Name: Kasturi
Area: Aldgate
Address: 57 Aldgate High Street
London EC3N 1AL
Phone: 020 7480 7402

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 24 Apr 2003|2. 25 Nov 2004|3. 29 Sep 2005|4. 27 Jul 2006|5. 27 Aug 2009
6. 31 May 2012

Dom looks like he is auditioning for a job as one of Lord Sugar's 'interrogators'.
"Where did you say that you went to university?"

Visit Report

Visit Number: 146 (visit 6 of 6 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 31 May 2012
Cost per head: £34.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.1 6.3 6.5 7.0 7.4 6.1 7.1 6.8 5.5 6.62
John 5 5 7 5 5 5 3 4 4 4.6 See John's comments
Jon 7 7 7 9 8 7 5 7 6 6.9 See Jon's comments
Jeff 5 7 6 7 8 7 7 7 6 6.7 See Jeff's comments
Richard 6 7 7 4 7 7 8 8 6 6.7 See Richard's comments
Graeme 5 5 6 7 9 5 8 7 4 6.4 See Graeme's comments
Neil 7 7 6 7 6 5 8 7 7 6.8 See Neil's comments
Dominic 4 6 7 8 4 7 7 5 6.2 See Dominic's comments
Dave 7 7 7 9 8 7 9 7 7 7.8 See Dave's comments
Alex 8 7 7 9 8 9 8 8 8.2 See Alex's comments
Steve (Guest) 6 6 5 4 7 6 7 7 4 5.8 See Steve's comments
Tim 7 5 7 8 8 8 7 6 4 6.8 See Tim's comments

All Comments

John - Disappointing chef's special chicken bhuna - tasted of burnt onions. Everything else average (and overpriced). Beer nice and cold though.

Jon - A quirk of the rules moved the Kasturi back into the top six last year despite it not having been visited in 2011.  It was a decent performance from an old favourite although by no means sparkling.  The mixed kebab starter was popular and very good with all the meats nicely cooked and very tasty.  My Lal Mas main course, however, was a little disappointing.  It was tasty enough but the lamb was a little chewy and it ruined the overall experience.  It was a good night, though, with the usual banter with Miss Perry featuring regularly, and a couple of guests including TLC, the Luton Chuckler, as a last minute addition.

Jeff - My fourth trip to this restaurant.  The room was pleasant and the service quite quick considering that there were 12 of us, including two very amiable guests.  However I found the head waiter rather miserable, in fact none of them smiled until we left.  The food was of an above average standard,  especially the garlic nan, although the menu was rather limited and the cheapest main was £9.50. Altogether, I think everyone ordered conservatively and that is what kept the bill within sensible limits. Verdict - there must be at least 6 better Indian restuarants in the city, surely?

Richard - The Kasturi is what a good mid-range curry house should be like, clean and neat, but lively and not pretentious, with all the usual dishes with plenty of unusual ones - although it should be a bit cheaper for a better score. The food was generally good, but let down by a mixed-grill "Gatter priced" starter that did not live up to it's pricing. The bindi was excellent – I've not had it crunchy before, and the main of Afghani Labrador (ahem Labadar) was very tasty. Good to see Griff has now become smartphone enabled!

Graeme - Kasturi hasn't changed in the 9 years since we first visited. It's a fairly smart clean place but I marked down the ambience a bit because I didn't like watching myself eat in the huge angled mirror behind our table. The service left something to be desired although I can't really put my finger on why. All the food was served up OK as far as I am aware, but the waiter was difficult to communicate with, maybe lacking a bit of humour(?). Overall, the food was good. I had the Kebab-ke-Karishma (a mixed grilled meat starter) - nice but not much of it (certainly not enough to justify the £7.50 price tag). For main I had the Jeera Chicken - very pleasant & well cooked but not quite spicy enough for me. The Peshwari Nan was top notch. Kasturi is too expensive, especially bearing in mind the area it's in (it's hardly salubrious). Having a guest in attendance gave Jon the excuse to relate the Suzi story again. I never hear tire of hearing it. Now, of course, we can drag Pollyanna into it too.

Neil - Don't think you can go too far wrong by choosing this curry house. Generally above average food and generous portions, only let down slightly by some limited choices e.g., no draft beer, no special rice and limited selection of nans. The main was very good ('Spinachy' Lamb) and the mixed starter a great selection. I was happy to pay what should have been £34 (before we took off the whip residual). If you can get a 'top table' reduction this would be great value.

Dominic - This is a modern eatery with just adequate service. The combination starter was a standout with 5 interesting pieces most of which were quite tasty (unfortunately there was 1 quite dry piece). My main of King Prawn Sag was delivered as just Prawn Sag but then when I mentioned what my dish was it was quickly called a King Prawn and dropped in front of me – not really sure these were of a Kingly nature! ... but reasonably tasty nonetheless. Some of the sides were a bit unusual (fried okra and the mushroom dish for example) but in the main were quite good. The wine was reasonably priced and the banter free-flowing ("the regular girls" were joined by Holly and there were even some murmurings of a "coup" – watch this space Mark!). Unfortunately, after booking through toptable where it had been suggested that we would get a discount we were somewhat bemused to be told that no discount would apply ... then at the end of the meal, once we paid, were offered a 15% loyalty card! So not quite sure this is very good VFM without a discount.

Dave - I had to do a "Gatter" for my starter  as the only type of prawn puri on offer was the King Prawn variety at an eye watering £10 a pop.  This said, it was very nice as was the specially prepared Chicken Curry (becoming more common that I have to ask for Chicken curry as not on menu). Again it was very tasty so overall a good dining experience. Conscious that I have now turned into the new google boy – checking my new iphone every 5 minutes – however this came to an abrupt end when the battery ran out.  Interesting survey as to people's Blue Peter presenter eras "Singleton/Noakes/Purves" seemed to win the day with a few Judds and the odd newer name I haven't even heard of thrown in.

Alex - Good flavours although the mushroom bhaji was a little odd. Mixed starter was a nice selection. Jalfrezi main was 'cooler' than many but still had sufficient kick.

Steve - I would have been happy to pay the 50% off the price list and would have scored a 7 or 8 value for money, however, paying the full price was very expensive, especially given it is so close to Brick Lane. I was very disappointed in my starter – the crab – which I was really looking forward too. Should have gone for the £9.95 King Prawn puri !!!. All beers were the standard Cobra or Kingfisher from bottles, no draft or anything so only a 5. The chicken main, garlic naan and sag aloo side were good but not outstanding. If I could mark for adverse side affects the next morning it would get a 2 – not pleasant. Hoping I get an invite to another one soon, thanks chaps.

Tim - This is a smart, though quite small restaurant roughly on the boundary between the City and East End. The menu has a few interesting items, and the starter I had was described as "a selection of succulent and delicious kebabs", which sums it up nicely. However, I was a bit less inspired by my chicken main dish, next time I'll try something spicier. The vegetables I also found slightly disappointing, but I liked the Peshwari nan and rice. There was no Toptable discount this time, so the overall price was £10 per head higher than last time, and with no free round of drinks either, the VFM has suffered.

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