Name: City Raj
Status: Closed
Area: Farringdon
Address: 41 Farringdon Street
London EC4A 4AN

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 27 Jun 2002|2. 27 Nov 2003|3. 30 Nov 2006|4. 29 Nov 2007

A trip to the toilet (via the spiral staircase) can be a bit hazardous after a few Cobras.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 28 (visit 1 of 4 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 27 Jun 2002
Cost per head: £23.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 5.7 6.2 5.8 6.5 6.8 7.0 7.0 7.2 6.2 6.53
John 8 7 7 9 8 8 7 8 7 7.7 See John's comments
Graeme 6 6 5 7 6 7 6 7 7 6.3 See Graeme's comments
Mark 6 6 6 5 8 8 7 5 5 6.2 See Mark's comments
Neil 4 8 6 6 5 6 7 7 6 6.2 See Neil's comments
Robin 5 5 5 7 7 7 8 7 7 6.6 See Robin's comments
Jon 5 5 6 5 7 6 7 9 5 6.1 See Jon's comments

All Comments

John - High marks for the City Raj - excellent starter (prawn puree), tasty chickpeas, good main (chicken Jalfrezi - although I think it was processed chicken) - I can still taste it now! Had no chance to offend the other punters as we were shepherded up into the attic. Still at least we could fart, burp and swear as much as we liked.

Graeme - Another 'smart' curry house where they managed to find us a table well away from the other punters - we were put upstairs in our own loft / balcony type room - it was quite nice actually! The food was very good, especially the cheesy pees (a real treat for me) but I marked my main course down a little as the chicken was not as tender as it should have been in my Madras. Overall, the service was good but let down by getting the wrong beer for all of us (Kingfishers rather than Cobras) and they were slow to bring up the bill. The new Bill Monitor system worked well with everyone paying promptly, and the right amount too! A marvellous example of organisation by (oh, yes) me!

Mark - Bit of an Upstairs, Downstairs trek to the loo. Ambience was hard to assess as we were separated from the main resturant. Service eventually made up for the wrong beer. Starter was a bit thin on Chicken but the Rice was plentiful and the main meal fairly generous. World Cup conversation outstripped Kylie talk while Neil was offered much advice on possible student life.

Neil - The sort of Curry house you could take your other half to, very clean, nice decor, and a bit trendy. The food was a quite dry except the bizarre coconut flavoured cheesy peas. Ordered six pints of Cobra and got six pints of Kingfisher, first time they've got it 100% wrong! I think this was the first time we've been segregated from the other customers as well!

Robin - The service was slow to start, but fine once it actually started. The ambience was rather strange, seated as we were in a large mezzanine cupboard under the stairs. Food very good, particularly the King Prawn Madras - quite hot and very spicy. Graeme took his revenge for the waiter bringing the wrong (already opened) beer for us all by demanding a free extra pint. I expect his VFM rating to be quite high. All in all a good curry house that I'd happily re-visit one day.

Jon - Overall the food was not bad although my starter reflects that I can't be arsed to eat meat on the bone. All the veg dishes (and yes I sampled the lot) were very good. Ambience was not the best due to our location removed from the remainder of the restaurant (are we not the type of people they want seen in their restuarant or what?). Some elementary climbing skills were required to reach what were, ultimately, disappointing toilet facilities.

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