Name: Herb & Spice
Status: Closed
Area: Spitalfields
Address: 11 White's Row
London E1 7NF
Phone: 020 7247 4050

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 24 Feb 2000|2. 28 Nov 2002|3. 27 Mar 2003|4. 29 Jul 2004|5. 31 Mar 2005
6. 22 Feb 2007|7. 31 Jan 2008|8. 26 Nov 2009|9. 27 Oct 2011|10. 28 Aug 2014

Don't blame the fan - Griff's hair looked like this before he got to the restaurant.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 83 (visit 6 of 10 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 22 Feb 2007
Cost per head: £24.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.7 6.3 7.0 7.6 8.0 8.4 8.8 7.9 8.2 7.83
Dave 7 8 8 10 9 9 10 9 9 9.0 See Dave's comments
Robin 7 7 6 9 9 10 9 8 9 8.3 See Robin's comments
Graeme 7 5 6 7 8 7 8 8 8 7.2 See Graeme's comments
Jeff 8 6 7 6 7 8 9 8 7.4 See Jeff's comments
Jon 7 7 7 7 8 9 9 7 8 7.8 See Jon's comments
Tim 8 4 5 7 7 7 8 7 7 6.8 See Tim's comments
Alex 8 7 7 8 7 9 8 8 7.9 See Alex's comments
Dominic 7 5 8 5 7 9 8 6 8 7.0 See Dominic's comments
John 10 8 9 9 9 9 10 9 9 9.2 See John's comments

All Comments

Dave - After eighteen months of hurt, CurryMarks finally returned to the Jewel in the Curry Crown and the Herb once again delivered a near faultless dining experience. Perfect Prawn Puri followed by a Magnificent Murg curry led to my first double ten award. The accompanying bread,veg and rices were all superb and the only black mark on an otherwise perfect evening was the shock news that the herb as switched from proper hot towels due to "hygienic reasons". In summary, I will be astounded if the herb remains outside the "top of the flocks" and look forward to future visits in the new enlarged establishment.

Robin - Once again I was delighted by the quality of the food at the H&S. An excellent king prawn puri preceded a wonderful lamb gosth dish with a mountain of superb special rice - so much that I couldn't manage all of the paratha, which was also outstanding. The veg dishes were also very good, and even better was the proprietor's promise that he would get some draught Indian beer in once they have expanded the restaurant (they're taking over some adjacent premises). I really hope this excellent restaurant makes back into our top 6 list!

Graeme - Well, it pains me to say it (because Griff will get all "I told you so" about it), but this was a very good performance from the H&S. The food was excellent, the service quick & accurate and the price very reasonable. The only negative comments are regarding the ambience (it's such a small place with no real decoration, just plain emulsioned walls) and the lack of draught Indian beer (although they did manage to have draught Carlsberg - why do so many Indian restaurants do this?). I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, apart from losing the vote to go to my proposed venue (Shampan). The conversation was the usual bollocks but none the worse for that. After a Winter of pain, I could finally broach the subject of cricket with Dom now that England have managed to win a couple of games and the Aussies are in free-fall - but beware the wounded beast!

Jeff - Beer marked up for having a draft on, but down for having no Kingfisher. Starter of old favourite onion bhaji was not greasy (although a little small), and the main of chicken balti was excellent - only not a 10 because the portion was again a little small. Vegetables were excellent. My only complaint is that the main and starter portion sizes could have been larger. I expected the bill to be larger too. I'd much prefer to come here and spend £24 than pay £30 plus at some more fancy place with waiters in Raj-style uniforms. I think it belongs in the top 6 but we'll see what other members thought. Interesting news that the manager is going to knock through to next door, so next time we go (if) the experience may be different. Congratulations to Jon for securing the liqueurs, and it's about time we stopped being judgmental about members' choices: Tia Maria IS a man's drink.

Jon - It was an excellent meal from the H&S. The reshmi starter was good, the special rice was superb and the main course, can’t remember the name, was excellent. The chicken was superbly cooked and the blend of spices was just right. Keema nan was good too. An all round excellent meal.

Tim - A long-awaited (by some) return to the Herb and Spice. It was even smaller than I remembered. The unadorned green walls and unusual folding doors to the toilets remain unchanged. Disappointingly, the raita accompanying the poppadoms had a garlicky flavour to it; fine if you like garlic I guess. Starter of king prawn puree had some of the smallest king prawns I've ever seen, though it tasted fine. Main course of chicken with black peppercorns was good. Disappointing choice of beer - no Kingfisher, and only Carl-something on draught. I shared a nice St Emilion with Dom, but when he came to order another bottle they'd run out, and the replacement chianti really wasn't as good. The service was good - friendly and efficient, and meal was rounded off nicely with a free round of drinks. Overall price of £24 was fairly average.

Alex - [None]

Dominic - Well we finally made it back to the Herb & Spice based on a democratic vote on the night ..... not the dictatorship evening I thought I'd enjoy as "acting Prez"! Now while the venue is small and therefore somewhat cramped, the service was good and friendly. And the poppadums were the freshest I've had. My starter was the King Prawn Butterfly which was average and saved by smothering it with the leftover condiments. However, my main of Chicken Xacuti was excellent and plentiful and the special rice was again superb. The nan was the best of the rest while the wine was again very good indeed. Now interestingly enough Ms Perry didn't figure in the conversation until 8.24 but in the spirit of a "blokes evening" had been replaced by 8.35 when the conversation turned to international football being dead in 30 years .... must be about the time that the Hawthorns hosts the World Cup final! All in all a very good value for money evening.

John - I've always liked the H&S and tonight it put in an excellent performance. I had a very tasty prawn puree to start followed by an outstanding Murgh Jeera which was hot and spicy. Beer was nice and cold. I'm glad that old square head can now shut up although I'm sure we won't hear the last about the Herb's switch to cheap disposable hot towels.

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