Sometimes going somewhere new just doesn't work. Especially when the places you love are just next door. Literally next door! The curry club were looking for a new place to visit and we welcomed back one of the founders after Ramadan. So the requirements were simple: Halal and tasty. So we decided to go to Sajjad's Grill in Whitechapel. Let's Feast.
The Curry Club is an institution and bit of a private club. There are six full time members and only a few other guests have joined. Every so often we have a partners get together too with the wives and girlfriends joining us but that is a rare occurrence. We were down to five members here but we still made sure we went over the usual rituals. This included a pre-meal drink and then a quick visit to the local convenience store in order to get our drinks for the BYO that is Sajjad's Grill.
We were seated and it was empty. A good sign? I do not know, but with an empty restaurant we would be given undivided attention and care. We just want to be loved. Unfortunately what was to be a common theme was the slow service. The staff were kind enough but just seemed to take their time with the food, checking up on us and clearing up. This along with the really bad smell from the toilet area, meant that the start led to a cloudy judgement of the establishment before the food.
The mixed grill was a dish full of sheekh kebab, lamb chops, chicken tikka and lamb tikka. Three of each was very generous for the five of us and made sure that our bellies were stuffed. I personally really liked the lamb chops and chicken tikka and thought they were meaty and tasty. The spices were aromatic and herby and quickly made me feel better about Sajjad. The sheekh kebab was okay and not as great as other nearby restaurants. A common theme with our starters was the heat. We also had chilli naan and garlic naan and the chilli was very evident on our tongues. It was hot. The sheekh kebabs were not disappointing, it happens. It was the chilli paneer which upset me. The texture was quite shocking to be honest. It had an al dente feel to it, which is just wrong for a cheese. Why would they give us such a dish?
After the starters, one of the club had to leave. Tired and already stuffed, we were whittled down to just four members. We persevered and ordered three main course dishes and some rice. The dishes we had were an Okra curry, Chicken and Chana Masala and dry meat.
Lots to eat and all stuffed. I have maybe been a bit harsh in this review so far. At £15 each it was a bit of a steal to be honest. We were all absolutely stuffed and we had not really ordered too much. The portions were more than enough and the fact that their mixed grill came with three of each makes it a good one. But quality is more important than quantity right? With Needoos round the next door and Tayyabs round the corner, i don't think i will be back here in a hurry. Thank you very much Sajjad.