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

Neil ... computer programmer and style guru.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 58 (visit 2 of 2 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 27 Jan 2005
Cost per head: £17.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 4.9 4.8 6.6 6.8 4.8 5.7 7.2 6.4 8.1 6.34
Dave 2 5 5 6 4 5 7 7 8 5.6 See Dave's comments
Robin 6 5 6 7 0 4 5 5 5 4.9 See Robin's comments
Graeme 7 3 6 7 6 6 9 6 9 6.8 See Graeme's comments
Mark 4 6 7 5 6 6 8 8 6.4 See Mark's comments
Neil 3 4 7 6 7 6 8 7 9 6.5 See Neil's comments
Tim 7 4 7 9 6 6 9 6.9 See Tim's comments
Jeff 4 4 6 7 5 7 6 8 6.1 See Jeff's comments
Alex 5 6 7 8 7 8 7 8 7.2 See Alex's comments
John 6 6 8 6 6 6 7 7 9 6.8 See John's comments

All Comments

Dave - Maybe would have scored higher overall were it not for the appalling service (lowlights were rebadging the Garlic and Chilli Nan as Garlic and Cheese and trying to get me to change my beer order rather than tell me they had run out of the one I wanted). The place lacked atmosphere and lacked draught Carling. The only plus points were that it was cheap and the curry was quite good. I will be amazed if this stays in the top six. Roll on the Herb and Spice revisit.

Robin - After the disappointment that our (remarkably speedy) AGM failed to re-institute the democratic principle of one man one vote, the Bombay Cuisine also fell somewhat short, although it had improved a bit overall since the previous visit. The service was a bit better and the King Prawn Puri starter was quite nice although a bit small, the Chicken Tikka Jalfrezi was very undistinguished and the vegetable dishes were nothing special. The plain nan bread was downright diabolical. I've never before been presented with such a doughy, chewy nan - and almost cold when it arrived. It was like trying to eat a small cushion.  Some of the other flavours of nan bread looked a bit better although I never got to try them. Despite the free beer and the 20% discount the cost of the meal rose by almost 25% against our visit 9 months ago. I shall again be less than happy if this restaurant makes it into the re-visit list for next year.

Graeme - A very good meal. The place itself is small and extremely plain. However, the food was generally excellent, the service friendly & reasonably efficient, and the price very low. The price was helped by the pimp's offer of a free pint (bottle) of Muree beer (very nice), 20% off the food and no service charge. My Prawn Puree starter was very nice and there was plenty of it. My Chicken Jalfrezi main course was very tasty, very spicy with tender chicken (Pam's morning-after-breath rating: strong). They offerred a good selection of beer but, unfortunately, it was all bottled. The earlier AGM went reasonably smoothly with some new "crackpot" ideas being voted down - I especially enjoyed the demise of a ridiculous new star rating system proposed by Rats.

Mark - Adios Joseph, Hola Jeff. A fairly non-eventful AGM apart from an agreed censure for Richard (ask Rodney Marsh) and a tour of the back streets on the way to the restaurant. A wide selection of bottled beers was never going to keep Griff happy as there was no Carling. The fact they brought the wrong nan & 'renamed' his main dish meant that the toys were flying out the pram although this was not enough to keep Neil awake. My meat somosas turned into mixed but my Chicken Sag main was very tasty as was the rice. A reasonable showing but not 5 star although not expected to be at such a fair price.

Neil - The service was more dishonest than poor i.e. the stuff turned up quickly enough but wasn't what we ordered. There was also some confusion regarding the beer, if you've run out just say you've run out don't hover around asking each of us if we'd prefer something else! Food quite good though and I enjoyed my brief nap between courses.

Tim - A rainy January night meant there were few people around, accordingly restaurants were keen to entice people in with offers of up to 30% off, and free rounds of drinks. As on our last visit we got a discount and free round here, which pushed up the VFM mark. Popadoms were fine, with the usual 4 accompaniments. Mixed samosa starter was very good, and went well with the mint raita someone had requested with their starter. The main course; a chicken special - something something mogali (pronounced mowgli) was hotter than expected.  There was a selection of bottled beers (Cobra, Kingfisher and Murree). No complaints about the service, though we were practically the only people there.

Jeff - Having been voted in as a full member earlier in the evening, spent the rest of the night star-struck. Rather overawed and humbled by the experience; so much to learn. But here goes. Low marks for ambience because there wasn't any, and we were shoved in at the back despite the place being empty on arrival. Good choice of bottled beer but no draft. The prices were quite cheap and there was a wide choice. Good size starter portion, 3 onion bhajis. Main course (Chicken Jeera) was tasty and plentiful, veg and rice ok but not memorable. Can't comment on Nan because I don't eat it, and nor does any one else judging by how many we had left. Very amusing episode re Griff's Nan, but it does indicate poor service. At £17 with beer I thought this a very good value for money place, you can find prettier places but well worth it's high ranking.

Alex - Main downside is somewhat disorganised service but food was good.

John - I like the Bombay Spice - cheap and cheerful. I had the sheek kebab which was alright followed by Chicken Rezalla which was tasty but not spectacular. Beer was cheap and plentiful.

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