Name: Bengal Tiger
Area: Blackfriars
Address: 62-66 Carter Lane
London EC4V 5EA
Phone: 020 7248 6361

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 28 Feb 2002|2. 25 Sep 2003|3. 25 Oct 2007|4. 25 Sep 2008|5. 24 Sep 2009
6. 19 Dec 2013|7. 18 Dec 2014|8. 29 Jun 2018|9. 30 May 2019

Diggers, you're such a cool dude!
(Another season, another of Dom's hats does the rounds.)

Visit Report

Visit Number: 218 (visit 8 of 9 for this restaurant)
"The one on a Friday"
Date of visit: 29 Jun 2018
Cost per head: £44.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.5 7.1 7.1 8.1 7.2 6.9 7.8 7.1 5.3 7.21
Neil 8 7 7 7 7 8 7 5 7.0 See Neil's comments
Graeme 8 7 7 8 7 8 7 4 7.2 See Graeme's comments
Jeff 8 4 6 8 7 8 7 5 6.8 See Jeff's comments
Dave 9 9 8 9 9 8 9 8 8 8.6 See Dave's comments
Mark 7 7 7 8 5 6 3 6.2 See Mark's comments
Jon 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 4 6.7 See Jon's comments
Dominic 6 7 9 9 5 5 8 6 5 6.9 See Dominic's comments
Alex 8 7 7 9 8 8 8 7 7.8 See Alex's comments
Brian 8 8 7 9 8 8 9 8 6 8.0 See Brian's comments
Bill (Guest) 6 8 6 7 6 7 8 6 6 6.8 See Bill's comments

All Comments

Neil - The first ever Friday curry night started well in a very quiet pub near St Pauls, 'Ye Olde London'. That said, the staff were terrible and it took ages to get served for no reason but them being useless. Bengal Tiger, however, was well staffed and quite attentive. A great veggie biryani and stuffed paratha was enjoyed. Price was a bit on the expensive side but we did get a free round of drinks thanks to Mr Dom. Great to see our youth policy working with Brian inviting Bill, will we see more younger faces in the future?

Graeme - In a case of "sod's law", because I wasn't in a particular hurry, my mainline train ran on time and a connecting train was waiting at Finsbury Park so I arrived in London in record time. I was first in the pub (Ye Olde London), which turned out to be the start of a bit of a slippery slope for me drinks-wise. The pub was decent but very expensive. The same could be said about the restaurant too. I enjoyed my Salmon Tikka starter and Garlic Chilli Chicken main. As might have been expected, there was plenty of talk about the World Cup and VAR. The revelation of the night was Griff mentioning that he was considering not having his standard basic Chicken Curry dish. I can't remember the outcome though - see the 'slippery slope' comment above!

Jeff - Met in Ye Olde London which was as goode as it soundes. The Bengal Tiger was almost eerily quiet on a hot Friday night leading to poor ambience - Thursday really is the new Friday. The food was of pretty good quality and the service prompt and efficient I thought. As always, quite expensive here with no discounts available, meaning that poor Brian had to stump up £88 for his and Bill's meal. I believe the first 'offspring' to attend a meal, G's daughter having come for drinks around a year ago. It's very enjoyable to meet the next generation of curry marks attendees and know it is in safe hands.

Dave - In keeping with the break from Thursday tradition I followed suit by going off piste from the Griff set menu. Glad I did as the salmon tikka starter and chicken shaslik main were both excellent. Good football banter including renditions of World Cup songs down the years all contributed to an excellent evening out - got so carried away I even attempted a "Brokeback" shot with Jeff in an attempt to secure "the money shot" for this month's website update. PS. Is this review long enough for you Graeme?

Mark - Having survived the randomness of the rail system to arrive in time for a quick warm beer in a fairly empty pub we trooped to the Bengal Tiger to find that nearly vacant as well. We were eventually joined by a class of school kids who acted more adult than some of our crowd! Service and food were as good as usual with my chicken tikka starter being unusually moist thick slices. Main of Lamb Sag was tasty but rice a bit naff. Cost is daft but less than last time as no prawn dishes and only £47 of veg this time - and two of us didn't have any. Jon is obviously an optimist as, not only booked for late stages of World Cup, he expected a bill of only £40 or less. Pleased to see summer has arrived signalled by Dr A's Sandals. Two BT's at one table? Pity Tim was not there to discuss politics & WC with them.

Jon - The Bengal Tiger performed as it generally does.  A good meal with everything on the right side of acceptable but at a price that is not warranted.  It's good, but it's not that good.  I had a Tandoori Platter starter and a Lamb Dansak main – fairly standard fare for me – nothing to complain about but nothing to write home about either.  As always, a good night.

Dominic - I am a fan of this eatery in everything apart from cost, which I can't help but compare with many others in the city and thus find it very expensive. Having said that, the setting, meal and wine were very good indeed. I elected for the Mixed Starter of Vegetable Samosa, Paneer Tikka, Onion Bhajee, Sheek Kebab and Chicken Tikka and thought it one of the best I've had. My main of a "turned up" Lamb Tikka Korai was also good and plentiful. Nothing extraordinary about the rest except that the wine was excellent and decently priced. Service was generally good but I deducted a mark as I had specifically asked for my rice to come out first but had to wait until almost everything else was delivered. As alluded to above, VFM is low due to comparisons although contributions from El Prez and Jeff helped out ... many thanks again. All in all, another great night of banter where I learnt, amongst other things, that "Quiz Ball" is not a show about having to guess whose testicle it is ...

Alex - This place was good although turned out a bit expensive.  My starter had some deliciously succulent duck so I was very happy with that. Main was good too but didn't quite have the wow-factor of that duck.

Brian - A big thank you to the club for making my son welcome – a first I think for us to have one of the next generation as a guest.  On to the food: I thought the mixed grill starter was very good, and my Rapchanda main (fish – of course!) was also lovely.  I thought the prices were a bit over the top, but that's perhaps because I was paying twice, but we're none of us paupers, so I sincerely hope for a revisit some time soon.

Bill - The lights were low, but I think it worked well for the ambience of the place. The fish was excellent, and I barely had to chew. The rest of it was fine, but nothing really special; and whilst I had a good experience, Brian assures me that it was a pricy one, so the value for money suffered. Overall I'd recommend it.

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