|Address:||9-10 Philpot Lane|
|London EC3M 8AA|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 27 Oct 2005|||||2. 30 Mar 2006|||||3. 25 Jan 2007|||||4. 30 May 2008|
|Visit Number:||67 (visit 1 of 4 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||27 Oct 2005|
|Cost per head:||£24.00 (2 beers)|
|Dave||10||7||7||7||8||7||9||8||8||8.0||See Dave's comments|
|Graeme||8||6||6||6||7||7||7||7||7||6.8||See Graeme's comments|
|Dominic (Guest)||8||7||8||8||8||7||7||6||8||7.4||See Dominic's comments|
|Jeff||7||7||5||6||7||9||7||7||7.1||See Jeff's comments|
|Robin||7||7||6||7||7||8||8||7||6||7.1||See Robin's comments|
|Jon||7||7||7||8||7||7||7||7||7||7.1||See Jon's comments|
Dave - A fantastic performance from the Philpot. Prawn Puree starter was good, Chicken Curry to follow was excellent as was the accompanying Veg and Nan. Just as I thought things could not got any better the waiter delivered an original towelling hot towel - heaven! (and the first ever 10 for service as a reward). I would not be surprised if the Philpot shoots to number one in the charts - could this be the new Herb and Spice?
Graeme - Not bad at all. When we first walked in, I was struck by the smell which reminded me of some of the old-fashioned good-value Brick Lane establishments, the like of which we only see rarely these days. The Philpot could not be described as cheap but it provided good quality food at a reasonable price. I had my 'standard' meal: Prawn Puree (tasted good - it looked a bit on the small size but was actually quite filling) followed by Chicken Madras (a fairly mild one but the chicken was lovely - white and tender). I marked the Starter down by 1 as the plain Poppadums were a little soft. No draft Indian beer. The service was very good and included a free Sambuca which Dom managed to negotiate. All-in-all, a very enjoyable evening. I sat opposite Griff but have no amusing anecdotes to relate. Mind you, as I said in the pub beforehand, Rats has become the new Griff after missing the last two curry nights with pathetic excuses.
Dominic - With only 5 members making it to this outing it proved to be a more intimate evening than others and a chance to see some professionals in action! The restaurant was cosy and the service good helped once again by a complimentary round of drinks. The King Prawn Puree was very good, the Chicken Chatmasala quite good with the nan bread being the best of the rest. The wine was also well priced. Another enjoyable evening in a well priced eatery.
Jeff - A much better place on the inside than it appeared from the outside. All downstairs, small and clean but perhaps a bit too bright. Disappointing choice of beer, but at least there was one on draft - Carlsberg! Starter and poppadoms were just ok, but main course - a very tender lamb rogan josh - rice and vegetables were excellent and came in generous portions. Altogether a much better meal than I expected, and coupled with a good VFM for the very convenient location (for everyone except the Legend), and the positive vibes from fellow members, I think it will score well.
Robin - A very nice prawn puri to start, a very good chicken balti, nice veg dishes (including a very good special rice). The service was fairly fast and attentive, and the ambience was also good despite there being a rather smaller group of us than has been customary of late. I'd very happily go back to this one! Shame they don't have any draught Indian beer.
Jon - It was an all round decent performance from the Philpot. The Reshmi Kebab starter was very tasty, the Chicken Madras was not the hottest, but good nonetheless, and all the extras were up to scratch. And for a City venue, it was pretty reasonable. Based on recent history, it was a fairly low turnout of six, but it meant there was a highly entertaining attempt from Griff to convince us that statistically, a lower turnout would lead to a higher overall result ... interesting.