City Spice

Restaurants, Indian Brick Lane
  • 3 out of 5 stars
(16user reviews)
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City Spice

This Bangladeshi restaurant is slap-bang in the middle of Brick Lane, right opposite the Vintage Market. The menu focuses on classic Bangladeshi curry house dishes but options from across India also feature. 

That means a menu ranging from lamb madras and chicken vindaloo to prawn dansak, chicken tikka jalfrezi, tandoori king prawn and Goan chicken. Balti and rezala dishes also feature, as well as a range of biryani. Drinks include lassi and bottled beer.

Keep an eye out for discount offers, too.  

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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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Venue name: City Spice
Address: 138 Brick Ln
E1 6RU
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Adil S
1 of 1 found helpful

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.

1 of 1 found helpful

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
1 of 1 found helpful

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
1 of 1 found helpful

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...

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
0 of 1 found helpful

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
0 of 1 found helpful

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