|Name:||Standard Balti House|
|Address:||71 Brick Lane|
|London E1 6QL|
|Phone:||020 7247 5855|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 28 Jun 2001|||||2. 25 Jul 2002|||||3. 30 Jan 2003|||||4. 31 Aug 2017|
|Visit Number:||208 (visit 4 of 4 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||31 Aug 2017|
|Cost per head:||£30.00 (2 beers)|
|Neil||7||7||6||5||4||4||7||6||5.8||See Neil's comments|
|Dominic||7||6||7||5||7||5||4||5||5||5.5||See Dominic's comments|
|Richard||8||9||8||8||8||8||8||7||9||8.1||See Richard's comments|
|Graeme||8||6||6||6||7||8||6||6||6.7||See Graeme's comments|
|Brian||7||7||7||8||7||7||8||7||8||7.4||See Brian's comments|
|John||7||8||6||7||6||6||8||7||8||7.1||See John's comments|
|Tim||8||7||7||7||7||7||6||7||7||6.9||See Tim's comments|
|Alex||8||8||7||9||8||8||7||8||7.9||See Alex's comments|
|Mark||8||7||7||6||6||6||5||6||6.3||See Mark's comments|
|Jon||6||8||7||5||7||7||5||6||6||6.0||See Jon's comments|
Neil - Followed my normal Curry Co-ordinator principle and chose a 'blast from the past', the ever present Brick Lane curry house, the Standard. Surprisingly not visited for 14 years! They've extended the back, put on some nice table covers and added garnish to the meals in order to justify prices in the posh curry market. Food much the same however, I enjoyed the Chicken Sag main but everything else very average. Possibly another 14 years may pass before we revisit.
Dominic - A first time for me at this modern Brick Lane curry house and going by the menu things looked quite promising. Unfortunately, the food was a personal let down: my starter of the Kakra Puri (crab) was beautifully presented but a tad bland while my King Prawn Madras was more like a madras soup!! ... and not really that impressive. The sides were all fine with the Stuffed Paratha being the standout. The wine was good value and the service was good all evening, aided and abetted by a free round of liqueurs, but this wasn't one of my preferred outings and the VFM was only moderate. Highlight of the night was seeing "El Prez" finally eating some vegetables ... if only chips!!! And come to think of it, everyone lost credibility in being "curry connoisseurs" by also joining in!!! P.S. "G" come back!!!
Richard - A good standard of performance from our old Brick Lane standard, the Standard. It's nice to have a Brick Lane place to recommend to people, and I would be happy to go back. Always a pleasure to visit The Pride beforehand. I had a mixed starter followed by lamb tikka korai - all good as were bread, rice, sides. Well done to Diggers for stepping up as CC, although his negotiating skills could do with some polishing after a rather pathetic effort to get a round of brandies.
Graeme - When we arrived at the restaurant, I realised that it wasn't the place I was thinking of and had been telling everyone about, i.e. where we went prior to a Small World gig at the Rhythm Factory in 2001 - that was the Sheraz (I looked it up when I got home). Anyway, to business ... I thought the Standard was reasonably good but a little expensive for a run-of-the-mill Brick Lane restaurant. When we last visited (in 2003), I described my main course as the best I'd ever had, so I ordered the same again: a Balti Chicken Tikka Karahi. It was still very good but not quite as special as all those years ago. My starter of King Prawn Puree was tasty but it was a small portion. Overall, it was a very nice meal but, as I said before, a little expensive.
Brian - I went for a king prawn puri to start, followed by the Jeera Kata Garlic Murgh. Both very good indeed. Rice and veggies were all to a good standard. Beer was fine. Not sure if it had enough about it to trouble the top six, but a good meal nonetheless.
John - Not a bad effort by the Standard, King prawn puree followed by a rather spicy Balti chicken jalfrezi. Comedy prices in the tourist menu but Diggers negotiated a decent discount so the bill wasn't that bad.
Tim - The decor in the Standard Balti House is smart, looking like it has been decorated fairly recently, although some of the chairs have seen better days. Although we had booked, they didn't have our table ready. It was nice to see some draught Kingfisher alongside the bottled Cobra. Starter of chicken chat was fine, though I've had more flavoursome versions. It was served on a weirdly-shaped plate, with a couple of sauces, one of which was mango - I'm not sure that this is the best flavour combination with chicken chat. The main course was chicken achari. Usually when I have achari, I have the lamb version; this chicken variant didn't particularly work for me - too much tomato sauce flavour and not enough spice, although it did feature a decent size whole chicken breast. The peshwari nan was fine, as were the sundries, and we seemed to have quite a few bits left over. The service was quite attentive after a slightly slow start, and Dom negotiated a free round of liqueurs at the end. VFM was reasonable, even though the menu had looked quite expensive. Overall it was a good experience, although I would choose different courses if we were to visit again.
Alex - Enjoyable curry. Nice presentation, robust portions and a bit of flavour innovation. Starter was particularly good. Service was fine after a bit of initial booking confusion.
Mark - The Standard just about lived up to it's name in my opinion. Good solid Brick Lane curry but neither high nor low. Not sure why we left it so long to return as nothing wrong with this place although at the same time I can't see it in the top six. Still not sure why Dom ordered me some chips? With 27 holes of golf the next day I avoided some of the hotter dishes so perhaps my view of the place was tempered by the middle of the road menu choices.
Jon - The Standard has tried to go up market since our last visit (obviously a long time ago as I was in my Vindaloo phase), with posh crockery and a price list to match. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to its aspirations. It was not bad, and had it not been in Brick Lane, it was not expensive, although that was helped by the 20% discount. However, you go to Brick Lane for decent food for a good price and while the food was OK, it was too expensive for the area. My chicken tikka starter was disappointingly small but quite tasty, and also not the scallops that I wanted because they didn't have any (service marked down for that). I went for a South Indian Garlic Chilli Lamb which was hot but a little bland in terms of flavour. Accompaniments were all fine and it was a lively atmosphere.