Eastern Eye, The
8a Quiet Street, Bath, BA1 2JSThis is certainly the grandest, and probably the best, Indian restaurant in Bath. In a massively gracious room that would do credit to a Livery Company, Eastern Eye serves Indian delicacies from Bengal and Northern India. Although they do not always tell the whole tale such is the range of Awards given to Eastern Eye that there can be no doubt about its credibility and expertise. Eastern Eye has been awarded 'Restaurant of the Year 2011' by Les Routiers and English Curry Awards 'Restaurant of the Year South West 2011'. For a start the range of dishes is truly amazing, so much so that for the confused there is a standard set meal on offer at £19.95, plus service. Whilst it may, in certain circumstances be safer to remain with the familiar many will prefer to plumb the infinite shades of the new, the feared and the imponderable.
This is certainly the grandest, and probably the best, Indian restaurant in Bath. In a massively gracious room that would do credit to a Livery Company, Eastern Eye serves Indian delicacies from Bengal and Northern India. Although they do not always tell the whole tale such is the range of Awards given to Eastern Eye that there can be no doubt about its credibility and expertise. Eastern Eye has been awarded 'Restaurant of the Year 2011' by Les Routiers and English Curry Awards 'Restaurant of the Year South West 2011'.
For a start the range of dishes is truly amazing, so much so that for the confused there is a standard set meal on offer at £19.95, plus service. Whilst it may, in certain circumstances be safer to remain with the familiar many will prefer to plumb the infinite shades of the new, the feared and the imponderable. All dishes hail from Bengal and include an impressive list of the much loved balti, starting with vegetable balti and topping out with a fine king prawn massalla balti.
There are those who believe that starters are an unnecessary part of an Indian meal, but for those who don't share this philosophy a generous array of stimulative treats are there to please. To take but one the chicken hariyali is marinated with traditional Nepali herbs and spices before being cooked over the tandoori oven.
Tandoori dishes are dry, come with salad and are made to order - truly boutique eating. The tandoori mixed thali carrries a selection of tandoori chicken, chicken chandan, lamb sula and sheek kebab. Amongst the seven or so specials move very carefully, but do not lightly ignore the chicken or lamb nowabdar from Northern India, a mild dish with a delicately spiced sauce made from roasted cashew nuts and fennel seeds before being combined with a spiced butter sauce, cream and peeled tomatoes.
All the well regarded curry dishes are there, lamb rogan josh, chicken or lamb dhansak, a sweet and sour curry cooked with lentils and spices, and plain basic lamb or chicken curry the strength of which can be tuned to any notch on the scale for a modest 40p extra leaving you to wonder what an extra £1.20s worth might achieve. If the favourite dish of the Brits is indeed chicken tikka massala from Kashmir it is perhaps closely pursued by a meat or chicken jalfrezi, a hot spicy dish powered by fresh chilli, tomato and green peppers
For £85.00 four people can dine nobly off king prawn butterfly, chicken chandan, specially prepared lamb and chicken dishes, noor mahal special biriany with nuts and dried fruit, mixed vegetables, nans, popadoms, chutney, dessert and coffee.
If anyone is in any doubt about the rapport between cooking from the sub-continent and wines from pretty well anywhere let them come to The Eastern Eye for a short course in rapprochement, with wines that would comfortably grace the list of the above average British restaurant and are singularly well annotated.
There is a well laid out Website which will give the wider picture with just one click.
: 12:00 - 14:30 18:00 - 23:30
: 12:00 - 23:30
Reservations: 01225 422323/4666401
8a Quiet Street, Bath, BA1 2JS [Map]
£7.95 (3 courses)
£19.95 (3 courses)
(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)
REVIEWS OF Eastern Eye, The
Joseph (17 November 2009)
I had an excellent evening at The Eastern Eye a few nights ago. The first thing that I noticed when I walked in was the extraordinary décor, with beautiful full wall authentic paintings and a huge three domed ceiling, the interior is truly unique and a must see. When were shown to our seats we got to see the very wide ranging menu but we took the waiters advice on what to go for and we were far from disappointed. The food matched the excellence of the interior, that combined with fantastic service makes this restaurant one that we are definitely going to come back to and the best Indian restaurant we've been to by far.
Andrew Burgess (5 February 2003)
The Restaurant is set in a spacious Georgian ballroom, with a high ceiling and a large circular skylight. The first meal I went to was with my girlfriend as we like curries. The choice of dishes was extraordinary, although perhaps a bit expensive but the service we had was excellent. We were always being asked if we wanted anything (as with everybody else on a busy Saturday night) - it certainly saves the trouble of catching the waiters' attention when there are a number of waiters around. Overall, a very pleasant place to eat exceptionally nice Indian food. I can recommend it.
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More Info for Eastern Eye, The
- Children welcome
- Air condition
- Groups allowed
- Outside seating
- Cover charge
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