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City Spice

Restaurants, Indian Brick Lane
3 out of 5 stars
City Spice

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

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.

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.


Address: 138 Brick Ln
E1 6RU
Transport: Tube: Aldgate East
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £60.
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