|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:||82 (visit 3 of 4 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||25 Jan 2007|
|Cost per head:||£26.00 (2 beers)|
|Dave||5||7||7||7||10||8||7||5||7||7.0||See Dave's comments|
|John||6||6||7||5||8||7||6||8||7||6.5||See John's comments|
|Graeme||7||5||6||4||6||6||8||7||5||6.1||See Graeme's comments|
|Mark||5||7||8||6||6||7||9||7||7.1||See Mark's comments|
|Jeff||4||7||7||7||7||7||8||8||6.9||See Jeff's comments|
|Alex||4||7||7||8||8||8||8||8||7.4||See Alex's comments|
|Jon||7||7||7||9||7||8||6||7||7||7.2||See Jon's comments|
|Richard||6||4||6||8||8||7||7||7||7||6.8||See Richard's comments|
|Robin||6||7||7||8||5||7||6||7||6||6.6||See Robin's comments|
|Tim||6||6||7||7||7||7||8||7||6||6.9||See Tim's comments|
Dave - Overall the meal was good but not outstanding (apart from the Nan Bread). On the negative side the Service was lacking (considering the rest of the restaurant was virtually empty) and the vegetables were disappointing. PS - I have now discovered I have a job-for-life as curry marks secretary as when I tendered my resignation it was refused!
John - Disappointing King Prawn Butterfly followed by a reasonable chicken dopiaza. Keema naan and veg excellent.
Graeme - I was a little disappointed by this revisit to the Philpot. I thought the overall performance fell below that expected of a Top 6 restaurant. With few other punters in the restaurant, it looked a little plain and uninteresting. My Prawn Puree starter had small tasteless prawns and the 'bread' was too fatty - it was edible but not enjoyable. However, my main course of Chicken Madras was very good. Everything else was OK to good. The preceding Club AGM was the smoothest one that I can remember. Maybe the lack of preparation by The President (ouch!) and the noisy venue meant that too much discussion was pointless and we quickly cut to the voting. Or, maybe, we have run out of controversial issues to discuss!
Mark - The Philpott falls somewhere between the cheap Brick Lane curry house and the new upmarket restaurants. Not quite the sophistication of one nor the value of the the other. However, it ends up a reasonable balance of cost and impact and while it continues to deliver good food it will remain at the top end of our table. My lamb bhuna was very good, tender and juicy, and contained more meat than the usual poor fare elsewhere. Service was very slow and the absence of Dom meant no post meal port. AGM was the usual rubbish and we must try and find a more crowded pub next year!
Jeff - Another good all-round performance from the Philpot, a no-frills restaurant; a plain menu featuring the old favourites and nothing fancy. Chicken chat starter was quite good, as was the main of Lamb Korahi. Rice came in large portions and vegetables were plentiful and tasty. My only gripe was that service was too slow considering the place was very quiet. Convenient location. Not expensive either, so good vfm considering other places on the top 6. Overall a place I'd recommend.
Alex - The service was pleasant but slow and inaccurate. Flavours were rather good though, bit more subtle than usual.
Jon - A fairly good performance from the Philpot although the Chicken Madras was a little disappointing - didn't quite have enough kick. The Reshmi kebab starter was excellent however both in taste and quantity and the special rice was also very nice. The only slight downer was the waiter's intransigence on the traditional liqueurs (obviously I don't have Dom's persuasive qualities), but it did mean they got no service charge so the VFM was a little improved. Thankfully, the AGM wasn't too painful.
Richard - The Philpot was in a big featureless room, and lacked cosyness and style, although it is big enough to handle a large curry-mob easily. It was 2/3 full on a busy Thursday, but on a quieter night of the week it can feel lonely (as I found on an off-piste visit). The location is excellent mind you, very close to Monument tube, London Bridge and Bank, and the price is low for the location. Service and beer were good. My starter of chicken Tikka was a generous size and very tasty, and the peshwari nan, poppadums and veg were very good. My Korai chicken was advertised as spicy, but wasn't, although otherwise was tasty. Overall, good food and location, ambience was lacking.
Robin - Very nice king prawn puri starter (although I wish I'd had the reshmi kebab - it looked great!) but the main course was only a bit better than average, again looking as though the sauce had just been ladled onto chicken cooked separately. The vegetables weren't bad, and the special rice was quite good, but the paratha was rather greasy and didn't inspire. At least the beer was genuine bottled Cobra, but as is often the case these days nothing nice was available on draught.
Tim - The Philpot was quiet and fairly empty, until we arrived. It's fairly spacious, with tables well separated, making it easy to get in and out. The paper serviettes were very naff (and rather small), and surprisingly cheap for a "City" restaurant. I had prawn puri for starter, which was pleasant enough, though nothing special. I followed this with lamb korahi (sic), which was nice. The peshwari nan was fine, as were the veg and rice. Service was competent, though there was no free round of liquers forthcoming at the end of the meal (where's Dom when you need him?). Overall a pleasant meal, for a reasonable, though not cheap, price.