Name: Herb & Spice
Status: Closed
Area: Spitalfields
Address: 11 White's Row
London E1 7NF
Phone: 020 7247 4050

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 24 Feb 2000|2. 28 Nov 2002|3. 27 Mar 2003|4. 29 Jul 2004|5. 31 Mar 2005
6. 22 Feb 2007|7. 31 Jan 2008|8. 26 Nov 2009|9. 27 Oct 2011|10. 28 Aug 2014

Neil was lucky it was only his finger that he caught in the vicious toilet door.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 33 (visit 2 of 10 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 28 Nov 2002
Cost per head: £20.50 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 5.1 5.9 6.6 7.6 6.7 7.2 7.9 7.5 7.6 7.00
Dave 6 8 8 9 9 8 9 9 8 8.3 See Dave's comments
Robin 6 6 7 8 7 8 8 7 8 7.3 See Robin's comments
Graeme 4 5 6 7 6 6 8 6 8 6.4 See Graeme's comments
Mark 4 6 6 7 6 7 6 6 6.1 See Mark's comments
Neil 6 7 6 7 6 7 9 8 9 7.4 See Neil's comments
Tim 8 5 7 8 8 7 8 7 7 7.3 See Tim's comments
Richard 5 7 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 8.0 See Richard's comments
Jon 3 7 7 8 5 7 7 8 7 6.7 See Jon's comments
John 4 2 5 6 5 6 7 6 6 5.4 See John's comments

All Comments

Dave - Another fantastic performance form the Herb & Spice. Excellent King Prawn Puri (the sauce was superb). Excellent Murgi Curry and superb Vegetable curry side dish and nans. Service was a bit slow but well worth the wait. Only downside to the evening were the curry stains on my shirt and spending an hour and half stuck at Harlow Town station because someone had jumped under the train at Sawbridgeworth.

Robin - This was my first visit to this establishment and I was very impressed with the quality of the food. The large turn-out meant that the nine of us were crammed into about one third of the place; it's definitely one to book in advance (two hours in our case). The service was rather pedestrian but the shami kebab and chicken balti with special rice were excellent and worth the wait.

Graeme - I thought the food was excellent although the service was very slow - there was only one waiter on duty for the whole restaurant and he was lacking a sense of humour - I can't see how anyone could fail to find our jokes funny! A particularly good night for banter, although I can't remember much detail. Rats has turned into such a tart since he moved to Bash-the-Bishops - he left some of his beer in the pub, despite our attempts to shame him into drinking it. Griff's attempt to remove a 5 pence piece sized curry stain from his sleeve resulted in most of his shirt getting soaked.

Mark - Having waited so long for the return to H&S we were made to a wait even longer for our meal as there was only 1 waiter to serve the whole restaurant. Lamb Tikka starter was far better than many although was not very generous. Chicken Jalfrazi was very tasty but minimalistic on the meat. Neil forgot the warning to mind the loo doors while Griff seemed to delight in pouring water over his body in a vain attempt to remove curry stains.

Neil - Having been ineligible for the first visit, I'd been looking forward to this for quite a while, and it didn't disappoint! Small cosy atmosphere, there could have only been space for about 25 crammed in people, but the food was top notch. Main dish would have got a ten if it wasn't for the King Prawns being chopped up, very hot, very tasty and lots of it. On a more disappointing note I'd like to reiterate one of the original visits comments about the dangerous toilet door, ouch! Luckily it was only my finger that got trapped.

Tim - A small place - room for only around 25 people - though this does make for a more intimate, and quieter, atmosphere. The decor is somewhat plain - pistachio-coloured walls with a solitary picture on one side. The toilets are "compact", with unusual folding doors. The starter of tandoori chicken was good - there was lots of chicken. Main course of Malayan Gosht (lamb with pineapple) was very tasty, with good quality meat. Service was friendly and attentive, beers being topped up as needed. Recommended.

Richard - Friendly service, but badly let down by a long wait for food, perhaps because of our large party (9 of us). Very small and cosy curryhouse (full with only 4 groups of diners last night), and the bogs are extremely small, although they have 2 unisex toilets - a sensible move when all the customers were male. However, the small scale of the place and the wait seems to lead to superior food- the murgh dopiaza, mushroom rice, shami kebab, veg and poppadums were truly excellent. Overall, very good, but book in advance.

Jon - A good all round performance from the H&S all apart from the service, which was exceedingly slow - maybe it's against their health and safety regulations to have more than one waiter in a restaurant that small. Excellent shamie kebab to start, and the vindaloo was very tasty although marked down due to there being an imbalance in the ratio of vind to aloo, i.e. not enough spuds. Extremely pleased that the December curry night has been agreed for a date I can make giving me, at least, the opportunity to make it a full attendance record for the year. Sandy gave students a bad name by not being able to finish his drink. Record photography with some 37 photos taken for the webmaster to peruse through, after he's waited several hours for the e-mail to download!

John - The Herb and Spice is the best restaurant in the world, Chelsea will win the premiership, my brother's bald - all absurd claims by Griff (except the last one). The H&S is good but not world class !! I started with Murgi Chat which was very tasty and followed by an excellent Murgi Korai (tossed in an iron sock !!). Chickpeas were ok but the beer could have been colder. Nice aroma of Dulux paint detracted from the ambiance mark and the service was a bit slow.

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