|Name:||Curry Leaf East|
|Address:||20 City Road|
|London EC1Y 2AJ|
|Phone:||020 7374 4842|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 24 Feb 2005|||||2. 28 Sep 2006|||||3. 26 Jul 2007|||||4. 25 Nov 2008|||||5. 28 May 2009|
|6. 28 Jan 2010|||||7. 30 May 2013|||||8. 26 May 2016|
|Visit Number:||78 (visit 2 of 8 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||28 Sep 2006|
|Cost per head:||£33.00 (2 beers)|
|Jeff||8||7||3||9||6||7||9||8||6||7.3||See Jeff's comments|
|Jon||7||7||7||9||8||7||8||7||7||7.6||See Jon's comments|
|Graeme||7||8||6||10||7||6||3||7||6||6.5||See Graeme's comments|
|Mark||3||7||4||2||8||5||6||3||4.6||See Mark's comments|
|Alex||8||8||7||8||7||8||8||7||7.7||See Alex's comments|
|Tim||8||6||6||9||6||6||7||7||5||6.8||See Tim's comments|
|Dominic||8||9||8||9||8||8||8||6||9||8.1||See Dominic's comments|
|Richard||8||7||8||8||8||8||10||9||8||8.4||See Richard's comments|
|Robin||7||8||6||9||8||9||7||7||5||7.4||See Robin's comments|
Jeff - There is no doubt that this place is a quality restaurant, with prices to match. The menu is imaginative and inventive, showing that there are many different ways to prepare and present spicy sub-continental food other than the usual options. The quality of the food is very high also, portions are large (a main dish being almost enough for two), and service slick and unobtrusive. Even the wine list runs to 7 or 8 pages; but I think they ought to stock a more imaginative range of beers. If anything, it's almost too good for a bunch of beered-up fellas out for a laugh and a chat.
Jon - Difficult to fault the Curry Leaf East on that performance. I was struggling to decide what to have, and I can't remember what either course was called, but both were excellent. I surprised myself by opting for a veggie starter but it was superb. Spicy mashed potato parcels in a mix of tasty sauces - excellent. And my lamb main course was also very good - superbly cooked meat and very tasty. All the extras were up to scratch and the whole meal was just about worth the lumpy price tag. And all finished off with a very nice Lagavullin malt whisky thanks to Dom seducing the waiter once again!!
Graeme - Curry Leaf East is a cut above your average Indian restaurant and, although it is expensive, it does deliver. I think the overall experience justified the £33 per head bill. Unfortunately, my own meal was let down by my main course which was bland in the extreme and became a chore to eat. The dish was described as chicken stuffed with garlic and ginger in an almond sauce (I can't remember what it was called). My dissatisfaction may have been partly down to my menu choice rather than a problem with the quality of the food in general but I have to mark it based on what I had. On the other side of the coin, my starter was the best I have ever had in an Indian restaurant - Calamari Peri Peri - it was very tasty, surprisingly (and pleasantly) spicy and sufficiently filling. The name of the dish gave us the opportunity to discuss Suzie (Perry - geddit?) at great length. It was good of El Presidente to turn up this month (having missed the last two outings) - however, he came late after taking advantge of free drinks at a colleague's leaving do - he is fast adopting the attributes of our large blonde-haired member - is Mark the "New, New Griff"?
Mark - I like Curry Leaf East and it has the most interesting menu around. However, my selections from the delights on offer are reflected in my low scoring. The prawn starter was ridiculous, 6 small prawns in batter at about 70p each! Main of Rogan Gosh was a bit better but would have hardly caused a serious flesh wound on the poor lamb. Rice was plentiful and very good and most other attendees' meals looked better than mine. Beer was not very cold and pouring them all out before bringing them to the table caused some wide differences in volume. Also, I do not like waiters deciding to empty the Sag aloo dish on my plate simply because they wanted to clear the bowl. If I want some more I can do that myself.
Alex - Menu a bit different but hence interesting. Good food and efficient service. £33 a touch high.
Tim - The restaurant was not very busy, though we still had to wait a few minutes for a table to be prepared. No draught Indian beer, but the bottled Kingfisher and Cobra were perfectly adequate. An interesting menu, including lots of fish dishes. I had lamb sula starter which was excellent - a good size, lots of meat, nicely spicy. For the main course I had a mixed fish curry, which was pleasant, though I probably wouldn't choose it again. Service was efficient. A complimentary round of drinks at the end of the meal was welcome, though it still worked out a pretty expensive meal, so VFM has been marked down a little.
Dominic - Although this was a revisit for the club it was once again a new experience for yours truly. The restaurant was modern yet moderate in size with an interesting decor. The service was polite and friendly with the mint condiment being one of the best I've had. My starter of the calamari peri peri was delicious especially aided by a large and tasty scallop and my duck main was also very tasty. All the extras were very good although the veg for me was the only thing that was a tad below par - but this was relative to the rest. And although there was no Mateus (I think I might have to start a campaign for this wine to be a compulsory addition to all wine lists!) the rosé they did have was very good and well priced. All in all a very satisfying experience in a delightful setting. And as a footnote, although there was no Griff #1 nor Griff #2 it was encouraging to see Griff #3 come off the bench for his moment in the sun ...... such strength in depth!!!
Richard - Food and service were excellent, although the place was a little quiet. My lamb and coriander starter was large (3 kebabs), spicy and tasty. I decided to keep a theme of sheep infanticide and try the spring lamb lazeez, described as pot roasted. Half expecting a hot pot, I got a more traditional looking curry sauce over slices of lamb. The lamb was tender and delicious, with a sauce just the right blend of subtlety and spice, whilst being a new flavour for me. Side dishes of spinach, the usual aloo gobi, rice, popadums and peshwari nan were superb too, and service was discrete and attentive. The place was modern but attractively done, the only slight drawback was being fairly empty. The best curry this year for me, and definitely worth the slightly high price (shall we bid for it?).
Robin - It was nice sitting at the "top" table despite the lurid lime green backdrop lighting. The service was fairly good and my spicy chicken liver starter was excellent - a good sized portion of a rather unusual dish. My main course of lamb rogan josh was pleasant enough but not very spicy (despite the menu description, although to be fair it didn't have any chilli symbols against it), and again there was plenty of it. The special rice was superb and I was amazed that I managed to eat it all. The veg dishes were nice but not exceptional but the paratha was very good indeed. Altogether I came away feeling extremely replete! Shame about the bottled Cobra, but it's hardly unusual to find that draught beer isn't an option. I felt that the prices were too high for my liking, especially since I thought the menu choices were rather limited if you prefer dishes with a bit of "bite" to them - which I do, and consequently I can only award an "average" VFM mark.