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

Does that chicken look off to you?
(Actually, Hariali Chicken Tikka - very nice!)

Visit Report

Visit Number: 172 (visit 10 of 11 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 31 Jul 2014
Cost per head: £38.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 8.2 6.8 7.1 6.9 7.3 7.0 8.4 7.8 7.0 7.45
John 7 4 6 6 6 6 7 7 6 6.2 See John's comments
Robin 8 9 7 8 9 9 10 9 9 8.8 See Robin's comments
Brian 9 9 8 9 9 9 10 9 8 9.0 See Brian's comments
Matt (Guest) 6 8 8 7 6 7 7 7 7 7.0 See Matt's comments
Jeff 10 5 7 3 4 8 7 6 6.3 See Jeff's comments
Mark 8 5 7 8 7 9 7 7.5 See Mark's comments
Jon 10 6 7 6 8 8 10 8 7 7.9 See Jon's comments
Graeme 9 7 7 8 7 8 7 7 7.6 See Graeme's comments
Neil 7 7 6 6 6 6 7 9 6 6.7 See Neil's comments
Tim 8 8 8 8 7 7 8 7 7 7.6 See Tim's comments

All Comments

John - Mehek is losing some its shine as far as I'm concerned. King Prawn Puree followed by Garlic Chilli Chicken were both very nice but not exceptional. Ambience could be improved - felt a bit like a library in there. I doubt Rolf would have been impressed by this showing although I don't suppose he gets out for a curry much these days.

Robin - Yet another excellent meal at Mehek. My lamb tikka starter contained one tiny piece of gristle but was otherwise really good. I had the king prawn pathia main dish, which was absolutely superb: beautiful aromatic sauce with a bit of a kick, and plenty of lovely meaty prawns whose flavour wasn't overpowered by the sauce - I gave this one a maximum. The special rice was almost perfect and the veg dishes were wonderful - hardly any trace of oil. My half of keema nan was also great - thin, but with a nice quantity of meat (that didn't fall out) and with just a hint of crispness. I'm already looking forward to revisiting this place next year, by when hopefully their web site will no longer contain a photo of a recently disgraced Auzzie entertainer (as we pointed out to the owner)!

Brian - Another excellent showing from the Mehek. Spicy whitebait starter was very good, Goan fish curry main was fantastic. Veggies and rice were also just right, as was my chapati. Yes, it is more expensive than most (all?) other restaurants we visit, but the quality of food and service warrants the premium price.

Matt - An enjoyable night, good restaurant although the menu could do with refreshing as I don't think it has changed for a while (is that important for an Indian though?).

Jeff - We met again at the grotty Globe - are there really no other acceptable pubs nearby? The Mehek was not as busy as usual and had no background music or anything to add to the ambience, so I've marked it down. The usual warm welcome from all the staff who must have been hired for their excellent sense of humour. Complimentary poppadoms were provided, as were liqueurs at the end and hot towels of a sort.  Draft cobra was available. Sadly, my starter was very poor vfm, one good king prawn but with no salad or anything in an almost chinese-style sweet and sour sauce. But, the main of Chicken Karahi was large - I couldn't finish it. I thought the rice too dry.  As regards the pricing, I thought the mains very reasonable, but the starters and vegetables over-inflated.  Altogether, a trip to the Mehek is still an enjoyable evening and the overall bill still remains under £40 where it has been for four or five years now.

Mark - After a pleasant pint in the Globe (far better than the overpriced gaylords we went to last year) we followed the girls to Mehek. Surprise late appearance from JPW meant we were 10 in number but did not sit in our traditional table and I felt it was a bit hidden in the corner. Excellent service as usual even without the Ipad's. Good to see draught beer but only after I asked. Starter of Chicken Tikka was very good and Lamb Shank wonderful with lovely sauce and meat. I had a big smile on my face having finally had my teeth fixed as well as enjoying the evening. Some confusion over the whip and bill will be sorted shortly. PS - Curry night is the last Thursday of the month, if you book a holiday for then you will miss it!

Jon - As always, the Mehek provided wonderful service and excellent food, and it was well worth the additional effort I made in getting back from Goodwood.  The only blot on the otherwise AONB-rated landscape was my controversial starter.  At £10.90, it certainly caused ripples amongst my fellow diners, and I have to say that it wasn't really worth the premium.  It was nice, but not THAT nice.  As for my main course of Lamb Dansak, it was superb.  Wonderfully tender lamb, a spicy sauce full of flavour and definitely the best of its type I've ever had.  All the accompaniments were of the usual high standard expected of the Mehek.  Apologies to Rats for confusing him during the money collection process - I should learn not to interfere with a man and his wallet!

Graeme - When I left the restaurant, I felt that maybe Mehek had lost its edge a little as it didn't feel that special this time. However, having thought about it since, I think my reaction was due to the fact that I have got used to the high standard that the Mehek delivers and this is their 'norm'. I have to say that my Garlic Chilli Chicken main wasn't quite as superb as it has been sometimes, but it was still very good. I had Hariali Chicken Tikka to start which was very tasty. I remember ordering half a Peshwari Nan but don't remember getting it. The price was pretty high but, all things considered, the VFM was still decent. We were well looked after throughout by the Manager (Owner?) and it was nice to be offered a free liqueur at the end.

Neil - The Mehek has topped our list for a few years now and like all good teams still does well when it's playing badly. Food this time was very average apart from an excellent set of side veg dishes and a large portion of very agreeable Rogan for the main. This saved an average mark and I suspect we'll be back next year. I'm told the WAGs party a week before had a problem with some of the dishes not being available. We seemed to have no problem, maybe the restaurant reorders stock on a Wednesday, or maybe we're less sophisticated? Money's on the latter!

Tim - The Mehek has a pleasant ambience: smart decor, well-spaced tables and atmospheric lighting. Complimentary poppadoms arrived shortly after we sat down; it seems churlish to complain about free food, but I would have liked some spicy ones. Starter of spicy whitebait had a nice kick to it, but the accompanying sauces, while being colourful and tasty, were small in volume, given that the rest of the dish, particularly the salad, was rather dry. Main of hara murgh tikka was succulent chicken stuffed with mushrooms, herbs and spices, in a light, green sauce - mild but pleasant. I was impressed that the waiters had made a note of who ordered what, so they could just put the dishes in front of people instead of shouting out orders, and the service was further enhanced with the offer of a free round of drinks to finish off the meal.

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