At the recent Bangladeshi Catering Association Awards Dinner (which was held to celebrate the BCA’s 50th anniversary and the 200th anniversary of curry in Britain) Memsaheb on Thames won the award for “London East”. Memsaheb is known for excellent fish and seafood dishes and a magnificent “kitchen curry” — the staff meal here is so good that it has made it onto the main menu, where it remains a firm favourite.
Establishment’s golden reputation is justified by superior food, which supplies the vibrancy in otherwise bland surroundings…The combination of their juicy flesh and the earthy, chunky dressing was unusual and deliciously tangy…In short, if you’re keen to sample the best Billingsgate has to offer with an inventive twist in pleasant surroundings, follow in Delia’s footsteps.
The recently refurbished setting is understated and comfortable, though, and must be pretty in the evenings, when – we are assured – the place is packed. (For the summer there is also a pleasant terrace with a view of the ‘working’ Thames.) Our lunch was thoroughly well done – if in a very standard way – but the prices are certainly very reasonable. In fact, for once, a singular lunch – admittedly without a pud or coffee – failed even to breach the £20 barrier.
But there, right on the Thames is a gem of an Indian, with comfortable decor (love the big blue seats), friendly staff and good food. So good in fact that the Bangladeshi Caterers Association recently named the restaurant as one of its 11 regional winners in its annual Caterer of the Year Award. It was named as best restaurant in Greater London (East).