Restaurant Gurkha Spice 343 Brighton Road South Croydon CR2 6EQ 0208 686 8606
Pubs Before Eating
Visited two favourites, Crown And Sceptre and The Purley Arms, both of which are favourites of ours and have been highly praised in other reviews. Good ales and pub atmosphere.
You could almost miss seeing this Nepalese restaurant owing to its small frontage and frosted windows but nevertheless seems to be popular looking at reviews on t’net. The outside condition however gives you a taste of whats to come. Inside reveals a long, narrow eating area, red, plastic bench seats, and not a lot else. Toilets, ( please don’t get the impression that we are getting a bit obsessed with them) as seems to be common with older establishments, leave a lot to be desired. My wife, although used to the disgusting, old French stand up pits, would still be reluctant to venture into Gurkha’s idea of a hygienic room, let alone sit on a very germ ridden seat. Moan over. As we were the only souls in the place, service was pretty quick. The menu was interesting and comprehensive making it pleasantly hard to choose. Starters arrived fairly soon and were very good. My onion bhajis were up there with the best and with a pleasant sauce. Main courses were also enjoyable and unusual. I chose a Thai green curry, quite hot, lovely flavour and unusual, being thicker than its Thai restaurant cousins. Very enjoyable. The friendly waiter was appreciated and chatted well.
Judging by the amount of takeaway customers, this place is popular. The food is good. That’s it. You could say what more do you want and I could agree with you. These places are haunts of foodies, lovers of heat and flavour. But if, like me, you treat friends or partners to a meal as an occasion, this aint the place. All right for the boys and me maybe, but it stops there. Plus, and this is just me, the sight of that frosted window, blotting all humanity out, determines my rating. Sadly.