Best local Indian Restaurant in Essex 2014
One of the finest Indian restaurants in Essex Caraway Indian Brasserie, in Gants Hill, has won the prestigious Best Local Indian Restaurant Award in the Restaurant Guides
The Hart Brothers
The Hart Brothers, who have made Quo Vadis and Fino into such success stories
128 Brick Lane
London E1 6RL
Tel: 0207 112 8984
Everyone knows that there are more curry houses in Brick Lane than there stars in the sky. Chuck a stick and you'll hit ten of them!
You'll be spoilt for choice, there'll be curry touts and you'll feel and taste the thrills and delicious smells of what makes Brick Lane such an institution whilst you are there. Unique? You bet, it's the one street in east London, where come the evening - especially on weekends - there's hardly room to move and it's all part of the cheap and cheerful fun.
One may wonder of course, as to how in the midst of this sea of curry houses you can make an appropriate judgement on where to dine, then we would say go by reputation and Cafe Bangla certainly has its fair share of followers not to mention a menu with at least 147 individual items! Even the owners here will testify that putting aside the huge number of dishes to choose from, there are items here you may not find in any other Brick Lane establishment.
Take a gander at the starters and then choose the likes of podina ponir (Indian cheese in a subtly sweet rapture of mint), fish cakes (croquette-like salmon coated on breadcrumbs), badami murgh (chicken breast in a sauce enriched by peanut and chick pea) and last but not least - the simple yet flavoursome adarakhi lamb chops (lamb chops marinated in ginger and other Indian spices and rendered in the tandoor).
In case there are any doubts on the part of vegetarians - don't worry, there's plenty to choose from.
Com the mains, it really is a hard one to call as there just a gargantuan number of appealing dishes. There are balti dishes, dishes from east India, classics like the tikka masala, jalfrezi and pasanda as well as Bengali style seafood dishes and a host of traditional items. Probably a wise choice to make is to opt for the chef's and the house specials though not sure what the division is for.
The Lucknowi keema is a superb home-style take on minced lamb with spices, potatoes, fresh coriander and green chillies. You can always ask for a mild version. The mughi masala invites us to enjoy the pleasures of chicken breast - cooked again with lamb mince, whole egg and herbs. distinct and yummy! The ishtu gosht we're informed in the menu, is a signature dish of dry meat, slow cooked in yoghurt, various spices and caramelised onion. Well, it certainly does wonders on the palate.
A variety of well executed vegetarian dishes finishes off a contented meal. Only, the contentment doesn't just come from the food, but the service too, which is very friendly and very swift, with each dish served eagerly explained by the staff. Oh and the decor, should you even have time to look up from what will be a thoroughly enjoyable meal, is a tad kitsch, but it's all very neat and tidy.