Mehek, 45 London Wall, The City, London, EC2M 5TE

Tel: 020 7588 5044

Just a five minute walk from Moorgate station, or for those of you with a little more energy as well as a desire to work up an appetite, a 20 minute walk from London Bridge station, Mehek nestles under the overhanging office buildings just short of where London wall meets Moorgate. Its frontage is misleading, giving you the impression that you are about to enter a cosy small Indian eatery. This is immediately blown away as you walk through the door, as tardis-like it opens out before you. This popular restaurant has a good feel and a buzz about it, well designed modern decor and an impressive bar.

We each had a glass of a good crisp and fruity house white, a sauvignon blanc, while we chose our meal. The menu is quite long and, as we were struggling to choose, our waiter suggested that we might order a Mehek tandoori mixed platter each as a starter, we thought, why not? So, went with his suggestion and whilst that was being prepared we continued looking through the menu for our mains. The platters arrived, the plates decorated with vibrantly coloured sauces in a triangular design, a small pile of salad leaves and some six chunky pieces of tandoori meat and fish, including, duck, lamb, chicken, king prawn and a very meaty fish, each of these component parts cooked well and tasty, leaving a slight tingliness in the mouth. They were also supported perfectly by the sauces on the plate. This was a great dish that gave us a taste of a good many of the other options on the menu.

For mains we shared three dishes, the sukhi duck, the lamb Rhogan Josh and the King prawn Jalfrezi. The duck had a great depth of flavour, obviously cooked through, the meat was nicely spiced good sauce with some delicate heat to it. The Rogan Josh had a sweetness from the tomato based sauce the lamb was incredibly tender, it practically melted in the mouth and the king prawn Jalfrezi although more challenging and hotter than the other two dishes had a good spiciness to it, as you would expect from Jalfrezi , the prawns within it were cooked well. These three tasty dishes were accompanied by sides of saag (spinach) special which had a great freshness and fragrance to it, some excellent pilau rice and a lovely garlic naan.

Although quite full, we decided to go for desserts, a portion of sweet sticky gulab Jamun and a thick creamy pistachio kulfi were both very good and together made a great ending to this feast.

With our meal we had a nice oak aged merlot that had good vanilla overtones to it and some body, which worked well with the spicy food. Service was attentive throughout the meal the waiting staff were very helpful. Mehek is a modern, but comfortable and popular Indian restaurant..