Name: Gulab Tandoori
Area: King's Cross
Address: 277 Pentonville Road
London N1 9NL
Phone: 020 7833 4308

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 29 Jun 2017|2. 29 Mar 2018|3. 28 Mar 2019

I can't help feeling that Tim has compromised his standards by sharing Dom's "Matoose".

Visit Report

Visit Number: 206 (visit 1 of 3 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 29 Jun 2017
Cost per head: £33.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.8 6.8 7.6 7.4 6.3 6.6 7.6 7.0 6.4 7.14
John 8 8 8 10 7 7 9 9 8 8.4 See John's comments
Jon 7 7 7 6 6 6 5 6 5 6.0 See Jon's comments
Alex 8 8 8 9 8 8 8 8 8.2 See Alex's comments
Graeme 9 6 7 6 6 8 7 6 6.9 See Graeme's comments
Dominic 8 7 9 7 6 6 8 6 8 7.3 See Dominic's comments
Neil 8 7 7 6 6 7 7 6 6.7 See Neil's comments
Jeff 9 6 8 8 5 7 8 6 5 7.0 See Jeff's comments
Tim 5 5 7 7 7 8 7 5 6.6 See Tim's comments

All Comments

John - Pleasantly surprised by how good this was. Excellent starter - sizzling chilli garlic king prawn followed by chicken shashlik in a spicy sauce. Nice veg too. Chicken nuggets also on the menu for Griff should he ever visit.

Jon - It was nice to be close to Kings Cross to be able to make a quick getaway but it was nothing special in terms of the food. Nothing really wrong with it, but nothing stood out.

Alex - Autocorrect insisted it was the Gulag Tandoori. Well it was better than that: there was food (in abundance), no visible snow, no AK47's and we didn't have our heads shaved. In fact it was a bit warm. One caveat, the hand drier in the loo was powered by an asthmatic hummingbird. While Le Corbyn might applaud job opportunities for disabled, refugee avians, I cannot quite agree.

Graeme - Dom managed to find another diminutive restaurant to visit this month and, like the previous one, it was pretty good. Although it was nothing special to look at, the service was excellent and, other than a poor menu choice for my starter, it was hard to fault. I went for the Special Mixed Starter which was a selection of sea-foods at quite a reasonable price. While it certainly wasn't bad, it was a bit disappointing - the king prawns especially were lacking flavour. By contrast the regular, meat based, Mixed Starter was, apparently, very good! For main, I chose the King Prawn Pathia (for some reason it just appealed to me); it was very tasty. As the meeting pub and restaurant were both on the door-step of Kings Cross station, it was a very convenient location for me. Against my better judgement, I was persuaded to pop into the Parcel Yard for a post-curry drink on the way home. I really don't want to get into the habit of doing this!

Dominic - In the absence of any other takers I "stepped into the breach" once again and suggested a small (and dare I say intimate!) venue at Kings X being the Gulab Tandoori. This was a place I tried once before with a "founding father" and thought it deserved a go. As intimated above, it is a cosy place but nice and modern with very good service - I even noticed Jeff getting an unasked-for King Prawn Puri replacement when he was half way through his mistakenly-served normal sized one! My own Special Mixed Starter was nice enough being mainly seafood although the free samosas were definitely appreciated. My main of the King Prawn Pathia was very good indeed with all the rest being good if not extraordinary. The wine, however, was excellent being my "old friend"!! A free and unsolicited round of drinks was also a nice touch. All in all another enjoyable evening at at very reasonable VFM establishment ... I wonder what everybody else thought?

Neil - I didn't have high hopes for the evening given we were meeting in a trendy pub and the curry house was next door to the Indian Lounge, my lowest ever score, i.e. with potentially the same owners. I'm pleased to say, however, that all was well with both. The pub, albeit expensive, was reasonably comfortable with an ok beer selection. The curry house had good service and ample portions. My only real complaint was that the meat seemed slightly over cooked for both the starter and main, otherwise all good. Not sure if top 6 material but I'd pop in if near Kings Cross.

Jeff - A venue new to us in the still slightly down-market Kings Cross area. So expectations were low - but the reality was this was an excellent meal served with good humour and in pretty good time too, despite the restaurant's small size. Good choice of beers too. I'd definitely go back. Not quite sure that it was quite deserving of the 33 price tag but then many people do go for the most expensive dish - starters especially - that they can find.

Tim - The Gulab Tandoori is a small restaurant near Kings Cross. The decor is fairly plain and the pictures rather random. It was nice to see a selection of beers on the menu, including Tiger, although their wine selection was rather basic. Jon and I shared a mixed starter and special mixed starter, which included some fish. It was interesting to try all the different items, though as a result of sharing, the amount of each meat/fish was quite small. It all seemed fine to me, though nothing stood out. Main of gosht masala was tasty, but I think I'll go for something hotter next time. Veg dishes included a courgette one - not my favourite vegetable, but nice to have something a bit different. We've been a bit spoilt recently with various discounts, as one wasn't available here, the price was relatively high, although we did get a free round of liqueurs (no Baileys though). Overall then, no problems, but not good enough for the top six for me.

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