If you’re visiting London, make sure to complete your visit with an Indian curry at the iconic Brick Lane, the vibrant hub that’s full of colour, music and the unmistakable aromas of Indian spices.
With so many eateries to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. And, let’s face it, almost every restaurant website here boasts that they’re the ‘best Indian Restaurant on Brick Lane’.
To help you choose, here are six great spots for a curry on Brick Lane.
1. City Spice
The award-winning ‘King of Brick Lane’ was the winner of the Masterchef Curry Award 2017. The lively, buzzing local has been recently refurbished with a modern, Indian-influenced decor.
The menu is based on ‘Indian food served to the Mughal Emperors at the time of British India but with a little Bengali twist’.
- Thatul Tanga Bhujon – chicken, lamb or vegetables cooked in a sweet, sour and spicy sauce.
- Shahi Chingri Bhuna – a classic dish served to the mogul emperors of king prawns baked in their shells in a tandoori oven and finished with a mixture of spices served with baked tomatoes.
This elegant, modern and spacious restaurant is popular with celebrities and serves typical dishes with a modern twist, including a variety of vegetable options. It’s ideal for parties and get-togethers with friends.
- Spicy Lamb or Chicken Tawa – made with fresh tomatoes, onion, capsicum, ginger and fresh green chillies.
- Lamb Shashlik Bhuna – skewered with capsicum and onion, then grilled in the tandoori.
Enjoy a blend of Indian dishes made with the freshest, local ingredients in relaxed surroundings. Bengal Village takes pride in producing Bangladeshi dishes using local produce that’s delivered daily.
- Karai dishes cooked in a sizzling iron wok, which gives them a delicious smoky flavour.
- Tandoori Lamb Chops Massala Karahi cooked with fresh herbs and spices, ghee and garlic.
- Banana or Mango Lassi.
Established in 1974, the chic and stylish decor of Sheba belies its reasonable prices. As well as traditional dishes, the restaurant specialises in lamb shank dishes that literally melt in the mouth.
Sheba was voted ‘Best Curry House in the UK’ by the Cobra Good Curry Guide 2015.
- Bengal Lamb Shank – slowly roasted with carrots, spices and saffron.
- Bollywood Blast – for hot chilli lovers, tender lamb chunks cooked with a variety of chillies.
Applauded by Prince Charles and listed by the BBC as one of the world’s best curry houses, this bustling, lively restaurant prides itself on its authenticity.
- Chicken or Lamb Sizzler – made with onions, tomatoes, green chilli peppers and pistachios.
- Haryalic Chicken Masala – marinated in spinach and mint, grilled then cooked in a creamy sauce.
This is one of the most popular restaurants on Brick Lane so it’s wise to book in advance. Winner of numerous awards, Cinnamon is famous for its grilled meat specialities.
- Lamb Shatkora – cooked in a thick Bengali sauce using ‘Shatkora’, a special lime exclusive to the Sylhet region of Bangladesh.
- Lemon Grass Chicken – a medium, spicy sauce cooked with lemongrass.
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