London’s Brick Lane is famous for food, especially Indian restaurants but with so many options how do you know which restaurant is the right one to pick? I was recently invited to check out City Spice to see how it measures up and find out why it won the title ‘London’s Curry Restaurant of the year.’
The restaurant itself is light and bright and the staff were all polite, friendly and knowledgable of their menu. We started off with the classic poppadoms and pickle tray selection. The poppadoms were cooked perfectly without being in anyway oily or greasy and the pickles and chutneys were some of the best I’ve had. It consisted of an almond dip which was sweet without being overly so yet light and delightful to taste, a mango chutney which was another favourite of mine which again wasn’t overly sweetened, a spicy chutney which had delicious liquorish undertones, a sweet orange paste and a fresh vegetable selection.
For our starter we course to split the King Prawn Butterfly, which consists of prawns in the shape of a butterfly, lightly breadcrumbed and then fried. I’m not normally a fan of fried foods however this was fried so lightly it didn’t negatively affect the flavour of the fish at all and had a great, light crunch without being at all oily. There was no skimping on the fish either as this was filled to the brim with prawns.
After much debating over the menu we both chose to order from the award winning dishes section and both went for curries we hadn’t tried before. Harry chose the Black Pepper Lamb and Mushroom dish which was rich and meaty with a subtly spice. This is actually one of two new dishes added to the menu after the owners were invited to a special invite-only event to trade culinary secrets with Michelin Chiefs earlier this year. I went with the Thatul Tanga Bhujon which is a totally unique, flavourful dish which was slightly sweet with a sour finish that develops as you eat it. I’ve never had anything like it before and it is one of the most delicious dishes I have ever tried, unusual and completely flavourful.
For the main course we chose to split the lemon rice which I had not tried before. It was cooked perfectly and was very flavourful with the lemon flavours adding a refreshing dimension to the dishes we paired them with.
I can’t go to an Indian and not have a nan bread of some form, this time we went with a Keema Nan which is one of Harry’s favourites. Usually I am not normally a fan however this was light, well made and filler perfectly without being too oily. The flavours from the meat were really tasty and moist but not too overpowering.
I love Indian restaurants, it’s one of my favourite styles of food to eat and until now I hadn’t found anywhere in London that lived up to the options back home in Yorkshire. However with this I think I may have just found the best Indian in London! Check out their menu here if you fancy a visit.
What’s your favourite Indian Restaurant in London?