|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|
|Visit Number:||162 (visit 9 of 11 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||26 Sep 2013|
|Cost per head:||£38.00 (2 beers)|
|Jeff||9||7||6||8||7||7||7||6||7.2||See Jeff's comments|
|John||8||9||8||9||7||8||10||8||8||8.5||See John's comments|
|Robin||9||9||8||10||8||8||10||9||9||9.0||See Robin's comments|
|Mark||8||7||6||7||7||10||7||7||7.6||See Mark's comments|
|Jon||7||8||7||6||7||8||9||9||7||7.6||See Jon's comments|
|Dave B. (Guest)||9||9||9||10||9||8||10||8||8||9.0||See Dave B.'s comments|
|Graeme||9||8||7||8||8||6||10||8||7||8.1||See Graeme's comments|
|Neil||7||7||5||8||6||7||9||7||7||7.2||See Neil's comments|
|Richard||8||8||7||8||8||7||8||8||6||7.6||See Richard's comments|
|Tim||8||7||7||8||7||8||8||6||7.5||See Tim's comments|
|Brian||8||8||7||7||7||7||8||7||8||7.5||See Brian's comments|
Jeff - We met at the Telegraph, on a warm enough early autumn evening to stand outside. There was no 'off-piste' drinking by club members - Richard's plea had been heeded. The Mehek was quite busy, but again the manager welcomed us warmly and asked after Dave and Dominic, both missing one of their favourite establishments. Curiously, no wine was drunk. Poppadoms were on the table awaiting us and orders were taken quickly and in a friendly way. Food is still of very good quality; my spicy whitebait was good, and lamb rogan josh tender with obviously fresh tomatoes. My only criticism might be that all the main course portions were smaller than I would have liked. And perhaps they brought more beer than was ordered? So in general, the quality is high, but so are the prices. I avoided the more expensive dishes on the menu, in deference to the wallets of my fellow curry marks members - if only others would do the same, perhaps we'd not be pushing so hard towards £40 a head. And ... should Tim be paying extra for his meal + doggie bag??
John - Started with sheek kebab which was very tasty. Main course was King Prawn Jalfrezi which was first class – just the right amount of kick. Rice, bread and veg all good as usual.
Robin - Mehek never fails to impress. The service was very good even though the place was packed (as usual) and very lively. I had an excellent King Prawn Puri to start; beautiful fluffy puri with lots of meaty prawns in a lovely sauce. My main course was a superb Lamb Madras with loads of wonderfully tender and tasty lamb (not a trace of gristle or fat) in a gorgeous aromatic sauce that had plenty of bite. The veg dishes were all extremely good and the special rice was also pretty good. None of the meat fell out of my half of Keema Nan, which was nice, and the Kingfisher was good and cold. Despite being on the pricey side I still think this place is excellent value for money and I'd be amazed if it failed to maintain its top-ranking spot.
Mark - The Mehek provided another thoroughly enjoyable evening. Our location on the ground floor just below the upper level meant that it was very noisy and perhaps led to some misunderstanding with the beer orders plus the fact that waiters don't all understand our crooked finger sign! Fish Tikka starter was tasty and just enough not to be considered too small. Sag Gosht main was delicious and plentiful. The lamb was tender, sauce lovely and the best I've had for a long while. Service was as good as ever, friendly, efficent and all delivered in quick time - iPad orders look good and add to the impression of a well run restaurant that I always recommend when asked about a curry in the City. Where's Mr Dom & Mr Dave? Thanks go to Jeff for arranging another expensive pub in his quest to avoid The Globe - at least it was cheaper than the Red Lion. Good to see a guest along even if Neil then sat at the opposite end of the table to Dave.
Jon - As per usual, the Mehek delivered excellent food, great service and a bloody good night. I went for the spicy whitebait starter - not my favourite, I must admit, but I thought I would try it. As for the main, I went for the old favourite, the Akbari (sp) Lamb Shank which was excellent. All the accompaniments were excellent and, apart from a slight mix up over the beer order, the service was top notch as usual. Beers at the Telegraph beforehand brought home the realisation that the days of the £10 whip buying three pints are long gone.
Dave B. - Thanks for letting me in as a guest. A very good introduction and the Mehek will probably get frequented by me and the missus at some point. Service lost one point as I a had very dirty knife but they replaced it straightaway. Best starter I've had for a while – well presented. Main a very good lamb biriani while Veg was good but nothing outstanding. Cost expensive but probably par for the course in London.
Graeme - After a slightly reduced (but still very good) performance on our last visit, I thought Mehek was back to its best this time. I enjoyed everything about it, especially my Garlic Chilli Chicken main which was fantastic (10/10). I tried something different for my starter: Hariali Chicken Tikka (marinated in yoghurt with mint, green chilli, coriander, garlic) - it was very tasty, although the portion could have been larger. The manager gave us a good welcome, looked after us and treated us to a free round of liqueurs at the end. We met at the Telegraph beforehand and had a right good drink and chat - I'm not sure I would recommend the pub though as it was very expensive.
Neil - Meeting place (The Telegraph), very expensive at £4.50 a pint and full of idiots paying for small rounds with credit cards, groan! Weather was good enough to stay outside which was good for a September meet. The Mehek, was up to its usual standards. Great quality food as always, my Lamb Tikka for starters and Rogan Gosh for main were excellent choices. Nothing to complain about but maybe the beer, sides and breads should have been a tiny bit more exotic to match the rest of the offerings and final price. We did get a free round of after dinner drinks which was a nice touch. I expect this to stay in the top six, so we'll be back next year with the sorely missed 'Mr Dom'.
Richard - Mehek – may be? It's a lively and attractive place with nice, friendly service and reliably top notch food, but it is expensive. Spicy whitebait was delicious, although perhaps a touch small. Main of Chicken Korahi was tasty, and I also tried Jon's Lamb Shank which was really excellent. The other dishes were great.
Tim - We met in the nearby Telegraph, a pub with something of a feel of an All-Bar-One and so expensive that it was barely cheaper than the restaurant. Meanwhile, the restaurant had stopped doing their draught Monsoon, and now had only Cobra and Kingfisher (bottled and draught). Somewhere along the way, the drinks order got a bit muddled, and we ended up with bottled Kingfisher instead of Cobra. The Salmon starter was good, and for a main I thought I'd try the signature Lamb Shank. The meat was well-cooked: moist, tender and falling off the bone; with a tasty rich sauce. Vegetables were good, including the Malai Kofta, but I didn't see any nan; I'm not sure all the nans we ordered actually arrived at the table. Apart from the ordering hiccups, service was excellent - efficient, attentive; and at the end of the meal, an offer of a free round of drinks. So an all-round good performance from Mehek, and I expect we'll be back next year.
Brian - Another good performance from Mehek. I deliberately avoided the lamb shank, as I know it's really good, and went for a different lamb main. This was very good (can't remember what it was called), although it did give me the "Chilli Hiccups" for a while. Some confusion about what was on draft and what was in bottles means the beer and service marks are not as high as they might otherwise have been. Starter of whitebait didn't seem as good as I've had previously; I think my issue was with the batter.