Name: Monsoon
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 78 Brick Lane
London E1 6RL
Phone: 020 7375 1567

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 29 Dec 2005

Suzi, Tess & the "Map of Tassie" were all discussed at great length.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 69 (visit 1 of 1 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 29 Dec 2005
Cost per head: £17.50 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.6 5.7 7.1 6.9 6.6 6.1 5.7 7.2 7.2 6.49
Mark 6 5 7 9 8 7 6 6 9 7.0 See Mark's comments
Jon 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 8 7.3 See Jon's comments
Graeme 6 4 7 6 5 6 4 8 6 5.6 See Graeme's comments
Jeff 6 5 7 9 4 3 8 5 5.7 See Jeff's comments
Dominic (Guest) 8 8 8 3 6 6 8 7 8 6.8 See Dominic's comments

All Comments

Mark - A jolly outing to Monsoon to finish the year. Unusual starter of Chicken Marahini which had a good kick and was plentiful. Main meal of Chiken Shatlack was OK but had a few too many tomatoes for my taste. Other sundries good as was the very cold draught Cobra. Not sure about the moving blue snowman or the multicoloured decor while the bangla jive rythms were the only tunes not on Dom's MP3 player and the lack of loo's caused some people to double up! A good discussion on the merits of Aussie tottie ensued along with an explanation of the phrase "map of Tasmania". Overall the place was good and so worthy of a revisit if you are looking for a good Brick Lane deal and don't mind all your meals looking very similar.

Jon - Good food, good service and a good, if ultimately reluctant, deal from the tout made for an excellent performance from the Monsoon. The low turnout did not detract from the ambience as the restaurant was fairly full and lively. A good mixed kebab starter was followed up by a very tasty chicken rezala that was hotter than expected but ultimately a good choice. Dominic firmly installed himself as a curry stalwart by turning up for what is traditionally the worst attended month - it could be his last appearance as a guest ...

Graeme - The hard-working tout (who braved the icy weather) persuaded us in with the offer of 30% discount plus a free pint. It sounded like a good deal but it turned out to be about the right price for the overall experience. There was a bit of a grubby feel to the place with the sticky menus, worn carpet, dodgy single gents toilet and "cor-blimey, in-it?" waiters. The boring decor wasn't helped by the site of an ugly (but functional) heating unit on the wall behind our table. My Chicken Jalfrezi was very disappointing - I didn't think the chicken was particularly fresh or tender and the sauce was too wet - I did eat most of it though! Two positive points: Cobra on draught and the veg. dishes were very good. It was the Forth Day of Christmas so you'd expect Griff and The New Griff (Rats) not to be allowed out but, surprisingly, Robin cried off too. However, the limited turnout of 5 provided excellent banter: football, the Eurythmics, Genesis, Xmas quiz questions, the Ashes (again), Suzi Perry (again), Jeff's explanation of 'that' photo with Griff and the question of whether Tess Daly would "get it". Marvellous!

Jeff - Just 4 members plus our usual guest (!) for a freezing December night. The Brick Lane touts were out in force to entice in what custom there was, and we settled for a place offering us 30% discount plus free pint of what turned out to be draft Cobra. The place was quite busy despite the cold but we were sat next to the door. A quite extensive menu with some unusual items, my starter of fried lamb with coriander was totally delicious, however "Monsoon Chicken special" was not at all special, and the rice was bland. Vegetables were excellent though. And quite good vfm. Overall an average place at an average Brick Lane price. I wonder if Jon will get Suzi P to join us next year?

Dominic - Another intimate outing was experienced with only 5 attendees braving the elements. And after an impromptu trek up Brick Lane the Monsoon got the nod. Right from the outset the restaurant appeared besieged as diner after diner followed us in so it was quite some surprise that the service was very good given a very busy night. The décor was warm (literally!) and friendly with the nodding snowman adding to the experience! Unfortunately, my kebab starter wasn’t up to scratch being dry and bland but my Fish main was a vast improvement although a little hotter than I usually take. The Nan and rice were fine but not extraordinary with the vegetables being more tasty. Once again it was good to see a restaurant stock Mateus although somewhat overpriced. All in all quite good value for money given the price and the main portions. And although the cartography of southern shores dominated discussion it was refreshing to hear that Jon is going to invite his very special school friend along in 2006 ...

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