Name: Southbank Tandoori
Status: Closed
Area: Southwark
Address: 39 The Cut
London SE1 8LF
Phone: 020 7261 1523

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 26 Apr 2018

An unusual but welcome 'touch of class' from our hosts.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 216 (visit 1 of 1 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 26 Apr 2018
Cost per head: £33.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.1 7.0 7.4 7.2 6.9 6.7 7.2 7.2 6.8 7.05
Jeff 8 7 8 4 8 7 6 6 6.6 See Jeff's comments
Graeme 8 7 7 9 7 8 7 8 7.7 See Graeme's comments
Dominic 9 8 9 10 8 6 8 7 9 8.3 See Dominic's comments
Neil 7 6 7 8 3 7 6 6 6.3 See Neil's comments
Richard 8 8 8 8 9 8 7 8 7 7.8 See Richard's comments
Jon 5 7 7 6 7 8 8 6 6.8 See Jon's comments
John 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 8 5 5.5 See John's comments
Alex 8 8 7 8 7 8 7 8 7.7 See Alex's comments
Tim 7 7 9 8 8 7 8 7 7 7.6 See Tim's comments
Brian 7 7 7 8 7 7 8 7 8 7.4 See Brian's comments
Mark 5 6 7 5 6 6 5 5.7 See Mark's comments

All Comments

Jeff - I'm sure everyone will mention that this was our first visit south of the river, where the weather was noticeably warmer than the chilly north of the city. The meeting pub was big and roomy, the restaurant likewise. I was generally impressed, particularly by the relative quality of the main course and especially the very large portion size. The onion bhaji starter was a bit dry but my king prawn main was spicy and fresh, and it came with its own rice. A full selection of the usual cold beers and I'd rate service and ambience both above average.

Graeme - This was the Club's first trip south of the Thames (well done, Dom!). With quite a few tube stations in the vicinity (including the new-ish Southwark station on the Jubilee Line), this area is a lot more accessible than previous grumblings may have indicated. The restaurant was not particularly impressive from the outside but was reasonably smart inside. The service was good right from the start with poppadoms and drinks coming quickly. They had a good choice of three beers (large bottles). The food was excellent - I had Malai Chicken Tikka to start and Chicken Morisa for main. At the end of the meal, they pre-empted Dom's request for free liqueurs by offering us a special menu of complimentary drinks - a very nice touch. Overall, a very good experience in the 'new territory'.

Dominic - After 200+ visits over 18 years I thought it was about time to shake things up a bit, so with a "presidential decree of legality" firmly obtained in advance, I suggested that we finally cross into the "forbidden zone" that is south (sarf) of the river! Having performed my research a couple of months back inclusive of sampling their luncheon fare it was off to the Southbank Tandoori. First stop though was the Windmill which is a feel-good boozer that caters for theatre goers and locals alike. Then a casual stroll to a modern and intimate eatery already buzzing with a full house which added to the already enjoyable ambience. Service was excellent all evening despite how busy it was and I must admit to being impressed when one is recognised after only one previous visit which was exactly how I was greeted on arrival. For starter I selected the wonderfully presented Special Mixed Platter consisting of an excellent malai chicken tikka, tender lamb chop, sheek kebab and vegetable samosa which was the best mixed platter I have ever tasted! For main I went with the Lal Mirch Gosht being a fairly hot lamb speciality that I asked for with added kick which was very tasty and plentiful. Of the rest, special mention must be made of i) the Sag Aloo, which was leafy and moorish; ii ) the Stuffed Paratha which, if recent form is anything to go by, my enjoyment meant my "partner-in-crime" wasn't a fan!; and iii) the wine which was excellent and reasonably priced. Not only was there a complimentary round of liqueurs on offer but they had the formality of a written card as part of the process ... a very nice touch. Banter flowed as usual with the normal rubbish sprouted by middle-aged men but I was disappointed to see El Prez and John, who had recently returned from Bali, not sporting grass skirts or a coconut hat! All in all, an excellent and extremely well-priced meal at a venue I was very pleased to nominate.

Neil - A first for the curry club, sarf arf the rivar! Took me half an hour to walk there but a really nice meeting pub, friendly, not too packed and quick to get a beer, what's not to like! Curry house itself was a just across the road and started well with a reasonable selection of beer. The mixed veggie starter was very filling which meant I had trouble getting through the veggie biryani but it was ok and would be great as a pop-in 'lunch' main-course-only curry as not too spicy. Stuffed paratha was undercooked and doughy, not my choice but I suspect Dom will score it highly. All in all, a very good restaurant, a few quid over the odds but I'd certainly go back.

Richard - Very tasty mixed starter, although lacking a piece of grilled lamb. Lamb Biryani was very good with slices of tender lamb rather than the usual chunks of lamb but would have liked more raita. Nan and sides were excellent, large bottles of cold Cobra, friendly service and reasonable cost. A great pub to meet in too.

Jon - So a first venture south of the river for the club, and it did not disappoint.  The pub was distinctly quieter than those we normally visit on the right side of the Thames, which was a nice change.  They seemed to have forgotten a few things on the order, but what they delivered was good if not outstanding.  I went for a Special Mixed Platter to start, which was OK, and a Chicken Morisa main course – it was a rare departure from lamb for me, and it was very tasty.  All in all, a very pleasant evening.

John - Average except for the veg – best Sag Aloo I've had in ages.

Alex - Sarf London, but near Waterloo, the Old Vic etc. so convenient and reasonably congenial location. Nice restaurant, liqueurs provided. Curiously, my starter was slightly ahead of my main again but both very pleasant.

Tim - This was our first visit "South of the River", and it proved to be a good choice by Dom. Everything for me was above average, although nothing really stood out. The decor was clean and pleasant. There was adequate space (elbow room and between tables - often a problem in Brick Lane). There were three beers to choose from, available in full-size bottles, at a sensible price. The wine list was good value and the wine was smoother and fruitier than might have been expected for the price. Starter of fish (salmon) tikka and main of Xacuti murg were both good, and the peshwari nan had a good flavour and texture. A free round of liqueurs to finish with was a nice touch. Overall this was a good meal and I'd be happy to go back.

Brian - We ventured south of the great dividing river, some of us with more trepidation than others, and I must say it was a most enjoyable evening.  The pub was fine, and the restaurant was good.  My only issue was that my fish dish came with its own portion of pillau rice, reinforcing my preference for only half a portion of rice, as I was unable to eat it all.

Mark - Arriving in time for a quick pint tired from my first week of work since September with a heavy cold, sore throat and jet lag, I was never really going to really enjoy the evening unless it was exceptional - and it wasn't for me. All seemed reasonable as the Southbank Tandoori was better inside than the outside. Service was fine although I missed the freebies as left early so no bonus marks from me. Food was fairly tasteless which may have been down to my cold or follow up to the Bali spices. For me there was not enough to entice me across the Thames.

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