Restaurant

Name: The India
Previous name: Cannon Tandoori
Area: Cannon Street
Address: 21 College Hill
London EC4R 2RP
Phone: 020 7248 5855
Website: www.theindia.org.uk

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 28 Aug 2003|2. 30 Sep 2004|3. 26 Feb 2009|4. 28 Apr 2011|5. 26 Jan 2012


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Visit Report

Visit Number: 142 (visit 5 of 5 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 26 Jan 2012
Cost per head: £32.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.4 7.1 6.3 6.8 4.8 6.0 7.5 6.0 5.6 6.55
Mark 8 7 6 8 4 4 6 3 5 5.8 See Mark's comments
John 8 8 8 6 5 6 8 7 5 6.9 See John's comments
Dominic 8 6 7 5 5 6 5 5 5.8 See Dominic's comments
Robin 8 8 6 6 7 9 8 7 6 7.2 See Robin's comments
Jeff 6 8 4 7 6 9 8 7 7.1 See Jeff's comments
Graeme 8 7 5 9 7 5 9 4 6 7.0 See Graeme's comments
Neil 7 7 6 4 0 6 7 7 4 5.4 See Neil's comments
Tim 6 6 8 9 6 7 7 7 7 7.1 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Mark - Having missed the AGM, thanks go to Robin & Jeff for running the show, while being appreciated elsewhere I arrived to find us tucked into the far corner room. I was eventually offered room at the table as my arrival was less greeted than that of the skimpy vested blonde on the next table. Mixed platter starter was as good as ever but main of Chicken Akwalada was lacking in meat for my liking and the rice, though plentiful, was not the best. As usual we ordered enough for a few extra people in terms of veg, rice & bread so not surprised at the high cost - don't blame me! Good job we had no scousers at the table with the Everton beer glasses causing some confusion. Despite the title of this month referring to a dead Scot it lived up to its billing next morning!

John - Good service, interesting setting and better than average food. King prawn purree following by chilli chicken which had just about the right amount of heat. Quite expensive though.

Dominic - After a moderately quick AGM (I do wish Brian would stop sending in all those motions!) we repaired to The India for what was to become a photo-less evening due to the very dark surrounds. However, before even making it to the dining floor, Neil was obviously too impatient and decided to "toboggan" down the last 6 steps (Reema flashbacks abound!). Although I like the overall subterranean feel I did think it was too dark, the table too small given the size of some of the plates and somewhat cramped overall. I chose the popular Tandoori Platter and while quite plentiful (you got 5 pieces) it wasn't all that tasty. My main of King Prawn Sag was adequate although I was perfectly happy to eat them out of the shells. Sides were OK without being memorable and my boiled rice a little bland (OK, more bland than usual). The wine list is interesting but filled with much too expensive wines. Service was generally very good and they were very kind to offer us (at some prompting) a generous Baileys each. All in all a disappointing evening relative to past nights there especially given the price (pre discount) although it was good to see that Neil was able to walk out unassisted!

Robin - Despite a couple of hiccups I still like this cavernous restaurant. The service was pretty good - the only delay was for my second main course (explained shortly). I had the Kebab Anwari to start; spiced minced lamb in a pastry wrap - nice enough but rather bland. For my main course I ordered King Prawn Pathia, which arrived containing prawns with their shells still on despite being smothered in sauce. I explained to the waiter that I either wanted a finger bowl or for them to peel my prawns for me, but I don't think he really understood because he took my plate away, and then ten minutes later delivered another obviously freshly cooked this time with peeled prawns. It was a fabulous dish for which I would have awarded a maximum, but felt compelled to take two points off for their mistake. Who the heck wants to put their fingers into a very hot (temperature) sauce to peel some prawns? The prawns, by the way, were plentiful and meaty, and the pathia sauce was wonderful - lovely! The veg dishes were good and the special rice was excellent. Like last time the keema nans came with all the mince loaded into one half of each nan - but unlike last time I got lucky and managed to claim a half nan that was chock full. I think Rats got the empty half of that one! TopTable discount was only 30% this time so the price went up, but this place is still worthy of a top 6 ranking in my view.

Jeff - I like this place. Tucked behind Cannon Street station, it's very handy for London Bridge; it has a good ambience of interconnecting rooms (if a little dark) and a larger than average sprinkling of female punters. The menu has some different options as well as old favourites, and portions are large and appetising. My main gripe is the poor choice of beer (one only), and the price which would be crazy without the 30% discount we got off Top Table. And I thought the service a little odd, although I can't quite put my finger on why. All told, a very good meal, at a just about acceptable price.

Graeme - Overall, a very good meal in an interesting restaurant with the price made acceptable by 30% TopTable discount on the food. With its brick arches, tight spaces and dim lighting, the India is a bit different to your average curry house. I had the Tandoori Platter to start - excellent but it would have been v. expensive at the menu price of £7.50. For my main course, the Xacutie Chicken was also top notch. Some of the sundries let the side down a bit: the Sag Aloo was more like a portion of boiled new potatoes (hardly any Sag or spices), the rice was a bit tasteless and the beer was Thai (Chang) which was OK but not as nice as Cobra. Once again, Jeff acted as my Menu Buddy as I had left my glasses in my jacket which was checked in at the door. A free round of large Baileys on Ice was much appreciated (and thank you to Dom for negotiating).

Neil - Although not terrible, I'm not sure if this belongs in our top six any longer as very expensive, if you don't have the Top Table discount, and the dishes only just above average. Negatives this time were: 1) starter was cold and a couple of the (mixed platter) items over cooked; 2) no keema in the keema nan; 3) special rice not that special; 4) slipped down the narrow staircase on the way in, ouch!  We did get a free drink at the end though, thanks to Dom for pestering. A large venue that seemed quite full so I guess still very popular.

Tim - This is an unusual venue - an oddly-shaped room with a series of vaulted ceilings. I think it has a slightly cramped feel (ceilings are quite low), but it is smart and lively. The Chang beer on offer at 4-for-3 made a pleasant change from the usual Cobra/Kingfisher. The mixed tandoori platter was again very good, with a selection of 5 succulent meat and fish items. The chicken adrakwall main, peshwari nan and rice were all fine, and I enjoyed the paneer jalfrezi. The overall cost of £32 was not too bad, but would have been quite expensive without the TopTable discount and offer on the beer, though there was quite a bit of food left over, so perhaps we over-ordered a little. Thanks to Dom for a round of Baileys (was there something else in it?), which finished the meal off nicely.


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