Wednesday 17 November 2010

December - Spice Lounge, Petersfield

The table is booked!  The December meeting will be at Spice Lounge, Petersfield, on Wednesday 8th.  The majority have decided to meet for drinks at the Red Lion from 19:30, but of course if others want to meet at the Old Square Brewery, that's no problem.  Please though let us know if you're coming to dinner.  Dinner will be at 20:30.

We've had some interesting comments about the reasons for lower attendances, but we had quite a good number at the November meeting.  This took place at the Paradise Balti House, Lavant Street, and the feedback is that "the meal  was excellent and the service was also great."  The kitty and the shareout of the drinks bill are the two areas where changes were tried, and seem to have worked well to keep the bill within acceptable levels, and better fitted to individual needs.  

We hope the December/pre-Christmas meeting will be well attended, so please let us know by e-mail or using the "I'm coming to the meeting " button on our feedback page.

Mentioning Christmas, you can find a selection of books about Indian food on our Amazon shop page, as well as links to many of the other fantastic present ideas that Amazon can offer.  Shopping here can make money for the Curry Club kitty (and we've drunk the proceeds in the past), so it's quite a smart idea to use this as your portal to Amazon shopping.

Here's wishing all readers a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Wednesday 3 November 2010

November - and the future of the Petersfield Curry Club

The table is booked!  Petersfield Curry Club's November meeting will be at Paradise Balti, Lavant Street, on Wednesday  10th.  Dinner will be at 20:30.  This month, aperitifs will be at the Red Lion from about 19:30, but those want to meet up nearer to the restaurant, at the Old Square Brewery, are most welcome to do so.  Please let me know whether you'll be coming and which pub you'll start from.

The December/Christmas meeting will be on Wednesday 8th December at Spice Lounge.  Aperitifs that night will be at the Old Square Brewery at 19:30, but of course, anyone wanting to start further away can do so.

I'm afraid that work and distance keep me away from meetings at present.  But based on e-mail discussions and attendance at meetings, I feel something of a crisis for the Curry Club.  Most months, there have been well under 10 attendees, apart from when no less than 23 members and friends showed up for the free evening at the Red Lion.  Typically I get less than a handful of replies to the monthly e-mail.  Have people have lost their enthusiasm for a regular get-together?

Any comments or ideas would be welcome - either by e-mail to me or please comment to the posting here.

Tuesday 12 October 2010

Petersfield Curry Club October meeting - Dhanmondi - Wed 13th

We return to Dhanmondi, Whitehill, for the October meeting, on Wednesday 13th. Malcolm will be the organiser on the evening.  Members - please advise if you expect to be there (or if not) so that we can give a good estimate of numbers.  This is a favourite, very friendly, good food, and we've had some great evenings there.

Aperitifs will be at The Woodlark, just over the road from the restaurant, from about 19:30.  This is a Marston's pub; while I've remarked before that it's a shame that they don't serve Marston's own excellent range of bottled beers, the draught offerings are pretty good.  Dinner will be at 20:30.


Wednesday 15 September 2010

Bay Leaf, Grayshott

After a journey down to Dorset last Friday, we got back to Grayshott at nearly 10 p.m.  Bay Leaf had a table available and we were in by 10 past.  We enjoyed a delicious supper;  mains were lamb piro-piro, a spicy dish with sauce similar to jalfrezi, and a beautifully-presented chicken shashlik, with bindi bhaji on the side.  This tasted fantastic - the okra were cut into short lengths and cooked with a little tomato, giving a very light sauce, allowing some crunch in the vegetables.  Best I've had since eating a few years ago at the Old India in Bristol.  The service was friendly and though it was late in the evening, the atmosphere was good.

The menu is more varied and less purist Nepali than Gurkha Durbar, which people travel miles to visit.  It's also a very small restaurant, and sometimes booking will be vital.  None of this is bad news, it's just a different experience.  Bay Leaf is a place I'll look forward to visiting again.

Wednesday 18 August 2010

September meeting - Spice Lounge, Petersfield

The September meeting will take place at Spice Lounge, Petersfield at 20:30 on Wednesday 8th.  Aperitifs will be at the Red Lion from about 19:30.

Members will receive a reminder e-mail nearer the date.  If you want to be added to the mailing list, please contact us through feedback page on our web site.

Tuesday 10 August 2010

August meeting

The August meeting will take place on Wed 11th in Petersfield. Aperitifs will be at the Red Lion from about 1930 and then dinner will be at the Malabon at 2030. Please let El Presidente know if you expect to be there. Sorry about the lack of an e-mail this month, but this message is coming from deepest Greece and I don't think there's a curry house within 250 miles.

Monday 10 May 2010

May meeting - Gurkha Chautari, Liphook

The May meeting will take place at Gurkha Chautari, Station Road, Liphook on Wednesday 12th May.  Aperitifs will be taken at the Links Hotel from about 19:30 and dinner will be at 20:30.

El Presidente will be your host.  Members are asked to confirm by e-mail or through the feedback page on our web site.  Have a great evening!

Wednesday 31 March 2010

April meeting - confirmed as Malabon

El Presidente called to say that the April meeting will either be in Liss at Madhuban or in Petersfield at Malabon. He couldn't remember. Must be old age.

13/4: The venue is confirmed as Malabon, Dragon Street, Petersfield, with aperitifs at Foggys.  Malcolm will be the host for the evening.

Sunday 7 March 2010

March meeting - Paradise Balti, Petersfield

The e-mails will go out on Monday night but Petersfield Curry Club's March meeting will be at Paradise Balti, Lavant Street at 20:30 on Wednesday 10th March. El Presidente will be hosting the meeting.

Aperitifs will be taken at The Old Square Brewery from around 19:30. Please note - this is a change from the usual place.

Have a good one!

Wednesday 3 February 2010

February meeting

The booking at Dhanmondi, Whitehill, for 13th January was cancelled as too few members had responded to the meeting notice. It's not surprising, due to recent road and weather conditions, that people are reluctant to commit. There may well be a gathering at Foggys followed by a curry at one of Petersfield's three Indian restaurants instead.

Instead, the February meeting will take place at Dhanmondi on Wednesday 10th Feb.

Wednesday 6 January 2010

January meeting - Dhanmondi - Whitehill

The table is booked! We kick off the new decade with a visit to Whitehill and the friendly and enjoyable Dhanmondi restaurant on Wednesday 13th January. We liked it last year, and they're looking forward to our visit. The snow should have melted by then, and Petersfield should no longer feature in the national news - good reasons to enjoy a Curry Club evening.

For more details, see our previous reviews

Please let me know whether or not you expect to make it. I'll pass the details on to the organiser for the evening (I won't be able to be there). Have a good one!

Aperitifs at: The Woodlark from about 19:30 - or earlier at Foggys

Dinner at: Dhanmondi, Whitehill from 20:30