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London, United Kingdom
August 4, 2007
From journal London from a Resident
by Cheryl Patterson
July 5, 2005
As you wander down the street, enjoying the sights and sounds, feel free to amble into whichever restaurant takes your fancy--you won't get a bad curry here.
Feeling adventurous but unsure what to order? Take your time to ask your server about the ingredients and flavors the various dishes have to offer; you will always find friendly assistance from the staff enthusiastic to give you a tour of the tastebuds!
From journal London, England - Let a Londoner be Your Guide!
September 24, 2004
Brick Lane itself is a crowded road filled with hole-in-the-wall type of Indian restaurants. You'll know that you've reached Brick Lane once you get accosted by various restaurant owners who try to bribe you with sweet deals. Don't stop for anyone until you get offered the ultimate deal. Usually I go with a bigger group of five to eight people, but they offer deals for smaller groups also. The first man on the street may offer you free Naan (puffy bread) and 10% off the bill. After seeing that you've declined, the next restaurant owner will add the first round of wine for free. I would dig for a little more. Once, we bargained with a restaurant owner by telling him what the man down the street offered us. He pondered over our comparison for a bit, and decided he'd give us three bottles of wine on the house, orders of Naan, the crispy stuff with the different sauces, AND 30% off of our bill! Each of us split the bill at the end and paid 12 quid each - quite the deal!
I've been to a number of the Indian/Bengal restaurants on Brick Lane, and most of the menus are the same. What really surprised me was the Vindaloo - it's much spicier than what we're used to at Indian restaurants in America. I think Brits like their food a bit spicier, and, so if you don't want to be gulping down sweet lassi mid-meal, I'd say go for the Tikka Masala or the Korma. All the restaurants offer a variety of vegetarian dishes also.
Some of the restaurants don't have alcohol, but, unlike restaurants in the states, here you can B.Y.O.B! So stop by the local co-op or wine cellar, and buy a few bottles for your meal!
I LOVE Brick Lane, PLEASE go, and experience a side of London that not many tourists get to see.
From journal The Real London - The East End