|Address:||45 London Wall|
|London EC2M 5TE|
|Phone:||020 7588 5043|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 30 Jun 2005|||||2. 25 May 2006|||||3. 27 Sep 2007|||||4. 26 Jun 2008|||||5. 30 Jul 2009|
|6. 30 Sep 2010|||||7. 26 May 2011|||||8. 26 Jul 2012|||||9. 26 Sep 2013|||||10. 31 Jul 2014|
|11. 28 May 2015|
|Visit Number:||74 (visit 2 of 11 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||25 May 2006|
|Cost per head:||£26.00 (1.5 beers)|
|Dave||8||9||8||7||9||8||9||7||8||8.1||See Dave's comments|
|Graeme||5||8||6||6||6||7||8||7||7||6.8||See Graeme's comments|
|Dominic||8||9||6||9||7||6||10||6||9||8.0||See Dominic's comments|
|Cazza (Guest)||10||9||8||9||9||9||5||9||9||8.2||See Cazza's comments|
|John||8||8||8||8||8||6||9||7||8||7.9||See John's comments|
|Jon||8||7||7||6||8||7||10||8||8||7.8||See Jon's comments|
|Alex||8||7||7||8||7||7||9||8||8||7.8||See Alex's comments|
|Robin||7||7||6||10||9||7||10||8||10||8.5||See Robin's comments|
|Brian||7||7||6||8||7||7||7||6||6||6.9||See Brian's comments|
|Richard||9||8||7||9||6||5||7||9||9||7.7||See Richard's comments|
|Jeff||5||9||6||6||6||7||8||7||6.7||See Jeff's comments|
Dave - Excellent curry - Lively atmosphere (reminded me of when it was a karaoke Bar) and very attentive service (unfortunately no proper towels - although there are plans afoot to introduce them). Also VFM was good (can't work out why it was £7 a head cheaper than last time we went there) and good range of beers available (including Heineken). I was kept entertained by the new Griff (very entertaining - much better than the old rats) and the Old Tighe who were trying to convince me that a league and cup double was better than back-to-back premiership titles - I remain unconvinced.
Graeme - Mehek is a large, modern, lively restaurant with good ambience. The food was generally very good, especially my Garlic Chilli Chicken main course (which was as described - and Mrs S. did complain about the garlic content the next morning!). For me, Mehek was let down on two fronts: no draught Indian beer (for a place this size, that it just laziness - surely they sell enough beer to justify keeping some on draught) and I marked down the service as the waiter taking my order tried to persuade me to have something different to my own selection for both my starter and main course (presumably on the basis that the alternatives were more expensive - they had nothing in common with what I ordered). It was good to see New Griff tonight - he's hardly changed since we last saw him! Griff was making out he was the New Stansfield - just because he's notched up a few consecutive attendances - wait till he has to tell Silvie that he can't make a family holiday because it clashes with curry night, then we'll see. And it was nice to see Cazza again as our guest this evening.
Dominic - The start of the evening was looking a little shaky when we arrived to find a rather full restaurant, but once a table was secured the night went from strength to strength. Being a revisit (and having eaten here "off-piste" as well) I continue to be a big fan of the modern decor and spacious tables setting. My King Prawn Puree was as good as before but the highlight of the meal was the Lamb Shank which was truly outstanding! The rest of the dishes were in the main good with the wine being still somewhat pricey for what it is ... though it was refreshing to share it this time with the lovely Catherine rather than Tim (who decided to avoid this evening ... he really is making it a habit with this venue!!). And given the final bill this was indeed a great VFM evening.
Cazza - Really liked this restaurant. Bit disappointed with main course (butter chicken that was too creamy and not at all spicy) but overall the food was excellent as was the service - and the company. Thanks for a lovely evening.
John - Good quality, upmarket curry house. The waiter pointed me toward the chicken tikka korai which was very tasty and unusually hot. This was preceded by the usual king prawn purree which again was excellent. Plenty of big bottles of beer ensured that I woke up with a sore head. The only downside of the night was being stuck at the end of the table next to the self-styled new Stansfield. However, as soon as he opened his mouth you knew that it was the old Griff by the amount of drivel that came out. There were also a few familiar "blasts from the past" present: Cazza, Robin's W&G tie, and a re-telling of the Suzi Perry story (again). Which reminds me - a sore head was not all that I woke up with. I suspect my chicken korai had more in common with a Jalfrezi!
Jon - Another excellent performance from the Mehek which, in my opinion, has the best main course in any Indian restaurant I have been to in the Akbari Lamb Shank. Once again, it was outstanding. The rest of the meal was good too although I found the special rice a little disappointing. The cost was surprisingly low, probably due to a significant whip residue, and well worth the money. I fully expect the Mehek to remain firmly in the top six.
Alex - Great food, attentive service and a lively place. Only downside was the long wait for the courses.
Robin - What a fantastic curry - even better than the previous visit! I had the King Prawn Puri to start again, and it was simply superb. I then had the Rogan Josh - a generous portion of lean, tender, aromatic lamb in a delicious sauce, which was absolutely wonderful. The sundries were pretty good (although I thought that the special rice could have been a bit more "special"), and they still don't have any draught Indian beer, but overall this was a really outstanding meal. I can't wait to go back!
Brian - An enjoyable meal, good company and conversation as always. Best part of the meal was the starter - I haven't had onion bhajia in a while, and the three they served up were nice and crisp, with an excellent sauce. Lamb main was good, although not noticeably succulent. Good to see Robin back on the treadmill, we really should club together to buy him some new ties.
Richard - The Mehek is a different curry house in a good way. Self consciously stylish, without being OTT. The decor is very good - modern without being bland, and still cosy and intimate, with service being classy yet very friendly as well. You could bring your bird for a quiet meal, or come with your mates for a beery meal, and still be comfortable. The menu is more varied than usual, and the food remained good quality. I once again enjoyed the spicy whitebait, and Haash hayderabadi main (lamb in a thick peanutty sauce). The veg (spinach, sag aloo, chickpeas) was excellent although the rice was a touch soggy. The price is now average (less than last year), making this excellent value in a great location. No-one had a "moment of madness" to match Tim's last year, despite a particularly heavy pub session before delaying the k.o., although perhaps Robin had had one earlier when he bought that watch.
Jeff - A busy place, handily located on London Wall with a very good atmosphere; we were all accommodated easily, poppadoms arrived swiftly. Again no draft Indian beer. I would fault the service a little, they were slow to take the order (and the waiter kept trying to persuade Graeme to order more expensive dishes!!), and it did seem to take ages for the food to come. The meal itself was quite good, spicy whitebait starter was unusual, and the main course of duck something was actually a little too hot for me. Rice average but very good veg. Not as pricey as I'd expected either. I'd like to come back more sober. Probably will keep its top 6 rating.