|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|
|Visit Number:||124 (visit 3 of 4 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||29 Jul 2010|
|Cost per head:||£24.00 (1 beer)|
|Robin||8||7||8||9||7||9||7||8||7||7.8||See Robin's comments|
|Jon||9||8||7||8||8||7||8||9||8||8.0||See Jon's comments|
|Brian||8||7||7||8||7||7||8||8||8||7.6||See Brian's comments|
|Mark||9||8||7||7||6||5||7||7||6.8||See Mark's comments|
|Graeme||8||5||6||4||8||6||9||7||5||6.6||See Graeme's comments|
|Dominic||7||6||7||5||5||5||4||4||4||5.1||See Dominic's comments|
Robin - A very pleasant evening, made special by it being my 100th appearance. Celebrated with a few pints of ESB in The Hung, Drawn and Quartered to kick off, then went next door to eat. Plain popadoms were delivered as we sat down (and nobody could be bothered to order any spicy), and overall the service was pretty good – probably helped by the restaurant not being that busy. I had a king prawn puree to start – superb. Then as on our previous visit I ordered a lamb tikka pathia main (off piste), but this time the lamb wasn't quite as tender as last although the sauce was excellent. The veg dishes were very good, but we only ordered 2 or 3 because there were only 6 of us so there wasn't a huge amount of variety. The special rice was also excellent and there was plenty of it. How I managed not to notice that the lads had switched my glass for the ceremonial engraved 100th outing glass is beyond me; perhaps the ESB should take the blame. Still, I got it home in one piece and managed to pop it into one of our display cabinets without my wife noticing – yet. A very big thank you to the Currymarks Club for that lovely momento.
Jon - An impressive performance by the Sirpur. After the problems of our last visit, the service this time was excellent, probably made easier by there being only six of us – the only problem being that they delivered one too many main courses! The food itself was excellent – I went for a Sripur Special mixed kebab starter and a lamb madras and both were well prepared and very tasty. All the accompaniments were of the required standard and I particularly liked the paneer kofta. Robin failed to realise that he had been presented with a glass to commemorate his 100th appearance and then the waiters thought he was nicking their glass when he did put it in his bag at the end of the evening. With a refreshingly early finish, it was all-in-all an excellent evening.
Brian - Spicy whitebait starter was good, although could have been a bit spicier. My main was halibut which, whilst not quite fit for Jehovah, was rather good. Veg dishes were fine, and I enjoyed the cheesy potato thing, which was a variation from the usual offerings. No choice over popadoms, which is not really an issue for me, but I'm sure others may miss the option of the spicy ones. Banter was very good, despite there being only 6 of us. Service was fairly cheerful, and I don't think we waited too long for anything. Nice Janice at the end as well - thanks to Dom I believe for negotiating that.
Mark - Sripur was not as crowded as previous visits (perhaps because it had moved as far as I was concerned!) which made it far more pleasant and the service was efficient and friendly. Our round table of six were all able to join in one conversation rather than the disjointed discussions that often result from a long table. Fish Tikka to start was tasty but fairly small. The spat of sauce looked like a pigeon's mess but was actually artful and added flavour. Main of Lamb Rogan was suprisingly dry. The meat and spinach did not seem to have created the usual mixture. It was as if they had been cooked separately and then served together and lacked the sauce that usually resulted. I was disappointed even though the portion was of good size. Congrats to Robin on his 100th outing, hope he enjoys the ladyboys next month with his king prawns. Good to get out earlyish even with the final port offering.
Graeme - Sripur is a fairly large smart-ish place but tonight it lacked atmosphere due to the low number of other diners. Maybe, like me, people think it's a bit too expensive. I was impressed with the service (which included a complimentary liqueur at the end of the meal). The food generally was good although my Fish Tikka starter was disappointingly small and contained a gristly bit that I couldn't eat. My Chicken Chilli Garlic main was excellent. Tonight marked Robin's 100th CurryMarks appearance - a significant milestone although it means that my membership of the 'Century' club is no longer exclusive. Despite this restaurant being (literally) next door to the pub, El Presidente still managed to get lost (having turned the wrong way) and arrived after the rest of us were settled!
Dominic - Interesting extremes ... the last time we were here we had our "booked" table hastily made up at the door, while this time is was nearly empty ... and still our party of 6 was placed next to a family table (language Graeme!). All in all I found the food ordinary - my King Prawn Puri just OK, the Rogan Josh just OK, the special rice, well, you get the picture. An unprompted free round of liqueurs was a nice touch and a fitting tribute to Robin's century ... even though he didn't notice his commemorative beer glass!! Verdict: a long way to walk for an ordinary (but entertaining as usual) outing.