Restaurant

Name: Dil Chad
Area: Spitalfields
Address: 24 Widegate Street
London E1 7HP
Phone: 020 7247 9614
Website: www.dilchad.com

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 27 Jul 2000|2. 30 May 2002|3. 29 Apr 2005


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Visit Report

Visit Number: 27 (visit 2 of 3 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 30 May 2002
Cost per head: £25.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.0 6.0 6.1 5.7 5.7 5.1 7.0 6.5 4.4 5.93
Dave 7 7 7 6 7 4 8 7 6 6.7 See Dave's comments
John 4 5 5 6 4 5 3 6 1 4.3 See John's comments
Graeme 6 7 6 4 6 2 7 5 5 5.4 See Graeme's comments
Mark 5 6 6 3 5 6 7 3 5.2 See Mark's comments
Jon 6 6 5 6 4 4 6 6 2 5.1 See Jon's comments
Neil 7 4 7 7 7 7 10 9 7 7.5 See Neil's comments
Robin 7 7 7 8 7 8 8 6 7 7.3 See Robin's comments

All Comments

Dave - Overall very average (expected more on past performances). The Pilau Rice was all stuck together in a big ball. Bits of my mixed starter were cold. The day was saved by the Chicken Shashlik which was very good.

John - The Dil Chunder was its usual overpriced self. The food was average. I went for a sheek kebab to start followed by a chicken packan - one of the chef's specials - very bland. The only highlight were the chickpeas. For some reason we managed to get two portions but I'm not complaining - although Frankie is as there seems to be a chemical reaction when you mix chickpeas and Kingfisher! Must put some cushions next to the bed next time!

Graeme - The good old Dil Chunder - steady & reliable, but not particularly special. Overall the food was good, especially my Chicken Vindaloo (which was actually a bit too hot for me), although the rice was awful (very stodgy). It's getting difficult to judge the VFM these days with certain Hooray's feasting on 'top-end' dishes at my expense. The main topic of conversation was the World Cup which starts tomorrow and the first World Cup 'diary bets' were struck.

Mark - Apparently I had the same starter as Jon, they just forgot to include half of mine. Tanddori mix consisted of 4 very small bits of meat -a poor effort. The Khari Gosht main dish was a lot better and served with a good Mushroom Rice. Well done Gloria on not over ordering on his beer - with age comes wisdom! In and out in under 2 hours, and that was just my Curry. City prices for no better than normal High St fare.

Jon - I don't know if my lack of normal levels of inebriation affected my judgment, but I thought the Dil Chad was unremarkable, if not decidedly poor, and expensive to boot! Beer was not brilliant, maybe we should have opted for bottles; nan was small and had no substance; rice was stodgy; main and veg no better than OK. I thought of marking the service down for the time it took for the second round to come, but I suppose expecting the waiters to respond to telepathy is expecting a little much. I can't see us revisiting this place for some time to come!

Neil - I'm normally the first to talk down the 'Chunder' due to it's large number of suited clients and lack of traditional ambience, however the food was excellent and the main course superb. Did anyone notice the two people next to us move tables as soon as we sat down, must have been a good night!

Robin - Consistently good over the many years I've been going there, the Dil Chunder fare lived up to my expectations. An excellent starter selection followed by a superb King Prawn Pathia (lots of really meaty prawns) with aromatic special rice was very slightly let down by the accompanying mushroom bhaji, which was rather bland. Most of the usual suspects were in attendance, and despite one of them miscalculating their contribution to the bill at the end a good VFM rating was still maintained by not leaving any tip. The guilty party, if ever identified, should be required to buy the rest of us a round of beers!


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