Name: Papadoms
Status: Closed
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 94 Brick Lane
London E1 6RL

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 8 Jan 2009|2. 25 Nov 2010

Sometimes, two hands are just not enough.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 128 (visit 2 of 2 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 25 Nov 2010
Cost per head: £22.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 5.4 6.1 6.5 7.3 6.1 6.5 6.8 5.8 7.3 6.50
Jon 6 8 7 5 7 7 7 5 7 6.5 See Jon's comments
Richard 3 6 6 8 4 4 5 4 6 5.2 See Richard's comments
Robin 5 7 6 7 7 8 8 7 9 7.2 See Robin's comments
Jeff 6 6 7 8 6 4 5 8 6.1 See Jeff's comments
John 1 6 8 6 6 5 6 4 5 5.3 See John's comments
Mark 5 6 6 7 4 7 9 7 6.7 See Mark's comments
Graeme 8 4 6 9 7 6 9 7 9 7.5 See Graeme's comments
Dave 7 8 7 7 9 8 8 8 9 7.9 See Dave's comments
Neil 6 6 6 5 9 7 7 7 6 6.5 See Neil's comments
Dominic 6 5 7 9 5 6 5 5 6 6.0 See Dominic's comments
Tim 6 5 6 9 3 7 7 6 8 6.5 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Jon - Our spiritual home it may be, but Brick Lane is just not what it was.  Having ignored the touts to head to our chosen venue, we arrived at a fairly empty restaurant, although it did fill up a bit through the evening.  The food was good but they'd obviously had an issue with preparation times as some dishes were well on the way to being cold and some were hot.  The tandoori mixed starter was fine but uninspiring and my main chicken joipuri was very tasty but went cold pretty quickly.  Veg was fine but a mixture of hot and cold so the overall experience was a little disappointing.  With 50% off the food, I'm glad we didn't pay full price, but once we'd deducted the ridiculously large service charge they'd added, it was refreshingly inexpensive.

Richard - A bit run-of-the-mill in general. I was very annoyed that they added £50 "service charge" which was sneaky and unnecessary, which pushed down service marks. Good tandoori mixed starter, and unusual chef special main, but below average rice, nan and veg. Should be good VFM thanks to 50% off food, but trying to claw it back with the service charge hit that mark too.

Robin - Given that we were a party of 11 the service was okay, but I was beginning to feel just a little impatient just before the main courses arrived. My king prawn puri was good but the filling was a little skimpy. My main course of chicken joipuri was really nice but was served warm rather than hot. The veg dishes were also nice but a little on the greasy side. Very good special rice and the keema nan was also pretty good if rather lukewarm. Thanks to our online booking with 50% discount off the food prices the VFM was excellent – even if the bill had to go back and forth a few times before we actually got the full discount!

Jeff - A very cold November evening on the first day of the 2010 Ashes series (just some historical context there). Beer in Williams Bar very tasty.  El Presidente had booked us 50% off food.  Our table was ready and waiting.  Like last time, service was a bit miserable. This time, spicy poppadoms were available although they were not very spicy!!  A better choice of bottled beer than some places - I had a Thai beer called Singha.  My starter of shared tandoori platter was very good, but my 'Special' main consisted of minced chicken which I did not remember reading on the menu.  Anyway I did not like it.  Jon's leftovers from that dish served in the green pepper were much more appetising. Remembering the portions were quite small last time, I ordered a whole rice and was glad I did. Vegetables were unmemorable. Altogether, an average meal but, with the 50% discount, a very competitive £22 a head.

John - Typical Brick Lane nosh. Nothing special but acceptable. Some of the veg dishes could have been a bit hotter (temp wise) and I thought some of the portions were a bit small (especially the King Prawn Puree). My main course of Garlic Chilli Chicken was good though. Didn't like the service and the attitude that went with it ... and they tried to stitch us up on the bill. That aside, an enjoyable night all round - and a extra pint in Dirty Dicks at the end to round things off!

Mark - National Curry week and a good turn out as we went back to our roots in Brick Lane and revisited Popadoms. Booking beforehand via their own website allowed a 50% food discount - very welcome. Service was very quick considering the party size but £50 charge was a bit steep. Decided to try the King prawn butterfly for once to start and it was good but not exciting. Main of Chilli Garlic Chicken was very good - and yes Richard they were real chillies! Rice not bad bit nan not the best I've had. Overall an enjoyable evening but might struggle to get back in top 6. After curry drinks for some people - is this becoming a habit? Well done Diggers on bringing the 60p whip!

Graeme - It was quite early on in the restaurant when Jeff dropped his bombshell, "I'm not really that keen on Cobra". We'll have to wait and see whether our friendship will survive. Anyway, Papadoms … this was a really good meal with efficient (but not overly 'warm') service. I really enjoyed both my starter (the Tandoori Platter) and main (Karahi Chiken). Jeff picked me up on my pronounciation of "Karahi" but since I found out about the Cobra I don't care what he thinks any more. Papadoms is very plain decor-wise but everything else was of excellent quality and, at £22 per head, it gave great v.f.m.

Dave - Overall a very enjoyable evening (Even went for a pint after the meal at Dirty Dicks!).  The food was good and nice to be presented with a bill for only £22 at the end. Brick Lane lives on!

Neil - Generally high quality food, although the mixed meat starter was a bit chewy! Main course and sides very good though. Quantities not enormous but OK, felt pretty full after two courses.  Given that we had 50% off the food, I've marked down the VFM as it would have been quite expensive otherwise.  Also, it seems they wanted to make this up by charging a fairly hefty service fee, very clever!  Enjoyed our trip to Williams Bar. I think it's the best part of a decade since I last visited what used to be our local. Thanks to Jon for his expert explaining of the finer points of the beautiful game, you'd never guess what he does on Saturdays dressed in black with 22 sweaty blokes.

Dominic - Although I missed out on the original visit I had been to this eatery "off piste" and enjoyed the evening. This visit, however, was somewhat disappointing. The poppadoms were very fresh and the Combination Tiki starter was very tasty but the rest of the meal was a disappointment. My Chicken Xacuti main was a tad dry, and the sides were just so-so. The wine was fine but the service was less than friendly and when the service charge was added on the "non discounted" amount it capped off a much less enjoyable meal compared to my last visit.

Tim - This is a long thin restaurant; it's smart, though the part we were in seemed to lack atmosphere. There was no Kingfisher available, although they did have small bottles of Tiger and, I think, Singha. Poppadoms were fine, but the raita seemed more creamy than yoghurty - a bit too sweet. The mixed tandoori starter was excellent - 3 meat items, fish and king prawn, with salad. Main course of Murgh Hara Bhara was described as medium-hot, though I thought it was rather mild. It was pleasant enough, though didn't stand out for me. The peshwari nan was very chewy. The veg and rice were OK, though perhaps a little on the small side. Overall, with 50% off the food, the price was quite reasonable, though with these kinds of offers, I often wonder if they reduce portion sizes to partially compensate.

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