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

While Dom (right) held Graeme down, I hate to think what Alex (left) was doing.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 148 (visit 8 of 11 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 26 Jul 2012
Cost per head: £39.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 8.5 7.5 6.8 8.3 6.6 6.9 8.0 7.3 6.9 7.55
Jeff 9 7 7 9 6 6 7 6 7 7.2 See Jeff's comments
Alex 9 9 7 9 9 8 9 8 8.5 See Alex's comments
Mark 8 6 6 7 7 8 5 7 6.9 See Mark's comments
Robin 9 8 8 9 8 8 10 8 8 8.6 See Robin's comments
Neil 7 7 1 9 3 6 6 6 4 5.7 See Neil's comments
Graeme 8 7 8 9 7 7 7 6 7.4 See Graeme's comments
Dominic 10 9 9 7 7 9 9 9 8.6 See Dominic's comments
Tim 8 7 8 7 7 7 9 8 6 7.6 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Jeff - Once a year we get a lovely summer's evening for our trip, and that happened today. The Globe provides a good venue for outdoor drinking with a good supply of reasonably-priced beers, a lawn with a new hedge, and plenty of totty.  In the Mehek, still excellent service, good food and a draft beer, although this was perhaps a little flat. I chose Mehek Special (mixed starter), which was excellent, and plumped for Lamb Korahi which although still tasty was a little disappointing as it lacked some of the herbs I'd expect.  Had a whole plain naan for a change, which was good.  The ambience wasn't as good as it was a lot quieter than I've ever seen it - the double dip recession perhaps.  A toast was drunk to Griff in his absence as a generally good guy, for all the organising he does (golf, darts, fantasy footie etc). Just thought I'd mention it.  Thanks to Dom for the extra liqueur. Overall, the Mehek, like Steve Redgrave, keeps its standards up across the years well.

Alex - Mehek still there with a really good standard. Sheek kebab starter with its sauces was very good. My sukhi (duck) curry was as hot as Patsy (Sloane Square torch bearer…) but slightly excessive on ginger chunks (personal taste). Less crowded because of Olympic exodus which was pleasant.

Mark - Our Opening Ceremony was a lovely evening standing in the sun outside the Globe watching the world go by while discussing our Olympic plans. We wandered over to the Mehek to be greeted in the ususal friendly manner, Dom being the hailed as the returning prodigal son but with questions over his lack of girth. I started with Chicken Tikka that reminded me of a rhythmic gymnast, not a lot of meat, fresh, and quite pretty. Having avoided it previously in favour of more exotic choices I decided to go for the Lamb Shank this time and was rewarded with a Mark Cavendish proportion of leg meat that looked to be a possible winner but was not good enough for Gold. Mushroom rice was better than most but the veg dishes were not too tempting to me. Service was good and no one received a South Korean flag by mistake. Shame about the lack of Mongoose glasses - had they all gone? Dom's arrangement of the post meal drinks was much appreciated even if meant a later train than we hoped for - now let the Games commence!

Robin - Pretty much as good as last time and the Mehek still stands ahead of the rest in my opinion. I had the Special Mixed Starter to kick off (sheek kebab, chicken tikka, mini onion bhaji) which was really lovely - especially the artistically applied and very tasty sauces. I then had to have the King Prawn Patia again, which was every bit as fantastic as our last visit - plenty of meaty prawns in a wonderful sauce. The special rice was perhaps not quite as special as before but still very good, as were the vegetables. The price has gone up a little over 5% since our last visit a year or so ago, so I reduced VFM a notch, but dining at Mehek is still a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Neil - This was certainly one of the best curry houses in London from our previous visits but seems to have gone downhill recently, maybe we should have been alerted given it's normally packed but was less than half full. In short, still the same quality ingredients but let down by the preparation, Nan was badly burnt on one side so I cut it in half horizontally! Lamb in main was very over cooked. My beer glass smelt of puke. Special rice still not that special but I knew that from last time. Given the Olympic theme, would compare to Daley Thompson, fantastic over almost all events for first two Olympics then sadly not up to scratch at his last. Still a national hero though.

Graeme - Mehek just failed to match its past high standards but it was still a good quality meal and, despite the high price, I thought the VFM was still reasonable. The service was good but maybe lacking the friendliness of recent visits and the atmosphere was a bit subdued due to the general lack of punters. "Mongoose" Indian beer was available on draft and very nice it was too. My starter of Prawn Puri was very tasty (and very filling which prevented me from finishing my main course later). My Garlic Chilli Chicken was a bit disappointing as the chicken was dry. I remember ordering a Peshwari Nan (to share with Tim) but I don't remember eating it ... hence no mark! There was lots of conversation about the forthcoming Olympics and my own pet hate regarding the eligibility rules and selection process regarding our mens football team (isn't the Olympics supposed to be the pinnacle of sporting ability, not some half-arsed collection of 'left-overs'?).

Dominic - Another visit to the Mehek and once again a superb evening. Service and ambience top notch with the only slight criticism being my starter of the Malai Chops being a little small ... but tasty nonetheless. My main of Raan-E-Jalfrezi was plentiful and very good indeed ... and even had quite a kick to it ... well, for me at least. Everything else was largely very good including the wonderful Paneer Malai Kofta (the Mehek seems to be the only place that does this side dish). The wine was again excellent with the Argentinean Malbec being the pick. And free drinks at the end from Salim was a great touch and very much appreciated. I am a big fan of our current #1 and it didn't let us down. And as for an analogy let me say that the Mehek was a "Cathy Freeman" – when the pressure and expectation of being #1 was ever-present (Sydney Olympics, 2000) she delivered!!

Tim - After enjoying some sunny pre-meal drinks outside at The Globe, we crossed the road to the classy environment of the Mehek, which was surprisingly quiet. We had a good table with plenty of space, and prompt provision of poppadoms (though with no choice offered of plain or spicy). The Mehek Special starter wasn't bad, though I've had larger and more varied starters for less money. The main of Chicken Goa was, I thought, better; nicely spicy with both dried red, and fresh green, chillies.  Vegetables were fine, and I particularly enjoyed the Paneer Malai Kofta, shared with Dom. Also, thanks to Dom for a couple of interesting red wines. Service on the whole was pretty good; no specific complaints, but if they want to improve something, it would be good if they remembered who ordered what, and brought the dishes straight to the correct person (which they managed a few years ago). There were some welcome drinks at the end (were they free or subsidised?), but the final price was slightly higher than expected. Overall, a very enjoyable meal, and I expect this to remain firmly in the top six.

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