Name: Bengal Tiger
Area: Blackfriars
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. 25 Sep 2008|5. 24 Sep 2009
6. 19 Dec 2013|7. 18 Dec 2014|8. 29 Jun 2018

Meet the 'Engine Room' of the CurryMarks Choir.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 177 (visit 7 of 8 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 18 Dec 2014
Cost per head: £45.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.0 6.9 5.7 8.6 6.7 7.0 7.0 6.4 3.3 6.52
Jeff 5 6 3 10 5 5 5 1 5.3 See Jeff's comments
Mark 3 7 5 9 8 7 2 6.2 See Mark's comments
Robin 4 8 5 5 5 7 8 5 2 5.7 See Robin's comments
Dave 8 9 6 10 10 8 9 8 7 8.5 See Dave's comments
John 6 7 8 7 5 6 7 3 6.2 See John's comments
Graeme 8 6 6 10 7 6 9 7 3 7.2 See Graeme's comments
Jon 6 6 7 8 6 6 6 7 3 6.2 See Jon's comments
Neil 6 5 5 9 6 9 6 6 4 6.3 See Neil's comments
Richard 8 8 6 9 8 7 7 6 5 7.2 See Richard's comments

All Comments

Jeff - "Christmas Time, Mistletoe and Wine".  Only one of the Christmas songs in Griff's extensive repertoire.  Met in the Old Bell, which is old, but not shaped like a bell.  The Bengal Tiger was busy with Christmas tables of 10 or more office workers at their Christmas outings. To the credit of the restaurant, they served us quite quickly with only a few service errors. The waiters were busy, perhaps overstretched, but still rather grumpy. The mixed starter was excellent, but other elements of the meal were average or below. My lamb was dry, the vegetables 'ok', the nan (of which I had but a small piece, so no mark given) not that great, and for there to be just the single choice of beer was absolutely inexcusable. The price, at £45, frankly ridiculous, especially since it seems to have become a sport to order the most expensive stuff on the menu.  Poor value for money.

Mark - SuperCurryWasFantasticButPricesWereAtrocious! Glad I had some free beer to warm up or else it would have been an even more expensive evening. My total bill for what I ate including service was £36.90 so Merry Christmas to one and all! Perhaps I should eat more or choose something more costly? Starter was excellent as usual, my main of Biryani was served first but the Veg Curry with it was an afterthought served last by the very busy waiters. Tasty but a bit light on meat - didn't try the £50 worth of veg or bread we ordered so no marks from me. Enjoyable evening with the round of Xmas songs to entertain everyone - next year Currymarks go Carol Singing ??

Robin - Apart from the ambience (the place was pretty busy) the only stand-out for me was my main course. I had a very average sheek kebab to start (not very spicy or flavourful), followed by an excellent king prawn pathia with plenty of lovely meaty prawns in a beautiful sauce. The special rice was quite good but the veg dishes were all rather greasy. My half of keema nan was pretty average as well. That only bottled Cobra was on offer was also a disappointment. The price was staggeringly high at £45 per head, and no way was the meal worth anywhere near that amount - especially with the Curry Chorus Ensemble attempting to raise the spirits of the entire clientele by mis-rendering (more like mutilating, actually) many Xmas favourites at high volume.

Dave - Excellent evening at the Bengal Tiger. Perfect Prawn Puri followed by a Christmas Cracker of a Chicken Curry, all accompanied by Hot and Crisp Nan Bread and good veg dishes.  Little to fault other than the limited choice of beer and the high price. Enjoyed the Christmas singalong at the end - although maybe the "Mistletoe and Wine" Choir Boy solo was a step too far for my vocal range!

John - Expensive.

Graeme - This was a very enjoyable return to the Bengal Tiger. As you would expect in this busy pre-Xmas week, the place was rammed, so we were seated in the (surprisingly large) downstairs overflow room. My Tandoori Platter was outstanding - tender, tasty and a good-sized portion of each 'component'. I forgot that I was socialising at lunchtime the next day and went for my favourite (but lingering) Garlic Chilli Chicken. It was excellent, but not quite the best I've had. Over the past few outings, we have had to endure Griff murdering various genres of music. I can now add Christmas carols to the list of songs that I will not be able to hear without cringing.

Jon - Repeatedly singing Christmas carols on a curry night is a first - not sure that it should ever go to being a second, but it certainly made the evening memorable.  After a promising start with the tasty mixed starter, the Bengal Tiger then went down hill.  There was nothing really wrong with the food, but at the prices they charge,  you expect a top notch experience.  I went for the lamb shank main course so as to compare directly with our number one restaurant, the Mehek, and it was found sorely wanting.  The flavour was just not there and the meat did not have the melt-in-the-mouth texture that you expect from a lamb shank.  The final bill came as a bit of a shock and the dining experience certainly didn't warrant it - maybe they charged us extra to make up for the rowdy carol singing ...

Neil - I'm led to believe this was the most expensive curry night ever, there again we did have non-stop carols and Christmas hits a la Griff, so what's not to like. In short, mixed starter and special rice fantastic, everything else ok, the singing not so sure. Great night, if pricey. Apologies for upping Graeme's dry cleaning bill through lack of pub etiquette.

Richard - The BT is definitely a cut above in everything including price. Jeff and I had a £26 all-in set menu in a brave effort to mitigate the bill but it didn't seem to help much. The mixed platter starter was delicious, although the main King Prawn Badshabagh (yes that is not a spelling mistake, I checked) was blander than it's name. Dave led some festive singing although did not sing Gloria in Excelsis unless I have blocked that from my memory. A merry Currymas to all!

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