Name: Kasturi
Area: Aldgate
Address: 57 Aldgate High Street
London EC3N 1AL
Phone: 020 7480 7402

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 24 Apr 2003|2. 25 Nov 2004|3. 29 Sep 2005|4. 27 Jul 2006|5. 27 Aug 2009
6. 31 May 2012

Wow, writing on the pavement - Mark is impressed.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 38 (visit 1 of 6 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 24 Apr 2003
Cost per head: £30.00 (2.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.3 7.1 7.1 8.1 6.4 6.4 7.0 7.0 5.0 6.79
Dave 8 8 7 9 8 7 7 9 8 7.9 See Dave's comments
John 4 6 8 5 8 7 4 6 1 5.3 See John's comments
Graeme 4 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 5 6.2 See Graeme's comments
Mark 7 8 8 7 4 6 9 8 5 7.1 See Mark's comments
Richard 9 9 6 10 3 7 8 7 4 7.2 See Richard's comments
Robin 6 6 7 10 7 5 7 7 7 7.0 See Robin's comments
Alex 6 7 7 8 7 6 8 7 6 7.0 See Alex's comments
Jon 6 6 7 9 7 6 7 6 4 6.5 See Jon's comments

All Comments

Dave - Excellent mixed kebab starter (particularly the lamb which was very tender). Mint sauce with the popadoms was unusual but very nice. Vegetable curry was a hit. Beer was particularly good value for money! Overall a very good curry house.

John - Expensive restaurant serving average food! Starter (King prawn purree) was tasty but small. Main (Chicken Afghan Labrador!) was very bland. Chickpeas were good and the keema naan was superb. My TWO beers were very refreshing. Nice modern decor but lack of music detracted from the ambience. Another restaurant for the ladies!

Graeme - A 'new-age' smart curry house - nicely lit with simple, clean decoration. Overall, the food was very good - I suspect more care was taken with the preparation than at a lot of places. However, it was let down by small(ish) portions plus the sauce for my Chicken Vindaloo main course was far too runny. The service was polite and attentive but not that effective - they didn't take our orders until we had finished our poppadums and, although the starters actually arrived quite quickly, we had a long wait for the main courses (and they 'forgot' mine). I've marked up my VFM rating to reflect the cost that I would have paid for my food & drink alone - the amount we actually paid was inflated by certain people having expensive poncy dishes and, in Griff's case, copious amounts of beer by (and this is the aspect that annoyed me) quietly ordering just for himself without keeping with normal etiquette and including everybody else.

Mark - We arrived just in time from the stinky, fake Irish, overpriced O'neils as the place was soon full resulting in a delay for the main meal. Apart from that the service and presentaion of the food was excellent. Cheese starter was unusual but at least it was not melon. Chicken Biryani was full of large, tender chicken pieces. The only problem was this meant a lack of rice. Cost was high due to 18 beers purchased, mostly for Griff. Nan was a bit flat as I prefer doughy but the mushroom bhaji had lovely buttons rather thab slices. A good choice.

Richard - A top rank experience, but with top rank prices. Menu choice was excellent, and the main dish very good, only let down by a rubbery nan. The starter was delicious, a sort of mixed grill with tender and tasty lamb and chicken. Service and ambience were very good. The decor was good, but the modern scandinavian style is becoming as much a cliche as the old flock-wallpaper style. Conversation was mainly Griff-baiting, and a lengthy discussion of whether VFM is "value for money" subjectively or objectively: I don't know the answer, but I gave it a 4!

Robin - Slightly better than average apart from the outstanding mixed selection starter (for 2), which was absolutely superb. The ginger chicken chilli was pretty lively but not particularly aromatic, and the mushroom rice was a poor substitute for my usual choice of special rice. Ambiance was sadly impacted by dialogue regarding Griff's flamboyant disregard of drink ordering etiquette.

Alex - Service very, very, very slow on the main. Starter very good. Rice bit small. Main very good, choice a bit smaller than usual. Veg bit small. Surprisingly expensive.

Jon - The no-residue O’Neill’s trip coupled with Griff’s scant disregard for fairness in the whip may have had an effect, but £30 a head was certainly on the pricey side.  It was good, but not that good.  The mixed kebab starter was excellent and my departure from Vindaloo was a pleasant change, certainly in terms of the MAE.  Veg was average – the sag seemed to have been mashed which was rather strange.  Very bizarre mint sauce with the popadums.

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