This City of London restaurant is inspired by Indian army mess taverns with a focus on beer, whisky, live sport and pool
Though the variety and quality of restaurants in London’s square mile has improved immeasurably in recent years, Brigadiers has been one of the few to generate a real buzz. Inspired by the army mess bars of India, the restaurant is split into different zones including a dining room, a pool room showing live sport, a taproom and three private dining rooms.
Yet Brigadiers feels far from a typical sports bar, with a design mixing dark woods and art deco that references the gentleman’s clubs of the Raj.
Dishes here typically pair well with a pint, with bar snacks including masala chicken skins; and goat tikka bun kebabs. The wider menu focuses on different methods of Indian barbecue with options such as a mixed grill sizzler to share: a still-smoking pile of kebabs, chops and tandoori masala prawns for £60. Pricing is flexible, so there’s the chance to blow out on a suckling pig feast or opt for a cheaper set lunch of three courses for £25 Monday to Friday.
There’s a big focus on drinks here, and The Pool Room is home to a whisky vending machine where visitors can sample rare, vintage and limited-edition scotch. There are also cocktails on tap and beer fans can enjoy the ever-changing list in the standing-only Tap Room, served in two-third or half-pint glasses, or four-pint ‘growlers’ for larger groups.
Don’t be put off by Brigadier’s location in London’s financial hub, this fun and multi-faceted restaurant is well worth a trip to the square mile.