|Name:||Bangalore Express City|
|Address:||1 Corbet Ct 3-6 Gracechurch St|
|London EC3V 0AT|
|Phone:||020 7220 9195|
Visits to this restaurant ...
|1. 20 Dec 2012|||||2. 28 Nov 2013|||||3. 29 Jan 2015|
|Visit Number:||153 (visit 1 of 3 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||20 Dec 2012|
|Cost per head:||£34.00 (2 beers)|
|Alex||8||9||7||9||8||9||8||8||8.4||See Alex's comments|
|Robin||7||7||9||8||9||6||10||5||8||7.9||See Robin's comments|
|John||8||7||5||5||4||3||2||4||5||4.5||See John's comments|
|Jon||8||9||8||7||6||8||7||9||8||7.7||See Jon's comments|
|Mark||8||6||7||7||3||7||7||5||6.4||See Mark's comments|
|Richard||9||9||10||10||9||8||8||9||8.9||See Richard's comments|
|Jeff||8||8||5||7||8||7||8||7||7.3||See Jeff's comments|
|Graeme||7||6||7||8||8||7||9||7||7.6||See Graeme's comments|
|Tim||6||8||8||8||7||6||7||8||6||7.1||See Tim's comments|
|Dominic||7||6||5||5||4||3||4||4||4.6||See Dominic's comments|
|Neil||9||3||4||2||4||6||8||6||3||5.1||See Neil's comments|
|Brian||8||8||8||10||7||7||10||8||8||8.5||See Brian's comments|
Alex - Nice place, square table shape better for communication, being in an alcove cut background noise. Only downside was low light level – I struggled to read the menu, shall take a torch next time. Food was very good – menu choices generated some confusion but it was an interesting range.
Robin - A curious mix, this place. Ambience was impacted because we were in a room on our own, but increased by the excellent table arrangement and modern décor. The service was very good after the longish wait before taking our orders. Nice to have draught Kingfisher - supplied in 3 pint jugs which made it £4.17 per pint - just as well considering the amount we (over) ordered. My shrimp in dosa pancake starter was very nice indeed, but could have done with a couple more shrimp (next time I'll try what Brian had - golden tiger prawns with chilli jam - looked fantastic). My main course of lamb rogan josh/green chilli and peanut curry/mushroom rice was in the most part absolutely wonderful (and there was plenty of it), but let down a bit by the rice, which was pleasant but unexceptional. I had one of the best keema nans I've ever had (and the poppadoms also deserve a mention - top notch), but I didn't think all that much of the mushroom and pea curry; mushroom bhaji would have been far better. I'd be very happy if this place made the top 6 because I'll be going back anyway at some point to enjoy that fantastic lamb again and to try out the tiger prawns.
John - A trendy, bistro-like place with an interesting menu. I had chicken meatballs to start which were fine. My main dish was the lamb shank which was a bit of a let down – too tough. Didn't see much of the veg apart for some sort of pea dish. Service was good – I felt sorry for the girl looking after us but she did a great job. Price was reasonably expensive but those people who order too much beer… shocking!
Jon - The Bangalore Express is not your typical Indian restaurant, and could be classed in the "fusion" category I guess with dishes from other parts of Asia and even Africa, but there was plenty of Indian food to choose from. I went for a Shammi Kebab starter which was wrapped in some sort of flatbread called a "frankie roll" – unusual but quite tasty. My lamb shank main course was good, although not up to Mehek standards, and came in a very tasty and spicy sauce. Spinach rice made a change and was indeed tasty and I also enjoyed both the mushroom and pea curry and the chickpea and potato curry. Kingfisher was not only on draught but served in jugs as well which made it much more cost effective. It was excellent to see so many out before Christmas, and I thought the square table arrangement worked really well. All in all a top night.
Mark - Bangalore Express was certainly somewhere different! A separate room with a square table and art deco walls was only spoilt by the Gloria picture and dim lighting such that some of our elder members had to almost set light to the menu to read it. Service a bit slow but our female waiter was very polite despite the rabble. Food was a fusion of various sources and certainly varied. My mini dosa prawn starter was OK but would have benefited from more prawns. Main of Rajasthan Lamb was certainly plentiful and mild as described. A similar dish with a bit more kick would have been wonderful. Mushroom Rice in a mug avoided the sometimes greasy offerings of others but the nan was not to my taste. Good to have beer jugs even if it led to a few crude jokes and we over ordered at the end. Can't remember who fancied Hans Solo or Princess Leia? Oh and we loved the Xmas songs in the background - not!
Richard - I really liked the Bangalore Express. For starters it was nice to be near, and even better to be a short step from the Crosse Keys (for those who did not get lost going next door). The menu was a very pleasant surprise, with unusual but authentic dishes, especially the Keralan ones. I had delicious Tilapia fish chili fritters to start, followed by a huge Chicken Tikka Dhosa which was good but perhaps better as a starter. Selling beer in jugs was a nice touch (Neil was enjoying jugs all day). Service was attentive and ambience classy, and although food took a while to arrive, the wait was worth it. Conversation was a lively mix of geo-politics and Star Wars (is Dom a wookie or an ewok?) and managed to remain fairly clean.
Jeff - I was pretty sceptical about this place before we went - I think I had passed it before and dismissed it as not a "real" Indian restaurant, so I was very pleasantly surprised indeed by the evening. We had an excellent set-up of a large square table that could sit all 12 of us within conversational distance: a very friendly and reasonably efficient waitress; an unusual but still distinctly 'Indian' menu; good food, including nice conical spicy poppadoms; and we didn't wait TOO long for service considering it was so close to Christmas. Main grumble would be the lack of a good beer choice. Overall, I'd be very happy to come back here. A shame Griff was missing, otherwise we would have had a full house of all CC members, for our first pre-Christmas December outing. A triumph I would say, and one we should repeat every year.
Graeme - Although the price was on the high side (probably reflecting the location), I thought the VFM was pretty good as the overall food quality was excellent. My shared Mixed Grill Platter starter was very tasty although it looked a bit boring on the plate. My main of Hot & Sour Prawn & Raw Mango Curry was really good - for once, I went for a dish from the high end of the price range (as a Christmas treat!). We were seated on our own in a room which had very striking modern decoration - I'm not sure if I liked it or not but the tables arranged in a square worked well for us. We seemed to have a waitress dedicated to our group so the service was quite good but she was a bit lacking in confidence when taking our orders and explaining what the dishes were. They had Kingfisher on draught. I can't remember eating any vegetables but I do remember that there wasn't any Sag Aloo on the menu - call this a curry house? John & I came up with a new TV program involving celebrities and a photocopier, hosted (of course) by SP. I'll be on the phone to Simon Cowell in the morning.
Tim - We were led into our own spacious, private "alcove", with tables set up in a square arrangement, making it just about possible to hold a conversation with anyone at the meal. Unfortunately this made the conversation quite loud, and encouraged random passers-by to join in (on the topic of Star Wars characters). Décor was modern and up-market. There was an interesting menu, including dishes from around the world (though South African bunny chow might not have been allowed under Curry Club rules). Kingfisher was available by the jug, at a small discount to the bottle/pint price. When I asked for water, that was provided conveniently in a jug also. Plain popadoms arrived in pieces, in a basket, and the spicy ones arrived wrapped into cones. The accompaniments were unusual too, and included a beetroot one. There was some confusion over whether the mixed grill starter was for 2 or 3 people, having eventually established that it was for 3, I was able to enjoy tilapia fritters, chicken tikka and lamb chop - not bad though the chop was pretty small. Main course of lamb sag was good until the last piece of meat which unfortunately had a large amount of gristle. The accompanying Kerala red rice was thicker and stickier than the more usual basmati; it was interesting to try it, but I'd revert to basmati next time. Peshwari nan was fine, as were the vegetables dishes, including malai kofta (though it was quite small for £5). Service was mostly quite good, except for the food taking rather a long time to arrive. For those still left at the end, a free round of liqueurs was welcome, though the music choice of "Rod Stewart sings Christmas songs" was less so; perhaps a hint that we were overstaying our welcome?
Dominic - A few hours in a packed Crosse Keys before trying another new eatery and one that I had been told would be quite good. Well we all have individual tastes ... The square table should have worked but it still seemed like the evening was split between various conversations. At least Griff adorned the wall (in print-out form!) so I guess we had a full compliment. I shared the mixed starter which was average at best as all the pieces seemed a tad bland. And my main of Chicken Jalfrezi was intriguing coming as it did with a sauce that can best be described as "salsa" ... never saw a bright red Jalfrezi before nor a dry chicken breast that was better served on nachos!! The sides were all average at best and both wines were lacklustre. All in all a disappointing venue for me which given the price we paid sure makes the Mehek a standout! But a thoroughly enjoyable evening nonetheless with much Merry Christmas toasts and usual banter during the meal!
Neil - Inspired meeting place (Crosse Keys) for the Christmas curry, so big it can take the Christmas crowds and next door to the restaurant. Good choice Robin. I've been to the Waterloo version before so knew what to expect, and yes, you get exactly the same menu but this time with much posher surroundings. A very nice waitress dealt with us very well, almost an hour to order the food whilst we argued over the beer and popadoms! Unfortunately, however, we were placed on square table away from everyone else and conversation was restricted to the people immediately next to you so not great for ambience. The starter was cold and very dry ('Franky Roll') but the main course (Lamb Rogan) excellent. Game of two halves. Special mention to the lady who decided to educate us during the meal on why Han Solo isn't as sexy as Luke Skywalker. Weird!
Brian - I was assured that I would not be needing to enter any currymarks for this trip, but unfortunately the Mayans were wrong and so my marks are a bit late (apologies!). Anyway, I really liked this place. The East African Goat Curry was delicious - beautifully tender and tasty meat, some on the bone, served with some veggies and rice, both of which were good. The starter of king prawns in a chilli jam was also excellent, although I did suffer my standard episode of chilli hiccups due to the kick. An enjoyable evening, made even more so by a brief appearance from [no longer] Smokey Edwards, who, with apparently no pre-arrangement at all, "bumped into" John in the gents.