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

After 65 barren outings, we finally managed to get a woman to agree to come out with us! Our guest was Caroline ("Cazza"). And she took a photo of the Ladies!

Visit Report

Visit Number: 66 (visit 3 of 6 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 29 Sep 2005
Cost per head: £30.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.7 6.9 6.0 7.1 8.0 6.9 7.1 6.8 5.2 6.79
Jeff 5 7 4 6 10 8 8 6 4 6.6 See Jeff's comments
Robin 7 7 6 7 6 6 6 7 5 6.3 See Robin's comments
Graeme 7 6 6 7 6 7 7 4 6.3 See Graeme's comments
Brian 8 8 6 9 9 8 9 8 7 8.1 See Brian's comments
Tim 6 6 5 8 7 7 6 8 4 6.4 See Tim's comments
Alex 8 7 7 8 7 7 7 6 7.2 See Alex's comments
Richard 6 7 5 7 7 5 6 5 5 6.0 See Richard's comments
Jon 7 7 7 5 8 7 9 7 6 7.1 See Jon's comments
Cazza (Guest) 6 7 8 8 10 8 6 6 6 7.1 See Cazza's comments

All Comments

Jeff - An unscheduled stop here but a very pleasant one - I feel credit is due to myself for introducing the civilising influence of Caroline to the club. Having been here last November, I expected good things again and was not disappointed. A smart place, not particularly busy and we had a good table. Bit of a limited choice of beer, and quite expensive, but the spiciest poppadoms ever, delicious. Main course of Royal Thali came with the best Nan I can ever remember eating; if I'm being picky the dish was a little on the small side, but very tasty. Veg marked down a little on account of the bhindi bhaji being crispy and I think a bit burnt. In all, a place I would go to any time - well above average, but overall a little expensive.

Robin - Not where we were expecting to go (now a burger bar), but not a bad curry. I had a pretty nice prawn puri starter and then an unusual curried lamb shank. Very tasty, but I managed to drop it at one point and the stains still haven't come out of my shirt. Overall the quality was good, but not quite good enough to justify the fairly high prices.

Graeme - A surprise visit to Kasturi after our planned re-visit to Matab's was aborted due to it having turned into an American diner! This was a bit of a shock, especially as it was our overall no. 1 at the end of 2004. As Kasturi is only about 50 yards away, we decided to go there. It was a reasonable substitute but, in the end, a little disappointing. The food was quite good but not special and, for £30 p.h., you'd expect something special. The waiter serving us was a little comical, not seeming to understand what was going on, but the food came very quickly and everybody got what they ordered as far as I am aware. For starter, I shared a mixed Tandoori platter with Jon and, whilst it was OK, the portions were too small and one or two of the meat pieces were a little tough - certainly not worth the best part of £6.00 per person. I had Chicken Jalfrezi for main - it was a good-sized portion and very spicy but I felt it had too many peppers, onions, etc in relation to the amount of meat. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Cazza (our female guest) and she suggested the Peshwari Nan which I shared. It was really nice - the first time I'd tried one, I think - the sweet coconut very cooling with a spicy curry. As I had to drive the company van home after the meal, I wasn't able to drink beer and by the end of the evening, I just wasn't on the same wavelength as the others. Richard, in particular, seemed to be talking absolute rubbish - I think I would have needed at least 5 pints to even get close to understanding him.

Brian - An all round excellent meal as far as I was concerned. Crab Puree starter was different and very good, my chicken main was excellent (I think it was a shahjahnee) - the chicken was succulent, with just the right amount of kick in the sauce. The Nan was superb, although Mr Brown rationed me to just a quarter. Only let down on the provisions front was the lack of a decent beer on tap. Wonderful to be present on a night of such historic significance - the first real lady at the curry club. There have been several attempts by some of the gentleman members to pass themselves off as ladies, cunning stunts with glace cherries, prawn cocktails, rosé wine etc spring to mind; but last night was the real McCoy.

Tim - Our intended destination had transformed itself into an inappropriate restaurant (i.e. it wasn't Indian), so we took a punt on another venue nearby. It was a long and narrow space, but clever use of lighting and mirrors made it look quite spacious (and busier). A poor choice of beer - nothing on draft and no Kingfisher; the Cobra was OK, if outrageously expensive. Popadoms were OK, although the spicy ones came strangely rolled up like brandy snaps. Mixed starter (shared) was good - a selection of succulent meats. Main course of Dahi something (fish) was a bit disappointing. There was some interesting veg, in particular bindhi churchuri - crunchy slices of okra. Overall, a pretty good meal, but somewhat pricy.

Alex - [None]

Richard - Decent performance from Kasturi. The mocked Set Menu A I found a good mix of nosh - mixed grill-type starter, followed by a Thali of mild but tasty dishes, and finishing with a more-interesting-than-it-sounds ice-cream type dish. Good rotis instead of Naan. No draught beer, service fine, a bit pricey, but atmosphere was good.

Jon - I managed to recover from the profound disappointment of finding Matab's has metamorphosed into some sort of American Grill, and had a very enjoyable meal at the Kasturi. The shared mixed starter was a little disappointing, although I can't quite put my finger on why, but the Chicken Vindaloo main course was excellent. It was complemented by a very nice keema nan, tasty mushroom rice and all the veg dishes were good. It was a good all round performance although another lumpy price tag - the days of the curry for less than £20 a head are long gone, I fear.

Cazza - Disappointing Chicken Tikka Dhansak - sauce quite bland and the meat wasn't that great. Peshwari Nan was excellent and the red wine was good for house wine. The crispy Bhindi Bhaji was a bit strange. And the service was OK but scored low as they charged £10 more to my card than we had asked them to. They did rectify this mistake quickly though.

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