Review – Tiger Tiger – Central London
When an email pings into your inbox inviting you to ‘Take On The Tiger Tower’ all sorts of things spring to mind. Is it a zoo experience where there are tigers balancing on top of each other or a playdate with an extra big tiger? The last thing I thought about was food but food it was – Tiger Tiger in Haymarket has had a makeover! The challenge in this case was to try a dish from the new menu, aptly named The Tiger Tower or the one I was to take on – The Ultimate Tiger Tower.
If you’ve lived in London as long as I have then Tiger Tiger was a regular haunt in your halcyon days of clubbing. We’ve all lined up in the alleyway to get in, drank delicious cocktails whilst admiring the ‘Tom Cruise’ bar staff who could really shake a cocktail and food usually was the last thing on our minds. I have eaten there in the past I just don’t remember what I had. The newly refurbished premises look slick but the layout is the same. As I descended the stairs to the restrooms I had flashbacks of my previous visits. Anyway, enough reminiscing, lets get on to the more important aspect of this particular visit – the food!
The evening started with a delicious cocktail – it looked like a pornstar martini in a tall glass but it was called the Tiger Punch! All my favourite things in a drink – rum, Orgeat, passionfruit puree, pineapple juice and a tiger mix. At £8.50 it’s a bargain for a cocktail in central London. The cocktail list is very reasonably priced with loads to choose from around the £8-9 mark. They also make giant cocktails for sharing.
The main event arrived at the table and it’s not so much a ‘tiger’ as a monster. Want to know where to get a huge burger? It’s here. Made up of a juicy beef patty, chicken breast, bacon, cheese, onion rings and chilli sauce with a side of slaw and chips or salad. It’s enough to make my eyes water and my taste buds start salivating. The straight-up tiger burger is £15 but you can upgrade to the Ultimate which also includes a Jack Daniels on the rocks and a bottle of beer – price £25. The only way I was going to finish this was to take off the top bun and dive in, which I did. I crossed claws with that tiger and won. Meal demolished (except for the bun top) I felt quite victorious albeit I was stuffed and not in the taxidermy kinda way.
For dessert we tried the pancakes. These are the American kind so expect big, thick fluffy pancakes not the crepe variety. Topped with chocolate and vanilla ice cream, mango puree and chocolate coated honeycomb pieces. It was delicious but thank goodness I was sharing one with my fellow diner. At a fiver this was a bargain.
Looking back through the menu I found it to be really reasonably priced for central London. With loads of dishes between £10-13 there should be something to suit most appetites and drinks prices are good too. Of course there are the more high-end dishes available with a 8oz rib-eye coming in at £20. The menu is made up of predominantly American inspired dishes with all the main suspects showing up – burgers, ribs, Mexican dishes, seafood and salads etc etc. I saw lots of other diners plates coming out of the kitchen and their portions looked generous too.
The new design is full of geometric stripes and wood which gives a warm yet vibrant feel to the place. Don’t get me wrong though, this place still has some of the old Tiger Tiger about it – the bar was packed full of suits and the bar staff were still shaking their thang (you know I’m referring to cocktails of course), the music was pumping and it looked like the beginning of a good night. Suffice it to say that Tiger Tiger has rooaarred back to life and I challenge you all to #TakeOnTheTiger, can you beat me?