Vegetables were OK, including paneer tikka makhan palak, though I thought the mushrooms tasted vaguely sweet. I've had good meals here in the past, but on this performance, I don't think it deserves a top six place.
Neil - Excellent curry house only let down by a cold starter and a burnt Nan. A tiny bit pricey but would have been worth it if they'd concentrated on the details. Thanks to the bonus ball for arranging a restaurant next to my hotel and to Graeme for finally explaining the country membership joke to everyone.
Graeme - Before we got to the restaurant, I said I wan't sure about Curry Leaf East - I thought it might be a bit over-rated and pricey. Based on this performance, I was wrong. The food was up there with the best I've had and the service was quick, efficient & accurate. My Ajwani Salmon starter was tender with a spicey under-taste. My Chicken Jalfrezi was perfect - it was quite hot but had just the right balance of spice and flavour. There was plenty of banter including synchronised texting to Rats and Brian which was very childish (and entertaining!). Neil made a rare appearance as our one and only Country Member. Of course, this gave my the opportunity to crack the "Yes, I remember" joke many times throughout the evening. However, I was horrified to discover that at least 3 of those present had not previously understood this classic Kenny Everett quip. Have I been chuckling alone all these years?
Mark - Curry Leaf East delivered it's usual high end food and price. Placed up on the Mezzanine floor instead of the basement improved the ambience and did not impact on service too much. Meal served a lot quicker than many other places. Presentation was superb and main parts of meal very good apart from burt naan and over cooked popadum. Menu is always interesting here and I enjoy coming but some of the prices are very steep. Mexican wave texting was a new concept but only works if you have a phone!
Jeff - As I missed our visit here last year I was eager to see if standards had slipped or if the menu had changed. I was pleased to say that the food and service are just as good as previously, and perhaps the menu had improved as there were a few more old favourites available as well as the more unusual alternatives that have always been featured. In my opinion they have also upped the general spiciness of the food as my main was, unexpectedly, pretty hot. And the overall bill came to just 50p more than 2 years ago. I think, however, that the ambience has suffered a little as what was very swish when it opened now does not look quite so good. But that's a minor quibble - overall I remain impressed by the CLE.
Dominic - I have always been a fan of the CLE, however, was somewhat disappointed by everything about the meal. We were seated upstairs which was quite drab given how smart the downstairs area is. The service was OK but my battered fish starter was quite bland. My Chicken Nigiri Korma (or some such dish) was only reasonable as were most of the sides. All in all quite disappointing given our earlier visits.