Name: Bengal Tiger
Area: Blackfriars
Address: 62-66 Carter Lane
London EC4V 5EA
Phone: 020 7248 6361

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 28 Feb 2002|2. 25 Sep 2003|3. 25 Oct 2007|4. 25 Sep 2008|5. 24 Sep 2009
6. 19 Dec 2013|7. 18 Dec 2014|8. 29 Jun 2018|9. 30 May 2019

It's a BYO restaurant ...
Bring your own LIGHT!

Visit Report

Visit Number: 229 (visit 9 of 9 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 30 May 2019
Cost per head: £36.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.7 6.4 7.2 7.4 7.8 5.8 6.9 6.7 5.4 6.83
Jon 7 7 7 8 7 6 7 4 6.6 See Jon's comments
Jeff 9 5 8 8 4 8 7 6 7.1 See Jeff's comments
Neil 9 8 7 8 8 7 7 7 7.6 See Neil's comments
Dominic 6 4 7 6 8 5 5 6 4 5.6 See Dominic's comments
Alex 8 7 7 8 7 8 7 6 7.4 See Alex's comments
Dave 7 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 7.3 See Dave's comments
Mark 8 6 7 6 5 7 6 5 6.3 See Mark's comments

All Comments

Jon - More of the same from the Bengal Tiger – unspectacular in everything bar the price.  Tandoori starter was good, lamb shank main was OK and everything else was fine.  Good night as usual and it was very good of Mr Sanna to treat us all to a drink in celebration of him joining the ranks of sexagenarians earlier in the month.

Jeff - Met in Ye Olde London which although showing Sky sports on the opening day of Cricket World Cup 2019 was virtually empty. The Bengal Tiger was quiet on this sticky evening, and in my opinion the room is too dark, as we had to use our phone lights to read the menu comfortably.  4 choices of bottled beer available. Again, the food was of pretty good quality and the service prompt and efficient, and as always quite expensive with no discounts available. Very good salmon tikka starter and lamb balti main, and tasty vegetables - although the rice portions were fairly small and a bit dry. Never a bad meal here.

Neil - We met in the quietest pub in central London (The Olde London) along with the slowest staff, so it seemed to even itself out service wise. At the Curry House we had attentive staff, wide choice of bottled beers and good ambience. I enjoyed my starter of curried cheese and the main, Vegetable Byriani, was plentiful and quite spicy. I think the stuffed paratha may have hit the sweet spot of being both crispy outside and doughy inside, I await Dom's mark! Price was slightly on the high side but nothing to complain about otherwise. Suspect we'll go back next year.

Dominic - After meeting for some post-birthday drinks in a nearby boozer (it was someone's landmark birthday apparently ...), it was off to the Bengal Tiger where we were seated at the same table as last visit. But somehow the subdued lighting was much worse, so much so that mobile phone lights were needed to read the damn menus ... not an auspicious start! Service was OK throughout but there seemed a lack of engagement from all the waiters. For starter I shared the Tandoori Platter consisting of Green Chicken Tikka, Lamb Tikka, Tandoori King Prawn, Sheek Kebab and Fish Tikka. Although very well presented, it was somewhat dry and chewy. For main I selected a "turned up" Lamb Tikka Balti which I have to confess was a disappointment - a lack of flavour and somewhat bitter were the two main characteristics. I did, however, rate the Stuffed Paratha and the banter was as enjoyable as ever especially our end of the table where political character-assassination was the order of the day! An overpriced night meant very poor VFM but on the plus side of the ledger, Jon-Boy did an admirable job in his Game of Thrones character: "Master of Fingers"!

Alex - Speedy, efficient service, pleasant change from the sloth we sometimes experience. Food good with some interesting variations but somewhat overjobbed on price.

Dave - Went for a repeat of last time's off-piste selection of salmon tikka and chicken shaslik. Salmon was good but a bit disappointing - the shaslik wasn't a "sizzler" dish - may return to my comfort zone with the griff set menu next time. Overall good restaurant but a bit pricey.

Mark - #CWC2019 kicked off the day but finished before we hit the pub where Dom joined the 'Old Codgers' section. Bengal Tiger had a few more patrons than last year but still did not have our table set up despite lots of room. Mixed tandoori starter was fine apart from one bit of tough lamb. For main I went for the Garlic Chilli Chicken in respect of absent friends and it was very nice although I thought it would have had a bit more kick. Only 7 of us this month due to various reasons but a good evening and a small enough group to have all inclusive banter much of the time. Cost is always high here but quality is dependable.

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