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

Funny, I don't remember Larry Grayson being there.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 37 (visit 3 of 10 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 27 Mar 2003
Cost per head: £21.50 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.3 4.7 7.0 7.0 7.5 7.3 7.8 7.5 7.8 7.08
Jon 7 5 7 4 7 7 8 8 7 6.7 See Jon's comments
Robin 7 6 6 8 7 8 7 7 7 7.0 See Robin's comments
Mark 4 4 7 6 7 8 7 6 8 6.4 See Mark's comments
Graeme 6 4 6 8 7 7 8 7 8 7.0 See Graeme's comments
John 6 2 8 9 8 6 8 8 8 7.2 See John's comments
Dave 8 7 8 7 9 8 9 9 9 8.2 See Dave's comments

All Comments

Jon - Another good performance from the H&S, although there was nothing on the menu to tempt me away from a Vindaloo. The Shamie Kebab was very disappointing however, and the complete lack of any other customers until we were about to leave did impact on the ambiance somewhat. The Chana Aloo was a welcome change on the veg front. And it must be recorded that Rats has confirmed a date for the Wratten Mansions summer event - I believe it to be 28th June. Maybe Frankie should be copied on the results so that she also knows about it....

Robin - The Herb & Spice is still among the top few as far as I am concerned, continuing to deliver excellent quality. My tasty king prawn puree was followed by a beautifully aromatic and spicy chicken balti accompanied by the usual superb special rice. The portions were generous and the only downside to the evening was that the six of us were the only diners in the place until just before we left. Griff as usual managed to get curry stains down his shirt, but on this occasion refrained from washing it under the tap to get them off. He should have followed Jon's example and worn his kitchen tablecloth.

Mark - A slow night for the H&S as we were the only customers until near the end - good job I booked. Lamb tika starter was good but too many onions. Same complaint with the Jalfraizi which was very good but padded out with onions rather than meat. No injuries to report re the loo door. Griff whimped out of having anything hotter than the mildest of the specials and it was nice to see Jon dressed up for the occasion. Waiter obviously thought I could not drink anymore by topping up Robin's glass with my beer hence the low service mark.

Graeme - As this was possibly my last outing for a while in full-time employment, I decided to go mad and have the King Prawn Puree to start. The food overall was excellent, with my starter and Chicken Vindaloo main course being particularly good. Although it's more fun to disagree with Griff, I have to agree with him that the Herb & Spice is a top place. The only let down on the evening was the lack of atmosphere due to no other punters for most of the time we were there and the plain emulsioned walls just don't do anything for me.

John - Having dinner in the H&S is like having dinner in someone's front-room. It lacks the ambience of a busy curryhouse but it's nice and intimate. Started with King Prawn puree which was excellent, followed by Chicken Tikka Kouri which was spicier than I expected, but still excellent. The chick-peas made an appearance but this time accompanied with potatoes - chana aloo - again superb. Overall a very good showing.

Dave - Another top drawer performance from the Herb and Spice. Murgh Garlic starter marked down as the chicken was on the bone (however still tasty) and ambience marked down as we were the only people in the place. However the Chicken Dupiaza / vegetable curry and Nan bread were all excellent.

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