We’ve been back here a few times since we last wrote about it, but while the English Breakfast is always available, the main course Tandoori Chicken has always eluded us. It’s always been temporarily off the menu for various reasons, mainly to make way for limited dishes like Oktoberfest specials. On each of our attempts we’ve had to order the tandoori chicken bites or lamb chops with minted gravy instead, from the Bar Bites menu.
It was therefore quite a stroke of luck that when we went for lunch on Saturday, it was back on the Asian section of the menu. It was as good as ever, with very fragrant and tender chicken thigh pieces and butter rice. I’m just rather amused that one of the best tandoori chickens I’ve had is from an English pub rather than a traditional North Indian restaurant like Rang Mahal or Shahi Maharani.
The English Breakfast was good as usual, but it is me or has the portion shrunk somewhat? It didn't seem to overwhelm the plate the way it used to, and the pitiful amount of mushrooms and rather measly slice of bacon was quite laughable. Still yummy though, and I guess less of a cholesterol bomb, given that there’s simply less of it.
Word of warning though – there’s really no sense of urgency here at lunchtime. The servers and the kitchen really do take their time. We waited quite a long time for our food, as well as for the bill, which is rather inexcusable given that the restaurant was practically empty and we were one of only four tables having proper food. Come here expecting a long, lazy brunch, bring some reading material, and you won’t be disappointed.
Good food. Slow service.
The Penny Black
26/27 Boat Quay
Mon to Thurs 11.30 am – 2 pm
Fri to Sun 11.30 am to 2.30 pm
Evening Bar Food:
Sun to Thurs: 3 pm – 10.30 pm
Fri & Sat: 3 pm – 11 pm