Name: Strand Tandoori
Area: Strand
Address: 45 Bedford Street
London WC2 9HA
Phone: 020 7240 1333

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 28 Apr 2016

Neil (left) looks good in practice but needs to concentrate when it matters if he is to become a true "Finger Master".

Visit Report

Visit Number: 192 (visit 1 of 1 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 28 Apr 2016
Cost per head: £25.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 3.8 3.5 5.4 6.8 6.7 6.3 6.3 5.3 5.9 5.60
Mark 3 3 5 8 4 3 2 3 4.0 See Mark's comments
Robin 5 3 7 7 8 8 5 7 7 6.2 See Robin's comments
Jeff 2 3 5 8 4 7 1 5 4.8 See Jeff's comments
Alex 5 7 7 8 7 8 8 7 7.3 See Alex's comments
Richard 2 3 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 5.3 See Richard's comments
Neil 2 1 3 8 7 10 7 6 6 5.8 See Neil's comments
Dominic 5 5 4 4 7 6 8 7 6 5.9 See Dominic's comments
Brian 6 3 6 5 5 6 6 5 6 5.4 See Brian's comments

All Comments

Mark - I was last here about 5 years ago and thought it one of the worst curry houses I've been to - it has not improved. Pathetic service, worn out décor, indistinguishable dishes and slop for main meal. Perhaps downstairs is better but this is the sort of place that gives West End tourist traps a bad name. Only thing I liked was my Chicken Momo starter although I could not tell you what sauce the Chicken was in, I'm guessing tomato mayo with a bit of chilli. Avoid this place in future. NB - Diggers needs to study the script if he wants to be a stand-in Finger Master.

Robin - Ambience wasn't great since we were seated upstairs with only one other table being occupied for half the time we were there. The service wasn't that great either; it was quite some time before our order was taken. I had a very good shami kebab to start, sadly followed by a very indifferent lamb rogan - the lamb was nice enough but there was hardly any of it and the sauce completely overpowered it. On the bright side the special rice and keema nan were excellent, and having draught Kingfisher made a nice change. Although the price was good it didn't make up for the disappointing main dish.

Jeff - Probably one of the most unpleasant curry evenings of all time, and I'm not just referring to the food; although the main and starter were actually ok, the tomato-soup covered mushroom bhaji was without doubt the worst side dish ever served. The service, too, was diabolical.

Alex - Service was a bit Fawlty Towers as was the venue but food was pretty good and pricing not excessive (some entertainment value in the chaos).

Richard - The signs were not good on arrival at the Strand Tandoori. Despite the prime location, the place was shabby and we were directed upstairs to an even shabbier room with wallpaper peeling off and Kingfisher was not the only draught. The waiters were the rudest and most incompetent this side of the cheap venues of Brick Lane. The waiter had lost our reservation, tried to insist that we group our order rather than order individually, piled 20 pops onto one plate rather than bothering with 2, whisked away plates prematurely, opened the wrong wine and then continued to open bottles without checking they were correct. It was so bad I started enjoying it and egged them on. When the waiter piled all the bottles of beer on one end of the table, I suggested that the people down the other end wanted some beer, but he merely shoved 2 bottles a few inches towards them, then scuttled off! Hilarious! I was strongly reminded of the glory days of Won Kei waiters. And when the food arrived ... actually it was pretty good. Fresh pops, tasty mixed starter, good chicken bhuna, and at £25 you can't go wrong. The waiter become friendly towards the end and certainly added some comedy value (getting in some door banging practice!). They left me with a dilemma on how to mark them. Would I return? Maybe. Dom decided not to push his luck with asking for liquers from that shower, but perhaps he should also refrain from indulging the less experienced winos who seemed to be suffering the effects of mixing grain and grape.

Neil - Considering how much the restaurant must be worth sitting between the Strand and Covent Garden, I'm amazed how low class this experience was. We were first moved up to the top floor which had its own mini bar. Unfortunately, this consisted of one pump that didn't work, and a heater sitting on the counter because the window couldn't be closed. Also, I had to get up every ten minutes to close the door so we didn't get the draught from the stairs which lowered the temperature to about zero. It got worse, service consisted of a waiter who just couldn't be bothered, with the novel experience of us passing beer down the table for him as too much effort required to take a couple of steps to the end! However, good food saved the day and the price wasn't too bad. Special mention for special rice, best I've had and I'd plan the meal around it if I ever return (unlikely!).

Dominic - It was a bit of a struggle to find somewhere new as CC this month especially given my first two choices weren't available. But after a fair bit of research it was back to the West End. Although I had booked, they appeared to not have our reservation ... made more surprising by a later notification from OpenTable about our "no show"! But we were hastily moved upstairs where we were the sole occupants for most of the night. The service was at best mediocre to the point of being amusing although they did honour a 15% discount negotiated over the phone. My starter of the Jhinga Garlic was exactly that ... a single prawn and not overly impressive. My main of Lamb Jalfrezi, however, was surprisingly good and plentiful. The stuffed Paratha was also very good as were the vegetables. The wine on the other hand was disappointing with most choices not being available and the waiter opening the wrong bottle before we could confirm it to be our choice. A good night nonetheless but I'm afraid not for the food or experience ... and come back Graeme as we need your decisive "fingering"!!!

Brian - Food average, ambience poor. I'm not a big fan of west end curries.

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