Bengal Tiger Restaurant

4.1
376 reviews
£25 and under
Indian
Bengal Tiger restaurant in the City of London is just a few minutes’ walk from Blackfriars tube station and an equally short stroll from St Pauls Cathedral. This Indian restaurant offers northern Indian cuisine in a sleek, spotlit setting. A cool architectural sculpture separates the bar from the dining room and the place is decorated throughout with tiger-themed art. Bengal Tiger differentiates itself from the curry houses that dot the City by its selection of chef’s specials. Food is freshly cooked to order and is prepared with fine ingredients that have been sourced from all over the world. If you’re looking for authentic Indian cuisine in a smart, relaxed City setting, then look no further than the Bengal Tiger. The sikandari raan is a magnificent version of slow-cooked spiced lamb shank. Chicken jaipuri in a medium tamarind sauce, and a tandoori-cooked duck akberi masala are equally memorable to the taste.
What 376 People Are Saying
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
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3.9
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3.9
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3.8
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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, great service, a little expensive but I guess it is London. Would I go back? Yes I would.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table of 20 for a business dinner -made to feel welcome - great service for the whole night - great food - everyone left with nothing but high praise for the place.

Highly recommend !

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GaryW
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was disappointed overall with my meal and the service this time... we visited at xmas and had a better experience. The restaurant was quiet at 12 noon on a Monday in January to be expected. we only had poppadoms and main course ... the main course was very slow coming out.
My tarka dhal was very very small and dry. My chicken dhansak was way too spicy for dhansak.. I was hoing to order jalfrezi as enjoyed at xmas but thought I'd settle for dhansak on a Monday lunchtime .. it was way hotter than the jalfrezi ... 12.6% service charge for what was experienced was steep

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vipSally
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious - service excellent!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Excellent food, tasteful design to the restaurant. 12.5% service charge a bit much given the number of call overs.

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SarahF
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good curry, reasonably priced, lots of variety in the menu.

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1234
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

My experience with Bengal Tiger did not start with a positive note. We were left standing whilst 3 staff members who discussed openly (amongst themselves) about some issue regarding seating plan. As a vegetarian, food was basic. Service a huge let down, I was provided with a dirty plate, which I had to query with waiter, who simply stated it was just popadoms!!! Unbelievably, I had to say that I wanted a fresh clean plate. If you have expections of receiving a decent meal, with amazing and professional service, AVOID!!! Would I recommend this restaurant to anyone- No! Would I visit vit again..... certainly not! Do not go in with any expectations, as most likely it will be a huge didsapointment

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Zach
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, great ambience and food.
Highly recommend

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AdamS
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and restaurant were very good. The service was a bit slow and confused. The price was very high.

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vippimiento
London
69 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The service was warm, humorous and friendly, but the kitchen let them down: I cannot say that the quality of the food at Bengal Tiger merits the accolades it receives because the flavours were nothing special. I was there with my curry club -Tamils, Singaporean, Pakistanis representing at the table- and whilst we enjoyed our night, we all agreed the food was disappointing. The lamb chops we had were some of the chewiest and least aromatic I've tasted. It's a shame that there was not at least one dish that we could point to that would merit having it again. On the other hand, the restaurant itself has a great ambience. Maybe we were unlucky.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was good but we felt that we were doing them a favour being there!
Staff were not friendly.
The food was not exceptional, so I would take my business elsewhere next time.

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NazP
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food as always, was a Monday night so a bit quiet, but always a City favourite. Would definitely recommend

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EmmBee
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service my family and I received at this restaurant was bad to the point of comedy. I'm not sure what triggered our 'hosts' into their fit of passive-aggressive nonsense, maybe because we weren't city types blowing our hospitality expenses budget, but we were subjected to a barrage of childish abuses.
The food is typical British high street 'Indian' (staff are Bangladeshi) clichés. Nothing authentic or original.

If the serving staff feel licence to act the way they did to paying customers then the mind can only boggle at what is going on in the kitchen.

The staff also felt entitled to add a 12% service charge to our bill, which to my mind constitutes theft as absolutely no service was provided.

Avoid this scammy, rude place and their delusions of grandeur. Pathetic.

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luv2dine
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service and great food but on the pricey side. £42 a head for a main plus rice; one and a half beers; shared starters and poppadoms.

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JackH
London
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good, reasonably priced curry (for this part of London), with some interesting things on the menu as well as staples. Good and pretty efficient service. Ideal after a couple of beers! Very good all round

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and good service

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Sparky
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt that the staff were very attentive, being kind and courteous. The food was excellent with suitable portions. My only wish is that we were hungrier to eat all that was served.

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DeniseT
New England
25 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Decent Indian food, some unusual dishes. Service was impersonal and not particularly attentive, but we liked our dishes enough to recommend to travelers in the area

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vipLudovicd
London
34 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is an excellent restaurant- delicious food, nice atmosphere, good service and pretty good value. I love coming here!

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AlecW
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful Saturday night curry after a long train journey really hit the spot. My only complaint was that the sole cider on offer was Magners!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
48 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Was simple easy to book and food was nice very traditional would recommend to anyone in area

EA
EloisaA
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

It felt like staff were trying to rush out of the restaurant.
I didnt finish my starter nor main as the gentleman kept coming over to ask if i had finished.

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Tr1sh
London
17 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The mixed starter platter is very tasty and good value. The mains and side dishes are good. My only complaint is the 12% service charge that was added to the bill. I prefer to decide on what size tip to give.

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MayankS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very nice restaurant hidden behind a couple of side streets near St Paul’s Cathedral. The food is Mughlai, with the general assortments of Jalfrezi, Balti, and Butter varieties but the difference here is that it’s Mughlai done right. The Naans are buttery soft, the lamb and chicken dishes are delicious and the service is great too! A little on the pricey side but expected given its location. Overall a very nice restaurant.

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QANA
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food is ok, don’t really like their services, did not feel warm and welcoming

JM
JafarM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Food is just about ok, but too expensive for what it is. Staff very poor in communication and too rude.

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vipmarkh
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Overall quite a good find but the whole vibe was around making us spend. Wine glasses permanently filled to the brim and overcharged on items like rice etc which wasn’t noticed until we left.

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Tracebase
London
11 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We stumbled into The Bengal Tiger hungry and ready for something warming and tasty - we got exactly that and more... the service and the wine were lovely compliments to our food.
Will definitely visit again 🍷

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NigelL
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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IanT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, variety and service.
Would happily recommend.

SB
SarahB
London
10 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Warm welcome - good variety of classic dishes executed well. Very clean - well stocked bar. Good selection of side options - slightly more expensive but ok

MJ
vipMelissaJean
New England
23 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Bengal Tiger was recommended to us by a friend, and we were so pleased! We were the only ones in the restaurant upon arrival, but it quickly filled up and there wasn't an empty table in sight! It's in such a convenient location, and the staff is lovely. Definitely recommend! :)

CB
CharlesB
London
16 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Well prepared and good quality food with efficient waiters and plenty of cold beer!!

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vipTuttles
London
47 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We are never disappointed with the food served at the Bengal Tiger. We do, however, find some of the waiters a little 'unrefined' when serving but it does not spoil our evening. We will return again.

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Grizelda
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Perfect for after work with colleagues. Attentive service and delicious food.

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markkane
London
61 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Amazingly empty for a Friday evening until a group of foreign schoolkids turned up! Food was good and service fairly quick and I enjoyed my Chicken tikka starter that was more moist than many. Lamb Sag main was plentiful and tasty. Overall good but very expensive compared to some other good Curry Houses.

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topdog
Kent
36 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and excellent service.
Very welcoming venue, very good for any occasion

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sammy
London
10 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Decent curry

MD
MarkD
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food at a consistent high quality. The guests I invited all commented favorably on this. Attentive waiter service without being too obvious.

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vipAlanS
London
15 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was very good, however this was let down by the service. They were in a hurry with everything. Just seemed they wanted us out the door as soon as possible. As an example, at the end of meal we were asked if we'd like more drinks and we said not right now. Next thing is we get the bill. We had not asked for it and probably would have had more drinks. Probably won't go there again.

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Bengal Tiger Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 376 OpenTable diners.

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