Bengal Tiger is in a narrow lane full of restaurants behind St. Paul's Cathedral. It advertises a two-course lunch deal for £9.95. Judging by the similarity of the deal and the identical type-face on the flyer I suspect the thai next door might be under same ownership, of at least under the sway of the same marketing manager or publicist. It's a large welcoming space inside with the occasional Union Jack reminding me of a football tournament any rational person would prefer to forget. Having accepted an offer if crispy poppadoms and chosen a large bottle of something called mongoose beer I asked for the lunch menu (I had been given an a la carte and a wine list but not the lunch menu). From the range of about six starters and twenty mains (although one of these was, rather mysteriously, tanka dal) I chose a chicken tikka Marsala and a lamb pasanda with pilau rice. The starter comprised about five strips of chicken nicely served with a dressed salad and chutneys. The main was a particularly generous serving of slightly undercooked lamb in a creamy sauce. I was shown a desserts menu but was already full. I opted not to spend £3.20 on a double espresso (probably the most expensive double espresso I've seen in an Indian restaurant) probably not made with the appropriate beans. This did not detract, however, from a tasty lunch at a particularly competitive price in the heart of the City of London.
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