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

Lots of finger pointing as the EGM gets a little heated.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 43 (visit 2 of 8 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 25 Sep 2003
Cost per head: £25.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 3.9 6.4 5.6 7.5 6.1 6.8 7.5 7.4 6.3 6.55
Dave 7 7 8 9 8 8 10 8 7 8.2 See Dave's comments
John 2 8 6 9 7 7 9 8 7 7.3 See John's comments
Graeme 6 7 6 5 6 5 7 8 7 6.3 See Graeme's comments
Mark 3 7 4 8 5 6 7 6 7 6.1 See Mark's comments
Richard 4 8 7 5 4 5 6 7 6 5.8 See Richard's comments
Robin 1 2 4 8 6 8 5 6 4 5.0 See Robin's comments
Tim 5 5 4 9 8 8 8 6 6.9 See Tim's comments
Jon 3 7 6 7 7 7 8 8 6 6.7 See Jon's comments

All Comments

Dave - I like the Bengal Tiger - the starter was excellent - meat very tender. The chicken curry was superb - delicious sauce. The Nan breads were crisp and not too doughy and the sag allo was very tasty. Overall an excellent performance which should warrant a top six finish at the end of the year (and a star had my rating system been adopted).

John - Superb food let down by poor service. To start, I had a sort of mixed grill consisting of sheek kebab, lamb tikka and chicken tickka. Nicely presented and very tasty although we had to wait ages for the starter to arrive. I followed that up with a good old Chicken Jalfrezi which was just right - not too hot but it still had the promise of an interesting morning after effect. Veg excellent, keema naan moist, chick-peas startled. An increased amount of b*llox was spoken, probably due to Griff having a 4 pint head-start on everyone else.

Graeme - Another enjoyable meal in the Bengal Tiger. It's a smart place - quite trendy. Overall, the food was very good although my starter (Chicken Tikka) was just OK - not particularly tasty and not much salad with it. I had Garlic Chilli Chicken for main - the chicken was nice & tender and there was plenty of garlic (as Pam confirmed in the morning!). The Sag Aloo was exceptionally good. Unfortunately, my evening was marred by the (sometimes heated) discussions of the EGM that was held that night. Griff was voted in as secretary on the back of his convincing manifesto for the need for formal rules and documentation. By the end of the evening, he had resigned in a fit of pique. Anarchy!

Mark - Oh what fun we had. Griff, pram, toys & out of all spring to mind. Perhaps during the hour wait before getting our starters we could have held an EGM. Certainly the music was not as loud as last time. The platter starter for two came out as individual servings. Well presented and good mix of meats. My Chicken Xacuti lacked the X factor as they would say on Pop Idol. A medium/spicey sauce with coconut sprinkled on top with good meat was tasty but not that different. Nan tasted better than it's oily look. Draft Fosters was very weak but not as expensive as the 2.50 small bottles of Cobra etc.

Richard - Food was average- soggy nan, pedestrian tikka, pleasant Korai Ghost. Service was slooow - we waited ages for the starter, although the poppadums and relishes were plentiful and good, and Foster's was on draught. Decor was very good - modern, stylish, spacious, with designer touches - combined with a relaxed ambience able to cope with a noisy and passionate club EGM. Talking of which, should future proposals should be submitted in writing in advance - as Wrat's motions were mostly passed very swiftly (or is that MOE?).

Robin - The service was awful (we waited 85 minutes for our starters) and the ambience was significantly impacted by more bickering about club rule changes. Some members will no doubt be disappointed at being substantially disenfranchised by the "proportional vote" system endorsed by only half of those present and yet carried, especially when non-attendance is due to illness or other circumstances beyond their control. It's official: the Club is no longer a democratic society - sadly in my view. The evening was marginally improved by the excellent special king prawn starter and by the quality of the special rice, however no other dishes stood out. John's a tart.

Tim - Not your average curry house. The decor could be best described as industrial. For some reason there was a large metal "ribcage" attached to the ceiling over the stairs. The colour scheme had a somewhat orange theme, with black and metal highlights, reminiscent of a set for Robot Wars or some cheap sci-fi series. A long wait for food, though when it did arrive it was very good. The Bengal platter starter was a selection of quality, succulent meats. Main course of chicken jalfrezi was tasty, and I had no complaints about the veg accompaniments. VFM mark let down by price of beer - only small bottles available, at 2.50 each.

Jon - The night may have been marred by the unfortunate continuation of the EGM into the restaurant and the obvious inability of a group of grown men to agree on something that is, let's face it, no more than trivial, but the food was pretty damn good. I must admit to being disappointed at the menu selection, particularly for the starters. The service was ridiculously slow once more and they managed to get a fairly simple beer order wrong, but when the food did arrive, it was good. My Vindaloo was excellent and the veg dishes were all good. It was a bit lumpy, but all in all a positive experience.

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