I'm still trying to find a place in Tokyo that does the perfect curry combination (for me anyway) of Chicken Vindaloo, paratha, and basmati rice. When I found out about Siddique I thought that there would be a real chance of this, having heard of its reputation for serving a variety of top quality curries. It was quiet (literally) in the restaurant (no music playing - odd), so I got served straight away. The JIMC crew have decided to experiment with our choices of curry more when we are together rather than on our own, just in case we end up with a less than satisfactory meal and one that we have nothing else to compare it to (see Chris's last post). So with curry emancipation in full effect, I went for the usual - papad and Chicken Tikka for starters, and Chicken Vindaloo (check!), (Japanese) saffron rice (meh), and chapati (at least it's not naan) for main.
Now for the main. In my experience, ordering a "Vindaloo" means you are ordering a hot curry - the unsophisticated, parochial, UK curry junkie remains in me. On the menu it clearly states that it is hot - there were a couple of chillies printed next to the very red looking curry in the photo to highlight this - so I just ordered it. A minute later, I realised that I better emphasise how hot I wanted it, so I asked the server to tell the chef to make it "really hot", which he confirmed with me after a short pause, maybe unsure exactly how hot I could handle - I love the moment when you are waiting for a really hot curry, it gets served, looking inedible, and the staff of the restaurant stand there smirking while watching you eat it. Anyway, with the excitement mounting, the curry arrived.
On a positive note, there are a myriad of choices on the menu - Makhani, Suji, Do Piazza, Chana, Palak, Paneer, as well as all the regular curries you get everywhere else. They also have half a page worth of Biriyanis listed (all made with basmati rice), so I'm definitely going to head back there to try a few more out. They also have six types of pakora, and an assortment of tasty looking starters, though it'd be hard to tempt me away from the Tikka - just so good!
I'm going to reserve my judgement on Siddique. I want to sample a few more dishes there first. I would recommend it if you are in the area, but you might have to be a bit insistent if you like your curries to burn. One last thing, they gave me a free beer with my lunch so I'm going thumbs up for the Siddique staff, though they might want to get some tunes on so customers can savour the atmosphere a bit more and avoid the clank of cutlery on plates as we're getting stuck in.