Ticking a Brick Lane curry off our London bucket list at Aladin, Shoreditch

Having a curry in one of the many curry houses on Brick Lane should be on every Londoners bucket list. Between the vintage fairs and other food markets and stalls there is a dizzying amount of curry choice, some undoubtedly better than others. We chose Aladin based upon one of our friends recommendations and it did not disappoint. Already boasting a number of awards, it has been named ‘One of the World’s Best Curry Houses’ by the BBC. 

The inside of the restaurant is no frills and the menu is exactly what you would expect to find on the back of your normal local curry house takeaway menu. Although not fussy, the food tastes simply incredible and (to our surprise) leaves you without that stodgy feeling you usually feel after a curry.

For starters and sides we ordered: onion bhajis, sheesh kebab, peshwari and garlic naans and four lots of rice (they are small portions so don’t underestimate!).

Butter chicken goodness
Authentic Bangladesh dish: prawn Sylheti curry

For our mains we ordered: lamb madras, prawn pasanda, butter chicken, prawn sylheti curry and another madras. The madras was spicier than others we have tried so only go for it if you’re a true spice lover. We’d never heard of Sylheti curry before but it’s a tasty Bangladeshi dish with a fuller, less sweet flavour than other kinds of curry.  The butter chicken was by far our favourite as the chicken was truly melt in your mouth.

Other bonus points include the 20% off your bill if you book via the website and also the BYOB policy with no additional corkage fee. The restaurant felt like good value for money as the final bill came to around £85 between six people. That averages at around £14 each for starters, rice, naans, mains and service charge but excluding alcohol.

With plenty of curry houses on Brick Lane choosing where to eat can be confusing. We are glad we picked Aladin and recommend it to others because we really enjoyed the food and atmosphere and thought it was value for money.  

If you’d like any more information on any of the restaurants we’ve reviewed, please free feel to contact us.

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