Name: Mumbai Square
Area: Aldgate
Address: 7 Middlesex Street
London E1 7AA
Phone: 020 7247 6461

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 30 Aug 2012|2. 27 Aug 2015|3. 31 Mar 2016|4. 26 Jan 2017

Ever felt like your conscience is sitting on your shoulder, stopping you from enjoying yourself?

Visit Report

Visit Number: 184 (visit 2 of 4 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 27 Aug 2015
Cost per head: £25.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.2 5.0 7.1 7.2 6.3 6.6 7.6 6.9 7.7 6.96
Mark 7 6 8 7 8 7 8 7.2 See Mark's comments
Jon 6 4 8 6 4 7 7 6 7 6.2 See Jon's comments
Neil 9 3 7 8 5 8 7 6.9 See Neil's comments
Alex 7 7 7 9 8 8 8 9 7.9 See Alex's comments
Graeme 7 4 7 8 7 7 7 7 6.8 See Graeme's comments
Dominic 8 6 7 6 4 7 6 8 6.5 See Dominic's comments
Jeff 9 5 6 6 6 6 8 6 7 6.7 See Jeff's comments
Richard 7 7 7 8 8 7 8 8 8 7.6 See Richard's comments
Tim 5 3 7 7 7 7 8 7 8 6.7 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Mark - Entering an empty Mumbai Square and being seated in nearly the same place as before there was a touch of dejá vu but at least this time we were joined by a number of others. Last visit, 3 years ago, food was good but let down on ambience. This time we had an excellent evening where we could all talk to each other and the food was also good. Mushroom starters again that are a good alternative to traditional dishes. My main Chicken Methi was not as dry as the menu predicted with lots of sauce and meat but lacked a bit of kick. Mushroom rice was good and not greasy . Despite the numerous nans and veg ordered I abstained which allowed Tim two big pots at the end. Who knew Jon lived within a minute or two of Griff? Just glad Dave was not there to sing(?) all the lyrics. Very enjoyable.

Jon - As with the club's last visit, Mumbai Square was fairly empty. The food was OK although unspectacular - my nan bread was cold, I didn't like the bones in the mixed kebab starter, but the lamb tikka dansak was pretty good. The TasteCard discount made the VFM pretty good and the "guess the lyric" competition dominated the conversation and reinforced my status as the baby of the group!

Neil - After the 'postponement of the postponement' due to a potential tube strike, El Presidente dictated a surprising revisit which had a few of us doubting his judgement given we had not been that keen a few years before. No need to worry however, the food was excellent and we had a whopping 50% off the food price, great stuff! I enjoyed the Chicken Tikka starter which was a perfect size and the main, Chicken Biriyani, was good value and very tasty. Didn't get a chance to try the veg so can only comment to say it looked well presented. Cheese nan was a bit cheesy second time around, plain on first offering(!) This curry house is always going to register low on the ambiance score given we seemed to be the only people there at times (it's off the beaten track) but the service is great and full table discussions are possible. Good choice El Presidente.

Alex - A little slow to deliver the main's but otherwise service fine. It was fairly quiet that evening. Liked the food a lot, some original dishes and well done classics. Good value with TC discount.

Graeme - I guess this is primarily a lunchtime venue and it was pretty quiet again for us in the evening. It is a big, plainly-decorated place which doesn't really work when it is mainly empty. Having read the review of our first visit on the train on the way down, I decided to order a couple of dishes that other people had enjoyed previously ... the Garlic Mushroom starter (per Mark) and the King Prawn Bhuna main (per Dom). Both were good but not exceptional, which really describes the restaurant as a whole. The pre-arranged 50%-off-the-food discount obviously helped the VFM. Overall, I would say it was a decent meal but it is not a place that I would choose to take family or friends. It was a good night for the 'craic' but, unfortunately, I had hiccups for most of the meal which took the edge off things for me.

Dominic - A second visit to this eatery saw the place much more lively compared to our first outing where we were the only table for much of the night! However, its modern, largish decor doesn't work for me although I can imagine it being a popular lunch venue. Despite that, all the staff were friendly, attentive and thankfully "not in your face" as some people tend to do. My starter of the Garlic Fried King Prawns were only so-so and not too garlicky, however, my main of the King Prawn Jalfrezi (do you see a theme here .... my homage to Robin!!!) was much more tasty although not as flavoursome as some equivalent dishes I've had elsewhere. The rest was ok with the wine somewhat disappointing - taste-wise, that is. With El Presidente's discount it was good value. And a buoyant evening of "guess the next song lyrics" was enjoyed by all ... good to see Tim right in there compared to a football based conversation!!! ... I wonder who came up with that idea!!!

Jeff - The Mumbai is a big square room that struggled a bit for ambience on account of a low number of punters. The tables are very large which enabled all 9 of us to sit around in a quasi-circle. The service was quietly efficient, the food pretty good especially the main course, and a healthy Tastecard discount meant a very reasonable bill.

Richard - Good food in a quiet but very pleasant restaurant. My mixed starter and chicken bhuna main were good, as were the usual sides, pops, drinks. Nothing to dislike but nothing to set the culinary world alight either.

Tim - Outside, this restaurant looks like an office building, while inside it looks more like a nightclub than a restaurant, and indeed they do hold office parties here. There were a few more people here than last time, mostly looking like they'd come from one of the nearby offices, but the place still felt rather empty. There were four accompaniments for the poppadoms, but disappointingly there was no raita. Starter of mixed tandoori was tasty, but some of the pieces were a little dry and chewy. Main course of lamb akbori was pleasant, and there were no problems with the side dishes, of which there seemed to be a generous quantity. The food arrived fairly promptly, but the waiters didn't seem particularly attentive the rest of the time, which was suprising given that there was about one of them per occupied table. Overall VFM was pretty good, thanks to the Taste Card discount and the generous portions.

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