Name: Matab's
Status: Closed
Area: Aldgate
Address: 76 Aldgate High Street
London EC3N 1BD

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 29 Aug 2002|2. 29 May 2003|3. 29 Jan 2004

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Visit Report

Visit Number: 30 (visit 1 of 3 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 29 Aug 2002
Cost per head: £22.00 (1 beer)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.0 6.4 7.2 7.4 8.2 6.8 7.2 7.2 6.4 7.11
Jon 7 7 7 5 7 6 7 8 6 6.6 See Jon's comments
John 6 5 6 9 7 6 9 9 7 7.4 See John's comments
Neil 7 6 7 8 9 6 6 6 5 6.7 See Neil's comments
Brian 7 9 10 9 9 7 7 7 7 8.0 See Brian's comments
Richard 8 5 6 6 9 9 7 6 7 7.0 See Richard's comments

All Comments

Jon - Interesting decor - al freso paintings, statues of elephants and the like - but all in all a pleasant eating experience. Unusual selection on the menu from which I chose a duck dish which was quite good. The wierdest shami kebab I've ever had, though - looked like bread cakes. Interesting mash potato dish which I enjoyed. VFM should be higher as I didn't pay a penny due to having no wallet!! Beer was an Indian variety I'd never heard of, and it can't have been too bad 'cos I can't now remember what it was called.

John - Not a bad place - some interesting dishes on the menu. I started with a shami kebab which was nothing like a normal shami kebab - more of a meat pie really. The main course was some sort of chicken tikka wrapped in spinach in a spicy source - very nice with a good after-burn the next morning. Yes, this was a restaurant for the true curry club connesuir - not one for your Pringle-wearing nancy boy!

Neil - A curry house trying to punch above it's weight, an excellent menu but poorly delivered. The Nans were however superb and there was a good selection of beers. I enjoyed my Sunny Beach although this was probably a Cobra with a different label (same bottle & taste). Conversation ranged from the merits of Mancunian women to why Charles I (the first) was a knob.

Brian - A very good meal. Very good and highly unusual calamari starter, also liked Neil's cheesy Nan, which he kindly allowed me to sample. Excellent company and conversation, I especially enjoyed the debate over whether and how Mancunian women were better than most. The lager was probably not worth maximum points on taste alone, but the name, Sunny Beach, I believe clinches the first perfect 10 I have awarded. Marked up for ambience, as for the first time we sat in a prominent position at the front of the restaurant, even though on visiting the toilets you could see that the table these places keep especially for us was dimly lit, under the stairs and unoccupied. I reckon it was due to the absence of the loutish element of the curry club - you know who you are!!

Richard - Interesting menu, good decor, reasonable prices- but almost empty on a Thursday night. Very odd, and this led to a lower ambience score than the smart decor and good service might warrant. Starter of butterfly prawn was very tasty and well presented, but it was only one large prawn. The place was chosen largely on the unusual dishes on offer - Calamari, Duck, and more than the traditional chicken / beef / lamb / rogon / balti / tikka choice. The pistachio chicken I had was a bit bland, but I suppose that is the nature of the dish, so I've marked it up. The plain rice and nan were excellent. The dunnies were numerous and clean. Conversation: house prices (blame Brian), the revelation that Neil writes grafitti about Brian (?), Manc birds, football, football, football (mainly the Baggie's being bottom).

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