A Brick Lane stalwart, Sheba has been knocking out dishes from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan for more than 40 years. It's been in the same family all that time. The menu is typical curry house fare – think samosas, onion bhajis and tandoori lamb chops to start followed by mains of chicken tikka masala, lamb bhuna, prawn vindaloo and a number of biryani dishes. Signature dishes such as shorisha chicken, lamb noorani and king prawn malabar look interesting. Drinks include a short selection of wines, pints of Cobra and Kingfisher and lassi. John Smith's is conspicuous by its absence - Sheba was the setting for one of their TV adverts, starring Peter Kay.
Until recently, Brick Lane’s restaurant scene was known for one thing: curry. After newly arrived Bengali immigrants set up Indian restaurants here in the ’60s and ’70s, Brick Lane became the place to go for curry and BYO beer – and you’ll still find plenty of these old-school joints among Brick Lane’s restaurants, many employing ‘tikka touts’ offering meal deals to get passers-by through the door. But over the last decade or so there’s been an explosion in new Brick Lane restaurants run by a trendier new wave of arrivals. Today’s Brick Lane restaurants include vegan joints, fried chicken restaurants, upscale dining spots that would have been unthinkable here 20 years ago and the (in)famous cereal café. Get stuck in with our guide below.