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

Jeff is caught in another Brokeback Mountain clinch (while Graeme remains tight-lipped).

Visit Report

Visit Number: 96 (visit 2 of 3 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 27 Mar 2008
Cost per head: £21.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.2 5.7 7.0 7.0 5.8 7.5 6.8 7.2 8.7 6.98
John 6 2 7 3 1 7 6 7 7 5.1 See John's comments
Richard 9 8 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 9.0 See Richard's comments
Robin 7 6 6 9 5 8 5 7 8 6.7 See Robin's comments
Jeff 8 6 7 6 7 6 7 10 6.9 See Jeff's comments
Graeme 7 6 6 7 8 7 7 7 9 7.1 See Graeme's comments
Tim 6 6 7 8 6 7 8 6 8 7.0 See Tim's comments

All Comments

John - Cheap but uninspiring. Started with an awful king prawn butterfly and followed by an average gowen chicken tikka massalla. The keema naan had no keema in it. The veg was ok though. VFM ok as it topped out at £18 per head (due to the 30% discount that I negotiated and the free tinny of Carlsberg). I'd be surprised if this place made it back into the top six.

Richard - Now this is how a Brick Lane curry house should be! Good service, excellent food, modest ambience, and very modest prices. Beer marked down slightly as the freebie wasn't cobra, but hey it was free! My starter of tandoori fish was excellent, although it had some chicken mixed in which was fine by me. Great saag aloo, cheesy peas and peshwari naan alongside a tasty chicken gatta.

Robin - One of those sublime/ridiculous outings. The place was empty when we entered but a couple of groups arrived shortly afterwards, improving the atmosphere somewhat. I know we negotiated a free pint, but it was only Carlsberg – nowhere as near as good as the (bottled) Cobra that followed. My starter (sublime) was an excellent king prawn puri – a generous helping on beautifully flaky bread. My main course (ridiculous) was supposed to be balti chicken masala, which was so full of coconut and therefore so sweet that I simply couldn’t eat it. To be fair to the Reema they did replace it (10 minutes later) with a coconut-free version that was very good (at no extra charge), but I wish they’d mentioned the coconut content in the menu (they do for many other dishes), which to me was a very surprising and unwelcome balti ingredient. The veg dishes were very nice and the special rice was really good. The price was right, and also worthy of a mention was the lovely fruity (tamarind?) relish that was one of the poppadom accompaniments. Not as good as the previous visit, but I’d definitely go back so I hope it remains in the top 6.

Jeff - A very quiet night in Brick Lane and we arrived at Reema to find it empty, thus Rats was able to negotiate aggressively for 30% off plus a free beer. Despite the small size of our party, service was a little slow to start with. The menu is very large, but I think I know why - lots of the dishes are actually the same. My Balti chicken jalfrezi was identical (except in price) to Graeme's chicken jalfrezi: and why don't restaurants serve Baltis in Balti dishes any more? Rice and vegetables were good but unmemorable. Still a very good meal for the price and I expect it to stay in the top 6 for VFM alone.

Graeme - The first time we visited Reema, it was tremendous - great quality food at an unbelievably cheap price. (It was the same when I went there off-piste a few months ago too.) This time I was just a touch disappointed. My mixed tandoori starter was good but a little on the small side for the price. My Chicken Jalfrezi main was lacking the clarity of flavour and edge that it had last time. Don't get me wrong, Reema still has a lot to offer and I hope we go again. Rats must have been given a ladies version of the menu - a King (Queen?) Prawn Butterfly followed by some sort of Massala dish - give me strength!

Tim - A smaller than usual group (only six of us) headed off to the Reema. Some haggling on the door resulted in a good discount, and a free pint of beer (can of Carlsberg). The place was empty when we arrived, though other people arrived later. No complaints about the popadoms, and a generous two sets of pickles between us meant there was none of the usual passing pickles up and down the table. Starter of king prawn puree was quite spicy. Personally I would have liked some salad with it, but it was good none-the-less. The main of chicken tikka achari was tasty. Keema nan was fine except for a shortage of keema. Overall a pleasant meal, and good VFM given the discount.

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