A couple of weeks ago, me and my boyfriend went along to review the hottest new place in Brick Lane. Pardon the pun.
Let me introduce to you... City Spice; London's winning restaurant of the year, at the Bangladesh Caterers Awards in Westminster. The family run Indian restaurant has quickly built up a popular and successful reputation; better known as 'King of Brick Lane'.
Situated a five minute walk from Liverpool Street, City Spice was extremely easy to find. It's located on the same road where all of the curry houses are. However, City Spice stands out with its snazzy new LED lit restaurant sign name and proud award banners standing outside.
City Spice, 138 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU
We was welcomed into the restaurant with open arms and sat on a table in the middle of the restaurant. It was a Saturday night, so it was bustling by the time 7pm rolled around. Luckily, we had booked our table for 6pm, so we was able to dine in peace and quiet. No screaming children either... always a plus.
After both being given some drinks and having ordered our food, we sat back, relaxed and chatted. The restaurant has a really nice, friendly and family-run vibe. Immediately, I had good thoughts about the food and was very much looking forward to trying out some of the food from the menu.
We started with some poppadoms and dips; including a coconutty, fluffy type condiment that I had never tried before. We dared each other to try the chilli dip, which actually wasn't too hot.
In a timely manner, our main meals arrived shortly after and we was both so excited to get stuck in. Paul went for the Tikka Masala curry and Keema Rice to accompany. He also requested a side order of Bombay Potatoes, which were cooked to perfection and made a nice addition to our curries.
Paul commented on how creamy and delightfully scrumptious his curry was; with just the right amount of added tomato and coconut in the cream. The portion size was very decent too; easily filling up anyone with larger of appetites.
I ordered my all time favourite curry; Chicken Korma. I'm actually not a huge fan of coconut, but korma is one of my favourite meals, and the one dish I always order when having Indian for dinner.
Mine arrived looking very neon and freshly cooked. I ordered some White Basmati Rice to go alongside the korma. I didn't want anything too overpowering that would take away the taste of the korma, so plain rice is always my choice.
My curry was also very creamy and was a decent enough portion size. I was also very pleased to see that the bowl had a fair bit of chicken in; rather than just slumming it and providing me with a bowl of korma sauce.
I also ordered a small dish of raita dip, which is just absolutely amazing in itself. Paul didn't know what on earth it was, but it's simply just a Greek style yoghurt with grated cucumber. Sounds so random but it's absolutely delicious with a curry and poppadoms!
We also got some Pashwari Naan Bread to soak our plates up. It would've been rude not to, right?! - A very fluffy and fresh tasting bread, with a sweet filling inside; the Pashwari was the icing on the cake to a wonderful meal.
All in all, I really recommend City Spice if you're ever in Brick Lane and fancy a curry. What with Valentine's Day around the corner too, it's the perfect place to take your partner if you both love curry! It does get quite packed though, due to its recent popularity; so I would definitely recommend booking a table in advance. Luckily for you, we managed to snap all of the details you need!
A decently priced and jolly restaurant, with a very welcoming owner and waiters. The food was delicious, freshly cooked and piping hot when served. I will definitely be returning when I need my next curry fix.
Disclaimer: A complimentary meal for 2 was provided in exchange for an honest review on my blog.