Name: Herb & Spice
Status: Closed
Area: Spitalfields
Address: 11 White's Row
London E1 7NF
Phone: 020 7247 4050

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 24 Feb 2000|2. 28 Nov 2002|3. 27 Mar 2003|4. 29 Jul 2004|5. 31 Mar 2005
6. 22 Feb 2007|7. 31 Jan 2008|8. 26 Nov 2009|9. 27 Oct 2011|10. 28 Aug 2014

As the French wouldn't say:
"Cocque AVEC Vin."

Visit Report

Visit Number: 60 (visit 5 of 10 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 31 Mar 2005
Cost per head: £25.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.3 6.0 6.2 6.2 5.3 7.3 6.9 6.4 6.4 6.44
Jeff 7 6 5 6 9 10 6 9 7.5 See Jeff's comments
Robin 7 7 6 8 9 8 7 7 7 7.3 See Robin's comments
Graeme 7 5 6 7 5 6 6 7 6 6.1 See Graeme's comments
Mark 6 8 6 8 8 7 6 7.1 See Mark's comments
Brian 7 5 6 7 7 6 8 7 7 6.8 See Brian's comments
Dominic (Guest) 7 7 8 6 5 9 7 7 7 6.6 See Dominic's comments
Alex 7 6 7 6 7 7 6 7 6.6 See Alex's comments
Jon 6 7 7 5 3 9 7 7 5 6.2 See Jon's comments
John 3 3 5 3 3 4 4 4 4 3.7 See John's comments

All Comments

Jeff - I had heard good things about this place from most members and was not disappointed. They accommodated us alright and service was unobtrusive. Only bottled beer. My lamb tikka starter was a little small but highly flavoured. The Chicken Balti was simply superb - I could not imagine a better one, and the special rice was also top class. The ambience was also good - it was full (all 20 seats occupied). This is what I call a curry house - much more relaxed than the previous "posh" place Curry Leaf East. Many thanks to Dominic for the touching speech and liqueur at the end which tipped me over the edge - I'm still suffering as I write this. Phoning Griff at home - twice - to gloat over him missing his favourite place was quite amusing.

Robin - More people seem to have discovered this excellent restaurant since our previous visits; we almost didn't get in because it was so full - about a dozen others on top of our party of nine! The king prawn puri was again very good as was the lamb jalfrezi. Beautiful special rice, nice vegetables and a real treat - a melt-in-your-mouth paratha bread. Much nicer than nan. Pity there's no draft beer, but altogether a great meal.

Graeme - A reasonably large turn-out (9) prompted us to try to book in advance but the H&S said they couldn't fit us in. After much discussion on the selection of an alternative venue, we were on our way to Shampan on Brick Lane. However, we enquired again on the way past the H&S and they managed to accommodate us! This was a slightly disappointing meal for me - nothing was too bad but it wasn't up to the standard that we have come to expect. My main course of Chicken Madras was too runny and not particularly spicy. And the price was a bit on the lumpy side - I think my VFM mark of 6 is quite generous. Discussion in the pub beforehand centred around who was out of work at present (it seems like nearly half our members, some are finding it easier than others). Jon's mate Dominic came as our Guest - he was on the wine again - and he treated us to a round of liqueurs after the meal - a nice touch but, if he thinks he can buy his way into our club, ...

Mark - Herb & Spice delivers as usual. Although a pokey little place that only offered us a 6 + 4 when trying to book a table for 10, but was empty when we turned up, it did soon fill. With an influx of custom at the same time the waiter & chef did very well although it was obviously slow which meant a late night for those of us actually working the next day. Sheek kabab to start was v.good and the mushroom rice was up to usual standards. Main of Chicken Malsomething was good a but lacked a bit of kick. No loo injuries to report but we had a jolly ol' time. Will the missing marks from the Essex judge mean a drop from the top 6? Many thanks to Jeff for a beer re his non-significant birthday.

Brian - A good meal, in a consistently good but unfortunately small restaurant. Although I know at least one of us was less than impressed, I thought the service was good; attentive without being in your face. Bottled beer was OK, my chapati was fine (although I've classified it as a nan for the purposes of the scoring - perhaps the category should be "bread"? - I'll make sure I miss the vote at the next AGM). Main was excellent - follow Mr Wratten and you won't go far wrong!! I enjoyed the conversation and the company greatly, and the experience was enhanced by the presence of our occasionally controversial antipodean guest from Dartford. PS. I can't believe that my spellchecker suggests "teapot" for "chapati"!!

Dominic - Herb & Spice was another enjoyable night out but moreso for the company than the food. Although trying to be a little adventurous with the starter (care of Jon!) I found it to be a little bland. The rest of the food was OK without being excellent with the somewhat dry nan bread being countered by a wonderful special rice and a very good red wine! 10 marks, however, needs to be awarded to all club members for tolerating another night with a wine drinking antipodean!

Alex - Bit cramped with failed-tardis-imitation loos. Food pretty good though.

Jon - A slightly disappointing performance from the H&S. The main course was tasty, the veg was good and Robin’s recommended special rice was excellent. However, my reshmi kebab starter was bland and the nan bread was very dry and simply tasteless. Special mentions must go to Jeff for buying a round for his birthday, and to Dominic for buying a round for the hell of it – I’m not sure the speech was entirely necessary, though!

John - A low mark from me for the H&S as the MAE verged on food poisoning! I was very disappointed with this place on the night too - far too cramped, slow service and pretty dull (ambience not the company). I had prawn puree to start and chicken rezalla for main. Both were fairly unforgetful (or so I thought). Thanks to Jeff for the birthday beers and to Dominic for the brandy!

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