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

Tim & Neil came directly from their audition for the next Addams Family film.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 56 (visit 2 of 6 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 25 Nov 2004
Cost per head: £29.50 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.0 6.8 7.1 8.5 6.1 6.1 7.1 6.3 4.1 6.65
Brian 7 7 8 8 8 7 8 7 2 7.0 See Brian's comments
John 8 7 8 8 4 6 3 4 1 5.3 See John's comments
Graeme 7 6 6 8 4 7 8 7 6 6.8 See Graeme's comments
Neil 8 7 8 9 7 4 7 6 4 6.8 See Neil's comments
Jon 2 6 6 8 7 6 8 8 4 6.4 See Jon's comments
Tim 9 6 8 9 7 7 5 6.6 See Tim's comments
Robin 7 8 6 9 6 7 8 8 7 7.5 See Robin's comments
Jeff (Guest) 8 7 7 9 7 5 8 4 4 6.8 See Jeff's comments

All Comments

Brian - A tad expensive. The mixed starter for two came highly recommended, and it was very good, although let down by only containing one lamb chop. Main was excellent, some sort of chicken thing (a departure from my usual choice of lamb) and there was loads of it too. Mrs Tighe thought the after dinner chocolates were lovely.

John - Posh curry house for suits, and with prices to match. Mixed kebab starter was very good but the main course (Chicken Afghan Labrador) was bland and luke warm. The veg was also pretty tasteless too. I want to start a "back to basics" campaign. I'm tired of these rip-off places. I'm only glad that Griff wasn't here to freeload off of us.

Graeme - I enjoyed our revisit to Kasturi. The food was very good, except the nan which was flat (compressed) and uninspiring. The price was a little higher than I thought it would be - there was a suspicion of over-charging, but this was not proved other than re an extra charna masalla. Both my starter (a shared mixed tandoori / kebab thing) and main course (Chicken Jalfrezi) were excellent. My only criticism is that the Jalfrezi was a little dry. This was Rats's and my 50th appearance for the club, although this was pretty well ignored by those present - maybe they were in awe of our achievement! Jeff made his third (I think) appearance as our guest - it was a pleasure to have his company and I suspect we may be seeing more of him in future as he has started lobbying for support in his bid for membership! Mark & Alex had to pull out due to sick wives while Griff decided not to come as he could not find anyone to fund his drinking.

Neil - Very expensive for what turned out to be a just slightly better than average curry house. Adi Adi beer came in a lava lamp style type glass (blob designs on the side) and tasted like it had been sourced from the same place, good mark though for at least giving us wider than normal choice of beverages. Top starter; very unusual to see ex-banking staff sharing it so selflessly, my faith in human nature restored at least for one evening.

Jon - This was difficult for me to mark as they brought me the wrong main dish - I ordered a Vindaloo but was presented with a dish that was announced as Madras, didn't have potatoes and was decidedly mild. I said that I'd ordered Vindaloo, and they then claimed that it was Vindaloo and that they don't put potatoes in it - they could put some in if required. I declined. After a few more minutes, they offered me another meal. I'd already put most of it on my plate, so I declined. Nonetheless, they brought me a new one anyway which was much hotter and had potatoes - hmmm. And still they failed to apologise and failed to admit their mistake, hence the low service mark. As for the food, it was actually very good but rather overpriced, particularly for that part of town. Nobody drank wine, everybody paid an equal amount, and there were no arguments - how refreshing!

Tim - Unusual (but nice) green paste with the poppadoms instead of the usual runny mint raita. Mixed starter for two was superb - a selection of meats and a couple of sauces. Main course of Thali Royal was unusual - a selection of dishes, though the individual portions weren't huge. The Sunny Beaches beer was nice, though more conventional varieties were available as well. Service was efficient, but the overall cost was higher than average.

Robin - I thought this visit was an improvement on our first; the service was far better and the food was mostly very good. The mixed kebab starter (for 2) was again excellent but this time the portions were slightly smaller. The generous portion of chicken Jhal Frezi (another new spelling!) was a nice blend of aromatic spices with just the right amount of 'heat', the mushroom bhaji was very nice and the peas rice was a vast improvement on last time's mushroom rice. I also quite enjoyed some of Jon's left-over chicken vindaloo, which was fairly hot and tasty and mostly 'vind' rather than 'aloo' - just how I like it. Only bottled Indian beers were available, which is a pity, and the menu is not as extensive as one often finds these days, but nevertheless this is an establishment to re-visit in my view.

Jeff - The best curry house I've been to with currymarks; we were quickly accommodated, and although the menu was limited, there was variety on offer. The quality was superb. The mixed starter (on Robin's recommendation) was excellent, my main course tasty and well-done, but perhaps the portion was being a little small (same with the rice and especially vegetables).  Good choice of bottled beer (Cobra, AdiAdi) and nice to see none was left over. Service was ok. The bill was the only disappointment - very expensive. My VFM would have been higher had the portions been bigger. I was still hungry leaving the restaurant.

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