Restaurant

Name: The Halal
Area: Aldgate
Address: 2 St. Mark Street
London E1 8DJ
Phone: 020 7481 1700
Website: www.halalrest.co.uk

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 25 Apr 2002|2. 29 Oct 2015


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Visit Report

Visit Number: 26 (visit 1 of 2 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 25 Apr 2002
Cost per head: £20.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.7 6.3 6.8 5.8 5.3 6.1 6.1 5.6 6.2 6.08
Dave 7 8 7 8 7 8 7 6 8 7.3 See Dave's comments
Robin 7 6 7 5 6 2 4 5 5 5.1 See Robin's comments
Graeme 4 5 5 5 5 6 3 3 4 4.3 See Graeme's comments
Mark 9 7 8 6 4 6 8 5 7 6.8 See Mark's comments
Neil 7 7 6 6 2 7 5 6 6 5.7 See Neil's comments
Joseph 7 6 5 6 7 7 5 6 6.2 See Joseph's comments
Richard 5 6 5 4 5 6 4 5 6 5.0 See Richard's comments
Jon 7 6 7 7 6 7 8 8 6 7.0 See Jon's comments
John 7 6 9 6 7 6 9 7 8 7.3 See John's comments

All Comments

Dave - Excellently researched choice of venue and overall quite impressed. Chicken Curry was a bit on the hot side (2 nose blows) but the King Prawn Puri was very tasty. Nice extra touches included free vegetable samosas (made even better by the fact Neil had ordered them as his starter) and Murray mints with the bill.

Robin - Although they've been practising since 1939, this wasn't a great curry house by any means. Their claim to be the oldest in the City is probably valid only because the rest were flattened in the Blitz - shame they couldn't have hit this one as well. Mediocre food with small portions of meat made to look larger by large portions of sauce. The "special" rice was just rice with precisely 1 miniscule prawn and 2 small clumps of egg white. The only saving graces were the service, which was very good, and the beer, which was bottled and so should have been good anyway. The chicken "jhal farizi" fought back in due course and inclines me to suggest a new scoring category called "MAE" for Morning After Experience - which would have scored about 2.

Graeme - We chose this place on the basis of its history - reputedly itís the oldest curry house in the East End. Unfortunately, the food was not good enough - most things were at best mediocre but my Chicken Vindaloo was very disappointing. The place itself was basic (but thatís what we expected, so OK), the service was a bit slow and incomprehensible at times and there was no Indian draft beer. The Brian / Kylie saga continues - Robin is now asserting that Brianís arse is better than Kylieís (surely her best asset?) Ė very disturbing, especially for Brian Ė is this our first intra-Curry Club infatuation?

Mark - Who needs Kylie when you have Ginger Spice. An enjoyable main dish of Chinger Chicken, good portions although padded out with onions. Unsubtle flavouring with a mellow chilli afterkick. Mutton Tikka starter was pleasently unburnt for a change but was not the most generous. Complimentary Samosas and Murry Mints, mmmm! Decor more Colonial rather than Flock Indian. Overall a good choice by the obviously underworked blond haired, boobed, Bunion Man.

Neil - The oldest curry house in the East End, maybe that's why the decor was like Crossroads Motel circa 1976. Food was very average, the sauces seem to have been over cooked and the veggies not very tasty. The Tighe Vs Kylie debate raged on and turned into Vanessa Feltz Vs Kylie with exactly the same results. Not very amused at my starter being given away free to the rest of the team, should have had that super expensive one a la Griff, most surprising for Chelsea fan.

Joseph - [None]

Richard - Main and starter were not very good, rather lacking in flavour and too blended for my liking. Atmos & decor were fairly good, but a bit quiet for a Thursday evening. Khazi was a bit of a toilet (erm, I mean small & grotty). No comments to note except despite being given every opportunity to retract comments from a previous week, Robin insisted that his feelings for Brian were not just a passing fancy.

Jon - Being the oldest curry house in East London, I'm not surprised it was good as they must've had plenty of practise. Food was all very good even though I managed to numb half my mouth with one of the chillies in my unusually spelt Jahl Furaizi (or something like that), generous rice portions, average nan. The waiter who forgot my beer redeemed himself with a polite apology. Toilets were shabby and lacked imagination. Robin's refusal to retract his statement about Brian was somewhat worrying - this one will run and run, and so will Brian, probably!!

John - I liked this place. Very friendly staff, and good food. Beer was cold and welcome (only managed to get 2 pints down in the New Moon). Sheek kebab starter was average but the main course (chicken tikka massala) was excellent (and not that awful bright red colour). Chick-peas also excellent. I don't know what Mark's definition of big tits is - he must be a "Jordan" man if he thinks Ulrika has small ones!


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