|Name:||Curry Leaf East|
|Address:||20 City Road|
|London EC1Y 2AJ|
|Phone:||020 7374 4842|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 24 Feb 2005|||||2. 28 Sep 2006|||||3. 26 Jul 2007|||||4. 25 Nov 2008|||||5. 28 May 2009|
|6. 28 Jan 2010|||||7. 30 May 2013|||||8. 26 May 2016|
|Visit Number:||59 (visit 1 of 8 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||24 Feb 2005|
|Cost per head:||£30.00 (2 beers)|
|Dave||7||8||6||9||9||8||7||8||6||7.6||See Dave's comments|
|Tony (Guest)||8||7||7||6||8||7||7||7.2||See Tony's comments|
|Graeme||6||6||6||6||5||7||8||7||5||6.4||See Graeme's comments|
|Mark||6||7||7||5||8||9||4||6||6.7||See Mark's comments|
|Richard||5||7||6||5||7||4||9||5||5||6.1||See Richard's comments|
|Jeff||6||5||3||8||5||7||5||5.9||See Jeff's comments|
|Robin||7||7||6||8||7||7||8||6||5||7.0||See Robin's comments|
|Jon||7||7||7||5||8||7||8||7||4||6.7||See Jon's comments|
Dave - Mussels starter was a highlight (would have got a 10 but no spicy popadums available - now part of the starter mark - bought it down to a 9). The potato nan - delivered as billed - was also a highlight. Can't comment on the Keema Nan as Jeff "no Nan" Brown nicked it. The service was marked down for the rather petty query at the end over the missing £1.62 coupled with a dirty fork which had to be returned. Would have liked to see a plain Chicken Curry and Carlsberg available on the menu but obviously this place - as reflected in the price - is maybe a bit too upmarket for such tastes. Overall I would expect this to make the top six.
Tony - Modern decor, a few birds, cosy feel and good service. Quality, appealing food - but I didn't like the rice.
Graeme - Without doubt, the most sophisticated Indian restaurant I have been to in terms of the menu and the delicate (mainly fish & seafood) dishes on offer. But was it a good Curry Club venue? I didn't think it was quite special enough to justify £30 per head and, although the food was of a very high quality, the overall experience didn't meet my 'traditional' curry requirements. My starter of scallop & squid was tasty but very small, and I marked it down by 1 point to reflect the fact that there were no spicy poppadoms available (per rule 18.b.vii). My main course was a mild salmon and king prawn curry - it was very nice but lacked the necessary kick - maybe I'm being a bit of a heathen here. Service marked down by 1 point as the head waiter queried us underpaying by £1.60 on a £240 bill, even though the bill included an optional 10% service charge, which we had (mostly) paid. No draught beer. Richard brought along a guest, Tony, who was good company and behaved himself very well. The banter throughout the evening was excellent. A classic Griff-ism from Jeff in the pub : re the F.O.B. at the Foot of Bridge, "what does F.O.B. stand for?".
Mark - Curry Leaf East is part of that new brand of curry houses that provide a quality envirionment and top class food and therfore charge a premium price. Was the £30 meal twice as good as last months Brick Lane cheapy? In parts yes, the rice and main meal chicken were wonderfully presented and plentiful with some of the best chicken I have had in my 50 Currymarks visits. However the mushroom starter was tiny and the sag aloo very salty in taste. Cobra bottles decorated added an unusual touch but having the waiter complain that we had underpaid £1.62 of the 'optional' service charge was a bit off. Overall, very pleasent but not one for your average Tennents Super drinker.
Richard - My starter was a rather unexciting battered fish thing, but the main dish of lamb rogan josh was excellent- juicy lamb with a very fresh-tasting spicy sauce. My plain rice was a bit stodgy though. The place was attractive and lively, although the waiters seemed a touch sniffy about a bunch of beery blokes. How can the conversation still be stuck on Brian's arse v Kylie's?
Jeff - Quite a busy place, obviously new and quite chic. We were sat in a good location, but limited choice of beer, no spicy popadoms (which I much prefer) and uninspiring pickle choice. The menu was interesting with a lot of dishes I'd never seen before. My spicy mashed potato starter was very tasty. As there was a lot of fish on the menu, and never having had a fish curry, I tried one, but wished I hadn't - it didn't work for me. Not the chef's fault. It was well cooked, plentiful and the sauce etc was tasty. I didn't have any vegetables or much nan so no mark. Rice was ok. Nice of the chef to come up for a chat. Overall, a 'date' curry venue rather than a lads night out, and at £30 a victory for style over substance.
Robin - Curry Leaf East is quite impressive but also quite pricey. Clearly intending to position itself somewhat upmarket, it has many unusual dishes on the menu - so of course I had to try some. My curried chicken livers starter was very tasty as was the generous lamb main course, which was presented complete with bone although the meat itself had been sliced off it. The special rice was quite good but I felt that the other vegetable dishes that I tried were only a little above average. Bottled Cobra or Kingfisher were both available, but it's a shame that such an upmarket restaurant doesn't offer any draught indian beers. Ambiance was quite good (about three-quarters full) but the prices are definitely not for the faint-hearted, making it hard to feel that an above average VFM mark would be justified.
Jon - The Curry Leaf East could certainly not be described as a traditional establishment with new age décor and an unusual menu missing favourites such as Vindaloo and Madras. Nonetheless, the food was good, although very expensive. I opted for lamb for both starter and main, and while the starter was little on the small size, both were very tasty and tender. The extras were all good. Graeme surprised us all with the revelation that he has started down the slippery slope to homelessness and alcoholism by drinking Tennents Super by choice. Expect to see him unconscious in a doorway near you soon!