Historical version 2 of Kasturi, EC3N 1AL
- 020 7480 7402
- 57 Aldgate High Street, EC3N 1AL
- See below
Indian restaurant on Aldgate High Street. They bill themselves as specialising in Indian frontier cuisine, originating from the north-west frontier provinces of pre-partition India and focusing on kebabs and other grilled meats.
Bob, ilmari, and Phil visited on a Thursday evening in January 2008. The bill, including five Cobra beers, was £83.15 excluding tip. Perhaps the most interesting dish sampled was the lal mass (£9), "Rajasthan's favourite red hot lamb dish".
The menu is quite short, focusing on "specials" and thalis/set menus rather than offering endless mix-and-match combinations of meats and pre-prepared sauces.
Their vegetable selection looks pretty much identical to any other curryhouse, with the exception of Dal-dera Ismail Khan (£5); "a harmonious combination of black lentils and herbs, simmering on slow charcoal fire". Vegetable dishes are priced between £3.50 and £5, and the vegetarian thali is £10.
They do takeaway and delivery, and you can order online at http://urbanbite.com/
According to a menu picked up in January 2008, delivery orders are welcome between 6pm and 11pm Mon-Sun. However, it's not at all clear what their current opening hours actually are. The abovementioned menu states noon-2:30pm and 6pm-11pm Mon-Sun; a business card collected on the same visit states 11am-11pm Mon-Sat; while their website, as of the evening of the same visit, states noon-3pm and 6pm-11pm but doesn't mention which days.