Name: Mumbai Square
Area: Aldgate
Address: 7 Middlesex Street
London E1 7AA
Phone: 020 7247 6461

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 30 Aug 2012|2. 27 Aug 2015|3. 31 Mar 2016|4. 26 Jan 2017

Graeme's attempt to hide his 'thin patch' only succeeds in framing it.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 149 (visit 1 of 4 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 30 Aug 2012
Cost per head: £22.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.5 4.5 6.4 7.0 6.8 6.7 6.9 6.4 7.8 6.61
Alex 6 6 7 9 7 8 8 8 7.5 See Alex's comments
Mark 7 4 7 9 7 7 6 7 6.9 See Mark's comments
John 6 2 8 6 5 6 5 4 6 5.3 See John's comments
Dave 6 5 6 6 7 6 5 6 6 5.8 See Dave's comments
Richard 8 6 5 6 7 6 6 6 7 6.3 See Richard's comments
Dominic 6 5 7 6 6 8 6 9 6.7 See Dominic's comments
Neil 6 5 6 7 7 9 7 7 10 7.1 See Neil's comments
Graeme 7 4 6 6 8 7 8 7 8 6.9 See Graeme's comments
Brian 6 5 6 7 6 6 7 7 8 6.5 See Brian's comments
Tim 7 3 6 8 7 7 8 7 9 7.0 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Alex - Pretty good for the price. Food was tasty, maybe a bit hotter than average for similar dishes. Starter (duck tikka) was great. Service was friendly but a bit sluggish considering how quiet it was.

Mark - I felt our first visit to Mumbai Square was a reasonable success despite the lack of other diners. After a few drinks in the excellent Bell opposite we walked across to find our table set for 12 rather than 10. Griff, as a founding father, decided he should sit at the head of the table. My Garlic Mushroom starter was unique, looking like a giant Scotch Egg it was two big mushrooms coated in breadcrumbs and stuffed with garlic - lovely. Main was good but not outstanding and I would have really enjoyed the meal if I was a veggie due to the numerous wasted dishes that were ordered. Tim is obviously doing a good trade in left over Currymarks meals! Most interesting discussion about the Para in Paralympics - now we know!

John - Friendly but empty place - I think they were grateful for our business. Food was generally ok - large portions but quality nothing special. The Garlic Chilli Chicken was hot but not that tasty, price was very reasonable though.

Dave - Very average eating experience – ambience marked down due to lack of other punters  - would not be in a hurry to return here.

Richard - Mumbai Square is a slightly stiff, quiet and upmarket place, and we nearly had the place to ourselves, although the staff seemed relaxed and cheerful. Food was fine but not exceptional: decent lamb chops and a sizzling duck masala, which was not as exciting as it sounded, and the lager was a strange choice of either very cold or less cold depending on the brand. Price was cheap at £22 thanks to a big Top Table discount, and perhaps the absence of Robin – although we wish the old chap a speedy recovery to see him next month! There was much harking back to the "good old days" of the club, with some Founding Fathers revealing long forgotten secrets – among run-of-the-mill scandal, someone said Robin was not keen on curry in the old days (maybe too cheap back then?), and Diggers discovered the meaning of his previous 2nd-tier club status.

Dominic - A first time visit to this modern eatery on Middlesex Street saw us being the only table once the two other guests departed (had we scared them away with discussions of Suzi, Tess et al!). Notwithstanding a near empty restaurant, it did seem to take some time for our orders to be taken. My starter was the Lamb Chops Jaipuri which were a decent size and flavoursome but didn't appear as the best cut of meat I've seen. My main (recommended by our waiter) of King Prawn Korai Bhuna on the other hand was very good indeed – flavoursome and plentiful. The rest of the sides were OK without being anything special while the wine was decent enough although they didn't have my first choice (but offered a higher priced wine at a discount). A round of drinks was also a nice touch as was the overall cost. Another very enjoyable evening (despite the large TV being a distraction) with the appeal of this place definitely being the low price as a result of El Presidente's Top Tabling manoeuvres.

Neil - This curry house has a reputation as a lunch time venue, and apart from ourselves only one other table was taken, so a low score on ambience but maybe not surprising. That said, all very smart, the service was generally good although I've marked down due to the long time between courses and some confusion over drinks. Considering we had massively over ordered, great VFM even with the residual whip thrown in and our top table discount on food. A slight annoyance was a large TV screen showing continuous Bollywood 'boy meets girl' music videos. Good to see the queen was placed correctly at the top of our table, even if she was short on hot towels.

Graeme - With its plain white walls, open plan design and high ceilings, this place may well have appeared modern and trendy had it been full. Unfortunately, we were the only people in there for the majority of the evening which made it seem stark and cavernous. The food itself was generally very good with the only let down being that the chicken in my Chicken Tikka starter was a bit chewy in places. My Garlic Chilli Chicken main looked a bit off-putting with its long narrow strips of chicken and dark sauce but the taste was good - very garlicy! The price was very reasonable at only £22 p/h. Robin would have been disappointed to miss it! Oh, hang on ... My new tactic of drinking less in the pub worked well - I can remember everything that I ate and most of the conversation (which was very enjoyable).

Brian - Marked down a bit for service, due to the non-appearance of water at the first request, and ambience, as it was akin to eating with a group of friends in an otherwise empty aircraft hanger. Fairly decent food - duck starter was good, as was my lamb shank main. Nothing really stood out though, and given the location and the lack of clientele, I can't see this place sticking around for too long.

Tim - From the outside, this restaurant looks like an office building, and it's situated in a bit of a no-man's-land between Brick Lane and the City, which may explain why we were the only customers in the restaurant. Despite the whole restaurant being available, the seating still felt awkward; the large tables pushed together meant that the opposite side of the table was too far away for conversation, and there were still pillars in the way of some of the chairs. The restaurant itself was clean and pleasant. The bottled Cobra and Kingfisher were fine, but the wine list was quite expensive, and not everything was available. The spicy poppadoms were a little spicier than usual. The menu featured some interesting starters and mains, with quite a few fish dishes. For starter I had duck malai tikka, and for main: salmon tenga tarkari. Both were new to me, and both were of a good size, and quality. The portions of the rest of the food were generous, as there was quite a lot left at the end. Overall, the meal was very enjoyable. The free round of liqueurs at the end, and the TopTable discount meant that value for money was excellent.

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