Name: The Famous Moonlight
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 8 Brick Lane
London E1 6RF
Phone: 020 7247 6606

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 17 Dec 2015

There's not much excitement on show as the main course is served.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 188 (visit 1 of 1 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 17 Dec 2015
Cost per head: £20.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 5.9 5.2 6.1 3.7 5.4 5.6 4.3 5.0 5.8 5.06
Brian 6 6 7 4 7 7 3 6 6 5.4 See Brian's comments
Jeff 7 5 7 1 7 7 4 4 9 5.3 See Jeff's comments
John 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1.3 See John's comments
Graeme 6 3 3 6 6 6 5 6 4 5.0 See Graeme's comments
Neil 7 7 7 0 3 5 7 5 6 5.1 See Neil's comments
Mark 5 6 6 3 7 5 3 4 4.6 See Mark's comments
Dominic 7 6 7 6 5 4 6 7 5.8 See Dominic's comments
Dave 8 8 9 7 7 7 6 6 8 7.2 See Dave's comments
Tim 5 5 7 5 5 6 6 6 7 5.8 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Brian - Mixed starter was very small, and the chicken especially lacked the desired quality - it appeared to be reformed meat, like the old-style chicken nuggets. Main of Fish Biran Mas (which appeared on the menu as "Brian Mas") was just far too small to be considered a main meal. Sides were OK, although it was odd that the chick peas arrived just as we were finishing off everything else. This was what used to be considered typical Brick Lane fare, and the majority of restaurants have since moved onwards and upwards, leaving this and one or two others in their wake.

Jeff - Plumbing the depths of Brick Lane, but we knew what we were in for when we were promised a very cheap deal on what should be the busiest Thursday of the year. At least, everything was clean, we were served efficiently, given a very friendly goodbye, we had plenty of room, there was a choice of beer, the lamb in my main wasn't tough and the rice was quite good. On the minus side, my shami kebab was absolutely terrible, the portions weren't very big, and the waiters didn't really seem to know what they were serving. Still, I enjoyed the evening and Robin stopped Griff singing. One thing to note - standing outside the pub in December, not feeling even remotely cold.

John - You get what you pay for and this was awful! Merry Christmas!

Graeme - "Any starter, any main, any bread, any rice and a pint of draught Cobra or Kingfisher for £10." The special deal on offer seemed too good to be true and, although not a complete disaster, this proved to be the case. I thought I'd take advantage of the situation to eat like Robin for the night - King Prawn dishes for both courses, without having to pay extra for it. Although both dishes tasted OK they were very small and (predictably) had very few prawns. The sundries were all satisfactory. The draft Cobra and draft Kingfisher were certainly something else (and something cheaper) but we understood the situation and went along with the charade of chosing which beer we each wanted when it all came from the same source. I suspect this visit will not score particularly highly but I reckon that, if you chose carefully from the menu and just had one pint, you could have a fairly decent meal for a tenner. Our pre-meal discussion centred around Chelsea's earlier sacking of Jose - there weren't many sympathetic noises, even from the Chelsea supporters present.

Neil - Back to old times as we left ourselves to the mercies of haggling with the Brick Lane touts. That said, not a bad venue and certainly a small price. You get what you pay for however and I wouldn't have paid a penny for the starter, 5 sugar cube sized pieces of tough as old rope tandoori lamb. I enjoyed the micro-salad more that came with it. The small sizes theme continued with paper thin naans and small veg portions. The size and quality did improve for the main (Rogan Gosh) and I think, given the 'free' Christmas booze we consumed, it wasn't a bad meal for twenty quid all in. Also enjoyed my physio chat with the frozen shoulder trio, I think I win on that experience.

Mark - Having been persuaded by popular opinion to not arrange anything in advance, we were taken in by the 'offer' from the Famous Moonlight. Yes it did deliver what if offered and was certainly cheap but was it value? In my opinion, no. If you want a cheap meal n beer go here but if you want a good meal go elsewhere. My starter looked better than some but turned out to be mainly batter with little chicken inside. My Lamb main may or may not have been the right meal as the waiters had little idea and it was mainly onion, very mild and with the meat being tired looking. I don't usually have Nan but it was included in the price and was reasonable. It filled the gap that the small main and rice portion left. I doubt we will return in a hurry. Missed the sing-along!!

Dominic - Not a lot to say about The Moonlight as it was chosen for it's "dirt cheap" special of a "tenna" for a full selection of one's choice. And accordingly all the dishes were almost passable to ok. Both my King Prawn Puri and Garlic Chilli King Prawns were, however, anything but "Kingly" - perhaps a coup had just taken place!! The rest was just ok. The service was pleasant enough and a full house made it cosy. All in all I would say that you get what you pay for which should appeal to those looking for a very cheap eat. Nonetheless, another fun evening with Jeff and I discussing the Elton John Christmas album, among other things ....

Dave - Enjoyable Christmas outing down Brick Lane visiting the "world famous" moonlight after a 14 year break (!). Didn't get to sing any Christmas Carols as I was sat opposite Robin who threatened to pour a pint of beer over my head should I break into song (still managed a few bars of silent night when his back was turned). Lots of debate about whether the draught Kingfisher and Cobra was genuine  but I did see two taps from which beer was being poured, so unless they have an elaborate "cooking lager" pumping system under the bar I am prepared to accept it was genuine.  This said I am not expecting to see this in top six as Rats "sub-judice" comments indicated it was heading for a clean sweep of zeros. Maybe one to revisit in 2029!

Tim - We were enticed to come here by various deals available; I think we ended up on the starter, main, rice, bread and a beer for £10 offer. This is pretty cheap for an evening meal in Brick Lane, so it wasn't surprising that a few corners were cut. The included beer turned out to be a pint of either draught Kingfisher or draught Cobra; the Kingfisher tasted fine. The service was a little slack; I had no side plate for the poppadom or cutlery for the starter for example. The spicy poppadom was a bit burnt in places. The mixed kebab starter was the smallest version of it I've seen; it tasted OK, except one piece of lamb was a bit tough. Main of Goldi chingri muheas kali was prawns (in their shells) in a thick sauce. The menu warns that they have shells on, and the waiter also pointed this out, and said he'd bring a plate for the shells, although he forgot to do so. The sauce was tasty, but there weren't many prawns, and it was a bit of a pain getting the shells off. The cheese nan was very dry and didn't have much cheese in it, but the stuffed paratha was nice. Overall I thought that VFM was OK; but wouldn't be in a rush to go back.

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