|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:||164 (visit 2 of 3 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||28 Nov 2013|
|Cost per head:||£32.50 (2 beers)|
|Jeff||8||8||8||6||7||7||8||6||7||7.2||See Jeff's comments|
|Jon||8||8||8||6||9||8||9||7||8||7.9||See Jon's comments|
|Richard||9||10||10||9||10||9||9||10||10||9.5||See Richard's comments|
|Alex||8||7||7||9||7||7||8||6||7||7.4||See Alex's comments|
|Mark||8||7||7||8||8||7||4||8||7.2||See Mark's comments|
|Graeme||8||7||8||8||7||6||7||7||7||7.2||See Graeme's comments|
|Neil||8||8||7||6||7||7||8||7||7.2||See Neil's comments|
|Tim||5||6||7||6||4||6||6||9||6||6.1||See Tim's comments|
|Brian||8||9||8||8||8||8||9||8||8||8.3||See Brian's comments|
Jeff - An excellent evening. The restaurant is well placed right in the heart of the City; and it was busy with a mix of city types and even a party of what may have been tourists with two young children. Quite quick service, providing more evidence that City and Brick Lane restaurants are well geared up towards serving large parties. Poppadoms a little disappointing, and my starter was not as I expected, but mains and rice good. And a plus for service as they brought the right dishes straight to the right seats. And at £30, a reasonable price. All in all, a good package and as I said last time I would be very happy to come back; although if there was a next time I would recommend a different meeting place than the Crosse Keys, where service was so slow and crowded that we could only get 2 pints in over 90 minutes.
Jon - I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at the Bangalore. The menu was very different but maintained the old favourites with an interesting "set menu" idea in which you could choose a "meat", sauce, rice and veg all for £11.50. I went for a Lamb Rogan Josh with spinach rice and a mushroom & pea veg option. The veg option was a little small, but everything tasted superb. I had a "scotch egg" type starter which was very nice, if a little small being only half an egg, in contrast to some of the other starters which came in very generous portions. The keema nan was also excellent, and the draft Kingfisher also good. Coupled with attentive and relatively speedy service, in stark contrast to recent outings elsewhere, and a reasonable overall cost, the Bangalore will surely keep its top six position.
Richard - This was an excellent place and a superb meal. My Grand Thali (including a starter) was really good - I had starter of fish Tilapia and main of chicken curry with the usual range of included Thali dishes. Great peshwari nan, roti, channa masala, choice of beer including Stella on draught (at a reasonable £4.50), varied menu, upmarket and distinctive atmosphere, good service - it is hard to think of any downsides. Even better the pricing was great - my Grand Thali was £16. This will be my highest ever score, deservedly so! The only downer to the evening apart from missing a couple of Currymarkers was starting in the rammed Crosse Keys - an awful place on a Thursday evening.
Alex - Unusual combinations! Starter of spicy squid was rather lovely. Grand Thali was also pretty good except for the curry component which was too bland for me.
Mark - Bangalore City is an unusual venue with a fusion menu including a matrix curry selection. I avoided that by going for a Chicken Biryani which was good and fairly large although may have been due a vegetable curry. I thought I had one but it was actually a spinach & cheese dish that had not been ordered. Pops to start were not the usual selection so I could not create my pizza while the lamb brochettes were a generous portion, nice and tender but could have had more kick in the sauce which was more like tangy tomato than chilli. We did not have the private room this time so it was more noisy than before and I suspect we added to the volume. Overall a good evening and I think we could be heading back again.
Graeme - This is an unusual place, offering (Indo) Italian, Fish & Chips, Caribbean (& more) dishes in addition to traditional curries. This is, I suspect, a ploy to attract a wider clientele - it actually works pretty well. Of course, I stuck to the Indian dishes. Chicken Tikka to start - a bit girlie, I know, but it was very tasty and there was plenty of it. I chose Chicken Vindaloo from the cheap-ish "Big plates of curry & rice" selection - it was a very good basic curry (and quite hot). I was impressed with the service and the beer, a very nice draught Kingfisher. The price was pretty good too, especially considering the location. Mind you, our "King Prawn" friend was absent so maybe this tipped the scales a little!
Neil - Only two beers at the Crosse Keys due to the very slow service, luckily this wasn't reflected in the curry house unlike some previous visits this year. The Bangalore has a very good go at Indian Fusion. For starter, I had the Spicy Lamb Scotch Egg and for the main, Rogan Gosh Carbonara. The first worked very well but we were only treated a single small egg. The second less so and need both original dishes to be moderated slightly to accommodate the other. Oh well, it was a good idea so I've added a mark more than it really deserves. Who says I'm a harsh marker! Next time, I'm going to try the Indian Fish and Chips. Yes, it really was on the menu.
Tim - There were no jugs of beer this time, but there was bottled and draught Kingfisher and bottled Cobra. Poppodams arrived fairly quickly, though they seemed a bit small, particularly the spicy ones, which were strangely wrapped into a cone. They were a little slow in bringing out the plates, so Richard decided to improvise by using his menu instead. Two of the three accompaniments were unusual - they had mango, beetroot and tamarind(?). The "Scotch" egg starter was really small - it was only half of one; and did they make it with a quails egg or something? Other starters looked better e.g. the chicken tikka. The duck main was pleasant enough with some decent meat, but had a fairly mild flavour, and I found the vegetables more interesting (sag paneer and cheesy peas). The requested pilau rice appeared to be something else (Keralan red?). The keema nan was a bit lacking in keema. The service was not bad, though could have been quicker (45 minutes for starters), and I could have done with a warm/hot plate for my main course, rather than a cold one. There was no free round of liqueurs this time, though the cost was less (probably partly due to the small quantity of vegetables we ordered).
Brian - The menu was very interesting, and I went for a Caribbean goat curry for my main, which although perhaps against the grain of the traditional Indian sub-continent offerings that we usually go for, was superb. We didn't wait for hours either, and this place was very busy. I'd be happy to revisit.