All reader reviews by almc

Hop & Spice

We must have gone on an off-night. Nothing wrong with the place, but we received a less than warm welcome and the food was one of the worst meals i've ever had. The Thali-type selection was tasteless, lukewarm, watery and a complete waste of money. I am going to have to go back though because the place is always packed, so they must be doing something right.

Friday, December 14, 2007
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 1 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 1

Eastern Empire

Having read the other reviews we thought it deserved a visit. Odd thing is i've never actually seen anyone eating there. Anyway, we received a warm welcome and started off with a chutney tray and poppadoms, very good. One of the best raita's i've had. Poppadoms hot and fresh, not those minging microwave ones that stick in your teeth. For starters we shared a superb onion bhaji. For main course we had mutter paneer, brinjal bhaji (aubergine) and chana masala - all side dishes, with rice and naan. Everything was fresh, not too oily and full of flavour. Loved the mutter paneer.

I tend to eat curry on a weekly basis, gradually working my through tooting and Balham. I think this is the best i've had in Balham, far better than their busier neighbours Hop & Spice and Indian Rooms.

Friday, December 14, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9

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