|Address:||49 Monument Street|
|London EC3R 8BU|
|Phone:||020 7626 1920|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 29 Oct 2004|||||2. 26 Jan 2006|
|Visit Number:||55 (visit 1 of 2 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||29 Oct 2004|
|Cost per head:||£30.00 (2 beers)|
|Dave||8||8||8||10||8||6||8||8||6||7.9||See Dave's comments|
|Jon||7||7||7||6||7||6||6||6||3||6.1||See Jon's comments|
|Graeme||6||6||7||6||6||7||8||6||5||6.5||See Graeme's comments|
|Mark||2||6||7||7||4||5||7||3||5.4||See Mark's comments|
|Richard||9||6||7||7||8||4||8||8||5||7.0||See Richard's comments|
|Robin||7||6||6||8||5||5||8||6||5||6.5||See Robin's comments|
|Alex||8||8||7||9||7||8||8||7||7.8||See Alex's comments|
|Dominic (Guest)||7||6||5||6||5||6||6||5||5.7||See Dominic's comments|
Dave - Excellent food at high prices. The King Prawn Puri starter was the best I have had (even at the Herb & Spice!) and the sauce with my chicken curry was very tasty. I marked the Pilau rice down as they brought me plain rice and then tried to convince me it was Pilau. VFM is obviously low because of the high prices charged.
Jon - I was very clear at the beginning of the night that I could not vouch for the behaviour of my guest as I suspected that he would play the wine card, but I only expected appropriate vilification for the man himself, not the all-out war that ensued. Griff continues to amaze in his apparent quest to prove that he's not a real man, even to the extent of asking the "men" present to pay for it. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the odd bottle of wine, even rosé on occasion, but only at the appropriate time and in the appropriate company. To be fair to Griff (well someone has to), he does normally choose the cheapest dish and drink cheaper beer, but a gesture would've been nice. As for the meal itself, it was a nice place but not much better than average when it came to the food, and not worth the price, in my opinion.
Graeme - Very good food but expensive. (This may have been our first 'pink' curry night - there were certainly a lot of pretty male couples in there when we arrived.) The service was quick and effective but irritatingly attentive whenever anybody had less than half a glass of beer left. My Duck Tikka starter was tasty although a little chewy, but it made a nice change. I had Chicken Korai for main course - this was very tasty and, although not overly spicy at the time, Pam was still complaining about my breath 24 hours later. The Kingfisher on draught was a plus point. It was good to have Dominic along as our guest although he did disrupt our normal routine by drinking (and paying for) wine - well, Mateus Rose actually, which I had previously always considered to be a girly drink!
Mark - When does attentive service become intrusive? Probably before the 6th time you are asked if you would like another beer. To then forget my main meal meant I was not impressed with the Butlins entertainers on hand. Food was mainly good although the nans were small and therefore ridiculously priced. Very costly and a place to go when on expenses or someone else is paying for your £36 of wine! Not sure why Jon had a celebratory cigar when he kept handing out fivers re Baggies losses. Richard & Griff need to learn the difference between Pilau & Plain rice - look for the coloured bits!
Richard - The restaurant was slightly lacking in atmosphere I thought. Main dish (Lamb Madras) and starter were very good. The price was not as high as I had feared, although if the wine (!) had been included it would have been a very costly meal. For the record, Griff was led astray into wine drinking with a curry by Dodgy Dominic, but the rest of the curry club maintained their dignity. Actually, maybe that's the wrong word to describe a club who spent half the evening discussing famous chunders (Mark's was voted the best).
Robin - Probably the most expensive outing so far, and although the food was good it didn't quite justify its cost. My king prawn puri starter was excellent, and the main lamb dish was delightful - aromatic and spicy with moist, lean meat. The sundries and vegetable dishes weren't quite up to the standard of the rest of the meal; my "special" rice (not on the menu) wasn't very special at all and the plain nans were a bit on the doughy side - a bit disappointing at £2.40 a go. The highlight of the evening was watching Griff drinking pink sparkly wine with his curry, and the lowlight was him insisting that our guest (who's idea this was) should pay for all of it once the rest of us had agreed that we weren't going to subsidise its consumption since such behaviour fell a long way outside the boundaries of civilised curry etiquette.
Alex - I went for duck versions and damn fine they were too. Price probably a bit high because of location.
Dominic - Service a little too much in your face too often, free drink was a nice touch though. Nice enough décor but a little squashed. Starter somewhat dry and not too tasty. Nan tasty enough without being excellent but too small, rice adequate. Main meal chicken was a bit dry and the sauce not the best I've had while the Veg was just OK, nothing special. Overrated for the price (as was the wine!!)