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“Fantastic food, reasonably priced. Great night out.”
Review of The Bengal Lancer

The Bengal Lancer
Ranked #4,964 of 23,211 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $34
Cuisines: Asian, Indian
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Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Since opening in 1984, we at the Bengal Lancer have prided ourselves on providing our customers with authentic, freshly prepared and beautifully presented food of the highest quality. We continue to serve classic dishes found throughout India alongside our own unique, modern interpretations. While many restaurants claim to serve authentic food, in our case it is absolutely true. Our team carry several decades worth of experience and our long-nurtured skill and passion is apparent in classic dishes such as Rogon Gosht, Chicken Saagwala and even our Saag Aloo, all of which carry a real depth of flavour. Specials such as Chicken Chasnidargh, Liver Hazri and Subjee Begun Pie, are exclusive to the Bengal Lancer, and showcase our ability to experiment with classic flavours and create something truly memorable.
Reviewed November 21, 2013

The old favourites are the best. Really good selection of dishes, both classics and discoveries such as Bangladeshi fish Tilapia. Got me hooked on prawn puri many years ago. Will always be a staple for me.

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Reviewed November 12, 2013

It looked busy so thought we would give it a go
Service friendly but we had to keep promoting for our food 45 mins after ordering
Dirty floors, with food trodden into the flooring.
Menu varied, good choices, but oddly priced. E.g. Poppadoms 80p each, hidden charge of 80p per chutney too. All adds up and a bit of a surprise when you get the bill

Food itself was floating in the familiar orange-oil that you get so much in some take aways. However having said that, I've had much better quality take aways than this meal

Don't bother coming out of your way to this restaurant, tough the food does taste good and meat dishes tender.

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3  Thank Ldn1987
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Reviewed November 8, 2013 via mobile

Where do I start. Tasteless curry, lamb tikka made with the tiniest pieces of meat imaginable. 'Seasonal' vegetable curry with baby corn in it!. its winter people. Clearly the vegetables were from a bag of frozen economy veg judging by the micro sized broccoli and cauliflower florets nestled in the gloopy sauce of my £6 side dish. Seems like the Bengal Lancer is on a cost cutting exercise by using the smallest portions of the most inferior quality produce and by leaving out any spices or flavouring. Avoid unless you like bland, tasteless food, if you do then you will love this place...

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2  Thank foodynw5
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

What a total let down. The food was over sweet, spiceless, and overpriced.
4 papadoms and chutneys overpriced at £6.40, Cobra beer at £6.00 a bottle and all the dishes we had as main courses were over sweetened and were almost like desserts!
The chicken chasnidargh – oversweet sugary (an exclusive dish only available at this restaurant – thank heavens!) with pieces of indigestible lime skin leading to a distinctive sweet & sour flavour!!
The malai kofta deep-fried balls of mixed vegetables, cashew nuts, pistachio nuts and almonds served in a mild (totally spiceless) creamy sugary sauce
The Goan fish curry tilapia cooked with fresh coconut, curry leaves and a special mix of spices (which were totally lacking in any flavour) was unbearably sweet.
I asked for a masala tea which came with a tea bag, bits of bay leaf and a couple of cardamom pods in a cup. No hint of cinnamon, cloves, or even ginger. For Pete’s sake you can even buy a masala tea mix these days if you want to be lazy but still authentic!
If you want a good curry go to The Ragam (South Indian), the vegetarian Ravi Shankar and we wouldn’t have spent much more if we had gone to Benares. Unfortunately we found ourselves in Kentish Town and had the misguided notion that this was a decent place to eat in. This place must only be trading on past reputation and is not for the curry connoisseur.

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3  Thank Val-Idator666
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Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

Just love the Chicken Sagwala and garlic keema naan at this restaurant. I've been going there for many years and is one of my favourite local curry houses. If you haven't been there go today, you won't be disappointed!

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