Discusting place i attended this on NYE to be very shocked by the bouncers, they attacked some poor biggish looking guy and beat the crap out of him. I would never go here again !!!! poor quality staff food and venue, the staff all need sectioning
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Posted: Thu Nov 3 2011
Meza lounge bar and restaurant has been reincarnated as an Indian-themed venue. The two lovely curved bar counters remain, and a smart Soho drinking crowd still hang out here – but the tapas and pub grub have been replaced with a line-up of tandoori grills, street snacks and classic curries.
Even signature cocktails are spiked with the likes of curry leaves, cumin and cardamom.
Balaji Balachander, formerly a chef at Benares restaurant, has the credentials for cooking pan-Indian meals, and his affordable sharing menu reflects regional flavours.
Between four and six dishes are about right for two people – even if the waiter tells you to plump for eight.
Punjabi street food came up trumps, with potato and ginger griddle cakes served with onion-fried chickpeas and tart tamarind sauce – a popular combo in downtown Delhi.
Other dishes weren’t as impressive. Sweet and tangy Bengali pumpkin mash, simmered with onions and tomatoes, was marred by a heavy helping of masala. We weren’t bowled over by the thick, starchy marinade over the tandoori prawns either.
Woes continued as we dipped into Kashmiri rogan josh – the lamb was overcooked and it lacked the hoped-for meatiness and the cardamom and clove flavours. The advertised bread assortment consisted simply of plain naans, adding to the disappointment. Carom’s menu needs to be distinctive if it’s to be more than a watering hole for moneyed media folk.
The dining area doesn’t make for intimacy – it’s at the rear of the venue, and an awkward space. Lengths of wispy hanging fabrics attempt to soften it, but the nightclub vibe isn’t great for lingering over a biryani. It’s also a thoroughfare for staff en route to the bar.
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Carom 100 Wardour Street
- Venue phone:
020 7314 4002
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- Opening hours:
Open 4.30pm-2am Mon-Thur; 4.30pm-3am Fri, Sat. Meals served 4.30pm-1am Mon-Sat
Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube
Meal for two with drinks and service around £60
- 100 Wardour Street
- 020 7314 4002
- 100 Wardour Street
Average User Rating
3.6 / 5
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I recently visited Carom with 6 friends as a reunion dinner post-university, its central Soho location making it easy for us to meet from respective stations. I will be as concise so that others do not make the same mistake as I did. - The food is respectable - nicely presented though the portions are rather small. - This restaurant is let down severely by its service and the attitude of the staff. Having ordered our food we were informed by the waiter that the bar had stopped serving all draft beer (at 7.30pm on a saturday evening) as they had used it for the larger Christmas parties that had come in. On speaking to multiple managers and attempting to explain how the small bottled beer was simply too expensive for a large table of people, no concession or deduction on the bottled beer was offered. The managers simply dismissed our concerns in an exceedingly rude manner. In short I would simply recommend looking elsewhere - there are plenty of cheaper Central and East London curry houses that can cater for gentlemen keen to enjoy a few pints and a curry.
Short and sweet, excellent food and service. We got the waitress to order for us. One of the best curries I have ever eaten!
coming straight to the point,, had come to book a table for 30 on this month end and to taste the menu. positives------ good food and ambiance negatives----- bad service etiquette i was a walk in on saturday and the restaurant was empty. i wanted to book a table for 30 for the month end so need to check out the menu. i requested for a table in the main restaurant and the floor in charge said it is fully booked, me and my gf took a seat in the corridor but as we finished the restaurant was still empty.lol. floor in charge touches the persons back while he takes the order.the waiter who is new wants me to explain the menu but the in charge pulls it away. Myself working in hospitality was amazed in such a good place. . i ordered a bottle of wine from the waiter and the supervisor patted my back and said well done. dont know why????? i will be back only for the food as i loved the crab cakes, chiili squid and maybe prefer to sit the bar then the restaurant.
Brilliant...simply brilliant food, drinks, service - the whole night! Went with my girlfriend last Friday night and have to say the expirience was one of the best I have ever had in any restaurant at any price. Started off with a welcome from the manager (lovely Indian chap) who sat us and helped talk us through the menu. His recommendations were excellent and really hit the spot. The food was perfectly spiced, never being too hot and all very delicious. The chef even came over who was very charming and wanted our feedback on the food as it was a new menu and we had tried a few dishes. After dinner we were suppose to go to another club for drinks but as the DJ and the whole night up to this point was great we asked to stay and they moved us to one of the booths which was a nice touch. We asked the waitress for some help with choosing some cocktails and after dinner drinks. She was new so asked another manager to come over (blonde guy with glasses) and he helped us talking us through the large gin range and the Indian whiskies which we tried many of and were great. The best part was the bill, despite having spent the best part of 5 hours in place and eating and drinking more than we should the bill was remarkably good value. A truely amazing find. I will be back again and again!
Loved Carom. The food was exceptional, service good and the Indian reserve wine and whiskies were amazing. Music ws interesting with a DJ and sitar player. Overall a brilliant night.
Carom was amazing. The best indian food i have had in London even from much more expensive restaurants. The drinks and service were excellent too. I have already been back twice and am booking my work Christmas dinner there too! Amazing1