Thursday, 10 November 2016

Gurkha Chautari, Liphook, Nov 2016

We chose Gurkha Chautari for our monthly curry club meal, our first visit there in a few years. While we've been away, it has changed ownership twice, with new management taking over around the beginning of October 2016.

After enjoying aperitifs at the slightly expensive Links Hotel, we arrived at the restaurant to a warm welcome. Drinks service was prompt, and then papadums were served. We asked the restaurant to select the dishes to give a range of tastes. No starters were proposed, and we went straight to main courses which included khursani chicken, battered and cooked with a chilli sauce, lamb bhutuwa, a thick-sauced and very tasty dish, konkoni prawn curry, coconut sauce and fairly mild, and a Gurkha Chautari special chicken. Lots of good side dishes including aloo chana, mushroom bhaji, a mixed vegetable curry and sag aloo, were complemented by pilau rice, mushroom rice, plain and garlic naans. Favourite dish was the lamb, very good, and the naans were just right too. Every dish was empty at the end.

This place deserves to be busier, although it's no big surprise that it was quiet on a damp November evening. So far as we know, this is the only place in Liphook where you can eat a curry with restaurant service rather than takeaway, and we enjoyed our visit.

We chose Gurkha Chautari for our monthly curry club meal, our first visit there in a few years. While we've been away, it changed ownership twice, with new management taking over around the beginning of October 2016.

This review was originally published on TripAdvisor

Station Road, Liphook, Hants.  01428 729355

Monday, 31 October 2016

November 2016 - Gurkha Chautari, Liphook - Tues 8th

The table is booked!  Our November meeting takes place at Gurkha Chautari in Liphook, on Tuesday 8th.  We haven't been there for a while, not since May 2013 in fact, as we've been concentrating on Petersfield and Haslemere/Grayshott.   Despite the long gap, it's still our 5th most visited restaurant, just behind Madhuban and Malabon in our all-time list.  Since we last visited, the restaurant has entered new ownership and been redecorated, so it's time to try it again. 

The restaurant is on Station Road, but we normally meet for aperitifs at the Links Tavern on Portsmouth Road, just about 300 metres away.  Aperitifs start about 19:30 unless you're feeling extra thirsty and want to begin earlier. 

Members are asked to let me know whether you expect to be there, either in response to the e-mail notice or through the feedback page on the web site.  I've booked for 10, but the restaurant can accommodate more if we give them sensible notice.  There's plenty of parking nearby, on Station Road.

Let's look forward to some great food on 8th!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Tuesday October 11 - Chilli Nights

The table is booked!  October sees us return to Chilli Night(s), in Haslemere, on Tuesday 11th.  We were last there in May, and it's consistently good.  Here's a link to a TripAdvisor review in November last year.  As usual for this end of Haslemere, which has a shortage of good pubs, we meet at the restaurant at 7:30 for 8, and aperitifs can take as long or as little as we like. 

Members, let me know whether you expect to be there, either in response to the e-mail notice or through the feedback page on the web site.  I've booked for 10, but the restaurant can accommodate more if we give them sensible notice.  There's plenty of parking nearby, either on Wey Hill itself, round St Christopher's Green, or in the free car park on St Christopher's Road (by Shahanaz).


Monday, 5 September 2016

Paradise Balti - Tuesday 13th Sept

The table is booked!  Our September meeting is on Tuesday 13th.   Not the 10th. 

Aperitifs in Old Drum from about 19:30 and then it's a short walk to the restaurant, just round the corner in Lavant Street.  Dinner will be at Paradise Balti at 20:30. 

Please try and let me know as soon as possible whether you expect to make it.  You can use the feedback page on the web site or alternately send an answer to the e-mail notice which will be going out to members shortly.

Looking forward to a great evening with an interesting choice of dishes.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Bay Leaf - a most enjoyable evening

We chose Bay Leaf for our Curry Club meeting in August and arrived to find the place full apart from the table we'd reserved for 14 (though in the end only 12 of us made it due to a problem at air traffic control). As usual we asked the restaurant to make the choices for us; they did extremely well, featuring some times that were new to their regular menu along with some favourites.

A mixed starter included vegetable samosas, chicken tikka and mushroom kauchari (garlic crisp fried mushroom). Main courses were lamb garlic chilli masala, chilli chicken and Lawsuni Rawas (salmon cooked in the tandoor and then a thick tomato-y spicy sauce), accompanied by various dhals, rice and naans, along with an aubergine bhaji.  

Little was left - no doggy bags tonight - and the verdict of our members was "excellent food, great service considering the restaurant was so busy". We paid £28 a head including tip, and the drinks part of that was over £10 a head. So really good value too. A most enjoyable evening.

This review was originally posted on Trip Advisor, while watching Rugby 7s in the Olympic Games.  Re-posting it here has given me an opportunity to iron out the auto-correct whoopsies.