|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:||178 (visit 3 of 3 for this restaurant)|
|Date of visit:||29 Jan 2015|
|Cost per head:||£35.00 (2 beers)|
|Brian||8||9||9||10||7||7||7||4||8||7.7||See Brian's comments|
|Dave||6||6||8||5||6||6||4||5||5.5||See Dave's comments|
|John||5||5||5||5||4||3||3||2||4||4.0||See John's comments|
|Jon||5||6||7||5||9||7||8||2||6||6.2||See Jon's comments|
|Richard||6||9||9||10||7||9||8||5||9||8.1||See Richard's comments|
|Neil||6||7||7||7||8||6||7.0||See Neil's comments|
|Graeme||4||5||7||8||5||6||7||6||5||6.1||See Graeme's comments|
|Mark||4||5||8||8||8||7||5||5.9||See Mark's comments|
|Robin||6||7||7||10||8||6||6||7||7||7.1||See Robin's comments|
Brian - Starter of Chilli Squid was superb. Main of fish in a Kerala sauce was good, but there was too much sauce for me, and towards the end I seemed to develop a bit of a dislike for it. Veggies were strange - I ordered a veg dish comprising peas, mushrooms and some cheese, which was OK, but I missed the traditional spinach / potatoes / chick peas etc. Draft Kingfisher was appreciated, especially as drinking it "the wrong way" cured my chilli hiccups - thanks Mark! Very modern and upmarket feel to the place, so probably a good place to dine out with partners / family etc, but I'm not sure it fits the curry club vibe.
Dave - Disappointed with my first visit to the Bangalore Express - draught Kingfisher was about the only highlight. On the downside, no prawn purée or chicken curry option available and both replacement dishes were not that nice. The evening took a further turn for the worse when I took a wrong turn on the way to the toilet and ended up locked in the fire escape staircase! Luckily a punter heard me bashing in the door and allowed me back in! Expect this to be outside of top 6 which will be good news as far as I am concerned.
John - Wouldn't rush back here.
Jon - I have a problem with this place in that you cannot order traditional Indian food other than via the meal selection menu where you have to order one main, rice, veg and nan rather than mix up the veg and rice orders as we would normally do. But being objective from a food point of view, the main course, a lamb dansak was pretty good and the keema nan was excellent. However, the scotch egg starter was disappointing, the limited selection of condiments for the popadoms (which only came in mixed bowls) was very poor and the sag aloo was more like a lumpy soup than a vegetable dish. With no special rice on the menu, I went for a mushroom rice, which was pleasant. Service was a bit haphazard. It was a good night as always, of course, although the choice of pub as the New Moon rather than the Crosse Keys, when the Keys' main opponent was not even present, was a mistake IMHO.
Richard - The Bangalore Express provides a superior experience in a top notch location at a reasonable price. I love the extended and unusual menu. The duck, cashew nut and mango roll for starter was sizeable and yet delicate and delicious. The "build your own" Rogan Josh was good although the chickpeas were a bit ordinary. The service was a bit slow, and we were served poppadums and had to wait 10 minutes for plates and pickles to go with them. Mind you the poppadums were some of the best I have ever had. This is my favourite city curry house.
Neil - We finally make it! After being bumped twice late last year, we eventually sit down to (obviously) the most desirable curry house in the City. The 'unusual' menu has calmed down a bit and there's less fusion available. I will miss curry spag-bol but I note curried fish and chips is still available. That said, I did go for some less usual fare than the normal Anglo-Indian. The spinach potato cakes were a great starter and the tikka chicken dosa a real winner. No opportunity to try the rice, sides and nans but they looked good! I suspect we may be back, even if they don't like us.
Graeme - This was our third visit to the Bangalore and I have rated it quite highly previously. However, I am a little fed-up with it now - the novelty has worn off. It may be that it is not a 'proper' curry house as it also serves dishes from other origins or the 'wacky' décor has started to grate. We got off to a bad start with very slow service - there appeared to be only one waitress looking after a large section. The food, though, was certainly not bad. My "Green Chilli & Garlic Chicken Tikka" starter was tasty and a large portion. I went for the "Build Your Own" main and chose the Chicken Jalfrezi. It was actually too spicy for me to totally enjoy (what a wimp!). In principle, the "Build Your Own" main is a good idea as you can specify your meat (or alternative), curry type, veg & rice (and it includes plain nan) for £12.50. However, the overall bill still ended up at £35 p/h which I think was a bit dear. My evening ended with hiccups, catching a late train and, for the walk home from the station, I got stuck with a friend-of-a-friend who would not be on my list of chosen company. In spite of all the above negativity, I still enjoyed the evening!
Mark - Table at 7.45pm, starters 8.45pm and main at 9.15pm. Sorry but that is far too late for my liking. Perhaps the chef got locked in the escape stairway like 'Bad Boy' Griff? Pub was packed which shows the benefit of Dry January but the restaurant was not as full as previous visits. Duck starter was good but needed some sauce so liven it up. My Railway Mutton main was OK but I'd be amazed if it was anything like what would actually be available in India. Bowl of Pops not really to our liking and Matrix menu does not add to authenticity either. Doubt it will make top six this time so at least we can avoid the booking issues for a couple of years at least.
Robin - A bit disappointing after our previous visit. The highlight was unquestionably my golden fried prawns with chilli jam starter. Absolutely wonderful, with a lovely "kick". My "Build your own" main course was supposed to be chicken in "Fire cracker fiery phaal" sauce. Not too bad but nowhere near as hot as it should have been. At least there was plenty of it, and the veg dishes were quite nice - although they still don't do a "special" rice. The draught Kingfisher beer was very welcome (and very cold) and the Keema nan was very good. VFM was good at £35 per head, but I think it might be struggling to retain its top six ranking.