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

Here's Graeme, Griff, Dom & Griff.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 144 (visit 3 of 4 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 29 Mar 2012
Cost per head: £38.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.4 7.4 7.1 7.8 7.5 7.0 8.8 6.4 5.7 7.38
Dominic 6 5 8 5 5 8 4 3 5.7 See Dominic's comments
Jeff 8 8 8 8 7 6 8 7 6 7.4 See Jeff's comments
Dave 6 9 7 7 10 7 9 7 5 7.6 See Dave's comments
Jon 8 8 7 8 7 9 8 7 6 7.6 See Jon's comments
Neil 7 8 6 8 7 7 9 6 7 7.4 See Neil's comments
Robin 10 9 7 9 7 10 10 8 8 8.8 See Robin's comments
Graeme 9 9 7 7 7 10 7 7 8.1 See Graeme's comments
Brian 7 8 7 10 7 7 10 7 6 8.0 See Brian's comments
Mark 6 3 7 8 5 7 5 3 5.8 See Mark's comments

All Comments

Dominic - I enjoyed the old venue when we visited last year and as it happens, I have been to the new location when it was an Italian restaurant. However, although it is modern, I am not a fan of eating my meal when people are milling around close by having drinks. And I found the service a tad "pushy" when it came to refilling glasses etc. As for the food, I once again went for the Tandoori Lamb Chops (thinking they couldn't be as small as last time) – well, not only were they just as small but there were only two, not three! But they were very tasty indeed ... pity they were so small and less in number. My off-menu King Prawn Sag was delicious but the rest of the dishes were quite ordinary. The Argentinean Malbec wine was once again a highlight but I was again surprised that 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. And that seemed to sum up the night: everything at a cost (quite high cost!) but not delivering given the price.

Jeff - The Anokha has moved location and the new place is more stylish than before, and right next door to a decent pub in 'the Old Tea Warehouse'. Apart from a party in a reserved area, it was a little quiet. Service was quick, pleasant and efficient. Prices are still high but I feel they have made a leap in quality this time and the meal was very good, with some unusual menu choices. Will stay top six in my view.

Dave - Nice ambience – excellent chicken curry (specially prepared) and nan bread.  Let down by the little extras (no draught beers, no complimentary drink at end + worst cold towel ever). Still quite pricey - although didn't break the £40 barrier like last time.

Jon - I'm glad the Anokha managed to wheedle its way back into the top six as I enjoyed both our previous visits.  It may be in a new location, but the food was every bit as good with my choice of the tandoori platter and a duck dish called Haash Madhurai not failing to impress.  The duck was very nicely cooked in a tasty, not too spicy, sauce.  The accompaniments were also good and, while it was on the pricey side, it was a very enjoyable outing.  Must find some more footballers whose first name begins with "H" though .....

Neil - Great venue with high quality food. Will probably drop out of our top six as relatively expensive but I'd go back especially since there's a good pub next door. Special mention for the Lamb Rogan, perfectly cooked meat and only just misses out on a perfect score as the sauce a tad oily. Mixed tikka starter a very generous 'surf and turf', very nice and not too expensive.

Robin - Impressive decor and attention to detail in their new home a short distance away from their previous abode; very classy indeed. Service was really excellent despite it being pretty busy (first time I've given a maximum for service I believe). I had Duck Tikka to start; three really tasty good-sized chunks of duck, although it could have done with a splash more sauce so I topped up from the popadum sauce selection. My main course was King Prawn Patia, which was absolutely gorgeous with plenty of meaty prawns and a wonderfully aromatic sauce - and prawns without crunchy tails for a change, unlike many other curry houses! The special rice was also fabulous and is definitely the best I've ever had - this place really has raised the bar. The veg dishes were also great (and not smothered in oil), and the keema nan was good without being exceptional. Still lumpy, but two quid cheaper than last time and such wonderful food made me feel that I'd had very good value for money despite being refused a free round of liqueurs at the end. Watch out Mehek!

Graeme - Anokha has moved premises since our last visit but it has maintained its high standards. The restaurant itself is very smart with an interesting layout and includes an adjacent bar area, giving it a lively feel. The service was very efficient and friendly. My starter of Salmon Tikka was very nicely prepared and cooked but was just too small, esp. at £6.75. I could easily have eaten it in two mouthfuls but I managed to make it last a bit longer. For main I had the same dish as last time, the Garlic Chilli Chicken, with the same result: 10 out of 10 (fantastic!). The bill was expensive but I felt that Anokha delivered on all fronts so the VFM was still reasonable. Dom treated us to a lovely Argentinian Malbec (thank you very much for that). I noticed that the wine club is growing in numbers! Oh yes, and I heard that Rats used a Griff-esque excuse for his non attendance - I won't embarrass him by repeating it here!

Brian - More expensive than most of the competition, which I confess I contributed to by ordering some of the most expensive dishes. My starter of scallops in a puree was delicious, and the main of a lamb shank was equally impressive. Sides were all OK, nothing too special, garlic nan was good. Dom was unable to negotiate a free round of liqueurs at the end, which was slightly disappointing, given the amount spent on food, beer & wine.

Mark - Don't want to be a knocker (geddit!) but I just did not really enjoy our visit. This may have been due to too many late nights already this week. Food was mainly good although the rice was fairly dry but I did fairly enjoy my Chicken goujon jalfrazy, not the usual cubes, and the mixed starter is very good. Every time the a/c kicked in I was frozen which did not help my food either as it also got cold quickly. Price of beer was a serious £5.45 so it was just as well more people did not consume £11 quids worth of the stuff - better to act like a teenager and booze up in the pub before. I thought the service was friendly but marked down a point as short on the chocs at the end. Perhaps Dave had stockpiled again? Why were we not invited to the party going on, or at least sat in the VIP corner?

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