Name: Chillies
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 76 Brick Lane
London E1 6RL
Phone: 020 7247 7539

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 28 Dec 2006

A good effort from both Jeff & Griff, but neither of them got through to the final of the Jimmy Hill look-alike competition.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 81 (visit 1 of 1 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 28 Dec 2006
Cost per head: £18.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 5.1 6.6 5.5 6.1 5.6 6.3 6.4 6.3 7.7 6.26
Dave 2 5 5 7 4 7 6 6 6 5.5 See Dave's comments
Jon 5 7 6 5 6 7 6 7 7 6.1 See Jon's comments
Graeme 4 5 6 8 7 4 5 7 7 5.9 See Graeme's comments
Mark 6 7 5 8 8 8 6 9 7.3 See Mark's comments
Dominic 6 7 7 6 6 6 6 10 6.7 See Dominic's comments
Jeff 6 7 5 3 7 8 7 8 6.4 See Jeff's comments
John 7 8 6 5 5 5 6 5 7 6.0 See John's comments

All Comments

Dave - Below average curry house, no advertised chicken curry dish, rather annoying wide screen tv on the wall, no Carlsberg available (apart from freebie to start), poor nan, reasonable VFM but only because of record breaking 40% discount negotiated (anyone paying full price would have been sorely disappointed). NO HOT TOWEL!!!

Jon - Although it was good to get back to our spiritual home and it was a good evening all round, it was a rather disappointing return to Brick Lane. It was a promising start with a 40% discount plus a free Kingfisher or Cobra negotiated, but when the free beer turned out to be cans of Carlsberg surreptitiously poured behind the bar, I felt a little bit let down. The restaurant was empty when we arrived, but our group of seven seemed to tempt many more in and it was full within half an hour. The food was no better than average. The king prawns in the king prawn puri starter could only be kings of pygmies, and the Bombay Chicken main did not live up to its "hot and spicy" billing although the meat was tender. Dom was struggling to get the traditional free liqueur, which was understandable given the level of discount, but when it was pointed out that we had spotted their ruse with the cans of Carlsberg, they swiftly acquiesced.

Graeme - We were intending to take a bit of a walk down Brick Lane to see which pimp (and restaurant) impressed us most. However, we ended up going to virtually the first place that we came to, unable to turn down the offer of 40% discount and a free pint of beer. The place was empty when we arrived but soon became packed, as news of our presence swept along Brick Lane! Inside it was plainly decorated and looked clean but I have marked the ambience down by 1 due to the presence of a TV showing Indian music videos, which I found very distracting and unnecessary. The service was OK (although a little abrupt) but was let down by serving us canned Carlsberg and making out it was Cobra/Kingfisher and one waiter spilling some of Jeff's beer and not offering to do anything about it. My mixed Tandoori starter was very tasty although maybe the portions could have been a little larger. My Garlic Chicken main course was a bit disappointing (lacking in taste) - I still managed to finish it though. With 7 of us there, it was a good turn-out for the Christmas-week curry. This included the 4 founder members who were the first to arrive in the pub - it was just like the good old days - I don't know why we ever allowed other people to join! The reminiscing mood was enhanced by a visit to Dirty Dicks (our original meeting place) and the opportunity to worship in front of the "Altar".

Mark - Chilles restaurant delivered a good meal including two beers for under £20. This is why people come to Brick Lane. Reasonable food at a good price. Yes you can pay more for posh décor or fancy dishes but this is a simple Curry House even if it did have a widescreen TV but not Chicken Curry on the menu. The VFM was good due to the 40% discount and a free beer (that we strongly suspect was Carlsberg rather than Cobra or Kingfisher). We were the first group in the place but attracted a bunch of followers so that the place was soon full. Best laugh of the evening was the suggestion for a Currymarks calendar - Robin using his strategically placed fold-out wallet and Tim as Mr December dressed as Santa caused a few chuckles. Obviously our very own big titted blond would be the cover shot with a Brian/Kylie shot on the rear!

Dominic - Well this time it was yours truly that had been to this venue in his non-member days while it appeared a first for the club. I have always liked it here and find that its modern decor is quite enjoyable. The service was fine but not great especially when the place started filling up. My starter of King Prawn Puri was OK but not as good as I remembered it to be while my main was an enjoyable Bombay Chicken which again wasn't exceptional. All the sides were similar, however, the one great characterisitic is that this is exceptional value for money!

Jeff - An enjoyable evening on a mild December night, with a good turn-out of Griffs 1 and 2 to compensate for Robin's unwonted sloth. We were offered an astounding discount of 40% and a free beer, to get us into an empty restaurant, and we seemed to start a trend as plenty of people then followed us in. Not a good start as we were slow to be offered poppadoms, and my starter was poor. The food improved from there as my main course, rice and vegetables all arrived in plentiful amounts. Service however was a bit slow, and the TV - tuned in to an Asian pop channel - was a bit offputting for poor old Griff who was sat staring right at it. I'm sure others will comment also on the free 'cobras' which suspiciously arrived in the glass rather than a bottle. Overall - an average meal, with slow-ish service. This has probably not done enough to make the top 6 unless the price swings it - but we may not always get such a good deal. With no discount, the bill would have been over £30. P.S. Well done Dominic!!

John - It was nice to see such a good turn-out for the post-Xmas curry. We were rewarded with a cheap but average dining experience. I had king prawn purree followed by chicken tikka balti. There was too much sauce with the balti and the KP purree was tiny. However, the meal was cheap. I wondered if Graeme had negotiated an over 50s discount or something?

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