Here at @Planandeat we have a little saying: “when you go to an Indian restaurant, you must have a feast!”. We’ve always lived up to that saying, and The Famous Curry Bazaar being was no different. On this occasion we made the most of their Tastecard offer, which gives you 50% off the entire bill (excluding drinks), on the proviso that everyone at the table orders a starter, main, and rice or bread each. We rose to the challenge!
Food - 7/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 7.5/10
Value for Money - 8/10
If you fancy a curry you’ll never be short of options in Brick Lane – but The Famous Curry Bazaar is a great choice at a reasonable price.
Price range: ££ Telephone: 020 7375 1986
Address: 77 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 6QL
Nearest Station: Shoreditch High Street
Even before we start talking about the food, it’s worth mentioning the area surrounding the restaurant. If you aren’t familiar with it, let me introduce you to Brick Lane. Although it occupies a small pocket of the city, Brick Lane houses many famous curry houses and functions as the heart of the city’s vibrant Bangaldeshi community. The area makes for a great walk on a warm summer’s day, just as the sun begins to set. It’s one of the few areas in London where you’ll see street signs in two languages (English and Bengali, in this instance). Other nearby notable points of interest are Spitalfields market and the Truman Brewery; but Fournier Street too – a row of impeccably kept Victorian-era houses (complete with Victorian-era street lamps!). On our walk through, we even spotted TV/film crews operating in the area, which wasn’t a surprise as it’s probably one of the few open-set areas that can double for Victorian London on film. Even on a quick stroll through, you’ll quickly realise this area is very different to most other London districts.
Onto the food: if you fancy a curry, you’re spoilt for choice in Brick Lane. The street is lined with dozens of curry houses, and with vendors vying for your business and custom outside each restaurant, there is a hustle and bustle to it. It feels as though you’re walking through the streets of Dhaka, experiencing the colourful rows restaurants, and warm fragrances coming out of every eatery. On this occasion, we had already pre-planned our dinner and were headed to one of the more well known establishments in the area, aptly named The Famous Curry Bazaar. We had pre-selected this restaurant because it had a cracking deal available on Tastecard, where you could get 50% off your food bill if you ordered a starter, main and rice/bread each. And that we did!
As standard, our meal began with poppadoms and a selection of sauces. The poppadoms were fresh, crisp and warm. As for starters between the four of us we ordered the Vegetable Samosa, Chicken Momo, Vegetable Pakora and King Prawn Butterfly. Our meal started with an unexpected injection of variety with the inclusion of the prawn butterfly and chicken momo, which we wouldn’t usually go for. All of our starters came together which was a good start. Both the momo and the pakora came out slightly unexpected though: the former was actually a piece of meat wrapped in bread (we were expecting a dumpling package) while the latter was a round and deep fried ball which was a bit too perfectly shaped compared to a normal pakora, in my mind anyway! It was tasty all the same, and went down well for starters. Vegetable samosas are always great appetizers before a curry – light bites with a crisp and a crunch.
The feast continued with the mains and sundries: we ordered a variety of curries, rice, garlic naans and saag aloo. As for me I elected for a Chicken Korma, which is mild curry with a subtle sweet taste. It came as desired with tender cubes of chicken soaked in a nutty curry. The rice was plentiful, and tasty; the naan was thick and had a subtle taste of garlic. The rest of the group enjoyed their meals and we noted that the establishment seemed very popular. It was voted as the best Curry House in Brick Lane in 2018 and with good reason, it seemed like a great location for a casual meal out with friends but good for a family meal too.
Writing this review strictly from the point of view a half price meal, my feelings were that the experience was great value for money considering the quality and amount of food we ordered. Now – would I say the same had we paid menu price? Well for starters, we probably wouldn’t have ordered as much food, because the markup is quite high since Brick Lane is a well known tourist area. And so if we had paid full price, I think I would have expected a little more. For the deal we got though, I think this review does warrant a score of 7.6/10.
If you’re considering going to The Famous Curry Bazaar, I would strongly advise you to get a Tastecard and book through them for the 50% Off, which transforms this good restaurant into a great choice!