Restaurant

Name: City Raj
Status: Closed
Area: Farringdon
Address: 41 Farringdon Street
London EC4A 4AN
Phone:
Website:

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 27 Jun 2002|2. 27 Nov 2003|3. 30 Nov 2006|4. 29 Nov 2007


Brian orders his drink from the children's menu.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 45 (visit 2 of 4 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 27 Nov 2003
Cost per head: £25.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.4 6.9 6.0 7.3 7.1 6.7 6.0 6.5 5.9 6.62
Brian 7 6 6 7 6 7 6 6 6.4 See Brian's comments
Jon 8 8 7 8 9 7 6 8 6 7.3 See Jon's comments
Graeme 7 6 5 6 5 7 4 6 5 5.5 See Graeme's comments
Mark 9 7 6 6 7 5 7 5 6.5 See Mark's comments
Tim 8 6 5 8 7 7 7 7 6 6.9 See Tim's comments
John 6 8 8 9 8 7 4 6 6 6.7 See John's comments
Robin 7 7 5 8 7 8 7 6 7 7.0 See Robin's comments

All Comments

Brian - It was very enjoyable to be out with the curry club after a long absence. I enjoyed my meal, although there was nothing exceptional about it. I'm sure I'll get a few comments about my choice of drink to accompany the meal, but I know that nothing can ever be as vague about it's sexual orientation as the legendary Griffin Melon, so I felt on safe territory with a soothing yoghurt-based drink. Beer - I can't really mark this, although I reckon 7 for the lassi!!

Jon - It is somewhat off the beaten track as far as curries are concerned, but there is no doubt that the City Raj produces some excellent food. My low score for the main course is more a symptom of a bad choice rather than bad food - maybe slightly unfair but it's a tough world out there. Everything else was very good with quick efficient service, improved ambiance thanks to our location in the main part of the restaurant. I thought the Nan bread was exceptionally good. It was good to see Brian back on a curry night and he certainly enhanced a lively evening's banter. All in all, an excellent night.

Graeme - A little disappointing. Although we were allowed to sit in the main restaurant area with the normal punters, it meant we missed the novelty of the mezzanine / loft area that we enjoyed on the previous visit. My prawn puree starter was large and the sauce was tasty but the prawns were miniscule. I broke with my long-standing habit of always having a chicken dish and went for the lamb korai. Unfortunately, the lamb was quite chewy and I didn't particularly enjoy it - so I'll stick to the chicken for the next 25 years! No draft Indian beer. Somehow I managed to end up sitting with those of dubious sexuality: Brian stayed off the beer (in the restaurant) and had a white yoghurty drink and Rats had a chicken tikka massala for main course - I didn't know where to look.

Mark - Big Al in the pub, cameo from Griff, Brian on milkshake and footie on the box in the curry house - a most unusual evening. At least this time we were allowed to sit with the rest of the punters which did improve the ambience somewhat. Tandoori chicken starter was on the bone but fine although not large. Sag gost main was very tasty but not the most meaty. Rice mark reduced as I prefer individual portions rather than a shared 'double'. Bottled beer, Cobra & Kingfisher, was a dubious 3.95 and overall meal seemed very costly. Overall good but unlikely to re-enter the top level.

Tim - The City Raj is a small restaurant almost underneath Holborn Viaduct. Service was prompt. Mixed starter was tasty - tender, juicy pieces of meat. Main course of something methi chicken was hotter than expected. Beer was expensive, and there was no draught Indian beer available. Overall quality of food was good.

John - I like curry nights as you get to meet new people. I sat next to this bloke called Brian. He seemed a decent enough chap but I don't think that he'll fit in cos he was drinking milkshakes instead of beer. His influence rubbed off on me as I ordered a rather girly Chicken Tikka Masala for my main course. It was disappointing (rather runny and tasteless). However, the prawn purree starter was excellent, as was the bottled Cobra.

Robin - The service was much better than our previous visit and the food was still of a high quality. My Lamb Tikka starter was extremely tasty and tender, the King Prawn Madras was every bit as good as last time and the Special Rice was even better. No draught beer unfortunately, but at least we got to sit on the ground floor with all the other customers instead of being hidden away in the attic!


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