Standard Balti House, Brick Ln

Even for locals, Brick Lane can be a daunting prospect when venturing for a curry. Too much choice and a lot of hilarious bargaining from the incessant waiters standing outside ready to lure you in.

It’s hard not to judge a restaurant on its interiors, or on the friendliness of the waiter, or on the prices. Truth is, most of us just want a really good curry. But short of them handing out samples on the street theres not much you can do to know how good these Indians are. I’ve been longing for a recommendation on Brick Lane for a while, and alas I have one. Which I’ll happily pass on. Not just for the quality of food (and the price) but the owner and staff were so friendly they deserve their name to be spread throughout the ‘hood.

After a gig at Rough Trade East, a group of us headed to the Standard Balti House. Our informant had dined there for over 5 years, so I was relatively confident this was going to be good. Although the order was slow, (the food seemed to take an age to arrive) it was unusually busy in there for a Tuesday night. Again, surely this was a good sign? I ordered the Lamb Rogan Josh (£8) with plain rice and a Peshwari Naan. I tried to be more adventurous than ordering a Korma, and I’m pleased I did. Rich and full of layered and complex flavours, the meat seemed good quality too. My only complaint is it wasn’t spicy enough (I am a wimp with spice and could barely detect warmth on my tongue!).

I shared the rice and the Naan with a friend, so the grand total of my meal was £10, which is almost ludicrous. We were thoroughly looked after, smiley waiters and not rushed out the door as soon as our plates were cleared.

I really want to go back and sample more from the menu!

71 Brick Ln, City of London, E1 6QL ‎

020 7247 5855

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