Name: Bengal Trader
Area: Spitalfields
Address: 1 Parliament Court
London E1 7NA
Phone: 020 7375 0072

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 30 Nov 2000|2. 28 Mar 2002|3. 31 Aug 2006|4. 29 Mar 2007

Still Life.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 25 (visit 2 of 4 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 28 Mar 2002
Cost per head: £30.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 6.4 6.3 6.0 6.3 6.4 6.6 6.9 7.0 5.5 6.39
Brian 7 6 5 6 6 6 4 6 4 5.4 See Brian's comments
John 5 6 7 6 7 6 5 7 5 5.9 See John's comments
Graeme 8 6 5 7 6 7 6 7 6 6.4 See Graeme's comments
Mark 6 5 6 4 7 6 8 5 6.0 See Mark's comments
Jon 6 7 6 7 7 7 9 8 5 7.1 See Jon's comments
Neil 7 6 7 5 6 7 7 8 6 6.5 See Neil's comments
Robin 7 8 7 9 7 8 9 7 8 8.0 See Robin's comments
Darryl 5 6 5 6 5 6 7 6 5 5.8 See Darryl's comments

All Comments

Brian - A major disappointment.  Until now, this has been my favourite.  I tried fish for starter and main.  The fish tikka was good, but the main course did not live up to its hype or price as quoted in the menu.  Is the Bengal Trader going downhill? - perhaps; it was not as crowded as usual, and the food was at best average.  Unhappy also about the lack of a draught beer option.  Surprised, and slightly worried, to learn that I am more attractive than Kylie as far as Robin is concerned.

John - Not as good as the first trip to the Trader. Starter (some sort of King Prawn thingee) was ok but overpriced and the main course (Chicken Rojan) was very bland. All the sundries were good especially the brandy at the end. Overall very lumpy for an average curry. Highlight of the evening was Robin's revelation that he found Brian more attractive than Kylie Minogue!

Graeme - A classy curry house with good quality food, but a bit pricey. I had fish tikka to start (v.nice & well presented) and Trader Chicken Curry for main course (too sweet & not as hot as billed). Only bottled beer available which at £3.95 didn't help the VFM. Thanks to Darryl for the liqueurs - a self-imposed penalty for having a girlie sweet. Griff's excuses for non-attendance get more and more incredible, or do I mean less and less credible?

Mark - Quality comes at a price, pity it is not guaranteed! My Chicken Tikka starter had the taste and texture of preformed meat. However, the main dish was a delicious bowl of lamb delicately spiced chilli slices. Lack of music except in the loo was a disappointment. Overall not quite up to previous billing although a class above many. Recommended if someone else is paying.

Jon - Good all round curry although my memories of the evening are somewhat clouded by the fact that it was preceeded by a pseudo Friday lunchtime and followed by the Easter weekend. Chicken Madras was excellent even though it wasn't on the menu and even the off-the-wall order lady's fingers complemented the standard veg dishes extremely well. Exepnsive meal (four quid for a bottle of Cobra!) but very good.

Neil - Seems to have gone down hill from our last visit, the main dishes still excellent however. All drinks finished this time, probably due to the new rule of: what you don't eat or drink you take home in your pockets. Enjoyed Jon Want's World Cup 2002 competition, but do I need a degree in Maths to take part?

Robin - At the expensive end of the market, but justifiably so. Good service, wonderul starter followed by an exceptionally good chicken jalfrazi (beautifully balanced flavour and "bite") with great special rice. All washed down with more Cobras than you could shake a stick at (or in fact drink), and finished off with a large Calvados (because my glass had a crack in it I was given a free extra measure!). The only minor disappointment was having to sit opposite a large Antipodean gentleman and watch him flout time-honoured Curry Club tradition by eating a desert, presumably to keep body and soul together.

Darryl - Good atmosphere, superb food (a second to the Sheraz).  Marked down the beer as mine had a tinny taste to the first one (despite it originating from a glass stubbie).  To be recommended.

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