Restaurant Review: Bangalore Express, London - UK

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Bangalore express london halal

Did you know that Bangalore is actually the name of a city in India? Located at the Gracechurch Street in London, Bangalore Express serves full Halal Indian menu and is head by Chef Yogesh Datta, one of the UK’s top Indian chefs.

Location & Parking: 


It's actually 5 minutes walk from the parking spot to the restaurant but it took us 10 minutes to get there because we weren't aware of the area much. That's why we ended up taking the longer route because Google maps misguided us a bit. We parked the car at exactly the same spot where we had parked earlier when we had gone to another restaurant in the same area.

Look out for the council car parks in Hackney where you can easily find parking. They charge £4 per hour on weekdays from morning till 6:30 pm and 6:30 am till 1:30 pm on Saturdays. Otherwise it's free after that on Saturdays and free all day on Sundays and Bank holidays. However, if you prefer the train, there is also the Liverpool station nearby. You will have to walk a bit from the parking spot and you will find a small street that will lead you towards Bangalore Express.


Seating & Interior:

They have a bar with a seating area, which can be seen as you enter and the main dining area is downstairs which has access through a staircase or a lift. Downstairs, our table had already been reserved and it was a corner table so it gave us some privacy and also some extra space for BabyN' to play. For us, it was the BEST spot to dine at the restaurant.
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The Dining Experience:

Initially, I felt it was slightly noisy but it lowered down with time. Perhaps, it was the peak time! The lighting was dim, which created a nice ambience although dim lights are not much friendly for food photography, which you might have also noticed because the photos I normally post are bright and lively.

We ordered the mocktails first. Guava Collins (Guava, coconut and lime - £5) was something new for me, and was good. Others were Wha Lulu (Carrot, rosewater, ginger and lime - £5.5) and Mumbaita (Raspberry, lychee, pineapple and lemonade - £5.5).
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For the starters, we ordered the Indo-Chinese chicken sweetcorn soup (£5) that came along with small pieces of naan bread and sauces in tiny silver bowls. Okay, so that's how it was Indo-Chinese (combo of Indian and Chinese). YES, that was for my mister. Bangalore express london halal
For myself, I opted for Tandoori lamb tikka (£8.5) and ordered Lachha paratha (£3.5) along with it. Lachha means layered and its an Indian flatbread. The combination was self-made by yours truly and was a good choice.
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Soon after the starter session ended, we were served our mains. We had opted for butter chicken (£12) and lamb chops skewer along with naan bread. Lamb chops were served in a very presentable way and that actually reminded me of Bakra Eid/Eid-ul-Adha (Muslim festival of sacrifice) because that's when we used to enjoy lots of meaty BBQ goodies with family back home. It came along with a tangy tamarind sauce (imli ki chutney, my favourite) and green chutney. It was good too. I am a bit fussy about that and mostly don't like the green chutneys of every restaurant. Bangalore express london halal
Loved the chops! The BEST, most authentic and juicy chops! And the best part was the size. They were huge. YES! Normally the chops we eat are small and not very meaty but these ones were fab!
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The butter chicken was authentic too. Normally the chicken is cut in cubes for curries but for this one, they had cut it in stripes. Of course, that didn't really have any impact on the taste but this was something different I experienced first time. For the desserts, I opted for Mango Ras Malai (£5.5), Kulfi Falooda (£5.5) and Coconut ice-cream (£4.5). These are the Indian desserts and my favourite from these was the coconut ice-cream. It was my first time having that and it was served in a shell of a coconut. The other two desserts were average for me.
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If you want, you can check out their menu, here.

End Note:

The overall dining experience was good. The staff was extremely friendly and made sure the guests were being looked after well. All the food served is Halal and the prices with regards to quality and quantity go well. They do have a big powder room but I just wish they had a baby changing station inside too. Overall, it was a good experience and Banaglore Express seemed very child-friendly because every single staff member personally came to greet my little handsome boy and I think they would have happily baby-sit him for us but BabyN' loves to stick with his mum and dad only.
Rating: 7.5/10

Have you dined at Bangalore Express, London? I would love to know about your favourite Indian restaurant.


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43 comments:

  1. I've never eaten here but it looks like you had a lovely time :) the dishes look very appetising (shame I no longer eat meat!)

    Rosie | www.rosieromance.com

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    1. They do have vegan dishes too! Give it a try! :-)

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  2. The name of the restaurant itself is like Bangalore in London? Wow! :) Ahh.. Look at those tandoor pics and the dessert ofcourse they look so yummy. Need to check this restaurant out.

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    1. It's called Bangalore Express and its located in London. :-) Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I've never been here and I wish I had read this post one month ago since I was in London and I would have loved it all! great place and good looking food!

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  4. I'd definitely check this place out. The food looks great and it's nice that the staff was so friendly.

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    1. Oh yes! :-)
      Do let me know about your experience.

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  5. I judge an Indian restaurant by its butter chicken and naan bread haha! And looks like you're pretty happy with both :) This is definitely a place worth checking out.

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    1. Yes! I was happy with how our Butter Chicken tasted. Don't forget to tell me about your experience at Bangalore Express. :-)

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  6. Everything looks soooo delicious. The lemon chicken is my fave. Love the presentation.

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  7. I've been to Bangalore and these Indian recipes look delicious. Thanks for sharing the great review of this restaurant. I'd love to visit there on my London trip!

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    1. Glad to know that you have actually visited the city!

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  8. I Love Indian dishes so I must visit Bangalore if I will be in London. I love the butter chicken and for the desserts, the Mango Ras Malai is a winner! :)

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    1. Hope you're able to go there next time you visit London.

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  9. I've never been to this restaurant before but that flatbread looks delicious!!

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  10. More Indian food - that's great as I love it! We have only one good autenthic Indian place here in Budapest. Always when I'm having guests I like to take them there as it's also near my home, but people usually want to try something local, which is understandable but still... I like the interior of Bangalore Express! and hte food looks good as well :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I have been to Budapest. Glad to know you are from there.

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  11. I agree, dimly lit restaurants are not the best for food photography. I always have a difficult time getting good shots if it`s quite dark. The Coconut Ice Cream sounds good to me!

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  12. The decor looks fun in there - though I always have the same problem with low light when I want to take photos to show off my meal!

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    1. Yes! But personally I prefer dim lights especially when having dinner with my husband.

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  13. I love Indian food so would love the opportunity to taste dishes by one of the UK's top indian chefs! Looks like they have some great traditional dishes :)

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  14. I always go to same old restaurant whenever I get the chance, I should be more daring and have a wander around my area for new and exciting eat outs such as the Bangalore Express.

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    1. Yes! You will definitely enjoy exploring new restaurants.

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  15. Where is Gracechurch Street, I might have to check it out as a treat ( I can't have spicy food very often because of my stomach and digestive issues as it causes a lot of pain but I adore spicy food. The mocktails look amazing.

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  16. Food looks amazing xoxo

    www.theninebyivana.blogspot.com

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  17. I like Indian dishes mostly because of the spices, they are really good with incorporating different flavors. The dishes look great and I'm really curious about that ice cream!

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  18. We have a significant Indian community in the Philippines, so we have Indian grocery stores and restos almost everywhere. I think Filipinos have embraced a few of the Indian dishes in our meals- we have chicken , pork or beef dishes cooked in curry sauce.

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  19. Oh my gosh, I am originally from Bangalore and this post made me so happy. Wish I knew about this place when I was in London, oh well next time ;)
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. You can definitely try out next time! :-)

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  20. The meals look delish! I've always wanted to try tandori its always looks so yummy

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  21. Looks delicious! I'm always looking for new places to eat when I'm in London. Will need to remember this one! The curry looks amazing!!

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Thanks for stopping by. :-)