It has been a while since I wanted to try Brick Lane Curry House, the restaurant being on my list after I saw an episode of Man vs Food where the challenge was to eat the Phaal, a very hot curry, so hot that you need to wear a gas mask to cook it, the fumes of the ten different chili used being too intense. But it was not for the Phaal that we went, and the disclaimer below did not change my mind, even if I can get a free beer...
Brick Lane Curry House takes its name from the neighborhood in London that is supposed to have the best curry houses outside of Asia. I have never been there, maybe one day.
The place is like a labyrinth with three different dining rooms, the two main ones being separated by bottles of wine.
As soon as we sat, they brought us some delicious papadum:
For appetizers, we decided to try some classic vegetarian dishes: pakora.
These are vegetable fritters served with a tomato chutney that had a nice kick. The pakora were good, but missing a bit of crunch.
Then, we had aloo (potato) samosas:
Served with the same tomato chutney, it was just ok for me, as they mainly tasted the potato that was a bit bland.
The shell however was deliciously crispy.
Then, we shared the Chana Masala (Vegan):
It is a dish made of chickpeas, tomatoes, onions and spices.
I usually love chana masala, but did not like this one that was missing texture and flavor.
However, the lamb madras curry was perfect!
The waiter told us that it was spicy, but in fact, it just had a bit of a kick. The curry, made with a gravy prepared with mustard seeds, curry leaves and finished with coconut milk was very good and flavorful. I could have eaten that even without meat (the lamb was perfect), with just rice or better, with naan.
Both dishes were served with some rice:
And we also ordered some naan that was freshly made:
As usual, I ordered a sweet lassi that was pretty good: thick but not too much and not too sweet, it was perfect to extinguish any heat coming from the dishes.
The food at Brick Lane Curry House was just ok for me and I think that it is overpriced. I definitely prefer Baluchi's or The Masala Wallah over this place.
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