Name: Reema
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 48 Hanbury Street
London E1 5JL
Phone: 020 7655 4544

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 26 Apr 2007|2. 27 Mar 2008|3. 26 Mar 2009

These red-framed glasses are obviously in fashion - everyone's wearing them!

Visit Report

Visit Number: 85 (visit 1 of 3 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 26 Apr 2007
Cost per head: £18.50 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.7 7.2 7.1 7.2 6.7 7.1 7.5 7.3 8.8 7.41
Dave 9 10 7 6 8 7 7 6 9 7.5 See Dave's comments
Robin 7 7 7 10 6 8 9 8 10 8.2 See Robin's comments
Graeme 7 5 6 7 6 7 9 8 10 7.4 See Graeme's comments
Jeff 9 7 6 6 7 7 7 10 7.3 See Jeff's comments
Jon 8 8 7 6 7 7 8 7 8 7.3 See Jon's comments
Tim 6 6 6 5 6 7 7 6 8 6.3 See Tim's comments
Alex 7 6 7 7 6 8 8 8 7.2 See Alex's comments
John 9 9 9 9 8 8 9 8 9 8.7 See John's comments
Mark 8 7 7 7 6 8 8 10 7.6 See Mark's comments
Brian 7 7 7 10 7 8 5 7 9 7.3 See Brian's comments
Richard 8 9 9 7 6 6 6 8 10 7.5 See Richard's comments
Chris (Guest) 7 5 7 6 7 7 7 7 5 6.5 See Chris's comments

All Comments

Dave - A thoroughly entertaining evening gives rise to my first 10 for ambience. The main highlights had to be the rousing rendition of Jerusalem and Dominics theatrical demolition of his chair. Service was also good except for the absence of any towel at the end (a worrying new trend). VFM scored well thanks to 25% discount and although the food was not top drawer I would be more than happy to revisit for another karaoke curry evening in the future.

Robin - Good service despite there being 14 of us. Had a truly superb king prawn puree to start (meatiest prawns I've tasted since my last visit to Thailand), followed by an excellent balti chicken madras (rather spicy) with good special rice and vegetable dishes and a slightly disappointing (but unusal) paratha stuffed with vegetables - a bit greasy. Brilliant value for money given the high quality of the food and low prices. But enough about the food. We were all stunned to learn that Griff has provided oral gratification to his grandmother in multiple positions ("I licked my Nan. At both ends."), and shortly afterwards Dom, who was obviously a little put out at all the attention Griff was getting, managed to hurl himself over backwards completely breaking his chair in the process, being quite a large chap. Watching grown men scurrying about trying to hide pieces of the chair so that the waiters wouldn't notice was hilarious - move over Brian Rix. A very memorable and enjoyable evening.

Graeme - Probably our best curry night so far … all 12 members (a first, I think) plus 2 guests; Griff accusing Jeff of being intimate with his Grandmother (he licked my Nan - AT BOTH ENDS!); Dom's chair collapsing under him (surprising it should happen to him); singing Jerusalem loudly ... marvellous! And the restaurant was a real gem. The food was excellent. I had Rashmi Kebab to start followed by Chicken Jalfrezi (this was superb and very close to a 10/10). The only slight downside was the decor which was nothing special. All-in-all, this was a great meal for only £18.50 each. Definitely one to go back to. Is Reema the new Herb & Spice?

Jeff - The Brick Lane touts were out in force on an April night that made you believe in global warming. I think we made a wise decision to go just off Brick Lane as prices were keen even before our discount of 25% across the board. The place was smallish but a back room was big enough for the 14 of us, so we brought our ambience with us!! Despite the size of our party, service was quick and efficient. Nice to see bottled Kingfisher. Menu was mostly traditional, but none the worse for that. My meat samosas were smallish but not heavy on pastry, and the lamb in the main of lamb korahi was plentiful and tender. Rice and veg were ok, and portion sizes acceptable. Not of course a gourmet experience, but that's not what I look for in a curry - I want decent spicy food at a reasonable price and a good laugh - I can't remember when I last laughed so much. Altogether a very good meal for the price - I expect it to score well. Finally, props to Foster - the new Dom!!

Jon - Not only was it one of the funniest curry nights I've been on, it was also a bloody good meal. Griff's nan faux pas and Dominic's over zealous examination of the quality of the furniture did not distract me from my appreciation of an excellent performance from the Reema. Other than the reshmi kebab which was a tad disappointing, the food was all very good. The keema nan had plenty of meat and was nicely cooked, my chicken tikka mint korai was wonderfully tasty and spicy and the veg and rice were both up to scratch. I also thought the service was impressive particularly as we were a table of 14. And it was cheap! This could be Brick Lane's re-entry into the top six.

Tim - We went on a voyage of discovery on Brick Lane - and ended up in a small restaurant on a side street. We were shown through into a separate area behind the bar, which we had to ourselves. Cold Cobra and Kingfisher were pretty standard. Poppadoms were fine. I wasn't particularly impressed with the chicken pakora starter - the batter seemed a bit soggy and it was quite small. The main course of chicken tikka with bitter lemon was quite nice and the veg and nan were OK. A  free round of brandy or whisky at the end was welcome. Service was sometimes a bit lacking, as, being in a separate area, there wasn't always someone around. Overall cost was quite reasonable.

Alex - Food was good esp. for the price. Nan was a bit floppy though. No, Aussies do not bounce. Entirely elastic collision.

John - Excellent performance by the Reema. Nice big juicy prawns in the King Prawn Puree followed by a very tasty chicken tikka jerra. King Fisher nice and cold. Usual level of high-brow conversation and banter. Was Griff proposing to lick one of Jeff's grandparents at both ends or did I dream that?

Mark - What a find! The Reema is a good old (off) Brick Lane establishment that serves good, cheap food and cold beer. As a party of 14 we were shown to the back room but this was still well appointed even if it did allow smoking! Lamb tikka starter was bigger than many recent efforts although was not as tender as some. Chicken Polaka(?) was basically Sag but was plentiful even if it was mistaken by Dom as the Sag Aloo. Rather than eating my meal perhaps he should consider a new career as party entertainer. Amazingly, the boys talk re sexual perversions seemed to feature Griff's nan rather than SP for a change. Great to see a full turnout plus 2 guests.

Brian - A very good VFM score, helped by the 25% discount. My starter, spicy lamb wrapped around a sliced boiled egg, was superb. For my main, I tried something a little different - Bangladeshi fishcakes - and was slightly disappointed as they were smaller than I imagined and smothered in a thick sauce which was average at best. There were two exceptional comedy moments - Griff's "Both Ends" comment was hilarious (you'd need to understand the context), and you can't beat the slapstick of the classic "Big Bloke / Busted Chair" scenario that occurred towards the end of the evening.

Richard - At last a curry house Brick Lane can be proud of! I was worried that following the most persistent tout would lead us to the worst place, but not this time. Good food, good service, cold beer, decent decor, not H&S cramped, clean toilets, excellent "old-time" Brick Lane prices, and complimentary brandies. My chicken Bhuna was too mild, but otherwise the food was tasty and plentiful, with a special mention for the great mushroom bhaji. Sensing nutters, they put us in a backroom, which was just as well due to renditions of Jerusalem for some reason. Having a full member turnout is obviously a recipe for laughs (Griff apparently licks his nan at both ends, Dom disappearing with a crash as his chair gives up) - we must do it more often!

Chris - Starter tasty but not all that hot (temperature wise).

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