Friday, 21 July 2017

Dinner at Est India Restaurant ~ London Bridge


The city of London is food lovers paradise, during the day its a place where you see office workers, commuters and tourists, rushing around carrying on with their daily business. By night it becomes a haven for entertainment, dining and socialising. As the offices close the side streets become alive with workers congregating outside pubs and eateries enjoy a drink or two whilst music lovers dance the night away at the many night clubs.

London bridge is one of those places, where there are many restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and bars nestled in around the side streets. It is lively and bustling with atmosphere. Est India Restaurant is an Indian restaurant not for from London Bridge Station. My friend Heidi and I decided to drop in for a bite to eat one summers evening whilst we were in London.


The restaurant is ideal to drop in for a meal, its decor is simple with wooden tables, no table cloths and cutlery in a pot on the tables cafe style. There is a fully stocked bar and outside seating too. The menu has most of the regular Indian dishes found in any Indian restaurant. We started with a platter of poppadoms and some condiments and chilled salted Lassi (yoghurt drink with cumin and salt), the Lassis can be ordered as mango too.


For starters Heidi and I shared the Paneer Tikki an Indian cheese marinated in spices, stuffed with raisin and a pan seared and some Vegetable Samosas. The samosas were delicious as was the paneer which was flavoured well but it was a little dry.


For the main course Heidi chose the Chicken Tikka Masala and I opted for the Saag Aloo (spinach with potatoes), the manger also recommended Kadai Paneer an additional side dish. We also ordered Pilau Rice and Raita to accompany. There were a selection of breads to order on the menu, but we wanted to keep room for dessert and so did not order any.

Heidi's verdict on the Chicken Tikka was that it was succulent and moist and not too hot so she definitely gave it the thumbs up. The vegetarian option of the Saag Aloo was fairly mild for my taste buds, however the mangers recommendation of the Kadai Paneer was absolutely wonderful. It was beautifully cooked in a lovely rich gravy with peppers and onions. The portion sizes were huge and plentiful.


To finish off our meal we ordered the Mango sorbet and a Pistachio Kulfi. The sorbet was very refreshing, the Kulfi looked like it had been taken out of a wrapper, it was presented on a stick, not how I would have expected a dessert to be served in a restaurant.


My thoughts on the restaurant were that its decor is a little dated and the place is great for a quick bite to eat, so if you want fine dining this is not the place. The initial service after we were seated was a little slow, however once the manager arrived we were given lots of attention and the conversation with him flowed. We learnt a lot about how the paneer is made within the restaurant kitchen and also got to know a little more history of the place. Our overall experience of the restaurant was pleasant and next time I am in London bridge I would probably go and try the lunch menu.

My Score: 10/15
Ambiance 3/5
Service 3.5/5
Food 3.5/5

** I was a guest at Est India restaurant and all the views expressed in this post are of my own as are the pictures. I was not asked to write a positive review.




26 comments:

  1. When you started talking about food, I immediately thought on London Bridge and Borough Market. I am familiar with the area but not this restaurant. Glad to hear the gadai paneer was a hit.

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  2. i have eaten here and the food is good, you are right about the decor!

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  3. I love saag aloo so I would have gone for that as well, I find it can be mild some places but then very flavoursome in others

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  4. The food looks really delicious. I always struggle when we go to London wondering which places are nice so I will check it out for sure.

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  5. We both love Indian food. The samosas look yummy. Love the sound of the chicken tikka

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  6. Oh I do love authentic Indian and world food and this all looks so delicious. I do love a spicy vegetable samosas

    Laura x

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  7. Oooh, this sounds like a lovely meal! I love the little bowls that everything comes in! xxx

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  8. I've not eaten at this restaurant before. The food looks really good, especially the Kadai Paneer. I will have to head over to London Bridge and visit

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  9. This is making me so hungry!!! Everything here looks absolutely delicious!! Shell Maria

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  10. I have walked past this restaurant. Thank you, I always wondered what it was like. The food look lovely. xx

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  11. Oooh this looks lovely! We often hang out at Borough Market, not really tried anywhere else around London Bridge. Will have to explore more! Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. Food sounds gorgeous - can't beat mango sorbet after spicy food!

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  13. This sounds delish! I love going out for an Indian. Chicken tikka masala is my ultimate fave!!

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  14. This reminds me of a place near me, a good decent meal but nothing overly amazing. But saying that I keep going back and always have a good time. I also love it when you take a recommendation and it turns out to be a good one. T

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  15. Those samosas look so good! I love Indian food. Sometimes it's nice to go somewhere more relaxed and not too fancy, this sounds perfect for those sorts of occasions :)

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  16. The food looks good! I actually like spots that are a bit dated with their aesthetics.

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  17. Looks like a nice little place to visit, probably would go there for a posh evening meal but would be good for an afternoon!

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  18. Omg. Food is life for me. Great review. I always love indian food. They have these authentic spices that pops on your month. I don't really like mango sorbet but I think food here are worth a try.

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  19. Wow. what an awesome place to spend my weekends with my hubby and the food was really looks delicious.

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  20. I have never been into an Indian restaurant really. With your experience, I also curious how would it be for me.

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  21. Indian cuisine is one of my favourites so I'd love to try this!

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  22. Ooh, everything looks so delish. This was a good one. Good job and Keep it up.

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  23. So good to meet up friends for lunch.. I really miss London.. been ages since I visited the place. Your pics make me nostalgic as I lived there for an year when my hubby was doing his MBA

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  24. London Bridge and Borough Market are favourite places for all students including my niece. Next time I meet up with her, we will try out this restaurant. It looks interesting.

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  25. What a nice review,really needs to be visited one of these days.thanks

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  26. The food sounds pretty nice, the paneer looks really yummy and it's good that the manager recommended the additional dish for you x

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