Name: Eastern Eye
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 63a Brick Lane
London E1 6QL
Phone: 020 7247 8643

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 25 May 2000|2. 30 Apr 2015|3. 29 Sep 2016

In readiness for the forthcoming election ... our very own "Tory Boy"!

Visit Report

Visit Number: 180 (visit 2 of 3 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 30 Apr 2015
Cost per head: £23.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.3 7.1 6.4 6.7 6.8 6.4 6.6 7.0 8.9 6.96
Mark 8 7 6 8 7 6 6 6 9 7.0 See Mark's comments
Jeff 8 8 6 7 5 5 5 9 6.5 See Jeff's comments
Jon 8 7 7 8 7 6 6 8 10 7.3 See Jon's comments
Dave 7 7 5 6 6 6 7 6 8 6.5 See Dave's comments
Richard 8 9 8 5 7 7 5 8 10 7.1 See Richard's comments
Neil 8 7 6 6 7 8 7 8 7.2 See Neil's comments
Graeme 7 6 6 5 6 6 6 7 8 6.2 See Graeme's comments
Brian 8 8 8 8 8 8 9 8 10 8.4 See Brian's comments
Tim 4 6 6 7 7 7 8 8 8 6.9 See Tim's comments
Robin 7 6 6 7 6 6 6 7 9 6.6 See Robin's comments

All Comments

Mark - Eastern Eye seems to have been a forgotten venue as we had not returned in 15 years so thanks to Neil for selecting. Food was acceptable, ambience fine and the cost was an amazing £20 due to TasteCard discount. A £1 rise in 15 years is very respectable even if we ordered lots of sag aloo. Mixed Starter was nice and meaty but perhaps I should have saved some for my main of Lamb Palak which was lacking meat with too much sauce. Nothing special overall but an enjoyable evening and at least we have now agreed letch age boundaries although even last night some eyes strayed! Nice early finish and we even avoided Griff's sing-song which went missing along with Tim's curry shirt. Mr Unmentionable changed upon arrival to a lurid striped top that matched his dayglow green phone - why?? Did not like the orange on grey menu comments in font size 8.

Jeff - Another cheap night out in Brick Lane, all done for £30 including beers in the Pride of Spitalfield. However, the food suffered in comparison to the Masala, almost right opposite. Lamb Tikka starter came smothered in sauce, and King Prawn Sizzler smothered in what seemed to be the same sauce, and pieces of King Prawn rather than whole ones. So ambience not bad, service pleasant, food just ok, good price.

Jon - This place definitely warranted a return after 15 years, and with a 50% discount on food, it certainly delivered on VFM.  My tandoori mixed starter was very good - a nice selection of meat and seafood - and my lamb tikka dansak, while tasty and plentiful with tender lamb, was probably the hottest dansak I've ever had.  I don't mind a hot curry, but I prefer to not be surprised.  I wasn't overly impressed with the special rice, although there was nothing really wrong with it, but all the other accompaniments were good.  And at £20 a head, you cannot complain about value for money!  Enjoyed the politics chat in the pub - once every five years is probably frequent enough though!

Dave - Enjoyable return to the Eastern Eye after a short 15 year break. However, food could only be described as satisfactory and no draught beer was a disappointment.  Good VFM in both pub before and restaurant led to excellent "all inclusive price" of  £30 for the night! Not sure it is top 6 calibre.

Richard - A proper Brick Lane curry again. That is, cheap, decent food in a friendly atmosphere but nothing exceptional. The selection was old-school favourites on a plastic menu, but nothing wrong with that. The meat in my mixed starter was not char-grilled enough so was missing the char grilled flavour, and the onion in it was not really cooked. Main of chicken dansak unexpectedly very spicy but the chicken in it was a bit limp. Otherwise the food was good, service and ambience were good too, and you can't beat it for £20.

Neil - We've not been to the Eastern Eye as a group for 15 years so overdue a revisit. Glad to say not much has changed since those days. Still the very nice décor and good service. I think there used to be a TV pumping out Indian musicals when I took my other half a while back but good to see that was just a phase and now gone. Food was relatively spicier than other restaurants, I'd mentally add an extra 'curry grade' when looking at the menu, my Rogan was definitely the hottest so far sampled. That said, all very tasty and it looks like we didn't over order so quite a satisfying meal. Great value for money if you have the 50% off food discount card, they even extended it from four to eleven people and the service was good as well. Not sure if it will make the revisits but certainly pushing hard for a place in the play offs, like my 'BCFC next season' bet with Jon and Richard, I must have been having a good time!

Graeme - An ordinary Brick Lane curry, slightly disappointing in some regards but very cheap (with El Pres's special discount card). My Tandoori Mix Plater starter was unimpressive, consisting of a number of small cubes of meat which all tasted the same. For my main course, I took advantage of the 50% food discount to move up to Robin's section of the menu. I had the King Prawn Jalfrezi (only £4.50 after discount). While the sauce was tasty and fairly spicy, there were no King Prawns in evidence, only quite small (and hard) ones. All-in-all, it certainly wasn't a bad meal but not at the level that we have come to expect these days.

Brian - Another excellent meal in Brick Lane.  Service was fine, starter was good (although my review is a few days late, and I can't remember exactly what it was!), main course (fish, natch) was also very good.  Excellent VFM, just £1 more than the previous visit in 2000.

Tim - The restaurant was quite spacious compared with some of the places we've been to, and it was nice to see tablecloths. The beer choice was quite limited with bottle of Cobra and cans of Carlsberg on offer, so I decided to try a bottle of the house wine, which turned out to be an OK Merlot, and good value as it was less than the price of two bottles of Cobra. Starter of chicken chat was tasty, if somewhat over-salty, and of a decent size. Main of lamb achari was pleasant, and the deshi dall side dish (lentils with fried black chillis and garlic) was interesting; I'd not seen it before. Service was not too bad, except that I asked the first waiter for water twice, because I could see he hadn't written it down when he took orders for the rest of the drinks. Unsurprisingly, the water failed to arrive, so I asked again later, but ended up going to the bar myself to get some. VFM was good. Why was there a plastic, orange teapot in the toilet though?

Robin - The food was a only a bit above average overall, but the very low price more than compensated for that. I had a king prawn puree to start, which was very nice although a little lacking in prawns. I had the king prawn korai for my main course, which had a few more prawns but was rather overpowered by the peppers. The veg dishes were also quite good, but the price was the best part by far.

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