Tuesday, 7 March 2017

March - Spice Lounge

The table is booked and so is the kulchi lamb!  Our March meeting takes place on Tuesday 14th at the Spice Lounge in Petersfield.  We asked last time (June) for the kulchi lamb to be made spicy and the result was fantastic - people raved about it.  So we've asked for the same thing again. 

Aperitifs will be at the Old Drum from about 19:30 and then dinner will be at the Spice Lounge (just a couple of minutes' walk from the pub) at 20:30.  

We need to give the restaurant as good an estimate of numbers as possible by Monday so that the right amount of lamb can be given the slow slow treatment.  Please reply to the e-mail notice sent to members or use the feedback form on our web site. 

Talking of web sites, the Spice Lounge seems to be making a real effort to improve its marketing.  Its web site www.spiceloungepetersfield.co.uk has a new modern look, they're trying to use Facebook effectively, and they even did a lunch 'thali for a pound'  offer for a few days at the beginning of February.  Great work, and we're looking forward to a great evening on Tuesday 14th.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Dhanmondi - Tue 21st February

The table is booked at last!  As we thought that restaurants would be full on Valentine's Night, we decided to postpone the February meeting to Tuesday 21st. 

We're returning to Dhanmondi in Whitehill, our 12th visit to this venue.  It's often been our February choice since we first discovered it in 2006.   Thank you to the members that contacted me to why they'd heard nothing.  I planned to book on Sunday, missed the chance, then they were closed last night, so that's why this announcement is later than usual. 

Aperitifs will be at the Woodlark, a Marstons pub just 150 yards away on the other side of the A325 from about 19:30.  I'm interested to see if they have a good range of the excellent Marstons bottled beers on sale - last time the choice was minimal.  Dinner will be at 20:30.   There's a map below or you can follow this Google Maps link for map and directions.  Parking is at the back of the restaurant. 

Please let me know if you plan to be there, either using the feedback page on the web site or in reply to the MailChimp message which will be sent to members. Looking forward to a good evening on 21st!








Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Madhuban in January!

Happy New Year to all of our members!  We start 2017 with a visit to Madhuban, in Liss, on Tuesday 10th January.  Aperitifs will be at the Spread Eagle, Farnham Road, Liss from about 19:30 and then we'll arrive at the restaurant by 20:30 in time for dinner.   The Spread Eagle is a great pub with a magnificent log fire and good beers.  If instead you want to go direct to the restaurant, that's fine, but please let us know. 

Madhuban is an absolutely top restaurant, a big favourite, and we need a good idea of numbers as early as possible.  Members are asked please to reply to the e-mail notice by Monday 18:00 latest or use the feedback form on the web site to let us know your plans.

Looking forward to some fantastic food on Tuesday 10th, a great way to kick off the New Year.

Map giving directions to the Spread Eagle. The restaurant is on Station Road.

Monday, 5 December 2016

The table is booked, for our Christmas meeting on Tuesday 13th December!   We'll be at the Paradise Balti which we visited in September, and thoroughly enjoyed.  That's when we decided that it would be the ideal place for our last meeting of the year.

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

Please let me know as soon as possible whether you expect to make it.  I'm expecting a big turnout - we had 18 in September and we need to give the restaurant as much chance as possible to fit us all in.   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 and a chance to catch up with old friends and some spicy food before the wonderful Brussels sprouts of the Christmas season.

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