Monday, 31 March 2014

Spice Lounge - and Kulchi Lamb

The table is booked! We've decided to hold our April meeting in Petersfield and the chosen venue is Spice Lounge. We'll meet at the Old Drum for aperitifs from about 19:30, and then dinner will be at 20:30 as usual.

Wednesday is the Spice Lounge's banquet night but with pre-booking they are able to do our favourite, their speciality Kulchi Lamb. Obviously before it goes into the oven, we need to know that sufficient members will be there to eat it! Please let me know by 7 p.m. Monday 7th, through the feedback page of the web site or by e-mail response to our mail out to members if you plan to be there (or not). We need at least 10...

Looking forward to a great evening on Wednesday 9th!

Monday, 3 March 2014

March meeting - Paradise Balti - Wed 12th

The table is booked! Our March meeting will take place in Petersfield, at the Paradise Balti House, Lavant Street. Aperitifs will be taken at the Old Drum from about 19:30, and then dinner will be at 20:30 as usual.

This is our first meeting of 2014 in Petersfield, after two very successful excursions to Dhanmondi in Whitehill and then Madhuban in Liss. We hear various stories of the revival of the other Liss restaurant, but in view of our last experience, we won't be visiting there until it's been thoroughly road-tested and approved by our intrepid secret curry eaters.

I'm aware that the e-mail list is in a state of disorder after it was moved to a new platform, and some members didn't receive the January or February mailings. Please forgive the disruption, which will be fixed as soon as we can work out why and how. If you are planning to attend, please let us know through the feedback page of the web site or through response to the e-mail, if you're lucky enough to receive one!

Looking forward to a great evening on Wednesday 12th!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

February meeting - Madhuban - Wed 12th

The table is booked, and February's meeting will take place on Wednesday 12th at Madhuban in Liss. Aperitifs will be at the Spreadeagle on Farnham Road, about 10 minutes' walk away, from about 19:30. Dinner will be at 20:30 as usual.

Obviously, we're in the dark, wet and nasty time of the year (a gale is howling as I write this), so a warm pub and then a warm curry will be particularly welcome. To help us get the arrangements right, please let me know if you expect to attend through the feedback page of our web site or by e-mail in response to the meeting notice.

Hoping that the rain stops soon, and we have a great evening!

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Dhanmondi - 8th Jan

The table is booked!  We start 2014 with a visit to Dhanmondi, Whitehill, on Wednesday 8th January.  This is the earliest that a 'second Wednesday' can be, just three evenings after Twelfth Night marks the end of the Christmas season.  We last had a Curry Club evening so early in January in 2003, when 12 turned up to Paradise Balti.

The details: aperitifs at The Woodlark (a.k.a. the Two for One) just down the road from the restaurant from about 19:30, and then dinner will be at 20:30.

We had a great response to my request for replies for the December meeting, which meant that the restaurant was ready for us and able to fit everyone in.  Please let me know by e-mail or through the feedback page on our web site if you expect to be able to make this one.

And best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2014 to all our members and friends!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Malabon - good last meeting of 2013


In 2013, we had 11 meetings, and 29 people attended at least one of these; the average attendance was 10. 

This wasn't our best year; in 2007, we held 12 meetings, with 32 individuals attending at least one, and an average attendance of 11.6 per meeting.  But, at least, it's above the historical average of 9.5, and maybe we can hope that the worst effects of the recession are starting to ease. 

Our most visited restaurant was Malabon, where we went three times, including last night.  This was the biggest turnout of the year, and we were met with a warm welcome and a great selection of dishes.  The menu was chosen for us by the restaurant as usual, and included king prawn rogan josh (we thought this was delicious), handi lamb (dry-ish lamb dish with red chillies), rajeshwari chicken (saucy and medium hot), gosht lajawaab (saucy and mild), and Goan green curry which tasted good even though it looks rather dark.  Accompaniments were a good selection of rice, naan and vegetable side dishes, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. 

It was a good way to finish the year, and in January we plan to go to Dhanmondi in Whitehill.  Best wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!