Name: Spice Brick Lane
Status: Closed
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 45 Brick Lane
London E1 6PU

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 30 Dec 2004|2. 24 Nov 2005

Thoughtfully provided by the management - I made full use of this combined urinal, bidet & basin.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 57 (visit 1 of 2 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 30 Dec 2004
Cost per head: £16.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.2 6.2 6.5 7.8 6.5 7.0 7.8 6.8 8.3 7.13
Jon 6 7 7 9 7 8 8 7 8 7.6 See Jon's comments
Robin 6 6 7 8 5 5 7 6 8 6.6 See Robin's comments
Brian 7 7 5 7 7 7 7 7 7 6.8 See Brian's comments
Mark 7 5 8 7 6 8 8 7 9 7.3 See Mark's comments
Graeme 6 5 7 7 6 7 9 6 10 7.2 See Graeme's comments
Dave 5 7 5 9 8 7 8 8 8 7.4 See Dave's comments

All Comments

Jon - An all round good curry that was excellent value – the choice may have been due to lethargy and the presence of a good deal, even if they did try to renege on it later on, but in the end it was inspired. The menu was not exactly extensive, but it did have a few unusual options including the keema fried rice that was very good. The madras main course was spicy and very tasty and the reshmi kebab starter was excellent. In my eyes, this place could rival Matab’s for top spot.

Robin - A very good restaurant serving slightly hotter than average dishes. My prawn puri starter was extremely tasty and there was plenty of it. The mixed tikka main course was also ample, which possibly accounted for me leaving half of my second pint. The special rice wasn't particularly special and the other veg dishes seemed pretty unexceptional, but given the price this may well be one to re-visit. If so I will have to try one of the hotter dishes (which I normally love) since some others were muttering about their potency.

Brian - Nice bit of anonymous Bangladeshi fish for my main. I did ask what it was, but I can't remember the name that the waiter came up with - I think it began with a "B". A good meal, nothing exceptional and the usual aggravating Brick Lane tout.

Mark - A return to Brick Lane & a return to sanity pricing rather than the pumped up cost of the pretentious new establishments that litter the City (albeit helped by a free beer and 20% discount). Ambience lowered as my seat was under the hot air pumped out from the ceiling and the decor was rather bland but a lively band of core curry crew ensured a good evening. Lamb tikka starter was good but not special while the Chicken Buhna main was plentiful and tasty & accompanied by a large portion of pleasant rice. Nan & veggie options both very agreeable. Dubious Xmas presents, Tsunami's and should you tip the dustman covered the b*ll*cks discussion while tales of table topping Blues and basement Baggies dominated the footie talk. We also found out that the Susie rumours have not been fully authenticated!!!

Graeme - Is this the new Sheba? Excellent quality food and a very small bill resulted in extra-ordinary VFM. The pimp enticed us in with the offer of the first drink free, 20% off the food bill and no service charge. Jon left the bar steward in no doubt that we were entitled to a free pint - not the half that he tried to give us! My starter, a mixed tandoori dish, was very tasty but one component was slightly tough which restricted my mark a little. My Chicken Vindaloo main course was very tasty and VERY HOT (with a suitable after-burn the following morning). It was a shame that Rats couldn't join us tonight - but he should have thought about that 9 months ago!

Dave - Service marked down slightly as they tried to go back on the free drinks agreement negotiated at the door. Prawn Puri was excellent and my main course (chicken sag thing) was very tasty. Beer marked down as no draught available – despite being advertised in the menu (very annoying). However, overall I was very impressed and I think this deserves a revisit in 2005.

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