|Address:||25 Great Tower Street|
|London EC3R 5AQ|
|Phone:||020 7621 1214|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 24 Apr 2008|||||2. 29 Jan 2009|||||3. 29 Jul 2010|||||4. 29 Nov 2012|
|Visit Number:||97 (visit 1 of 4 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||24 Apr 2008|
|Cost per head:||£29.00 (1.5 beers)|
|Richard||8||8||7||10||8||5||7||9||7||7.7||See Richard's comments|
|Alex||8||7||8||8||9||8||8||8.1||See Alex's comments|
|Robin||6||7||6||8||5||7||7||7||4||6.5||See Robin's comments|
|Cazza (Guest)||8||7||8||7||7||7||8||6||7.2||See Cazza's comments|
|Jon||6||7||7||7||8||8||7||7||6||7.0||See Jon's comments|
|Brian||8||7||8||9||8||9||9||7||8||8.2||See Brian's comments|
|Tim||5||6||5||9||7||8||8||7||7.1||See Tim's comments|
|John||9||9||9||10||9||9||10||9||9||9.3||See John's comments|
|Graeme||7||7||6||8||7||7||10||8||8||7.8||See Graeme's comments|
|Dominic||7||8||6||7||8||6||8||7||6||7.1||See Dominic's comments|
|Jeff||10||6||5||6||7||8||7||6||6.9||See Jeff's comments|
|Dave||8||7||7||8||10||7||9||7||8||7.9||See Dave's comments|
Richard - Good food, nice place. My spicy whitebait starter was delicious and plentiful, although the Goan chicken was a bit bland (not as coconutty as I would have liked), veg/nan/poppadums very well done, although the rice was a touch soggy.
Alex - Nice place although service slightly disorganised sometimes. Food was rather good with well balanced flavours - my jalfrezi was just hot enough.
Robin - The fairly large restaurant had no trouble accommodating our party of twelve, and popping in to book from the (rather good) pub next door was a sensible move since they’d already done all the table shifting required. Service was initially good, then slowed down somewhat after the starters had been delivered. My king prawn puri starter was very nice – and a generous portion too. I chose the chicken jalfrezi main course, which was nice and spicy with a bit of "bite", accompanied by fairly good special rice and an average paratha. The veg dishes were all quite good, and as is often the case only bottled Indian beer was available. I felt that overall the place served above average, but not exceptional food, but at prices somewhat higher than was justifiable – hence the slightly below average VFM score. There are plenty of other restaurants more deserving of a place in the top 6 in my view.
Cazza - [None]
Jon - The Sripur is a pleasant restaurant handily next to a pub, and it put in a decent performance. The Sripur Special starter, which was effectively a mixed kebab, was tasty although perhaps a little small for the hefty price tag. I went for the Lamb Shank as my main course – it was tasty and well-spiced but maybe not as tender as it should have been. The accompaniments were all good with the Keema nan being particularly tasty. The service was a bit mixed as we weren’t given the opportunity to order spicy popadums (although as I don’t like them I didn’t care that much), and we were a mushroom bhaji short when everything came up – they did make it up a bit with a free round of liqueurs. All in all it was a decent performance and I would be happy to go back to try something else from their extensive menu.
Brian - Having foregone the beers in the pub first, I cannot score the pub, however I'd give the Mezzanine Bar at the Royal Exchange 10/10, especially as all the champagne was free! I was impressed by the Sripur. My fish tikka starter was excellent; whereas often this dish turns out to be overcooked and dry, the offering at the Sripur was just right (for my tastes anyway). I followed John in selecting the Chilli Chicken main, and was most impressed - a good size portion of tender chicken with just the right amount of kick - lovely. Draft Kingfisher [actually, just bottled Cobra - Webmaster], veggie dishes, rice (especially) and chapati were also good. Hope this hits the top 6, as in my opinion a revisit is a must.
Tim - A smart restaurant, conveniently next door to the Hung, Drawn and Quartered pub where we met. The decor features a large number of mirrors, subdued lighting, well-spaced tables and overall is clean and crisp. Popadoms arrived promptly. Beer has been marked down as there was no choice - only Cobra. Dom's choice of wine was very pleasant though. The Sripur Special starter was very good, consisting of: Chicken Tikka, Lamb Tikka, Sheek Kebab, Samosa and Onion Bhajee. Main course of Lamb Achari was also good, although I found the meat a little dry. I didn't try any nans, but I liked the Paneer Kofta (cheese and potato balls in masala sauce) and the other vegetables. I found the service a bit mixed. They seemed desparate to get all the beer bottles off the table so they constantly topped up people's glasses, and if there wasn't room in the glass, they'd pour the beer in someone else's glass. They were, however, in no rush to get the requested glass of tap water. A free round of spirits at the end of the meal was welcome. Overall, the bill was fairly reasonable for this part of town, though I don't see the need to include a 12% service charge.
John - Excellent! Good service and great food. King prawn purree and chicken chilli garlic both scored the maximum marks. Could be a candidate for the top spot!!
Graeme - A very impressive performance from Sripur: efficient service, 'clean' decor and very good food. My Hariali Chicken Tikka starter was fresh and tasty (maybe it could have had some salad with it?). I gave my Chicken Chilli Garlic main course 10/10 - I just don't think it could be bettered. It was a good turn-out tonight - only El Presidente was absent (hardly leading by example!). Rats dropped the bombshell that he is thinking of emigrating to Oz - I guess we'll have to have an EGM to rule on whether he can go!
Dominic - This was my first visit to the Sripur and I found the restaurant modern and inviting. My starter of King Prawn Puree was just OK with my main of the Hara Murgh Tikka being very well presented and tasty albeit a tad dry. The Nan was the best of the rest but the wine was somewhat overpriced for what it was. An enjoyable evening nonetheless given the company but a tad pricey for the quality of the food.
Jeff - A beautiful spring evening - just right for a nice walk rather than a stuffy tube ride. We went to the Tower region for the first time I can remember. The Fullers pub (the "Hung Drawn and Quartered") was a decent place. The ESB was delicious and I had no idea it was so strong (5.5%) until Griff told me it stood for "Extra Strong Beer" - I guess I should have worked this out myself. The pub was right next door to the restaurant, which had a pleasant airy interior. The place was very quiet - perhaps the credit crunch? Service was very good I thought all night, but I seem to remember that they had a very limited beer choice. Can't recall my starter, main of Lamb Korahi was excellent, vegetable and rice both ok. A pretty good meal, with lots of Cobra and two liqueurs at the end of the night, meant I arrived home in a very good mood having thoroughly enjoyed the evening. I would go back, although £29 was a tad expensive.
Dave - Very impressed with the Sripur - Whitebait starter was nice and the main course of Chicken Sizzling was very tasty. The Nan bread was fresh and crisp - one of the best I have tasted. Service was a bit over-attentive (I have never been a fan of having beer poured for me) but if that's my only criticism, that is probably a sign of how good the food was. Overall I would like to see the Sripur in the top six. All this and Robin also taught me how to do predictive text!