City Spice

Restaurants, Indian Brick Lane
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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
About us - why we are the king of Brick Lane.

Located on the street renowned for its exquisite Indian food - City Spice has to do a lot of work to live up to its claim of being the king of Brick Lane. And boy, does it do that. Located at the heart of Brick Lane, City Spice's’ newly-refurbished, grandiose decor shows that this restaurant deserves its plethora of unique awards. From being listed on the Cobra Good Curry Guide to winning Excellence Awards from TripAdvisor, City Spice is outstanding in every aspect: the food is divine, the service is infallible and the atmosphere inside the restaurant epitomises the classic Brick Lane vibe - full of vigour and jubilation.

City Spice is the perfect restaurant for world-class food. Our specialities have been highly recommended by curry guides and critiques all over the UK, so it’s no wonder we have a big list of celebrity clientele that love dining at City Spice as much as they can. From Premier League footballers to acclaimed fashion designers and TV personalities, you might be lucky to spot a celebrity dining at City Spice almost every day of any week. They know the food is magnificent and do as much as they can to enjoy it!

The menu, exclusively created by our award winning chef, is derived from the Indian food served to the Mughal emperors at the time of British India - but with a little Bengali twist to ensure that City Spice can set itself apart from other restaurants due to its unique food.
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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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Adil S
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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!

Victor S
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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...

Jonathan D
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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.

Talya P
1 of 1 found helpful

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.

John L
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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...

henna l

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!!

ryan c

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!

Jacob J

Very poor service! Food was bland as well. Two of the waiters were busy chit chatting and shouting. Would not expect such behaviors in a restaurant.

karo t

Worst experience ever! The service was terrible and the food came out cold. When asked to change it, they ignored and shouted. Will never return

dan h

Not as we expected! The service was a mess and the food was too spicy and too oily! The waiter at one point was soo rude! Took my family there and they weren't impressed. Never again will dine here

wendy w

Probabily the worst curry house in London! Worst service and food came out cold! Never again

neil w

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.

kay q

Dined in for 10people, gave us watery beers and told us it was cobra.. haha! Were not stupid!! Anyways food wasnt all that and service was a mess. Dissapointed

Johnny B

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!

Scott P

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!

derek c
0 of 1 found helpful

The worst curry house in Brick Lane! They say they are rated as 5star in TripAdvisor, Theyre actually rated as 3stars. Should be 1star! The food took soo long to come out and after it did it looked dry with lack of sauce! The waiters seemed busy with their phones and the toilets were in a mess! Would never go back

roy h
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Not all that as we hoped. Was recommended by a family member, what a shame! They made us wait half an hour for a table and food wasn't all that. Waiters were a little rude at some point and ignored us couple of times. Need to clean the toilets aswel as it was so dirty

sean m
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Should be rated as 1 star only restaurant. They're not even busy and they made us wait 40 minutes to sit us in even though we booked in advance! Food wasn't all that. Lamb tikka came out cold and i complained it to the manager but he ignored me all the way. Very rude! Would never go back again