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


Graeme celebrates his 100th appearance with his commemorative engraved glass (inset).

Visit Report

Visit Number: 107 (visit 3 of 5 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 26 Feb 2009
Cost per head: £25.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.6 6.8 5.6 7.4 7.0 6.5 6.6 6.6 7.1 6.72
Jeff 7 8 4 7 6 8 8 7 7.0 See Jeff's comments
Mark 8 7 6 7 7 7 6 7 6.9 See Mark's comments
Graeme 7 7 6 7 7 7 7 8 7 7.0 See Graeme's comments
Dominic 6 7 6 7 7 7 7 6 7 6.7 See Dominic's comments
Brian 6 7 6 8 7 6 7 6 6 6.7 See Brian's comments
Tim 6 5 5 9 7 6 6 6 8 6.5 See Tim's comments
Robin 7 6 6 8 5 7 5 7 8 6.5 See Robin's comments
Dave 6 7 6 6 9 6 6 6 7 6.5 See Dave's comments

All Comments

Jeff - Congratulations to the Legend on making his 100th currymarks appearance and a nice touch by Mark to get an engraved glass to commemorate. The Cannon is somewhere I've wanted to go to for a while. Tucked behind Cannon Street station, it's very handy for London Bridge; it's a downstairs restaurant with curved ceilings, nicely and I think recently decorated. Thanks to Mark's efficiency our table was reserved ready for us. Efficient service, once they had realised that we weren't going to just order everything in multiples of 8. The spicy poppadoms were a bit dry, however, and again there was just ONE type of bottled beer available (are Cobra trying to squeeze Kingfisher out of the market?). Lamb starter was very good (lamb wrapped in a puri bread), and the main course was very tasty and came in a large bowl. Vegetables were good, but I found the rice a bit dry. The menu prices were quite steep, and when the bill came we were thankful that Mark had got a 40% discount through top-table; without that the bill would have been closer to £40 a head! A place I would gladly go to again as long as we got a similar discount.

Mark - The Cannon Tandoori was selected as a venue as I had to go elsewhere in the City earlier and I snagged a 40% discount on food which is just as well. It is costly enough anyway without ordering enough side dishes for all of Currymarks even though 4 of them were unable to attend. The star of the evening had to be Graeme as he reached 100 outings and was presented with an engraved Cobra Pint glass. Tim enticed me into the mixed platter starter that was very tasty and I followed this with a Green Indian Chicken Curry that was a very unusual colour.

Graeme - The last time I visited the Cannon Tandoori (in 2004), I marked it very poorly. This time, however, it was much better. I like the 'under the arches' ambiance and I've given it pretty much straight 7s across the board, which really sums it up - good all round without being spectacular. Both my Kebab Anwari (lamb wrapped in bread) starter and Garlic Chilli Chicken main course were nicely prepared and presented but lacked 'bite'. All-in-all though, a good meal at a good price. This was my 100th CurryMarks 'appearance' and I was pleased to be presented with an engraved Cobra glass to mark the occassion. With reference to our discussion over the meal, I'm glad they didn't treat me to a "Prince Albert"!

Dominic - This was my first visit to this venue and the "subterranean cavern" feel was a welcome surprise. And the service was quite good as well (despite a no go for a round of drinks!). My combination Tandoori starter was tasty without being extraordinary while my Chicken Xacutie was also good. Portions were quite generous and the sides were largely fine. The wine list was also good although a tad pricey. Not sure about the conversation though .... a "Regal" item that sets off airport metal detectors seemed to dominate the discussion ... and who was speaking from experience! All in all a good night.

Brian - A good showing in my mind. Interesting starter which was a sort of lamb-wrap, followed by a tender and plentiful duck main.

Tim - This is a subterranean restaurant, underneath some arches. The room looks fairly spacious, but the table felt a little cramped - not much elbow room. Choice of beer was poor - only Cobra. Mixed meat starter was good. Main course of duck was OK, but I would have preferred it a little spicier. Vegetables, particularly the okra, weren't particularly exciting. Rice and nan were fine. VFM was quite good, mainly due to Mark getting 40% off the food by booking on toptable (nice move); the normal food prices are quite high. Service was OK, but please don't suggest everyone have mixed starter, when this is almost the most expensive starter on the menu, and don't pour people's bottles of Cobra into random glasses.

Robin - The service was fairly good, probably because the (huge) place was only about half full - and this despite the party of 8 next to us managing to get their order in first. My king prawn puree starter was very good, but I thought that my lamb madras main course was not up to the usual standard. The lamb was just barely cooked enough to escape being tough but it wasn't exactly tender. I suspect I'll choose a chicken dish next time. The vegetable dishes were all very good, as was the special rice. It's nice, and quite unusual to get a good bit of change out of £30 after a curry these days (well it would have been nice but I had to leave fairly early so Mr President is holding my folding), so I'm happy with the value for money - which of course would have been even higher had I chosen a better main course.

Dave - Not greatly impressed by the Cannon Tandoori - Food was OK but not outstanding (with the exception of the Nan bread). No Chicken curry option provided and objected to the waiter sniggering at my request to have one specially prepared. Spotted the plastic wet-ones being handed out to another table so made an early exit for the 9:58 train (to a muted chorus of the curry club anthem - "live" as opposed to the earlier text version).


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