Wednesday, 6 May 2015

May meeting - Wed 13th - Spice Lounge

The table is booked!  May's venue is the Spice Lounge, and for aperitifs, we've chosen to go to The George this time.  Drinks are from 19:30 and dinner will be at 20:30 as usual.

We usually order kulchi lamb when we visit Spice Lounge, but this had a mixed reception last time.  It needs to be ordered in advance, so if we have at least eight attending that also say they want it, I'll let the restaurant know.  Members, please let me know using the web site feedback page whether you'll be there, and if you want kulchi lamb or not.  Alternatively, please let me know in answer to our e-mail notice.   

I'll be away so someone else will be organising on the night - have a great evening!

Apologies to members who received an e-mail headed May meeting - Wed 12th.  Of course, it's 13th. 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April 8th - Grayshott

The table is booked!  Our April meeting will be at the Gurkha Durbar, Headley Road, Grayshott on Wednesday 8th.  Aperitifs will be at the Fox and Pelican from about 19:30 and then dinner will be at 20:30.

Next week is Easter Week, so we realise that some people may be away on holiday.  To make sure that we're not embarrassed on numbers (too few or too many), please let me know whether you expect to make it or not, either in reply to the members' e-mail or through the feedback page of our web site.  I've eaten at the Gurkha Durbar several times in the last 12 months and thoroughly enjoyed it each time; looking forward to a great evening!


Thursday, 5 March 2015

March - Paradise

The table is booked - the March meeting will be at Paradise Balti, Lavant Street, Petersfield on Wed 11th.  Aperitifs will be at the Old Drum from about 19:30 and then dinner is at 20:30. 

We decided to go for another Petersfield meeting after a very successful night at the Malabon in February.  We plan to hold the April meeting in Grayshott.

As usual, we need to have as good an idea of numbers as possible.  Members are asked please to let us know whether you expect to make it or not to the meeting, either by replying to the e-mail notice or alternatively using the feedback page of the web site.

Your webmaster will be away - another member will be organising on the night.  Best wishes for a great evening!  

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

February - Malabon

The table is booked!  By popular demand, we'll be at Malabon in Petersfield for the February meeting, which takes place on Wednesday 11th. We've switched the venue for reasons of accessibility; aperitifs will now be at the Red Lion, from about 19:30, and then dinner will be at Malabon at 20:30.

Downstairs space at the restaurant is fairly restricted, so we need a good idea of numbers.  Members, please let me know either in reply to the monthly e-mail or through the feedback page of the website whether you expect to make it or not.  Sorry to miss this one because I've had a couple of really good meals there recently, one of which included the subtle flavouring of naga chilli.  Nick and Peter will be the organisers on the night, and I'll pass names on to them.   Enjoy!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Chilli Night(s) - not so chilly

We returned to Chilli Night(s) in Haslemere for our January meeting.  This was the first Curry Club visit since 2008, as we failed to raise a quorum in November 2013; in the interim, I've been there on several occasions after beer-related activities, and it's never failed to please me.   We changed our routine this time to have our pre-dinner drinks at the restaurant, rather than one of the local pubs, and everyone agreed that this was a good decision.  The restaurant gave us a friendly welcome, and we had plenty of time to relax without the need for a long trek just before dinner.   Turnout was lower than average, probably due to the distance from Petersfield. 

As is our custom, the choice of dishes was left to the restaurant.  We weren't disappointed.  Starters were unusual off-menu items: spicy tandoor-cooked ayre fish, a spicy lentil patty similar in shape to a small burger, and a small puri made with naan flour and filled with spiced kofta-like minced meat.  All were delicious, and because we hadn't filled up first on papadums, we had plenty of appetite for the main courses that followed.

The main courses were more familiar but still very good: two sauced main dishes and two served with salad.  A rich lamb dhansak and a chicken bhuna were both extremely tasty, well-spiced and appreciated by all.  The garlic chilli chicken was lively - one of us needed emergency water and lager after encountering some of the chilli in the dish.  There also seemed to be a hint of Scotch Bonnet or naga-type chillis.  The final main dish was comprised breaded chicken strips - looked a little like octopus.  For me this was the least exciting of the four, probably because I didn't spot the sauce in a dish at the middle of the salver.  But I did enjoy the dhal, the naans - plain, garlic and keema, and the pilau and spinach rice that were served as side dishes.  Kingfisher on draught, Cobra in bottles, and a decent red wine were appreciated by all (except the drivers).
Going by the menu, the drinks list, the bill and the phone book, it's Chilli Night.  It's only Chilli Nights on the sign outside.   But whatever you call it, we had a great evening and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  Those that couldn't make it up the A3 missed a good one.  

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