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The Spice Card

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The Greenwich Curry Club is delighted to introduce the Spice Card, a discount card for lovers of spicy food whether it’s Indian, Thai, Chinese or Vietnamese. For just £15 a year you can enjoy a 20% discount on food for two people (often more) at restaurants and takeaways across South East London – from Greenwich to Blackheath, Lewisham to Charlton, New Cross, Bexleyheath and the Isle of Dogs. You can enjoy the discount for dine-in and takeaways (including deliveries) at most venues.

Yes! I want to buy my Spice Card now!

The concept is pretty simple. You buy your Spice Card for £15 and head out to one of our partner restaurants or takeaways and enjoy your 20% discount. Repeat for a year…

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To see where you can enjoy the discounts head to the Spice Card website. These are the annual savings you could enjoy with the your Spice Card.

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Outstanding Contribution to Curry: Karri Twist

The inaugural Md Azifur Rahman Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Curry Community in the Greenwich Curry Club Awards 2018, sponsored by the Spice Card, goes to Karri Twist (New Cross). Pictured below: Tazkia Rahman, grandaughter of Md Afizur Rahman, who opened the restaurant in 1957.

Pictured: Tazkia Rahman with customer Roger Hepworth, who has been eating in Karri Twist since the 1960s.

Greenwich Curry Club Awards 2018

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Greenwich Curry Club Awards 2018  sponsored by the Spice Card and supported by the Greenwich Visitor.

Favourite Restaurant: Gurkha’s Inn (Greenwich)
Favourite Dedicated Takeaway: Mogul Home Kitchen (Greenwich)
Outstanding Service: Kesar (Charlton)
Outstanding Value: Pathiri (Greenwich)
Favourite Newcomer: King of Punjab (Isle of Dogs)
Special Award (for Oustanding Vegetarian and Vegan Food): Panas Gurkha (Lewisham)
Md Afizur Rahman Award (for Contribution to the Curry Community): Karri Twist (New Cross)

GV98.CurryAwards.jpgThis article appeared in the December 2018 issue of the Greenwich Visitor newspaper.

Surya, New York, USA

Surya, New York, USA

(Review by the New York Curry Club)

Truly an All Saints Day for the books! If the Appleton sisters were alive today, they would surely be nodding their heads with pride at our wondrous celebration. After

Malt House witnessed one of our more aggressive pre-games, Surya was definitely ill-prepared for its esteemed guests. Our waiter Leo (@pereiraleo308), blessed with chutzpah as large as his mullet, unwisely tried to force us into the Bira 91 promotional beer (disgusting). After berating him for a while, normal lagers magically appeared.

The food was remarkably good for an establishment offering a $12 lunch menu. A very tender mixed grill was followed by some perfectly acceptable curries, albeit lacking in spice for a more experienced palate.

As beer levels depleted (an all too common occurrence on the NYC Indian restaurant scene), excitement levels escalated. The banter was flowing, glasses were smashed, and an invasion of oreo-selling rapscallions delivered a fitting end to a fine meal.

The Garrett was kind enough to host us post-dinner, and a selection of brave CC-ers found themselves at the Jane in the early hours. Better decisions have been made.

Surya score = 6 curry leaves

Food – 1.5/2 (Surprised on the upside)

Beers – 0.5/2 (The initial cheek to force us into their sponsors’ offering, and then a complete underestimation of the necessary volume for a CC sitting. Leo picks up half a point for going on a shopping mission for some extras.)

Décor/Ambience – 1.5/2 (Pleasant graffiti backdrop, and some seasoned curry veterans dotted throughout the restaurant)

Popadoms – 1.5/2 (Reasonable structure and prompt service. As ever in NYC, the accoutrements were very lacking in quality)

Je ne sais quoi – 1/2 (For some reason, I will probably consider a return visit).

Surya, 154 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, USA. Tel: 212 875 1405.

Open:

Monday to Thursday Noon – 3pm and 5pm – 10:30pm, Monday to Friday Noon – 3pm and 5pm-  11:00pm, Saturday to Sunday Noon – 11pm

The Old Monk, New York, USA

A surprisingly quiet Mozambique Day of Peace and Reconciliation. We even managed to secure a large table for aperitifs on what is typically the most rambunctious celebration of the year.

Wheels suitably greased and blessed with a sprinkle of new faces, we ventured to Babu Ji’s old stomping ground. Now under new ownership, Old Monk aims for the same ‘contemporary Indian soul food’ vibe as its predecessor, but underwhelms. Using the Club’s traditional goalkeeper analogy, the tasting menu was a Petr Cech – solid, bland and probably used to be rated quite highly. You wouldn’t necessarily complain if the chairman secured him on a free in the January transfer window, but you’re not going to be thrilled when the ball’s at his feet. For the price paid, you’d expect something a little sexier, a Jordan Pickford perhaps, offering an additional element of excitement to the build-up play and a more obvious passion for the game (curry). Indeed, many diners were unable to tell the difference between the chicken and salmon dishes and the only notable shift in flavours came with the dessert course. Nevertheless, the staff were welcoming, enthusiastic and nice enough that we will not curse them with a sub-5 leaves review.

Post-dinner drinks were somewhat scuppered by the heavy digestive requirements of the aforementioned cuisine.

Old Monk Score = 6 curry leaves

Food – 1/2 (disappointing for what was supposedly a ‘tasting menu’)

Beers – 2/2 (solid choice and service)

Décor/Ambience – 1/2 (lovely pachmina awnings, but could do with other diners for atmosphere)

Popadoms – 1.5/2 (reasonable structure but waiters again failed to understand the importance of a prompt race)

Je ne sais quoi – 0.5/2 (a hint of je ne sais quoi, needs work)

How much do people spend on a curry?

In a recent survey we asked: “How much do you expect to spend when you visit an Indian restaurant per person, including drinks?”

More than half of people (58%) said they’d be looking at over £25, while 24% were settling for a nice £21-24 and 16% just £16-£20. Some 2% reckon they can get out for a curry in a restaurant for under £15. Must be a fun night that one!

The Spice Card offers savings on curries, including on takeaways at many venues. You can get your Spice Card here.

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