Brigadiers

Restaurants, Indian Mansion House
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A swanky Indian grill spot from the team behind Hoppers.

You could call Brigadiers ‘Hoppers for people with money’. Not because there’s similarity on the menus, but because this ‘Indian barbecue restaurant’ has all the calling cards of the Sethis (the family behind Gymkhana and Bao). Service is super-slick: as polished as you’d get in a fancy hotel, but friendlier. Interiors manage to be both swanky and sexy. The space has been carved into a warren of smaller rooms, giving each one an intimate, clubby feel. I end up in one bathed in gold and brown tones: it was like eating inside a Rolo. Lighting is low, ceiling fans idle overhead. The music is ace, smoothly flowing from hip hop to laidback bhangra or funk.

The star dish had Indo-Chinese leanings. Four dinky lettuce wraps, piled high with tender morsels of fragrant chicken, then smothered in a warm, tangy sauce, crispy onions, a dollop of yoghurt and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Fusion perfection.

Also excellent were fried fish paos, which were essentially Indian fish finger sliders with a chilli chutney and a kickass crunchy batter that had the nutty, irresistible notes of chickpea flour. As were mini samosas, densely packed with clove-scented, actually-not-too-fiery ox cheek ‘vindaloo’. And a beautiful falooda, an exotic dessert of soupy vermicelli, here laced with rose syrup and teamed with silky soft-serve mango kulfi (Indian ice cream).

Sadly, a couple of dishes, like grilled lamb chops or the much-hyped butter chicken wings, had their otherwise exquisite, full-flavoured marinades tainted by too much salt. This can be fixed easily: I hope the kitchen is listening. Because that blip and the steepish prices aside, Brigadiers remains – for now – the jewel of the Bloomberg Arcade.

By: Tania Ballantine

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Venue name: Brigadiers
Address: Bloomberg Arcade
City
London
EC4N 8AR
Transport: Tube: Bank
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £135.
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This was a wonderful dining experience... In fact the best Indian I've had in London.. They aren't cheap by any means so don't expect dishoom prices but the food is so so sooooo good you won't mind that bill at the end.

1st the food came out in good time and it was delicious. Not one dish lacked flavour or excitement.

The only downside are the amount of waiters who don't seem to have anything to do but watch you eat and run to your side when you even twitch. Haha. True story!

We ordered dishes like prawn skewers, Guinea fowl kebabs, Chinese chilli chicken bites which were a complete surprise! Omg.. And the bbq chicken butter wings... Wow! Like I said... No complaints whatsoever but I would say a minimum of 100 pounds is needed here for 2 people inclusive of a drink. I'd happily go back to try other dishes! Yes yes yes.


Jesus, does this reviewer ever have any restaurant criticism other than whining about salt? I think every other week I hear the same comment. I know this is Time Out, the standard of writing isn't exactly AA Gill, but an aversion to seasoning and flavour is not decent restaurant reviewing. Everything was well seasoned when I went, which is exactly what I want when I go out. Most people save their blood pressure diet worries to their own home cooking and like their meals out to taste great, that's why eating out is a treat for most.

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