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

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Visit Report

Visit Number: 91 (visit 3 of 8 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 25 Oct 2007
Cost per head: £31.50 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 8.2 7.8 6.8 7.9 7.7 6.7 7.4 6.9 6.2 7.32
Dave 8 8 7 7 9 8 5 7 4 6.8 See Dave's comments
Graeme 9 8 6 9 7 7 8 6 6 7.5 See Graeme's comments
Dominic 8 9 7 7 9 6 7 6 6 7.2 See Dominic's comments
Mark 8 7 7 9 4 7 6 6 6.9 See Mark's comments
John 8 9 7 9 7 7 7 7 6 7.5 See John's comments
Jon 8 7 7 8 6 8 9 8 7 7.7 See Jon's comments
Alex 8 8 7 8 8 9 8 8 8.1 See Alex's comments
Tim 8 7 6 8 7 7 6 6 5 6.7 See Tim's comments
Brian 8 9 7 8 8 7 8 8 7 7.8 See Brian's comments
Jeff 9 6 7 6 6 8 7 7 7.1 See Jeff's comments

All Comments

Dave - Not that impressed with my main course choice of Lamb shank - what meat there was was quite dry and the dish was served luke warm. On the plus side the King prawn Puri for starters was good and the nan bread excellent and overall the atmosphere of the place is good. I hope it makes it into the top six as I think it was just my choice of main course that let down the tiger.

Graeme - A cracking night out with CurryMarks! The evening got off to a good start with pre-match drinks in "The Rag" (the Lord Raglan), once a regular Friday lunchtime haunt of ours. The Bengal Tiger is a modern trendy place - you would feel comfortable taking your woman there (or any woman for that matter). My Green Chicken Massala starter was excellent - tender chicken in a very tasty sauce. For main I had Chicken Madras which certainly hit the spot. All-in-all a very good experience although the price was a little on the high side. Sitting next to Dom, I had the opportunity to wallow in the failure of Australia to get past the quarter finals of the rugby world cup while England over-achieved to get to the final - a rare moment of relative sporting success for us.

Dominic - This was my first visit to this eatery and upon entering thought "this is my kind of curry house"! The decor was modern, the bar inviting and overall a comfortable feel in very nice surroundings. My starter of King Prawn Puri (no doubt in honour of one absentee Robin!) was very nicely presented although nice without being outstanding. My main of Chicken Xacuti was also well presented but again was good without being extraordinary. The Peshwari Nan was the pick of the rest being one of the best I've had. And as an added bonus there was my old faithful Mateus albeit at a somewhat elevated price. All in all an enjoyable experience but definitely one for a different dining experience than just a standard curry nosh house.

Mark - If you want impress a date with a good Indian meal then you could do a lot worse than the Bengal Tiger particularly if she likes 70/80's rock - Judie Tzuke anyone! If you have a bunch of blokes that like a drink and looking to have a ruby near the City then this is not really for you. Service was far better than before with orders delivered quickly and extremely well presented. The lopsided or square bowels looked great. My mixed tandoori platter starter was lovely, a delicious mix of five ingredients. The Chiken Jalpouri (?) was served in a complete sweet yellow pepper that mixed well with the slightly sour sauce. The chopped chicken meat was not as abundant as I would like and the rice portions seemed a lot smaller than 5 - if you order a half portion that means you get only 1/4 of the double bowl. Beer was well overpriced at £4.80 but at least they threw in a post meal snifter.

John - Nice but expensive. Main course (Chicken joypuri) was tangy with a wicked afterburn. Superb mixed starter. Veg good but not outstanding. Beer cold and served at rip-off prices.

Jon - I can find very little to fault the Tiger as it turned out to be well worth the re-visit. Whether its improved performance was a direct result of it dropping out of the CurryMarks top six a couple of years ago is debateable, but much improved it was. The service on our last visit was appalling, but this time it was polite and efficient and I liked the idea of taking the starter and main orders separately. And the food itself was excellent. The king prawn puri starter was tasty and succulent and the chicken joypuri main was a very pleasant mixture of spices and chillies. Nan was no better than ok but the rice and veg were very good. Last year's number one could be on the way out.....

Alex - [None]

Tim - This place has an interesting industrial decor with a tiger theme. Initially I thought the beer selection was better than average - they had Tiger beer as well as the usual Kingfisher and Cobra. However the Tiger and Kingfisher only came in small bottles and all the beer was expensive. My spicy poppadom was a bit chewy instead of crispy, but the plain one was fine. The starter of green chilli chicken looked rather small, however the meat was very tender, juicy and flavoursome. The main course of chicken xacuti was a little disappointing. It was rated as 2 chillis (hot) on the menu, and although it had whole dried red chillis in it, it wasn't very spicy, and overall was a bit unexciting. The paneer jalfrezi (sliced cheese with peppers and chillis) side order was a bit more spicy and quite interesting, though I don't know if I would choose it again. The service was good, and a free round of drinks at the end of the meal was welcome.

Brian - This is an attractively furnished and decorated restaurant, and the quality of food is also very good. My chicken main was full of flavour and had a reasonable amount of kick as well. The shared mixed starter was very good, and I think that the variety offered by this menu option was particularly pleasing. The offering of Tiger beer, whilst not native to the Indian subcontinent, was different and it's a nice touch to have a beer to match the restaurant's name. Conversation and company excellent as usual, and it's good to see our resident rock star has caught religion; perhaps the new Sir Cliff is (re)born.

Jeff - A strong performance from the Tiger I thought. The room was dimly lit and less orange than it used to be, perhaps Graham Taylor had been in and complained. Good service, poppadoms, beers (including Tiger), and food all arrived pretty swiftly and, having arrived at 8, we were done and dusted by 9:55!! Shared mixed starters were tasty, and main of Chicken Korahi was very good, well spiced without being too hot, and there was plenty of it too. In fact all the portions were generous, and served in unusually shaped bowls for added effect.

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