Tuesday 6 December 2011

Table booked for 14th December: Spice Lounge, Petersfield

We're booked at Spice Lounge for Wed 14th, dinner at 20:30 as usual. Kulchi Lamb, their delicious slow-cooked leg of lamb, has been ordered. Aperitifs will be at the Red Lion from about 19:30.

Christmas is nearly here and I'd like to remind members that our Amazon shop is open for business.  I've made some recommendations on the Indian food page, and there's also a selection of 2012 restaurant and pub guides in our Christmas 2011 section.

The usual e-mail will be sent to members.  Space is limited and we need to know whether to order one or two legs of lamb, so please be sure to reply, ideally by Monday night.  Looking forward to a great evening next Wednesday!

Tuesday 1 November 2011

November meeting - Malabon, Petersfield

The table is booked!  Our venue for Wednesday 9th November is Malabon, Dragon Street, Petersfield - dinner at 20:30.  Aperitifs will be a few doors away at the Red Lion from about 19:30. 

Malabon is a very popular place, and this will be our third visit in 2011.  Please let us know by e-mail or through the feedback page on our web site whether you expect to make it or not (space is a little limited). 

Christmas is coming, and I'd like to remind members that Petersfield Curry Club has an Amazon.co.uk online store that allows you to order books, music, kitchen equipment, electronics and many other goods and downloads including Kindle books.  The Cobra Good Curry Guide 2012 is now available to pre-order (click here).  Each sale brings a little commission that goes into the Curry Club beer kitty.  Here's a link to a selection of Christmas present ideas including pub and restaurant guides.  Please have a browse and let us know of any other things you'd like to see featured.

Monday 10 October 2011

National Curry Week

This week 09-15 October 2011 is the 14th annual National Curry Week. More info here.

Petersfield Curry Club meets every month on the second Wednesday.   This month, on 12th Oct, we'll be visiting Gurkha Chautari in Liphook. Please follow this link for meeting details.

Monday 3 October 2011

October meeting - Gurkha Chautari, Liphook

The table is booked!  Our October meeting will be in Liphook on Wednesday 12th.  Aperitifs will be at the Links Hotel, Portsmout Road, from about 19:30 and dinner will be at Gurkha Chautari, Station Road, at 20:30.

As usual, please let us know if you'll be attending either by responding to the e-mail notice sent to members or via the feedback page on our web site.

This was our venue for the March meeting when we had the best turnout of the year so far.  So by popular demand, we've added a second visit in 2011.  It should be just as good, and to add to that, let's hope that we can celebrate England reaching the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup and drink to their success in the final two matches!

Thursday 15 September 2011

Meetings for Oct-Dec 2011

We decided at the September meeting that our venues for the rest of 2011 will be (subject to table bookings):

12 OctoberGurkha Chautari, Liphook
09 NovemberMalabon, Petersfield
14 DecemberSpice Lounge, Petersfield

When the table is booked for each meeting, I'll send out the usual e-mail and request that members confirm as far as possible if they'll be able to make it or not.  We had some issues last night because the restaurant had to fit in two more people than the original number booked, at only about 15 minutes' notice.

For early 2012, ideas include the Bay Leaf in Grayshott, and a further visit to Petersfield's new Thai restaurant where we held last night's meeting, Siam.

Wednesday 31 August 2011

September meeting - Siam, Petersfield

Aperitifs at: Red Lion from about 19:30

Dinner at: Siam (Thai restaurant!) at 20:30

The table is booked, but we're being a little more adventurous this month.  The venue is Siam, the new Thai restaurant at 16-18 Dragon Street, Petersfield.  I haven't tried or even seen it myself yet, but at a guess, it's where Zen was last time I went down Dragon Street.  Please let me know by e-mail or through the feedback page on our web site whether you expect to be there or not; in addition, they asked whether (weather??) we'd like a table in the garden, so please say Garden or Inside on your reply.  

This should be an interesting change from the regular curry club round of fine Indian and Bangladeshi eateries, so there's the possibility of a sizeable turnout and it would be very helpful to have an idea of numbers well in advance. 

Saturday 30 July 2011

August meeting - Malabon - Petersfield - Wed 10th

The table's booked, and Malabon is looking forward to welcoming us on Wednesday 10th August.  Pre-meal refreshments will be at the highly adjacent Red Lion.

In my experience, Malabon serves great Bangladeshi food in an uncluttered dining room, even though you'd struggle to know that from their web site which appears to be down at the moment.  If you want to know more, you'll do slightly better with the Petersfield Web Cam site which lists the menu amongst the Indian takeaways.

 Please e-mail or use the feedback form on the web site to let us know if you'll be able to attend.  Malcolm is the organiser on the evening.  Enjoy!

Thursday 14 July 2011

Meeting report - Dhanmondi - 13 July 2011

Dhanmondi gave us a great welcome and an interesting and varied meal for our July meeting, which made up for a slightly low turnout.  Highlights included a very tasty mixed starter, and a fiery garlic chilli chicken dish where chilli and coriander had been ground together before cooking.  The murgh massala had really good-sized portions of meat, and we also enjoyed a lamb curry and balti chicken.  There was also a saag chicken, and a selection of chick-pea, dhal, rice and naan accompaniments.

As a little refresher afterwards, the kitchen gave us jelabi. This is something I haven't had in years,  and needed reminding how it's made: fast deep-fry a swirl of batter, and then dip the result in golden syrup.  The portions are then served up with a scoop of ice cream on the side.  Only for those with a sweet tooth.

One other Whitehill point to report: The Woodlark (Two for One) still didn't seem to have any of Marstons excellent range of bottled beers, but it did have the Wychwood Brewery's Hobgoblin ale on draft, presumably as a guest beer.  This is a very decent pint, which tastes far better on draft than out of a bottle.  Almost worth a visit in itself.

We decided that the August meeting (Wednesday 10th) will be at Malabon in Petersfield.  A notice will be sent out around the end of July.

Wednesday 6 July 2011

July meeting - Dhanmondi, Whitehill

The table is booked!  We'll be going to Dhanmondi in Whitehill on Wednesday 13th July.  Aperitifs will be in the Woodlark, the Marston's pub just over the road, from about 19:30.  I wonder if they've found room for their wonderful range of bottled beers yet.  As usual, dinner is at 20:30.

Please let us know by e-mail or using the feedback form on our web site if you expect to attend (or not).

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Tuesday 31 May 2011

June meeting, Madhuban, Liss - Wed 8th

The table is booked! June's meeting will be at Liss, with aperitifs at the Blue Bell from about 19:30, and then dinner will be at Madhuban at 20:30. Madhuban is a great restaurant; you can see some of the reviews from previous visits by clicking the title text of this message.

This is the one restaurant on our circuit that's deservedly a fixture in the Good Curry Guide, so to give us the best chance of fitting everyone in, please e-mail to let us know if you'll attend or not, or use the feedback form on our website.  Malcolm will be the organiser on the evening.  Enjoy!

Tuesday 3 May 2011

May meeting - Spice Lounge, 11th May

The table is booked!  The May meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th in Petersfield, with aperitifs at the Red Lion from 19:30 and then dinner at 20:30 at the Spice Lounge.    The original plan was to go to Foggys for a Thai curry, but the latest information was that the venue was no longer available.  As a result, we needed to switch, and Spice Lounge is the choice.  Members will be advised by e-mail but please pass the message on by word of mouth (just in case).

Judith will be the organiser on the evening, and to help us with planning, please let me know as soon as possible by e-mail or using the feedback page on our website whether or not you expect to make it.  Apologies to anyone who tried and failed to use this link last month - I typed the wrong ending on the address.

Should be a good one - this is now our most visited venue, and a favourite of many members.  

Thursday 28 April 2011

May meeting - Spice Lounge

Here's a pre-notice of the May meeting which is due to take place on Wednesday 11th.  It was to be a Thai curry at Foggys but my informant tells me that the venue is no longer available.  As a result we've switched to Spice Lounge.  The e-mail to members will be sent as soon as I know who will be the organiser on the evening.

Tuesday 15 March 2011

April - Paradise Balti, Petersfield

The table is booked!  We're back to Paradise Balti (last visited in November) on Wednesday 13th.  Aperitifs will be at the Red Lion.  Malcolm's your organiser for the evening.  Please let me know whether you plan to be there, either by e-mail or by using the website feedback form, so that we have a reasonable idea of numbers expected.

Have a great evening!

Monday 28 February 2011

March meeting - Gurkha Chautari, Liphook - Wed 9th

The table is booked!  Our March venue is the Gurkha Chautari, Liphook.  Aperitifs will be at the Links Hotel, Portsmouth Road, from 19:30.  It's only a 5 minute walk or an even shorter drive to the restaurant, in Station Road.

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

Wednesday 2 February 2011

February meeting - Liss - Wed 9th - Madhuban

The table is booked! The next Petersfield Curry Club meeting will be at Madhuban, Liss, on Wednesday 9th February.  Aperitifs will be at the Bluebell Inn (it's on the corner of Station Road and Farnham Road, just a few minutes' stroll from the restaurant) from about 19:30. Dinner will be at 20:30.

Madhuban is a tremendous restaurant, a great favourite of the Curry Club, and renowned for its fine cooking and great welcome.   So that we can be sure of fitting everyone in, please let us know as soon as possible by e-mail or through the feedback page of the web site if you expect to be there (and indeed, if not). Malcolm will be the organiser on the evening, and I'll make sure he knows the numbers in advance.

Hope you all have very enjoyable evening - Madhuban is excellent, highly recommended and quite rightly so.

Monday 31 January 2011

February meeting - Liss - Wed 9th - Madhuban

The next Petersfield Curry Club meeting will be at Madhuban, Liss, on
Wednesday 9th. Table to be booked - will update with further details when
this is done.

Thursday 20 January 2011

Curry could cure the common cold - Daily Telegraph

You probably knew it from your own experience but the DT article (19th Jan 2011) suggests that fenugreek, a common ingredient of curry, could be a 'winter fix-all elixir'.

Well worth a read, if you're looking for an excuse to go out for a curry soon...

Friday 7 January 2011

Curry Club January meeting - Malabon, Petersfield

We wish a happy, healthy and prosperous 2011 to all our members.  An Ashes series win in Australia isn't a bad way to kick the year off, and personally, I'm looking forward to the 6 Nations and the Rugby World Cup.

The table is booked!  January's meeting will be at the Malabon, Dragon Street, Petersfield, at 20:30 on Wednesday 12th.  The Red Lion is the meeting place for aperitifs, from 19:30, or you're welcome to meet us at the restaurant at 20:30 if you prefer to go direct.  Malcolm will be the host for the evening.

Whichever you choose, please let us know if you expect to be there (or not), ideally through the feedback form on the web site.  If you want to update your e-mail address, please leave a note in there as well.