Name: Mehek
Status: Closed
Area: Moorgate
Address: 45 London Wall
London EC2M 5TE
Phone: 020 7588 5043

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 30 Jun 2005|2. 25 May 2006|3. 27 Sep 2007|4. 26 Jun 2008|5. 30 Jul 2009
6. 30 Sep 2010|7. 26 May 2011|8. 26 Jul 2012|9. 26 Sep 2013|10. 31 Jul 2014
11. 28 May 2015

Mark (right) is presented with a Mongoose glass (kindly donated by the Mehek management) to commemorate his 100th appearance.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 126 (visit 6 of 11 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 30 Sep 2010
Cost per head: £36.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 8.7 7.8 8.2 7.5 7.1 7.2 8.3 7.6 7.6 7.83
Dominic 10 8 9 7 7 8 8 7 9 8.0 See Dominic's comments
Mark 9 8 9 6 7 8 5 8 7 7.1 See Mark's comments
Robin 7 7 8 9 6 7 9 7 8 7.8 See Robin's comments
Dave 10 10 9 6 9 9 10 9 9 9.0 See Dave's comments
Graeme 10 8 8 8 5 7 10 8 8 8.2 See Graeme's comments
Neil 7 7 7 9 9 6 10 7 7 8.0 See Neil's comments
Tim 8 7 8 7 7 7 8 7 6 7.3 See Tim's comments
Jeff 9 7 8 5 6 8 7 6 7.0 See Jeff's comments
Alex 9 8 7 9 8 7 9 9 8.2 See Alex's comments
Matt (Guest) 8 8 9 9 6 7 8 7 7 7.8 See Matt's comments

All Comments

Dominic - It was a welcome revisit to our #1 eatery and we were greeted like long lost family by Salim and all the waiters. The service was good albeit slightly affected by a full house with Griff deserving the title of "Towel King" after bathing (or should that be wiping!) in the glory of fresh towels at the start of the meal once more. Food wise I tried to break with tradition and had the Malai Chops starter which was very nicely presented and flavoursome. My main of Chicken Xacuti was delicious and plentiful with all sides being fine accompaniments. The wine was very nicely priced and a complimentary round of drinks again was a nice touch although I'm afraid to advise that someone named Jeff (he of "Jean Paul Caterpillar" frames fame) stole my Baileys!! On a final note congratulations to Mark on reaching his 100th outing .... and being the first to receive a Mongoose glass!

Mark - The Mehek was packed so glad we booked for my 100th outing. To celebrate I decided to have some unusual choices but should have stayed with what I know and love. Mushroom tikka starter was very tasty and looked good but 3 small mushrooms was not enough when compared to the, cheaper, meat choices. My main of sliced lamb jalfraizi had delightful bite and the meat was tender but the ration of meat to veg was too low for my personal choice - I should have had the Shank. All the accompaniments were good and pleased to see the Mehek Beer. In recognition of my century I was presented with a Mongoose glass provided by the restaurant - a wonderful touch and the welcome is so good that I will return soon and make better menu selections.

Robin - The Mehek was up to its normal high standard, and now offers the excellent Mongoose beer on draught. Griff was in heaven with a proper hot towel at the start and again at the end of the meal; he's pretty easily pleased. The service was quite reasonable considering that the place was completely full, and with groups waiting at the bar for tables to become free - good job we'd booked. The manager is so professional; not only did he greet me like a long-lost friend, he even remembered exactly what I'd ordered on my last visit several months ago! I had the wonderful King Prawn Pathia to start (again), followed by a Lamb Madras – lovely tender chunks of lamb (and plenty of it) in a superb sauce with just the right amount of "bite". The special rice was mildly disappointing by Mehek standards, but still well above average. The two veg dishes that I sampled were quite good, but since I don't like spinach (apparently unlike everyone else present) my choice was somewhat restricted. I'm pretty sure that last time I managed to get a calvados in the traditional free round of drinks after the meal, but had to settle for a cooking cognac on this occasion - oh well. The price was fairly high, but well worth it in my view. We've paid more at far less capable establishments.

Dave - Another outstanding meal at the Mehek – Kicked off in style with a round of pre-dinner towels – heaven! As always, the service was superb and the atmosphere excellent.  The only thing I marked down was my starter where I felt there was too much batter on the whitebait.  This was soon forgotten however with a top-drawer chicken curry – simply the best!

Graeme - Another great performance by Mehek. This place really is consistently good. Full marks for the service (we were treated like royalty) and my main course of Garlic Chilli Chicken (wonderful). Nice to see a draft Indian beer, too - I think it was labelled as "Mehek" but we were told it was Mongoose - very nice. The Nan was a bit ordinary but that was the only thing I could pick fault with. Mehek is not cheap but, due to the quality provided, it still provides good v.f.m. This was a great night for banter and Mark celebrated his 100th appearance ... and thanks to Dom for letting me have a glass of his (lovely) red wine.

Neil - The quality of the main was exceptional, the lamb was obviously of good quality and cooked to perfection. Starter (prawn puri) was also very good. Both dishes make this the best curry house I've been to for a long time. The only negative was that the plain rice wasn't great (a tad dry) but the pilau tasted ok. Good to see that Mongoose beer was available.  Well done Mark on the hundredth visit, I hope the glass will look good in your front room.

Tim - The Mehek has a pleasant ambiance, with its subtle lighting, good decor, and, as usual, it was pretty full. Unfortunately, we didn't get our usual table with space all round, but one stuck in front of a pillar, making it difficult for some people to get in and out. As before poppadoms arrived without being asked, which is good, unless you wanted spicy ones. Nice to see some unusual draft beer on offer - Mongoose, which I'd only had once before. For starter I had Hariali chicken tikka, four pieces of flavoured chicken with a very small amount of salad and a swirly dollop of sauces. It was pleasant enough without being particularly exciting. I had saag gosht for main - plentiful, good quality meat, though I would have preferred more sauce with it. The service was good; the waiters knew who had ordered what, and they were efficient and unobtrusive. The overall cost was higher than on the previous occasions, and although the food was good, and despite a free round of drinks at the end, I don't feel the VFM is as good as it has been in the past.

Jeff - Not quite as good as most of my previous visits, but still excellent service, good food and they've added a draft beer (if I remember right).  Main of prawn pathia was particularly memorable, although I had a cheaper starter to compensate which was only average. My main issue is with the price which seems to be creeping upwards nearer and nearer the £40 mark.  Perhaps this is because we're leaving the pub far too early (7.30!!) and still thirsty enough for 2 beers.  I was home by 11 - what sort of night out is that??  Congratulations to Mark for putting up with us on 100 curry nights.

Alex - Only criticism was my dish was slightly heavy on ginger. Others may well have liked that so very personal.

Matt - [None]

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