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

What on earth ... ?

Visit Report

Visit Number: 24 (visit 1 of 8 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 28 Feb 2002
Cost per head: £27.50 (2.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 5.8 6.2 5.9 8.2 6.6 7.0 7.9 7.6 6.0 7.00
Dave 8 7 7 9 8 7 8 8 6 7.7 See Dave's comments
Robin 4 7 6 9 7 7 7 6 5 6.6 See Robin's comments
Graeme 6 6 4 8 6 6 8 8 6 6.7 See Graeme's comments
Mark 5 7 6 9 7 8 7 6 7.1 See Mark's comments
Brian 6 4 7 9 7 8 8 8 7 7.3 See Brian's comments
Joseph 7 8 8 6 7 7 7 7 7.2 See Joseph's comments
Darryl 7 6 8 6 8 8 8 7 7.4 See Darryl's comments
Jon 4 5 5 7 7 7 9 8 5 6.6 See Jon's comments
John 5 6 6 7 6 6 8 8 5 6.5 See John's comments

All Comments

Dave - Unusual "posh-pub" type set-up. Starter excellent - popadums nice and hot. Chicken curry v.good - plenty of sauce. Lively disco pub next door (Ryans Bar?) worth a visit after (if you're under forty).

Robin - Pleasant but rather expensive restaurant. Although the service was quite slow it was worth the wait for the "special" starter - a huge tiger prawn smothered in a spicy onion sauce. Superb! Followed up with a very nice but unexceptional chicken jalfrazi with quite good special rice. This was the first expedition equipped with (several) digital cameras, and to our fellow diners must have resembled a drunken paparazzi convention. Griff featured prominently in many of the shots - clearly many of us have thought about the pleasurable possibilities of digital image manipulation, and it is to be hoped that the official web site will reflect the group's artistic endeavours in due course.

Graeme - A trendy place - there were even women eating there. Orange walls & designer sculpted bar, partitions, etc - it could have done with some flock wallpaper! Excellent food, especially my Chicken Vindaloo which was hot but very tasty. Service good but a bit slow. Beer marked down as no draft Indian beer and only small bottles of Cobra. 2 Griff-isms to report: "I'm not comfortable when I move out of my comfort zone" and "Michael Jackson - I think there's something odd about him" (now that's what I call an incisive observation).

Mark - "Do I not like Orange". The Turnip would not have approved of the décor in this cavernous room that looked a bit arty-farty for us but proved to be an excellent venue despite a pert assed aussie singing several times. The food was excellent, well presented and, although slow to arrive, well worth the wait. Bengal Platter starter was a superb mix I would recommend to any meat eaters. When will people realise their inability to drink a 3rd pint with the meal? At least Mr Gadget drank his 3 Cokes.

Brian - Excellent food, marked down on ambience due to gratuitous playing of Billy Joel. Enjoyed Darryl's gadget - best I've seen for a while and I'm not normally interested in other boys' gadgets. Amazed to learn that Michael Jackson might be a bit weird - thanks for that Dave; remember when it's splashed all over the papers - you heard it here first!!

Joseph - The Posh Spice of posh restaurants, flashy but still likely to fart in bed. A modern and tame interior. The undulating and sparse roofing would be sure to induce the white folk who are looking for a 'classy' establishment. The focal talisman being the notorious pre-historic Shytofyreasuraus metallic carcass enshrouding the floor. The entree was seductive like the sneak peek of a negligee or cleavage. As usually, looked promising but went home empty handed. The rotating songs made you feel as if you were stuck in a tyre. The emasculating tullips on the table left you shrivelled. Conversation, entertaining. Overall - one of the better ones.

Darryl - Some of the best Bangla food I've had, the music was a little unconventional, the venue is aimed at a West End audience. Only drawback was that the food took a little long to arrive, but as all dishes were empty perhaps this could be a new strategy.

Jon - Unusual interior (there were women there and an extensive modern bar) that was more like a gaylord wine bar than a curry house. Lack of large bottles or draught Indian lager was disappointing as was the ridiculously long wait for the starters, necessitating the third beer. But the food was excellent, one of the best curries I've had down south! Bit pricy though (not tuppence ha'penny like where I come from).

John - This was a curry house for shandy drinkers. Food was excellent (King prawn puree followed by chicken jalfrezi) but the restaurant looked more like the "pitcher and piano" than a curry house. I wonder whether the "ring cam" could cope with Graeme's vindaloo?

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