|Address:||45 London Wall|
|London EC2M 5TE|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 27 Feb 2003|
|Visit Number:||36 (visit 1 of 1 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||27 Feb 2003|
|Cost per head:||£24.00 (1 beer)|
|Jon||7||6||7||8||7||5||7||7||5||6.7||See Jon's comments|
|Robin||6||9||7||8||7||7||8||7||8||7.5||See Robin's comments|
|Brian||9||8||6||9||7||6||7||7||6||7.3||See Brian's comments|
|Richard||9||9||10||9||8||5||8||7||9||8.2||See Richard's comments|
|John||8||7||7||6||7||7||8||6||4||6.8||See John's comments|
|Alex||8||8||8||8||8||8||8||7||8||7.9||See Alex's comments|
Jon - We worked out that this place had previously been a bar and a Thai restaurant, so it may be as well that we’ve been, given the previous record of businesses on the premises. All in all it was a good curry although a little pricey. Starter was excellent although it did look a little school dinner-ish in terms of presentation and I can’t remember what it was called. Vindaloo was pretty good as was the nan, but the rice was disappointing. A good night, plenty of footy talk mainly around the belief that Ham and Brom are Div 1 bound, although including an unsubstantiated claim from Rats that West Ham had finished higher than Spurs in four of the last five seasons. Can this outrageous claim be true?
Robin - A very up-market curry house, complete with a doorman dressed in the style of the Raj 200 years ago, antique ornaments and flowing water features. The chicken tikka starter was beautifully presented and very good. The lamb karahi was also excellent - aromatic and spicy, no knife required. The service could have been a little faster, but that was more than compensated for by the free round of liqueurs in honour of my birthday. The short but fierce competition for handfuls of the free small chocolate bars at the end was clearly won by Brian and Rats - I'm sure the outcome would have been different if Griff had been there.
Brian - I was half expecting a crowd of young ladies in ill-fitting Lycra to start swinging their stuff and bawling into a microphone in drunken disharmony, but that was in a previous life, when this place was "Coates" and I was single and carefree. It is now a restaurant, and in my opinion not a bad one. The service was very good - the waiters acceded to our request to sit with the other patrons, rather than in the corner reserved for drunks. They also gave us a free drink on account of Robin's birthday, which was nice. The rice and beer (bottled) were OK, the garlic Nan was good, as were the lamb main - in a lovely rich sauce, although could have done with being a bit spicier - and the veg. My starter was fantastic - pieces of very succulent fish, wrapped in fresh coriander and some other leaves which I could not identify. All in all, a good meal, and not as expensive as I though it would be.
Richard - A welcome change from the run-of-the-mill Brick Lane format. They really have made an effort to be different and this showed in the details, such as ultra smart and attentive waiters. It was decorated to a very high standard in modern style, but the atmosphere was still lively and friendly. The menu had some nice extras (spicy whitebait was excellent), without neglecting the core dishes for traditionalists. Cost is above average, but this reflected the quality of the food. To top it off, we were offered free brandies at the end. Excellent.
John - Expensive "Gaylords" curry house. Interesting menu - offering something for the ladies. I had some sort of deep fried shami kebab (the chef must have been from Glasgow) followed by a bright green chicken supreme, which tasted better than it looked. Overall good quality but pricey.
Alex - Rather good I thought.