|Name:||New Taj Mahal|
|Address:||2B White Horse Street|
|London W1J 7LD|
|Phone:||020 7493 0024|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 27 Apr 2017|||||2. 25 Jan 2018|
|Visit Number:||204 (visit 1 of 2 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||27 Apr 2017|
|Cost per head:||£33.00 (1.5 beers)|
|Jeff||9||10||6||6||4||5||7||5||7||6.6||See Jeff's comments|
|Brian||9||9||7||9||9||8||10||8||10||8.9||See Brian's comments|
|Richard||7||8||4||8||4||6||6||7||8||6.5||See Richard's comments|
|Graeme||8||8||5||6||6||9||8||7||7.3||See Graeme's comments|
|Jon||7||8||7||7||6||8||7||8||7||7.2||See Jon's comments|
|Neil||7||8||5||6||8||7||7||6||6.7||See Neil's comments|
|Dominic||8||8||7||7||7||6||8||7||8||7.4||See Dominic's comments|
|Alex||8||8||7||8||6||8||8||8||7.7||See Alex's comments|
|Mark||6||9||4||6||7||6||6||6||6.2||See Mark's comments|
Jeff - A very small downstairs restaurant with just 2 waiters who warmed to us quite quickly. A very traditional no frills menu. The condiments accompanying the poppadoms were disappointing, and the vegetable dishes expensive. However, starters and main courses were of reasonable quality, although my half naan was a little dry. It did the basics well but, on reflection, perhaps was not as good as it seemed at the time. Good ambience for the evening which I have reflected in the ambience and service marks.
Brian - Wow – this place is even smaller than the original Herb & Spice (RIP), with the added novelty of a single, shared-gender toilet, accessible via a door so narrow that some of us may have struggled to pass through it a year or two ago. Surprisingly good value, given the Mayfair location. Salmon Dupiaza main was lovely – plenty of fish in a sauce that wasn't over-powering. King Prawn puri starter was also very good, despite my initial apprehension when seeing what I thought was a complete shell left on one of the prawns – it turned out to be only the tail part, which was easily detached from the flesh. Rice and sides all good, although it was disappointing not to be allowed to order any chick peas. I would definitely go back, and I imagine you would need to book, given the very limited number of "covers". Enjoyed Colin's company, despite him being short on years and long on trendy beards.
Richard - Nice little place tucked away near Piccadilly. Lamb tikka starter and veg were very good, the Chicken Bhuna and nan were average though, and no large Cobras to drink. Good VFM given the location in Mayfair. Great company too!
Graeme - A tiny underground restaurant - probably the smallest place we have been to, smaller even than the original Herb & Spice. Although we were a bit crammed in, I really liked the atmosphere. I went for the King Prawn Puree to start (only a few pence more than the regular one) - it tasted fine but was presented more like a pizza rather than the usual folded-over look. For main I had a Chicken Tikka Madras and it was delicious - quite spicy but plenty of flavour too. The veg dishes were very good but the beer only came in small bottles. Overall, a very enjoyable meal. It was good to visit another part of London - a stone's throw from Green Park - a very civilised location.
Jon - A good find by Dom in Mayfair, an area we rarely venture to, and it was a good experience. A very small establishment but with good food and generally good service - marked down as they brought out the wrong rice first time. I had a chicken tikka starter that was good and my lamb dansak main was very nice although nothing special. Veg were very good, slightly larger than normal portions meant that we ordered less but had enough. Decent boozer as well in the hidden-away Shepherd Market area.
Neil - A rare trip to the far West End, I suspect to please our non-City based members! An expensive pub therefore, at over £5 a pint. Not a bad atmosphere though and it calmed down around 7pm. Curry house itself was small and located in a cellar. I'd be surprised if it could seat more than 30. This made for a good ambience score, although I must say I did smell like 'curry monster' for the next day or so. Food was fairly standard, nothing too exciting apart from the stuffed paratha (lovely!) but then again nowhere near as bad as some of the online reviews would have it. I'd go back and even meet in the same pub.
Dominic - I had noticed this small eatery a while ago when walking past Shepherd Market so thought we should give it a go. Indeed, the faded newspaper clipping and bill in the window of the Monkees visit sealed it for me! After a few drinks in a very crowded boozer conveniently located opposite it was down to the main event ... literally, as there is only one small room down some semi steep steps. Once arrived, our table of 10 seemed to account for 60% of the floor! Accordingly, I liked the intimate feel of the place and thought the service was good throughout the evening. My starter was the King Prawn Butterfly which unusually arrived with a sauce on top which made it less dry than its more traditional counterpart and was therefore more tasty. I then had my first currymarks Madras, a King Prawn one to be exact (once again, an homage to the missing Robin aka Ronnie Corbett mark 2!!) which was quite tasty and generous. The sides were all decent as was the beloved "Matoose" ... hello old friend!!! Great banter as always and good to see Colin once again. All in all a very good evening especially walking in the footsteps of Davy, Micky, Mike and Peter!!!
Alex - Small but pleasantly formed place. A TARDIS-toilet - reasonable on the inside, as small as Trump's hands on the outside ... a door that could almost diffract the average person's wave function. Not sure if I got the naan I expected, was either garlic naan with little garlic or something else non-quite-plain. Starter and main were nice though, price not at all bad for a central location.
Mark - Are we doing Monopoly curry challenge now as we head to Mayfair? West End priced pub and curry could have led to very low VFM but the ambience was good while the food was reasonable and the table was compact enough for a great evening of banter. The food was only OK IMHO and not somewhere I personally would rush back to unless with a good crowd. Jack Bauer liked it so who am I to argue? He can probably put up with a small beer as an American.