Restaurant

Name: Sitar
Area: Aldwych
Address: 149 Strand
London WC2R 1JA
Phone: 020 7836 3730
Website: www.sitarstrand.co.uk

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 26 Aug 2010|2. 28 Jul 2011


Who's that with Richard? Oh, it's Neil - he's a Country Member.
(Altogether, now ... "Yes, I remember.")

Visit Report

Visit Number: 125 (visit 1 of 2 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 26 Aug 2010
Cost per head: £33.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.5 6.8 8.0 6.5 7.1 6.1 7.7 6.7 6.3 7.03
Jon 8 8 8 6 8 7 7 6 6 7.0 See Jon's comments
Brian 8 8 8 8 7 9 7 7 7.9 See Brian's comments
Robin 6 7 8 6 10 3 7 8 7 6.9 See Robin's comments
Alex 8 7 7 8 8 8 8 7 7.7 See Alex's comments
Richard 8 5 7 7 7 6 8 7 5 6.8 See Richard's comments
Graeme 7 7 8 8 7 8 8 7 7.6 See Graeme's comments
Vic (Guest) 8 7 8 7 5 8 8 6 6 7.1 See Vic's comments
Dominic 9 7 9 5 7 7 8 7 8 7.4 See Dominic's comments
Neil 5 7 9 4 5 4 9 5 4 6.0 See Neil's comments
Jeff 8 5 8 7 7 5 6 5 6 6.3 See Jeff's comments
Tim 7 7 8 5 7 7 7 7 6 6.6 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Jon - The Sitar is a pleasant restaurant with a very interesting menu – all the old favourites with a decent selection of the unusual and house specialities.  I went for the Shami Kebab for starter, which was not much better than average. The Hala (sp.) Chicken Tikka was well presented – chicken breast stuffed with something I can't remember – it was tasty, but came without a sauce and so was a little dry for me.  Poor choice rather than poor food if I'm honest.  The vegetables were good enough but unremarkable, and the keema nan was very tasty.  A choice of Mongoose for beer was a refreshing change and very nice.  It was a pleasant change to have our Country Member in attendance and the long awaited appearance of Jeff's friend Vic, who has joined us for a beer on a few occasions, but she finally made it along for the meal this time.

Brian - Four Nil!! All the tension pre-match evaporated quickly once Crouchy got the first.  Ok, there was a hint of handball about the second, but these things happen.  Inter, Werder Bremen and Twente up next - bring it on!!  Oh the curry, that was good.

Robin - Yet another trip outside the City, but worthwhile overall. I had the Shami Kebab to start; not bad, but a bit dry. I had Hara Chicken something or other for my main course – a chicken breast stuffed with various goodies and presented sliced – quite nice, but I wish I'd chosen something with a sauce instead, which would have helped with the (not very) special rice, which was rather below average. However, the Keema Nan was by far the best I've ever had – chock full of tasty meat instead of the usual miserly fork-full. The Mongoose Indian beer (bottled – first time I've tried this one) was good and the veg dishes were very nice, but overall I felt that the price was a bit too steep for what I'd had – even though I naturally stayed away from some of the extremely expensive dishes on offer (one prawn main dish was £18.95!). If there is a next time I'll have two of those delicious nans, perhaps with a Balti Chicken, and give the rice a complete miss.

Alex - Pleasant place with good service and presentation. Quite a bit of variety on the menu. I certainly enjoyed my slightly unoriginal choices.

Richard - Good, but not quite good enough to justify the top whack price, which is due to its location on the Strand I suppose. My main of "Chicken Hari" was outstanding, with a rather Thai feel to it, and starter of spicy whitebait was good. All other dishes I had were tasty and of good quality. Dom was sulking apparently due to no-one replying to his emails (or was it the reluctance of certain members to leave the pub early...), and refused to ask for brandies as a result. If Dom wants replies he had better email instructions with enough time to reply. Although it was good to be in a new place in a new area, so good call there. It was nice to see our country member (although he has switched his peasant's smock and pitchfork for tie and cufflinks) and a lady joining us for a change.

Graeme - Located on the Strand, this place looked fairly ordinary from the outside and the decoration inside was plain (but clean). However, it certainly delivered on the food front. My Chicken Tikka starter (in keeping with my new diet) was very tasty and a generous portion. My Chicken Jalfrezi main course was well cooked, tender and tasty. I was impressed that they had 3 types of bottled Indian beer, including Mongoose which I hadn't heard of before. The service was a bit slow (for example, they needed prompting to take our order) but was effective, and included a complimentary liqueur at the end. A good choice, Dom! The monsoon weather conditions outside played their part too - it was just like being in Delhi.

Vic - I liked the restaurant and service but not sure if it was great enough for me to be desperate to go back - I think it was the peshwari naan that did it - although that's not really their fault, that's more my fault for not knowing that peshawri naan would be sweet. Therefore overall I'd still say it was a good restaurant, and definitely in a nice area so a worthwhile visit. I thought it was quite expensive, but in comparison to your other curry visits it may not have been...

Dominic - After having a disasterous first nomination as Curry Coordinator, (OK, I still liked the food!), the pressure was on to nominate a decent eatery for my much demanding fellow members. So much "homework" was done and I finally settled on the Sitar in area of London we hadn't been to. The venue is a very nicely presented restaurant with attentive waiters with the only downside being that we were on a long table which was somewhat cramped ... well for me at least. I chose the Paneer Malai Kofta (bread-crumbed cheese and potato balls) which I must admit were a tad bland (needed more sauce), however, I tried some of Richard's White Bait which was delicious. My main of Chicken Xacuti was very good with a nice little kick and all the accompanying dishes were also good with a special mention for the very tasty poppadums. The wine was excellent and the conversation flowed as always. Fingers crossed that it was also appreciated in a similar way by the rest of them!

Neil - Mostly excellent food but rubbish portion sizes. Avoid unless on a diet. Liked the Mongoose beer though, unsure of its source, possibly 'Sainsburys own' rebranded?

Jeff - Dreadful August weather for our first trip to Theatreland.  Pre-curry the Wellington stocked a large range of ales, although I was a bit late. 50 yard walk across the road to the restaurant; which we never really got to see far inside as we were seated next to the door so the ambience is something of an unknown quantity.  Service was unobtrusive and polite, and they had an unusual bottled beer although its name now escapes me. The food was mostly better than average (the peshwari naan however being ridiculously sweet), and the price at £33 was a little on the high side but not extortionate considering the menu prices - perhaps we had a discount?  If so well done Dom.  Nothing memorable about the meal itself, but I would go if again if I was in the area.

Tim - This restaurant was in the Strand - an area of London new to curry club. It was nice to see a different beer on the menu - Mongoose - which I'd not heard of before - pleasant, though not radically different from the usual Cobra and Kingfisher. The starter of Gilafi sheek kebab sounded more exciting than it turned out. It was meant to be flavoured with cheese, chilli and garam masala, but the flavouring must have been too subtle for me as it tasted like ordinary sheek kebab. Disconcertingly, when it arrived it looked uncooked, the meat didn't look browned at all; it tasted OK though. The selection of meat main courses on the menu was disappointingly standard, though there were some interesting fish dishes. My chicken dish was fine, but not particularly memorable. The same could be said for the rest of the food. I had no complaints, but nothing stood out. Thanks to Dom, I had a very pleasant red wine (St Emilion?), and the meal was finished with some complimentary brandies. Overall then, nothing to complain about, but also nothing that really stood out.


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