Name: Bombay Spice
Status: Closed
Previous name: Bombay Cuisine
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 102 Brick Lane
London E1 6RL

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 29 Apr 2004|2. 27 Jan 2005

The founder members celebrate the big five-oh (the 50th club outing) at the Bombay Cuisine (now the Bombay Spice).

Visit Report

Visit Number: 50 (visit 1 of 2 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 29 Apr 2004
Cost per head: £13.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.4 5.5 6.6 6.6 7.4 6.5 7.3 6.7 9.1 6.92
Dave 7 7 7 7 8 7 8 7 9 7.5 See Dave's comments
John 8 6 5 7 8 7 9 8 10 7.7 See John's comments
Graeme 7 3 6 7 9 6 9 6 10 7.2 See Graeme's comments
Mark 8 7 7 6 8 8 5 7 10 7.0 See Mark's comments
Alex 4 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 6.8 See Alex's comments
Neil 5 5 7 8 7 9 8 7 10 7.4 See Neil's comments
Jon 7 8 7 9 6 6 8 8 9 7.7 See Jon's comments
Richard 7 5 7 4 7 5 6 6 9 6.1 See Richard's comments
Robin 5 3 6 5 7 4 5 5 7 5.2 See Robin's comments
Tim 6 4 7 6 7 6 8 6 9 6.7 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Dave - Overall good performance - Very good chicken curry and Nan Bread (I went for the diet garlic cheese option!)

John - Good value returns to Brick Lane. I started with a shami kebab which was rather small but very tasty. I followed that with a Chicken Tikka Jalfrezi. The chicken was tender, and the sauce had quite a kick to it and had an explosive MAE. The sundries were all of good standard. The beer was average. The first one (which was free) was flat and didn't taste of Kingfisher. However, the second (Cobra, and not free) was excellent. Overall, a good choice for our 50th outing.

Graeme - Wow, what a fantastic meal! Although this is a small, fairly nondescript-looking place from the outside, we were enticed inside by the persistence of the pimp who finally offered us 30% discount plus a free pint of beer each. What a treat we had. The initial vibes were not good - we were put at the back of the restaurant in a small, plain room and it took ages before anyone took our order. However, once we had ordered, it all kicked in. The quality of the food was hard to fault. In particular, my Chicken Jalfrezi was fresh, tasty and spicy and the nan was superb - the best I've ever had. And all this for £13 per head! The VFM warranted my first ever 10 mark (I think). Without the discount, etc, it would have cost about £21 per head - and I would still have been pretty happy with that. No Griff extreme-drinking stories to relate for the evening - he turned up late (from another 'do'), didn't have a drink in the King Stores and drank the same amount of beer in the restaurant as everyone else - how weird is that?

Mark - A good turnout to celebrate our 50th outing. Back to our roots at Brick Lane turned out to be a good choice as the Bombay Cuisine provided an excellent evening at the sort of price that will take us back again. My choice of food was not the best, experimenting with an Aloo Chop produced two extremely large offerings that looked like Scotch eggs but were potatoes & veg in breadcrumbs. These alone would provide a full meal for a veggie but not for a meat eater like myself. Chicken Rezla was very hot and the ratio of chicken to onion again favoured the tree huggers. Himalayan beer was an unusual touch, the background music traditional although not sure why Norma Gene should indicate the Ladies. Low price was aided by Griff poncing beer off someone else for a change.

Alex - SLOOW Service. Overall OK but a bit too sloooow

Neil - Exceptionally cheap with very acceptable food. Didn't enjoy the super tight squeeze to get in and out of the seats, and it took about forty minutes to get our starter but for thirteen quid and a free beer I guess we shouldn't complain. Possible issues with the low ceiling on the way to the loo and what was that weird red chutney? All in all a fantastic evening with extensive nostalgia discussion regarding our 50 visits, my only worry is what did Graeme spend his saved cash on?

Jon - It was very pleasing to find such a gem of a restaurant on our 50th outing – the only question is why we haven’t found it before. The food was, on the whole, excellent although the Keema Nan was slightly disappointing. Proper Indian music added to the ambiance, and as for the price – unbelievable. After the Sheba relinquished its VFM title in spectacular style, a new pretender comes onto the scene with the potential to be a long term favourite both in terms of price and the quality of the food.

Richard - Returning to the club's roots, we wandered Brick Lane, finally chosing a random place based on the offer of the pimp with the largest discount (30% off + 1 free beer). The place and food were rather average, my chicken tikka starter was a bit soggy, the chicken madras a bit bland. Service was polite and attentive, decor attractive, but it was a bit quiet (until we arrived). With the massive discount, the price was the great winner: at £13 per head, it was a reminder of a decade ago when Brick Lane was good value for money.

Robin - No flock wallpaper, tablecloths or draught beer - our 50th "back to our roots" expedition found us in a Brick Lane curry house that perhaps at best could be described as "unpretentious", but at least turned out to be remarkably cheap given that we'd been enticed in by the offer of a free pint and 30% off the bill - a promise that was met without any of the usual convenient forgetfulness. The service was very average and the food undistinguished. My reshmi kebab starter (not on the menu) tasted like a slightly peppery beefburger and was distinctly lacking in aromatic spices, and my balti chicken jalfrezi was similarly lacking. The bombay special rice was rather disappointing and the other veg dishes were fairly pedestrian, although the nan was quite nice. Not one that I'd be keen to go back to even though the price was right, and definitely one to avoid if no discounts are on offer.

Tim - We were bribed to go here, which accounts for the cheaper than usual bill. The decor was basic - yellow painted walls with Indian pictures and blue tables. Despite being almost the only group in the restaurant, it was quite a while before we got our first round of drinks and popadoms, but thereafter the service seemed a bit quicker. I didn't notice any draught beer, but small and large bottles of Cobra and Kingfisher were available, and some beer called Murree which I hadn't seen before. Popadoms were not impressive - they seemed a bit hard and lacking in flavour, and the pickles could have been better - the mango one tasted like jam. The starter of mixed samosas was better, particularly the spicy mince one. Main course of chicken achar was good. Peshwari nan was fine.

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