Name: Bengal Blues
Status: Closed
Previous name: Bangla Blues
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 94 Brick Lane
London E1 6RL

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 30 Aug 2001

Visit Report

Visit Number: 18 (visit 1 of 1 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 30 Aug 2001
Cost per head: £20.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 5.6 5.0 6.5 6.4 5.1 7.0 7.1 6.4 6.3 6.31
Dave 7 4 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 5.8 See Dave's comments
John 5 4 6 4 6 6 8 7 5 5.8 See John's comments
Graeme 6 4 6 6 5 6 6 6 7 5.8 See Graeme's comments
Mark 4 6 7 7 6 9 7 7 6.7 See Mark's comments
Brian 5 7 8 6 7 9 6 8 7.2 See Brian's comments
Neil 5 5 6 6 6 8 6 7 6 6.1 See Neil's comments
Alex 6 6 7 7 0 7 7 7 4 5.9 See Alex's comments
Jon 7 4 7 9 8 6 7 7.3 See Jon's comments

All Comments

Dave - Not that impressed - although I am biased against curry houses where they pour the beer for you.

John - Not bad but a bit of a 'gaylord' - a curry house with a table of women - whatever next. The prawn puree was more puree than prawn but the Chicken Jalfrazi was excellent. Beer was cold.

Graeme - My initial reticence about the advertised "trendy atmosphere" proved to be justified. All this meant was that the walls were painted in various shades of purple, lilac, etc and the chairs were orange, green or yellow (it was like being in Habitat in the early 70's). However, the food was good and there were some unusual dishes, especially fish ones. I had a fish tikka for my main course which made a nice change. The price we paid (with 25% discount) gave good vfm. We all agreed that ITV's new Premiership coverage is rubbish and Des is a shadow of his former self. (And just so we don’t forget: Neil owes me £1.)

Mark - The music was more 'House' than 'Blues' and, with the décor, made it all seem a bit plasticy. However, the food was good and well presented. My Mushroom Rice was lighter than some of the mushy stuff often seen. Why do they pour Griff's beer into other people's glasses? Perhaps they realised that he would would fail to finish it.

Brian - There was a lot that was different about this place. It looked more like a gaylord's wine bar than a curry house, but I actually liked that. I had fish, which I rarely do, and it was superb. The Bangla beer was very drinkable. No mark for the rice, because I did not have any - I think because there was no room on my plate as it was filled by a sodding great fish.

Neil - Curry house as designed by 'Changing Rooms'. Food probably also produced by Lawrence Llewellen-Bowen. Toilet acceptable but singular.

Alex - [None]

Jon - Excellent menu with some unusual dishes; Chicken Tikka Puri was a welcome change to the default prawn variety & mixed grill was also good. Call me a traditionalist but modern music and pastel shades do not enhance the curry experience. Disappointed that Neil stayed awake after my expectations had been raised.

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