|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:||72 (visit 2 of 4 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||30 Mar 2006|
|Cost per head:||£25.00 (1.5 beers)|
|Dave||9||8||7||6||7||7||9||8||8||7.7||See Dave's comments|
|Graeme||8||6||6||6||3||8||8||8||7||6.8||See Graeme's comments|
|Dominic||8||8||8||9||9||7||7||6||8||7.8||See Dominic's comments|
|Pete (Guest)||8||7||7||5||9||7||8||7||8||7.3||See Pete's comments|
|Mark||7||8||5||4||7||8||8||7||9||7.0||See Mark's comments|
|Jon||7||8||7||7||8||7||8||8||7||7.5||See Jon's comments|
|Alex||8||8||7||7||7||8||8||8||7.6||See Alex's comments|
|Robin||7||7||6||9||6||7||6||8||7||7.0||See Robin's comments|
|Tim||8||7||9||8||8||7||6||7||7.4||See Tim's comments|
|Brian||7||8||7||7||8||7||8||6||6||7.2||See Brian's comments|
|Richard||9||8||7||9||8||9||9||8||10||8.6||See Richard's comments|
|Jeff||6||7||7||9||7||8||7||7||7.6||See Jeff's comments|
Dave - I like the Philpott - Excellent Chicken Curry eaten in a good atmosphere - finished off with a traditional hot towel. My only critcism was that spicy poppadums were not on offer to start with. Decided to celebrate my 50th curry house visit in champagne style by tipping a whole pint over myself - I think the cab driver at Saffron Walden suspected I was some sort of down and out tramp. In summary, I think the Philpott could well be the big brother of the Herb and Spice - expect to see this retain a top-6 place.
Graeme - It is an unimpressive place from the outside and I'm sure many people would be put off. However, it is worth persevering and venturing downstairs to the plain but clean restaurant. The menu is fairly small but interesting. All the food (except my nan) was very good and tasted freshly cooked. My Peshwari Nan was a big let down - over-cooked and with not much coconut. There was no draft Indian beer. All-in-all this was another good meal at the Philpot and I would confidently recommend it. With a record turn-out of 12 there was plenty of banter. I vaguely remember giving Griff (and somebody else?) "the chant" - maybe a symptom of me having started drinking at 5pm when I met an ex-workmate from the 1980's for a quick couple. The subject of Chelski's recent poor behaviour was discussed and Griff, as you would expect, was graciously sensitive about it (yeah, right!). The New Griff was elsewhere, having managed (once again) to time a family holiday to coincide with curry night.
Dominic - What a difference a revisit makes - the last time we were here there were only 6 attendees, this time it seemed like 60! Having also tried this eatery "off-piste" since the first outing I was glad to see it maintained a good quality all round. The restaurant is cosy and the service very good once again helped by a complimentary round of drinks without any resistance at all when proposed by yours truly. My King Prawn Puree was again very tasty, the Chicken Chatmasala quite good with the pershwari nan bread being one of the best I have recently had. The wine was also well priced although convention took a back seat with a red being selected and shared with Tim - I’ll convert the rest of the members yet! Again, another enjoyable evening in this well priced eatery.
Pete - High hopes for the Philpot were confirmed on arrival. This basement type restaurant, had a modern decor and a good atmosphere, which improved as the evening went on. The choice of either Cobra, Kingfisher or Tiger beers (All bottled), was a good start, although after this things took a turn for the worse... The 'gourmet' chefs at the Philpot, tried the unusual mixture of marmalade and mango chutney, to produce an 'accompaniment' which would have been better served with toast rather than papadum's. This was then followed by a fairly average Onion Bhaji starter, and I was beginning to think it wasn't to be the top-notch restaurant I'd hoped for! However, after the poor start, things got better and better... The main course of Chicken Tikka Jalfrezi was 'spot-on', with just the right mixture of chicken tikka, green chillies, onions and tomatoes. The accompanying Pilau rice, Naan, and Sag Aloo, were excellent, with good sized portions to boot. Also considering there were 12 of us, the service was quick and efficient, and as far as I could tell, everyone got exactly what they'd asked for, with no undue delay... All in all, a good choice of restaurant, great value for money, however slightly let down by a few minor details...!
Mark - Only complaint was the bone in my Meat Tikka starter. Apart from that I mainly enjoyed my first visit to the Philpot, although not too sure about the marmalade chutney, and expect to return again. Chicken was plentiful and reminded me of early Sheeba levels. Rice was light and decent portions. No draght beer but included Tiger rather than just the usual 2. Ambience intensified through the evening as we employed the camera skills of the staff and our usual joker juggled, then spilt, his beer. Well done to Jon & Griff for reaching the exclusive "50" club as we achieved a record turnout of 12. I had expected this to impact on the service but it all went fairly smoothly to help make it a good evening.
Jon - An all round solid performance from the Philpot. Good food, good atmosphere, good service at a reasonable price. Nothing was outstanding but everything was consistently good. Griff and I celebrated our 50th appearances - I was content to celebrate with food, beer and free liqueur, but Griff wanted something more memorable so poured his pint on himself. Each to his own, I suppose.
Alex - Nice place and good service. Dom successful and extracting free drinks again! Food was generally rather good.
Robin - The king prawn puri was even better than ordinary prawn puri I had last time but I thought my chicken balti wasn't quite as good. It looked as though the sauce and chicken had been cooked separately and just combined in the balti dish, so the meat wasn't very flavourful although the sauce was lovely. Very good veg dishes including a nice special rice, and again the service was good without being overly attentive - no waiters hovering to pour more beer into your glass every time you put it down. A free brandy finished the meal off nicely, although other members of our party opted for the kind of liqueurs you'd expect your maiden aunt to drink.
Tim - A good overall experience, though few things stand out. We started with popadoms, which arrived quickly, though I would have liked a mixture of plain and spicy ones. The menu was uninspiring - it was quite short and all but one of the dishes were pretty standard. The prawn puri starter was good. For the main course I ordered the one thing on the menu that I hadn't seen before. It was a chicken dish, but sadly I can't remember what it was called. It wasn't particularly exciting however. The peshwari nan was nice. The beer mark refers to a rather nice, and reasonably-priced, St Emilion I shared with Dominic; perhaps this mark should be renamed to Drink. Service was attentive and the restaurant was pleasant. The overall experience was enhanced by two free drinks at the end of the meal. Not the cheapest place, but not too expensive either, particularly compared with other curry places in the City.
Brian - Prawn Puri starter was a good size, and better VFM than the King Prawn Puri, which did not look much different to me. The Lamb main was good, as was the rice and my chapati. More choice than normal for the beer - I had a couple of Tigers, which I found very agreeable. In short, the restaurant was slightly above average, although nothing spectacular. As always, the company and conversation were the highlights for me.
Richard - I really enjoyed everything about this meal. The prawn puri was very tasty, and the chicken korai was the best I've had in ages, with a slight char-grill flavour. The veg dishes were good (I shared a sag aloo), the peshwari nan fresh and sweet, rice plentiful, the poppadums particularly crispy, although there was only one relish dish for 12 diners. No draught beer, but the bottled cobra was delivered swiftly, and the free brandy was served in cut-glass crystal. Tim was sniffy about whether it was vintage brandy, but as he was sipping Tia Maria to follow his wine, I felt I could discount his opinion, as he is obviously either a philistine, an Aussie, or in the closet (wasn't someone drinking Baileys?). The place was lively, with simple bright decor, and attentive but not intrusive service. An excellent location, great food, good ambience and service, was topped off by a moderate bill: could this be this year's number one? We shall see if Griff's theory on attendance lowering the score works.
Jeff - A good all-round performance; the Philpot seems to do everything well. My chicken tandoori starter was excellent. Rice and vegetables plentiful and tasty. If I have to gripe, my main course of Chicken Balti was not particularly Balti-like and didn't come with a nan, but the chicken in it was superb and loads of it too. And the draft lager has gone, very few places are doing draft beer these days, although the bottled Tiger was what I would have chosen anyway. Not expensive either. Overall a very good experience.