Inside the city’s largest new restaurant development, The Bloomberg Arcade, the latest entrant Brigadiers opened its doors yesterday.

They join an array of exciting ‘new to the city’ operators to the development, including Koya City, Bleecker Burger, Vinoteca, Caravan, Ahi Poke, Homeslice, Etke and A Wong which opens later this year.

Brigadiers becomes the tenth concept from JKS Restaurants who’s unrivalled portfolio includes Trishna, Gymkhana, Hoppers, Kitchen Table, Bubbledogs, Lyle’s, BAO, XU and Sabor.

The restaurant is an Indian barbecue and beer tavern inspired by the army mess bars of India, where military regiments go to eat, drink and socialise. It is their biggest venue to date, with 140-covers (plus a 40-cover terrace). Together with designer Brady Williams, and inspired by the Sethi's grandfather; an original Brigadier, and his 4th Gurkha Rifles ‘brigade’, they've transformed the restaurant into a warren of rooms - all serving different purposes.

The Dining Room – servers as the main dining area

The Tap Room - standing room only at the back of The Dining Room

Blighters - the main bar, where booth seating is more the order of the day, as well as a central circular bar if you want to grab a stool for a pint or cocktail

As well as the main two areas, there are a number of private rooms, all suiting a slightly different need:

The Pot Luck Room - the main private dining room at the front of the restaurant with its own entrance

The Bidi room - a smaller private dining room at the back

The Kukri Room - where the table can be changed into a card table once the meal's done

The Pool Room – at the centre of the operation, it can be hired out and offers two screens for sports, a pool table, whisky vending machine and a fast-pour self-serving beer machine!

The menu centres around methods of Indian barbecue: tandoors, charcoal grills, rotisseries, wood ovens and classic Indian smokers. We were lucky enough to test drive the menu and a few of our favourite dishes include;

• Masala Chicken Skins
• Cocktail Ox Cheek Vindaloo Samosas
• Original BBQ Butter Chicken Wings
• Goat tikki bun kebabs
• Dry Tandoori Masala Beef Rib Eye Steak
• Sikandari Kid Goat Shoulder

There are also 30 different beers, including JKS’ own specially commissioned session pale ale beer called 4th Rifles (a tropical citrus-y session pale ale) brewed in collaboration with the Thornbridge Brewery — which is delicious!

There is also a devilishly large selection of whisky. On-tap cocktails will include nitro espresso martini, and a “cask handpulled” Buffalo Trace old fashioned.

There will be live sport shown in selected areas of the restaurant, which will definitely help drive new business to the city, especially on the quieter times during the weekend.

Bruce Gillingham Pollard acts for the Landlord Bloomberg on all of the restaurant lettings.