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

A rose (nearly) between two thorns?

Visit Report

Visit Number: 181 (visit 11 of 11 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 28 May 2015
Cost per head: £35.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 8.4 7.1 6.4 6.7 6.3 6.5 8.0 7.3 7.4 7.23
John 7 5 5 2 4 5 1 5 3 3.7 See John's comments
Mark 8 6 3 5 5 9 7 7 6.5 See Mark's comments
Robin 8 8 7 8 2 7 8 7 9 7.2 See Robin's comments
Jon 7 6 6 9 8 9 9 9 8 8.0 See Jon's comments
Dave 10 8 7 10 10 8 10 8 9 9.0 See Dave's comments
Graeme 9 8 7 8 7 9 7 7 7.9 See Graeme's comments
Neil 9 7 6 7 6 6 8 6 7 7.0 See Neil's comments
Jeff 10 5 7 3 5 9 7 7 6.7 See Jeff's comments
Dominic 8 9 8 7 6 9 8 9 8.1 See Dominic's comments
Tim 8 8 7 9 7 8 8 8 7.9 See Tim's comments
Alex 8 8 7 6 8 8 8 7 7.5 See Alex's comments

All Comments

John - Disappointing "Mehek Special" to start followed by an even more disappointing Macci Masalla (or something like that) which came in a weird tasting source that had an over-powering taste of pickle. Nowhere near a top-six performance.

Mark - Having sold my tickets to Fleetwood Mac, I was a late joiner to the Mehek outing at a fairly empty restaurant. Draft Cobra(?) tasted a bit off, my 'Special' starter was an OK mix of tastes, but the main of Sag Gosht was very nice indeed. Lightly spiced with tender meat although I would have appreciated a touch more sauce as plain rice was a bit dry. Pops & condiments good even if we did not get a chance to 'finger up'. Generous digestif always appreciated. Not sure it was up there with some previous outings but table banter made it a very enjoyable evening. Downg, de-de-dah, de-de, de-de-de, dah.

Robin - Good service and lovely food apart from the very disappointing onion nan. I had king prawn puri to start and it was beautiful. My main course was the lamb shank - loads of wonderfully tender meat in a delicious sauce. It was nice to have draught Cobra as well for a change. The mushroom dish and the special rice were also good, but the rice wasn't quite as top notch as I've had before. The price was a surprise - I was expecting £40+ so the VFM mark goes up a bit. I blame the inebriated Aussie with the calculator.

Jon - We were warmly welcomed back to the Mehek and as usual, it didn't disappoint....too much.  Neither of my courses was as hot as I would've liked (temperature-wise), so I have marked service down a little, although both were very tasty and superbly cooked as per usual.  I went for the tandoori mixed starter once again, which was excellent, and a Sag Gosht for my main course.  A bit of a departure for me but I thought I'd go experimental as you can't really go wrong at the Mehek.  It was excellent, as were the accompaniments.  Looking forward to next year already!

Dave - As always the Mehek delivered a top drawer meal confirming its status as king of the curry houses. The Griffo PP&CC set meal was superb and the accompanying nan breads are the best in the city. The service was outstanding as always  and I am sure the mehek will be challenging the Empress to wrestle back number 1 spot on the back of this visit.

Graeme - Just the usual fayre from the Mehek - excellent food and service (at a high-ish price). I had the Mehek Special to start (a cheaper version of the £11 full Tandoori Mixed Platter) - very tasty. For main, I went for my favourite, Garlic Chilli Chicken. It was excellent but I held back from giving it the perfect 10. I guess the initiative to order less veg went well - I didn't hear any complaints, although I didn't get any of the Mushroom Bhaji. All-in-all, a top night out. Thanks to Dom for treating me to a lovely Malbec. The thing is, he keeps topping up my glass then has a go at me for being p****d!

Neil - Meeting in the despised Globe didn't sour our mood for the n'th visit to the always good Mehek. Short walk was also good for the late drinkers. A good time was had by all, with very attentive service. The spicy poppadoms were cooked especially for us (although strange that they only come in large batches!), and a free round of drinks to balance out the VFM score. The lamb rogan main was great but the other courses quite average on this occasion. I can see why it is dropping in the table. Will it become an Arsenal? Always top four but never again champions. Good to see Tim's orange curry shirt make a welcome return. I'm all for tradition!

Jeff - Still can't find anywhere better than the Globe to meet beforehand, although the beers seemed better than usual amd it was just about warm enough to stand outside. Again the Mehek was very quiet, the manager blamed it on half-term, but I think that they really should change the decor, not that it's bad but just it has not changed for years - it was also quite dark which I think is old fashioned. My starter was too small, a fact I noted on our last visit too. I chose main of lamb shashlik - I fancied something without a sauce - and the meat was extremely tender. Veg and rice up to usual standards. Great service as always, and a free liqueur is appreciated. Altogether, a trip to the Mehek is an enjoyable evening in a central location and the overall bill still remains under £40 where it has been for four or five years now.

Dominic - It was good to be back attending a curry night and indeed great that it was the stylish Mehek. The ambience was splendid as ever and my King Prawn Butterfly was quite tasty but I always forget to ask them to leave the condiments! My main was the Xacuti Chicken which was one of the tastiest I've had ... and also plentiful. The veg was highlighted by the Paneer Malai Kofta with the Argentinean Malbec being the wine of the night. Free liqueurs was also a very nice treat and gladly accepted. Great banter as always (though no spontaneous tunes bellowed out!!) and fantastic VFM from this restaurant which never fails to deliver.

Tim - The Mehek is one of our more up-market venues, and I like the smart decor, atmospheric lighting and feeling of spaciousness. The owner always makes us feel welcome, and the service is attentive and efficient. Thanks to Dom for organising wine on arrival; as a result I skipped the beer and went straight onto Chianti - a little sharp on its own, but improved with breathing and food. Starter of chicken hariali was very tasty and the chicken succulent. The lamb shank main was also tasty and a generous size - plenty of meat falling off the bone. We may have messed up a bit with ordering the veg dishes, as it would probably have been better value to have ordered e.g. sag aloo as one main rather than two side dishes. I enjoyed the paneer malai kofta which I don't see very often. The meal was nicely finished with a round of liqueurs, though this time I followed Dom's suggestion to try a desert wine, which made a pleasant change. Thanks to Dom for organising the evening and the overall charge was quite reasonable for the quality of the meal and service.

Alex - Starter (sheek kebab) was a bit bland. Rest was all good as expected. Good to be back in the old Mehek.

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