|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. 26 Sep 2008|||||5. 24 Sep 2009|
|6. 19 Dec 2013|||||7. 18 Dec 2014|
|Visit Number:||114 (visit 5 of 7 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||24 Sep 2009|
|Cost per head:||£38.00 (1.5 beers)|
|Robin||4||8||6||7||7||8||7||8||2||6.3||See Robin's comments|
|John||2||6||4||2||2||5||5||4||1||3.5||See John's comments|
|Dave||5||5||5||8||6||6||8||7||3||6.2||See Dave's comments|
|Alex||5||7||7||8||8||8||7||5||7.1||See Alex's comments|
|Graeme||6||7||6||8||7||7||9||7||3||7.0||See Graeme's comments|
|Tim||4||4||5||8||7||7||8||7||4||6.3||See Tim's comments|
|Jeff||6||6||6||4||7||6||9||1||5.6||See Jeff's comments|
Robin - We had to wait several minutes while the waiters brought a table up from the basement before our group could be seated despite having made a booking 6 hours earlier. The place was full and they’d obviously decided not to turn anybody away notwithstanding bookings taken; not good and I’ve marked service down for that. Not that the service was all that good anyway – quite a long wait before any poppadoms arrived, then longish gaps before the starters and main courses turned up. The food was pretty good; I had a king prawn puree to start (lovely flavours but not a lot of prawns), then a balti masala chicken (plentiful and tasty but rather greasy) with (special order) special rice (excellent) and the veg dishes I tried were all really good. But the price! Far and away the most expensive outing that I’ve been on so far, and by quite a large margin. Last time we went to this restaurant it wasn’t exactly cheap (£33 per head), but I thought it was worth it. This time at £38 per head I simply don’t believe that the price was remotely justifiable. We may well not be going back for some considerable time.
John - Be glad to get this one out of the top six.
Dave - Good food at rip-off prices. £38 is too much to pay for a curry. Also object to having booked a table, being cramped in a corner on some tables bought up from a downstairs room!
Alex - Disorganised wrt service, good food but not enough to justify the price.
Graeme - I like the Bengal Tiger (it's a modern and lively place) and, overall, I had a very good meal. I had King Prawn Puree to start (to keep up with the Jones's) and Chicken Dupiaza for main (a bit girlie but I didn't want to have curry breath the next day). Both were excellent, especially the Dupiaza. Unfortunately, the price was just too high. I would happily have paid £30 per head for my meal but £38 was ridiculous. We had to share menus and so have a 'Menu Buddy'. My Menu Buddy was Jeff. Jeff looked after me very well, explaining what the dishes were and making suggestions. I'm going to try to sit next to Jeff every time from now on!
Tim - We had booked, but arrived a few minutes late, and there was no table ready. The restaurant (which looks more like a wine bar than a restaurant) was quite busy, and it took a while for them to reorganise some tables, and squeeze us in next to the toilets. I had to ask twice for water (why don't they bring it with all the other drinks?). Beer was expensive (£2.95 for a small Kingfisher), though they did have more choice than usual, with Tiger (appropriately) also being available. Popadoms arrived fairly promptly, but it was an hour before we got our starters. The chicken chat starter was nice - the chicken being very succulent, and the sauce interestingly flavoured and slightly spicy. Main of lamb sag was also very good, with the meat being tender and the sauce tasty with a slight kick. Paneer jalfrezy (cheese in a sauce with chillies) was interesting, and the other veg dishes were fine, but at £4.25 they were rather over-priced; the portions were quite small. Overall, the meal was the most expensive ever for the club (apart from Veeraswamy), and while the food was good, I didn't feel the price was justified, particularly after the rather slow service. And why is it that places which charge more, feel the need to increase the service charge (to 12.5%) as well?
Jeff - A great start in the Cockpit, St Andrews Hill. 4 pints of very well kept Pedigree. The whole St Pauls area was very busy with crowds outside the Rising Sun, and the Bengal Tiger packed. We were a little later than booked and it was all a bit chaotic. Poppadoms arrived soon but they were slow to take our order. And despite ordering Kingfisher, they gave me Tiger - luckily I prefer it. Starter of King Prawn Puri came wrapped, I think to hide the fact the prawns were small and few in number. Duck Jalfrezi was ok but not particularly spicy. However the vegetables were excellent and the rice pretty good too although there were doubts about the size of the portions. Altogether an ok meal, but not one of my favourite places. And the price, ridiculous.