Name: Anokha
Area: Aldgate
Address: 2 Creechurch Lane
London EC3A 5AY
Phone: 020 7283 7729

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 30 Apr 2009|2. 25 Mar 2010|3. 29 Mar 2012|4. 31 Jan 2013

An early present for Tim as 'Father Christmas' hands over the remains of his meal.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 120 (visit 2 of 4 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 25 Mar 2010
Cost per head: £40.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.8 7.4 7.0 7.6 6.9 6.9 7.1 6.4 4.1 6.85
Mark 9 8 8 8 6 7 6 4 7.1 See Mark's comments
Jeff 7 6 6 6 7 5 7 1 5.6 See Jeff's comments
Brian 8 10 8 9 5 7 6 7 6 7.3 See Brian's comments
Jon 8 8 7 7 7 8 8 7 6 7.4 See Jon's comments
Robin 8 8 5 7 7 9 9 6 5 7.3 See Robin's comments
Richard 6 4 6 8 7 6 5 6 3 5.7 See Richard's comments
Dominic 8 9 8 6 6 6 7 6 6 6.9 See Dominic's comments
Graeme 10 8 8 10 7 7 10 7 6 8.4 See Graeme's comments
Dave 7 7 6 7 9 7 7 6 0 6.3 See Dave's comments
Tim 7 6 8 8 7 6 7 6 4 6.7 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Mark - This was my first visit to Anohka and I was reasonably impressed. Food good, excellent service, choice of beers and nice surroundings. If only it had not cost so much it would be a real challenger for top spot. Mixed platter starter was nicely varied with 5 different offerings all well presented and enjoyable. Main of Lamb Sag was tasty and the meat tender but was made up of more spinach than lamb - could do better. Choice of beer was better than usual and glad to see Taj Mahal not as strong as the usual offerings. Glad I sat at the manly end of the table as we watched the former Legend get in touch with his feminine side. Let's all chant "Graeme Stansfield's a ............". Glad to see Dom off the dole queue, he looks like he needs a few business lunches.

Jeff - The Anokha is a very stylish downstairs restaurant with comfy leather (I think) chairs. It was much quiter than last time, I expect the hefty prices put people off return visits, as it should us. There was an unusual beer choice, Taj Mahal, which was quite pleasant. Poppadoms and pickles were good, menu was interesting, but not half so interesting as the prices. My starter of pakora was quite good, but main of Lamb Korahi - one of my favourite dishes - was extremely ordinary while for £9.95 it should be spectacular. Vegetables and rice were quite good. Thanks to Dom for plying us with free drinks at the end. The bill of £40 a head for a slightly above average meal is nothing short of ridiculous, although I have to say that people can't choose £7.95 starters and then complain at the size of the bill. Something will have to be done about this !!!

Brian - Price seemed a bit on the lumpy side, but there were a few exotic starter options which may have been the cause. In terms of the food, my squid starter was excellent (!), cooked to perfection so just the right texture. Duck main was just OK, some of the meat not being quite as tender as I would have liked or expected. Vegetable sides were good, as was the rice although my chapatti was a bit doughy. Round of drinks negotiated by Dom was a nice touch, as was the other round of drinks bought by Dom - firstly to celebrate his new employment and secondly to secure the freebies, which I suppose was more of a BOGOF deal. I'd recommend this one.

Jon - A good all round performance although, in hindsight, a Tandoori Mixed Starter followed by a Tandoori Mixed Grill perhaps wasn’t the best combination to appreciate a range of the chef’s abilities. What I can say is that he does meat well! It was all very nicely cooked, tender and tasty, and the accompaniments weren’t bad either with the keema say rice (more meat) also very good. Certainly on the pricey side though.

Robin - Good service (the place was only about half full this time), excellent food but very expensive. I had a nice king prawn puri to start and then the wonderful lamb shank dish – loads of beautifully cooked meat in a mild but aromatic sauce. The special rice was extremely good but the other veg dishes were nothing exceptional. The poppadoms and the accompanying sauces were also really nice – pity we don’t score them, as I believe I also remarked on our previous visit. I tried an Indian beer that I’ve never seen before but probably should have stuck to the tried and tested favourites. However the monstrous price cannot be justified at all in my opinion – take £10 off and I’d have been far happier.

Richard - Generally good food, but my main of Chicken Korai was a bit bland. The prices were very steep, especially the extras and side dishes, and the ambience wasn’t to my liking – it was trying too hard to be upmarket and lost some character.

Dominic - This was my first visit to this eatery and I was very surprised to see such a modern and inviting restaurant. Definitely a style I enjoy. And the service was very good throughout the meal. However, the food fell short of what the restaurant looked like promising. My starter was 3 small tandoori lamb cutlets which were tender but lacked a bit of taste - it could have done with some kind of sauce. My main of Xacutie Chicken was plentiful and OK tastewise but the sauce was too gluggy which was a disappointment. No standouts with vegetable, rice or nan but the Rioja was excellent. A free round of liqueurs was offered but only with buying a round ourselves which again was disappointing compared to the generosity of other venues. All in all an enjoyable evening given the company but an expensive evening based on my food.

Graeme - Probably the best meal I have had with CurryMarks. I have given three 10's: for Service (it was everything that Sheba wasn't), for Starter (a delicious Mixed Tandoori Platter which included a massive tasty King Prawn) and for Main (Garlic Chilli Chicken - fantastic). They offered three types of bottled Indian beer - I had the Taj Mahal which was very nice for a change, although I would probably have Cobra next time as it is a bit less gassy. The only downer was the price at £40 per head. I would happily have paid £30-£33 but £40 is just too expensive. I would love to go back though! After having a taste of Dom's Rioja (which was The Nuts), I was hooked and he kindly let me have a glass of it with my main course - hopefully nobody noticed!

Dave - Food was OK – but rip-off at £40 a head!

Tim - Due to many complaints, on our last visit, of slow service, we arrived earlier than usual at 7:30pm. The restaurant was less crowded than last time. The low light levels make the place quite atmospheric, though it can make the menus hard to read. It was nice to see a larger selection of beer than usual; I had Taj Mahal, which I'd not seen before. It tasted quite nice, though I don't know how much it cost. Mixed starter was good; it included salmon and king prawn alongside the usual chicken and lamb - the king prawn in particular was large, tasty and not over-cooked. I would have preferred a bit more salad though. Main course of Aada Gosht featured small pieces of tender lamb in a rich sauce - pleasant, though not outstanding. Vegetables dishes were unexciting. Service was pleasant and efficient. The overall cost of the meal was high, and despite a good meal and free round of drinks at the end, I felt it should have been a little cheaper.

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