Crewe Toll Curry Tasters Restaurant Review : "St John's Curry Club"

100 St John's Road, Edinburgh, EH12 8AT, 0131 334 4488 www


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Average from 5 reviews
overall
 4.0
with an average price of £28.00
pre-starters
 3.8
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.5
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 3.8

reviewer Tina Greig
review date September 2015
pre-starters
 3.5
starters
 4.0
mains
 5.0
sides
 4.0
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 4.0
price £25
comment Starter (St John\'s special puri) and main (jessorie king prawn rezala) were both excellent - nicely spiced and full of flavour. Muttar paneer side also really good. Where this meal loses a few marks is on service. There were a group of thirteen of us, and the big wait was between starters and mains, rather than before the starters, which is the better way round to have it. So, a really excellent meal, but probably best to avoid large groups here.
overall
 4.0

reviewer Sarah Berry
review date September 2015
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.5
mains
 4.0
sides
 3.0
service
 3.0
atmosphere
 4.0
value for money
 4.0
price £30
comment The poppadums were crisp and tasty and there was plenty of accompaniments. Lime pickle was actually edible for myself (and I don't like sour so normal lime pickle fans weren't as keen).

Starter of Chicken and Mushroom puri was very nice. I would say next time I would order it hot, needed a bit more spice.

Main of Jaipuri Chicken was very tasty. Very well flavoured for a medium spice curry. Would definitely order that again.

There was lots of different sides floating around which I tasted some of and they were nothing special. There was also lots of Naan breads which were just put in spare gaps on the table which meant people probably didn't get a bit of a specific one they ordered, but that said all naans were tasty.

Service was let down by it being slow, waited over 15mins for the bill at the end which resulted in a lot of us guessing what we owed and having to run for the bus home.
Would go again but definitely in a smaller group.
overall
 3.8

reviewer Phil Hunt
review date September 2015
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 4.0
mains
 5.0
sides
 4.0
service
 3.5
atmosphere
 3.5
value for money
 3.5
price £30 (including tip)
comment Popadoms and pickles were plentiful and nice, although the lime pickle was a little lacking in kick.

My starter of Chana Bhuna with Puri was lovely, but perhaps a bit big for a starter.

Main of Murghi Kemma Massalam (madras heat) was lovely, rich and with a good heat

The sides I had were good, rich but not outstanding.

Service was friendly competent and attentive, unfortunately let down by the kitchen being slow.

Atmosphere was good, possibly helped by the larger than average beer bill.

Value wasn't too bad considering a bit more drink was consumed than on some other nights.
overall
 4.0

reviewer Derek Stronach
review date September 2015
pre-starters
 3.5
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.0
sides
 3.0
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 3.0
value for money
 3.5
price £30 (including tip)
comment The poppadums were crispy but I felt that the pickles and sauces were fairly average. The lime pickle was not sour enough for my taste but at least there seemed to be plenty of everything.

Starter of St John's Special Puri, in my case with chicken, spinach and hot! I thought it was top notch. Tasty and spicy, it really was excellent!

Main of Bengali Green Lamb was very nice although not too much heat (even though the menu described it as 'fairly hot'). I did enjoy the flavour of the fresh mint and coriander but the lamb was a wee bit chewy in places. Loved the lemon rice especially when I got bits of lemon in it!

I felt the sides that I had (tarkha dahl, bhindi bhaji and Panir muttir) were mediocre. I think the tarkha dahl had been sitting out under a heat lamp as it had a conjealed skin on it when it arrived on the table.

As seems to be the norm with large parties in small restaurants service was very slow. The mains did not arrive till 9:15. In some places we would be paying the bill and heading out at that point. Don't think the kitchen could cope with our party of 13. On the plus point I felt the service was professional as I don't recall a mistake being made. They were also pretty friendly.

On the whole if I discount the disappointing sides I felt that the food was really good and as I live about 5-10 minute walk away I will probably return. It is however not a place that is really suitable for a large group of curry tasters!
overall
 3.8

reviewer Derek Stronach
review date October 2008
pre-starters
 4.0
starters
 5.0
mains
 4.5
sides
 3.5
service
 4.0
atmosphere
 3.5
price £25 (including tip)
comment To begin with we had crispy poppadums with a nice chutney and lime pickle.
I then had a starter of chicken pakora that was superb followed by a main course of Amritisari (I think!?) gosht. A lamb dish with fenugreek and other spices. Very tasty although not as hot as the menu would lead you to believe.

Also tried a side dish of Tarka Dhal. It was nice and garlicky but perhaps not amongst the best that I've had this year.

All in all a great dinner in a compact and friendly restaurant. Good service without being overbearing. Would recommend it as a possible venue for a future curry club visit if it wasn't for 1) location - a bit far out of town although it is on St John's road so good bus links and 2) it is quite small and may struggle to accommodate a party size greater than 10.
overall
 4.2

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