Name: The India
Previous name: Cannon Tandoori
Area: Cannon Street
Address: 21 College Hill
London EC4R 2RP
Phone: 020 7248 5855

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 28 Aug 2003|2. 30 Sep 2004|3. 26 Feb 2009|4. 28 Apr 2011|5. 26 Jan 2012

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Visit Report

Visit Number: 54 (visit 2 of 5 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 30 Sep 2004
Cost per head: £27.00 (1.5 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.3 5.9 5.8 7.4 6.0 6.3 6.5 5.9 5.1 6.32
Tim 8 8 6 9 6 6 6 6 5 6.7 See Tim's comments
John 8 5 7 6 6 7 6 6 5 6.2 See John's comments
Graeme 6 6 5 6 3 5 6 5 3 5.1 See Graeme's comments
Mark 7 4 5 7 7 8 7 6 5 6.3 See Mark's comments
Richard 7 3 4 7 6 4 5 4 4 5.0 See Richard's comments
Robin 7 7 6 9 6 7 7 6 7 7.0 See Robin's comments
Alex 8 8 7 8 7 8 8 7 7.7 See Alex's comments
Jon 7 6 6 7 8 6 7 6 5 6.5 See Jon's comments

All Comments

Tim - The Cannon Tandoori is an unusual building; the interior being shaped like an air-raid shelter. The low roof, coupled with some good lighting gave a pleasant ambience. The toilets however had a strong, unpleasant chemical smell to them. The service was good. The popadums came with 5 accompaniments - the extra one being a rather nice experimental one reminiscent of tikka massala. The mixed kebab starter was excellent; big enough (and expensive enough) for two. Main course of Chicken Saag (spinach) was quite dry and not particularly inspiring. Bottled Cobra and Kingfisher were available at a not-particularly-cheap £4. Overall quite a good, though relatively expensive, meal.

John - Not my favourite curry house but its OK. I marked the ambience down as the dripping air con unit was giving cause for concern. I started with a chicken chat which was a bit bland, followed by a chicken tikka massala which was very tasty and not at all girly. In fact there wasn't much difference between that and Jon's vindaloo (although I suspect the MAE might be different). The enjoyment of the evening was increased by the absence of the blond Germanic big breasted Chelsea follower.

Graeme - Disappointing. Mediocre food, no draft beer and expensive. Having missed the first visit, I was expecting better things of this place with its top 6 placing. I can't think of much to recommend it other than its quirky brick arch ambience. The nan was particularly poor: flat, dry and tasteless. Overall, I would say that the experience was "OK" but the price (and this included only 1.5 beers each) set the bar higher. I can only think that my colleagues had drunk too much prior to their previous visit to be able to judge this place properly - it's lucky that I could make this visit in order to bring a degree of objectivity to the proceedings!

Mark - The curry equivalent of Chelsea at present - fairly costly, delivers the goods OK but lacks a bit of excitement or passion. An eye catching bright red 5th chutney promised delights of chilli and spices but was explained as "..ketchup with some other bits". Chicken Mali starter was unusual, tasty but ultimatly bland while the Xacuti main lacked bite. The owners obviously know their audience, aiming at the mass market with 'tasteful' decor and movie soundtrack muzac - dripping pipes optional and reserved for White Van Man and the unemployed! Hope Robin's retirement goes well.

Richard - I think we overrated this last time - it must have been the excitement of the power cut. My starter was very tasty green tandoori fish pieces, but the main (I think chicken joypuri) was bland, and certainly lacked the spicyness promised in the menu, and the rice, nan and side dishes were ordinary. The service was good, but the place is just a pricey pink-walled dungeon.

Robin - Good service and†good food - well up to the usual standard. My king prawn puree starter was excellent, and there was plenty of it too. I had†a Khadi Gosht main course, which was a fairly mild but very tasty lamb curry. There was so much of it that (unusually for me)†I couldn't finish my rice. It's a pity that only bottled beer was on offer, but despite this minor detraction this is still one of my favourite curry houses.

Alex - Good place but relatively expensive because of location, presumably.

Jon - Another good meal at the Cannon although it was a tad on the lumpy side. The same could be said of the mystery condiment that even the waiters havenít named yet! The Keema was particularly good, the starter and main were both good and the veg was OK. The ambience was slightly spoiled by the inability of those in charge of the music to make their minds up as to what feel the restaurant was going for, constantly switching between traditional and pop. The lack of flowery wallpaper was made up for by Richardís shirt.

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