City Spice

Restaurants, Indian Brick Lane
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
(41user reviews)
City Spice

Brick Lane curry joint that’s a cut above.

Sensible Londoners do not usually go for a curry on Brick Lane. If you like the idea of putting yourself at the mercy of the street’s unnecessarily forceful jalfrezi hawkers, you are either someone who enjoys the taste of gritty slurry or you are an unfortunate tourist, led astray by lazy guidebook writers. Unless, that is, you’re heading to City Spice, which has won a series of food industry awards since a change of management in 2015.

The ‘award winning dishes’ section of their website offers the likes of a rich, creamy chana makhoni – like a korma that’s been punched up with lemongrass. A fish thali came packed with more beautiful marine life than ‘Finding Dory’: full of fragrant, intensely savoury curries. It’s not all phenomenal, though: lamb chops arrived blackened to the point of chewiness; and their failure to debone a portion of fried, battered fish made eating it so painful that I gave up halfway through. Overall, though, it’s a lot better than you’d usually expect from a Brick Lane spice merchant.

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City Spice says
City Spice is a multi-award winning restaurant which has been heralded as "The King of Brick Lane." In addition to this, City Spice has also been featured in numerous publications and has a plethora of celebrities frequenting the restaurant.
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By: Alexi Duggins


Venue name: City Spice
Address: 138 Brick Ln
E1 6RU
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:27
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:12
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Awesome service, friendly staff who ready to assist you at every need, great food presentation and they taste wonderful. Moreover the restroom also amazing.

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One of my favorite restaurants in London. It's evolved over the years, and is now more about the food than the theatrics... Try to go for the later seating where it doesn't feel as rush.

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A truly one-of-a-kind food experience. A very small bar setting where the chef walks you through each of the uniquely themed items on the menu. No spoilers, bring some friends and be prepared to be amazed and amused as you experience some of the most interesting taste sensations that you will ever have.Highly recommend  city spice london

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The food was amazing! I went solo hungry for some curry to quench my hunger and entered City spice. After seeing the good reviews on trip advisor I just had to go. The chicken tikka masala was excellent and the poppadoms were nice and crispy. I would definitely recommend City Spice to all curry lovers.

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Went in to City Spice for lunch with group of 20 without booking a table. Despite having such a large group the staff at City Spice didn't have any issue serving us all. The food came piping hot and at the same time for everyone on the table. I am very pleased with how they served us and the quality of the food is best in Brick Lane. We will come again!

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This Curry House, according to the evening Standard was the "best restaurant of the year." So I took my curious self down to Brick Lane to see if there was some substance to the claim. Safe to say, I was delighted by the restaurant. The curry house stands out from a lot of mediocrity that is now Brick Lane.

Service fast and friendly. If you are heading down their anytime soon I specifically recommend the Bangladeshi argali. Of course, I will be returning...

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The food was breathtakingly good. I had a Lamb Shank which was full of flavour and spice. My mother had some grilled dishes which were superb as were the standards of Chicken Tikka Masala and so forth - where you can really tell the difference in the flavour and subtlety of the chicken which makes all the difference. Award winning? Seems so. 

The service was actually really good too. Nothing was forgotten and all of them were polite and attentive. This makes it stand out even further from the other restaurants in the area. 

All in all a great experience - definitely deserving of they hype. Of course - will be coming back again soon.

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We had an amazing night with the family. The service was exceptionally good.

The restaurant have brilliant selection of curries for kids which was a plus point for us. Will defiantly return, keep up the good work City Spice.

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Really good food - definitely award winning like they claim to be. Service was polite and a bit fun just like the restaurant itself. Thank you timeout for showing me this place! I will be visiting again soon...

Rat invested.  Was eating my starters when I felt a gush near my feet only to see a Rat run pass.  Disgusting.

Disgusting place with RAT running around! We dined here on Sunday lunch time after the guy outside got us in with the £10 deal! The portion size was extra small and they offered us free drinks which was watered down!! Anyways,  while i went downstairs to go to the toilet i saw a RAT running around the bar. I mentioned this to the manager but it seemed he was not bothered. Never again i will dine in this place ever again!!!


One of my favourites on brick lane. Great service and even better food. The chana masala and paneer curries were delicious. Some of the best naan I have had in a while. Curries are loaded with veggies!

The worst Indian food i had in ages! The Restaurant was so dirty, my plate was so greasy, i told the staff to change it but they ignored! The food was disgusting, all i tasted was powder and oily stuff! Lastly the prices were ridiculous with 12.5% service charge added.

Worse Curry i had in a long time! I had food poisoning after i had dinner at this restaurant! Stayed in the hospital for 2days! Most probabily the chicken i had was raw! I recommend the food hygiene to visit this place and close it down!

Bumped us with a heavy service charge (18% service charge)!!! We went here with a group of 20, the food took 2hours to come and when it did it was cold and the meat was hard to chew. None the less they added 18% service charge to our bill which was ridiculous!

Worse curry i have had in years! They said they had 5star ratings on the internet, its actually 3 stars! What a false way to get us in!!! The curry took 2hours to come out and when it did it was cold!

One of the best been to. Their attention to detail is immaculate. Each dish is like a work of art, and service is outstanding! I will give 6 stars,If i can

City spice gave me the best of the best dining experience in London. Creative dishes, creative cooking techniques, very nice pairing wines, good service and environment. Love it.

I've only been once but I thought it was spectacular. We did the degustation with matching wines - honestly can't make a single complaint. Expensive, but so worth it

We went for our 5th wedding anniversary and the food and service was perfection. From the moment we walked in to leaving the restaurant the staff and food were perfect. We went for the 9 course detestation and both agreed it was one of the best flavor experiences we have ever had. The presentation of the food along with the taste was spectacular.It was good memory in city spice.

Impressive food and refreshing selection of pairing drinks. Friendly waiter and knowledgeable sommelier. Really satisfied with their service.I will come again here.Would tell to others to go city spice.

There's no doubt this places delivers when it comes to a fine dining experience. The attention to detail in the food and service is flawless with a classy atmosphere to match. Really love this restaurant City spice.

Truly the best customer service experience I've ever had. Staff training and attention to detail was impeccable. The food was delicious and while definitely not a cheap night out I'm glad I got to experience it.

My favourite restaurant in London. The tasting menu is always interesting and full of surprises. Recommend the 5 course tasting menu ending with their signature Chocolate Forest dessert.

Tasting menu with matching wine was exceptional service was amazing waitress knew each regent of wine I highly recommend couples and groups very romantic I can not forget the food taste of The new city spice.

I treated myself to a meal here while at a conference. It was an incredible experience. Perfect food and masterfully paired wines. Special mention to the team who really made sure I had a great time during my solo dining experience.

I generally prefer more volume and more basic food but this blew my mind. Entertaining and delicious.HighlyPraised The New city Spice to others.

It's delicious, fun, and very photogenic. A rare opportunity to sit and chat with a world class chef for 2 hours while he prepares your meal.

The city spice where the fresh food was delicious and the dessert was amazing. The service could have been more attentive for such an exclusive restaurant (though we had no problems booking). Overall, a good experience .

We were promised a 15 pound set meal and left with a 25 pound set meal and a hefty service charge. Be sure not to overpay. Food was mediocre and your generic curry flavours and film of oil. For value it is filling and tasty because of salt and oil but definitely not if you are craving good Indian food!

Worse place to dine in! The tables are stuck to eachother, felt like we were sharing with different customers and was very hard to breathe! Food was so oily and staffs were all over the place. Avoid

The place was soo cramped and the heat was over 40degrees inside! All the tables are joint together, wasnt really comfortable sitting next to other loud parties in a asmall environment! And the food wasnt all that tbh!

Worst curry house i have ever been to! There was no taste to any curry we had! The air con was there but they didnt turn it on even though it was soo hot! The waiters at some point even seemed rude, throwing food and bill at the table!

We hadn't booked but were lucky to be able to get a table straight away. This restaurant is obviously popular as it was completely full shortly after we arrived.

The food was delicious, generous portion size, with an extensive range of vegetarian options.
Excellent service, helpful but not too intrusive. And when they found out we were celebrating a birthday they made a special fuss of the birthday girl.
Very reasonably priced.

We decided to eat here following the good reviews and the success of this business the recent UK curry awards. This is something that they are rightly proud of. The meal was outstanding and reasonably priced. There is a lot of competition in brick lane so don't be put off by the attention that you may receive outside when passing.  Give it a try I think you will be impressed, we were.


What struck me most about City Spice, was the overwhelming sense of pride in this family run restaurant. The Owner, Abdul Ahad, greeted us while we ate, and spoke at length about the achievements and the work that has gone into his dish creations and recipes, this alongside the achievements displayed around the restaurants created a welcoming and personal atmosphere often lost in busier chain restaurants. From meeting Abdul and hearing his evident passion for Indian food, it quickly becomes obvious why City Spice have achieved their recent accolades, credit where credit is due, he has created a fine restaurant that serves a damn good curry.

Had to wait 35minutes for our reservation even though we booked in advance! The place was over cramped and all the tables were together so we didn't feel comfortable sitting right close to other people! The food came out cold and rice were very sticky. Will never dine here again!!

Terrible. Terrible food and service. I thought i was in some other country! Waiters lack communication. The food itself was disgusting, felt like the curry was full of oil!

Went here with family, it took them 20mins to serve the menu! They had no high chairs, ridiculous! The food itself came out sooo late non the less it came out cold, when i asked the waiter to change it he said one minute and never showed up. They charge 15% service charge to what i think was a nightmare service! Avoid city spice at all cost.

Came from Brazil and heard about this in the local paper while on the Underground travelling to my hotel with friends. Decided it to be my first taste of the cuisine in London and took my 5 friends along as well.

The food and service was beautiful. I had a lamb tikka starter followed by a a fantastic lamb dish which I forgot the name off unfortunately - but I did take it home! I believe I was told it was award-winning and very hot. They were right about both! 

Good atmosphere made us friends feel comfortable in the setting despite being in Brazil a few days ago. Made our holiday to the UK feel special!

Had a fabulous dinner with my wife here. The staff are really friendly and make you feel very welcome. We both had delicious meals, a chicken tandoori and some vegetable curries. Worth a visit, we will be back again!

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