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

A cross between Norman Wisdom and Frank Spencer? A very flattering look!

Visit Report

Visit Number: 201 (visit 4 of 4 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 26 Jan 2017
Cost per head: £30.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.6 4.9 6.7 6.3 6.0 7.0 7.6 7.0 7.1 6.66
Jon 6 5 7 3 4 7 5 7 6 5.4 See Jon's comments
Brian 7 7 8 9 7 7 8 7 8 7.7 See Brian's comments
Neil 7 3 6 7 7 8 7 6 5 6.3 See Neil's comments
Mark 6 5 6 3 7 8 7 6.1 See Mark's comments
Graeme 7 4 7 7 6 9 7 8 7.1 See Graeme's comments
Dominic 8 7 7 7 5 7 8 7 8 7.2 See Dominic's comments
Tim 5 3 6 8 7 7 8 8 8 6.9 See Tim's comments

All Comments

Jon - As usual, the Mumbai Square had plenty of empty tables, but on this occasion, I wasn't overly impressed with the food. The mixed kebab starter was just not good enough boned chicken tikka is not my thing; I should have checked my comments from last time as I was equally disappointed. I went for something unusual for my main and, as often is the case when I do that, I was disappointed. It was a Lamb Chana Dall and, while the meat was good, the sauce had something missing. The keema nan was short on meat although the Mumbai special rice wasn't too bad. It was a good evening overall, plenty of good chat, bar one outburst that quietened the table for a while.

Brian - Duck Malai Tikka starter was very good. Main of Fish Amritsari (pomfret) was also very good. Rice and sides all OK. Draft Cobra was good.

Neil - We must find a new pub, The Bell is incredibly noisy and full of pesky young people who have stolen Dom's hipster look developed over twenty years previously! That said, Guinness was very nice and the walk mercifully short given the very cold weather. The Mumbai Square was its normal quiet self and we were given the now traditional large table which made the evening feel like the end of a wedding reception. Food was also a bit light in volume although we did actually eat it all for once. In its favour however was that the chicken biryani came with a very hot sauce rather than the mild soup you normally get; also they put together a stuffed paratha for us which wasn't on the menu. Conversation highlight of the evening was the computational complexity of ordering sides, definitely N/2 not N, 2N, N squared or log N, Graeme will explain!

Mark - Mumbai Square is rarely full in the evenings that we have attended and tonight was no exception, although it is fairly spacious so would have made the old H&S packed, for example. However, as usual, the service always seems a bit slow with only one real waiter on hand. I tried the King Prawn Butterfly to start, not something I normally do, and unlikely to try again. Bland and tasteless was my basic opinion, certainly not worth the price even with discount - a cardboard BigMac would have more flavour. Main of Lamb Sag was far better as was the rice. Glad to see we did not over order on Veg. N.B. Oct15 - I noted that I did not want to be around a certain seating arrangement and political discussion. Happy to say I was the other end of the table this time having been shunted from the Chair.

Graeme - The place was nearly empty (as always) and there was just the one waiter on duty (as always). However, he looked after us pretty well although he did need a little 'encouragement' from time to time as he had a tendency to disappear. My Salmon Tikka starter was very nice and tender but unremarkable. Taking advantage of El Pres's 50%-off-the-food discount, we were able to select from Robin's section of the menu. I went for the King Prawn Garlic Chilli which was excellent - plentiful and very tasty. It's hard to get excited about Mumbai Square but it's certainly not a bad place. Overall, a very enjoyable evening.

Dominic - I'm a fan of this eatery and enjoy the large tables and up market feel. The service always seems efficient and the free round of liqueurs always welcome. I decided to try the King Prawn Puri as my starter which was nicely presented in the "single fold" style i.e. rather flat! - and not too bad at all. My main of the King Prawn Garlic Chilli (aka Robin's theme!) was very good and plentiful. All the rest was fine as was the red wine. I think this place offers extremely good VFM aided and abetted by El Prez's Open Table discount! All in all a very enjoyable intimate dinner for 7 peppered with the odd tension or two down our end! PS. 4 to go!!!

Tim - They've redecorated and remodelled a little since our last visit, but the place still feels rather large and impersonal and the lighting seems more suited to a bar/night club than a restaurant. The large square table we sat at was a little too large and made it difficult to hold a conversation across the table. There were a few more people in the restaurant than last time, although it still couldn't be described as busy, even so, they still ran out of menus. They'd also run out of Kingfisher, though for a change they did have London Pride and Magners on the menu (though I didn't check if they actually had any available). Dom's choice of Pinotage was rather nice. The spicy poppadoms were very small. The starter of modhu de hash (duck) was very tasty, as was the main of lamb de kodu. All the sundries were fine, including the keema nan, and the bindhi bhaji had a nice mildly crispy texture. As the evening progressed, service seemed to get slower, and we had quite a late finish, with the meal taking over two and a half hours. Overall, the food was actually pretty good, as was the VFM (helped by the Open Table discount and a free round of liqueurs).

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