"for the people of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh... in need of home cooked food"
London is one of the largest multicultural cities in the world. It boasts many religions, cultures, backgrounds, and ethnicities. But it also holds some of the best cuisine hidden gems you could ever hope to find. One of these is Brick Lane.
Brick Lane resides in East London and hosts a huge market, coffee houses, restaurants and bars.
But it is also the heart of the city’s Bangladeshi community. It is known to some as Banglatown and even the street sign is written in both English and Bengali!
Brick Lane is known for its famous curry houses and a strong focus on Desi cuisine. It was crowned ‘Curry Capital’ back in 2012. The delicious spices from the various restaurants can be smelt wafting down the street throughout the night.
There are over 50 Bangladeshi restaurants lining Brick Lane. But DESIblitz has managed to narrow down the top 5 that you must visit if you ever find yourself in London!
Sitting on the top spot is Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani speciality restaurant, Aladin.
Aladin has been visited and praised by Prince Charles. It has also been listed on the BBC’s ‘World’s Best Curry Houses.’ As well as competing for a host of other awards such as ‘Winner of Taste Award’ and ‘London’s Archant Food & Drink Award.’
Aladin is right in the centre of ‘Curry Mile’ and has a prime spot in one of the busiest, liveliest parts of London. Making it one of the perfect places to go to before, and even after, a night out!
Aladin serves authentic dishes from the sub-continent and has a strong focus on Bangladeshi cuisine. Each dish is cooked separately and with an array of herbs and spices. Vegetarian options are also available!
So why not take a trip to one of the top 10 curry houses in London and try out some traditional Bangladeshi cuisine? With an award for ‘Customer Service Excellence’ too, you’re sure to be treated like royalty!
Bengal Village is an award-winning Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant. Winners of the Masterchef prize 2014 and short list restaurant for ‘best curry house in Brick Lane.’
The restaurant was established over two decades ago and offers a cuisine based on the traditional cooking in Bangladesh and India. It is one of the oldest and most successful Bangladeshi restaurants on Brick Lane.
The restaurant uses local produce to ensure the freshness and quality of taste within their dishes. They even have their own Bangladeshi speciality which is fish. This speciality holds 3 fish dishes and is perfect if you’re looking for something authentic but don’t fancy traditional meats!
Another bonus is Bengal Village have many offers on food bills and such too so you can get the best value for money!
Shaad Grill & Bangladeshi Restaurant
The word ‘shaad’ originates from the Bengali language. When translated into English it means ‘tasty’, which is exactly what Shaad Grill food is.
Shaad Grill aims to deliver the most authentic, mouth-watering tastes of traditional Bangladeshi dishes. They also incorporate some Bangladeshi street food and fresh-off-the-grill dishes into the mix!
The restaurant is inspired by the authentic food stalls, gourmet cooking, and robust flavours from various regions of Bangladesh.
The renowned chefs use locally sourced produce and only the freshest meats and vegetables in order to serve you a flavourful delight!
So if you’re looking for a mixture of street food and gourmet, or even if you just fancy something off the grill. Shaad Grill should be your one stop for Bangladeshi flavour authenticity!
Meraz Café is one of the more informal and chic Bangladeshi dining spots that London has to offer.
Established in 1974, the café has changed a lot over the years. But these days it boasts a cool colour scheme, great lighting, and wood panelled walls. Making the setting a wonderful ambience to sit down and eat a meal.
The café claims it is “for the people of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh; who were in need of their home cooked food” and it does not go back on that promise!
Meraz Café offers both a separate lunch and dinner menu, as well as a takeaway option and special deals on some meals.
The menu consists of mostly traditional Bangladeshi dishes with Pakistani ones also thrown into the mix. For all of its contemporary setting, the Meraz Café is friendly on the pocket and good value for money considering the portion size of most of its dishes!
If you’re looking for something a little different but still with a traditional Bangladeshi twist, look no further than Baraka Eatery!
Situated in the London Muslim Centre complex, Baraka Eatery serves Indian and Middle Eastern dishes. It also has a juice bar for you to fill up on your fruity needs!
The starters include small, nibbly Bangladeshi bites that range from £2.25 to £3.95.
The Baraka menu consists of everything from Bhuna chicken to Rezala to Saag Aloo. They also serve a range of sundries like poppadoms, salad and chips to have alongside your main meal.
Whilst the menu isn’t overly packed with dishes, there are a good choice and a variety of things for all types of taste buds! The dishes all come in at under £10 and are cooked fresh by a team of skilled chefs.
So if you’re looking for somewhere with a healthy array of vegetable dishes and a juice bar to go alongside, give the Baraka Eatery a visit.
If you ever find yourself taking a trip down Brick Lane, pop into one of these delicious Bangladeshi restaurants. We can guarantee you will not be disappointed!