Brigadiers 22

1-5 Bloomberg Arcade , London, EC4N 8AR

  • Brigadiers dark wood bar and lace curtains
  • Brigadiers roast chicken dish in bowl
  • Brigadiers dark wood red leather interiors
  • Brigadiers filled lettuce cups

SquareMeal Review of Brigadiers

The headlining act of the Bloomberg Arcade, Brigadiers is the hotly anticipated new restaurant from JKS, aka siblings Jyotin, Karam and Sunaina Sethi, who have a Midas touch for whatever they choose to invest in (Lyle’s, Sabor, Bao, Bubbledogs) or front themselves (Hoppers, Trishna, Gymkhana – and now Brigadiers).  


Brigadiers is an Indian barbecue restaurant and sports bar, pitched in mood midway between the cheap thrills of Hoppers and the Mayfair flash of Gymkhana (prices, however, are definitely more Gymkhana). And like all the Sethis’ projects, it is precision-tuned to the location. Here in the City that means two bars, three private rooms, a pool room with a self-service whisky dispenser, plus TVs locked to Sky Sports. The inspiration is apparently the army mess bars of India, although it may as well be the fantasy of a teenage boy.


Except this being JKS, the food and drinks are far more sophisticated than that. The long menu is tailor-made for sharing in groups, not least because you’ll want to order as much as possible from the half-dozen sections, from ‘beer snacks’ and ‘sizzlers and kebabs’ to ‘steak, ribs and chops’ and ‘rotisserie and wood oven’.


There are two show-stopping must-orders. Beef chuck bone-marrow keema, sloppy and slippery, is scooped up with chilli-cheese kulcha, which taste like a stuffed pizza crust. We also put these to good use chasing the sauce left over from barbecue butter chicken wings, smeared with ghee and cashew cream like sublime, softly flavoured satay.


Other highlights included the flavour riot of masala chicken skins with lime pickle, and from the more substantial end of the menu, rib-eye steak beautifully spiced in a dry tandoori masala. Lettuce dressed in yoghurt and mint provided fresh relief.


To drink, there are lagers and stouts on tap, cocktails on draught, and 15 wines by the glass from a global list that quickly ascends past the £40 mark all the way to a pay-cheque blowing fine wine selection that, for once, doesn’t focus on Bordeaux and Burgundy – like everything else in this raucous newcomer, a hot blast of fun for City dining, especially if you’ve a glass in hand on the terrace when the sun hits at 5pm.   

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Brigadiers is recommended for

Big And Bold | Buzzy | Fun | Traditional | Special Occasions Under 40S | Outside Seating

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Bank Tube Station 109m

Fenchurch Street Station 198m

Address

Address: 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade , London EC4N 8AR

Area: Monument Tower Hill Aldgate

Opening times

Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm Sat-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -9pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Bank 99m

Tallow Chandlers' Hall 181m

Details

Telephone: 020 3319 8140

Website:

Cuisine: Indian

10.0

Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Ajit K. 28 May 2018

Exceptional food and great service, I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and would definitely recommend to anyone who has a passion for Indian food.