A rare occasion for London to snow, although you could hardly call it so, more like a sleet. It was 10th February, the last day of the Chinese New Year celebration. That’s right, when there are twelve days of Christmas in the West, there are the fifteen days of Chinese New Year.
The weather was so cold and wet, calling for some hot curry at the Brick Lane.
Although I have been in London for six years, I only set my foot at the Brick Lane twice; once for the London Coffee Festival, and the other time for some clothes shopping. I never dinned there. Whitechapel has always been my go-to place whenever I fancied some Indian food.
According to my boyfriend, who frequented Brick Lane when he was a student, that the scenery has changed quite a bit. He said it is certainly a lot quieter comparing to before. Of course, I wouldn’t be able to testify as I am not very familiar with the place.
We went to a restaurant called City Spice. Out side the restaurants, a few ushers were eagerly trying to get us in, and offered 20% discount, so we went for it.
A while back, a colleague brought in some Biryani made by her mother. It was so good, I have been thinking about it ever since. By far the best Indian food I have ever tasted. That, I wanted Biryani, yet I also craved for some hot curry, but I was told that I could not have both at the same time. So just curry then (sad face).
We had Brinjal Bhaji (aubergine), Chicken Karahi, Jalfrezi lamb, Pilau rice, nan and some mango lassi. The portions looked a bit small when they were brought onto the table, but we were so full by the end! My favourite of the night had to be Jalfrezi, although it was so hot, even my boyfriend ended up in tears. Amazing food, I would give it 7 out of 10 (this is quite high according to my standard).
The place was very popular, half way through our dinner, the waiters had to rearrange our seats to give more room to other guests. We didn’t really mind it, but the owner insisted in offereing us a round of mango lassi on the house. When the bill finally came, with the discount and free drinks, it only came to less than £15 per head, definitely one of the cheapest dinners we had.
It was only after we came back home, we learned City Spice has won multiple awards: Restaurant of the Year by Evening Standard, Master Chef Curry Award 2017, and Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. I enjoyed the food there very much and would recommend to others, but perhaps not for romantic dinners as the place is packed with people.
More of Brick Lane
Interesting fact, Brick Lane derived its name due to the history of brick and tile manufacture from the 15th century. Over the years, the place had waves of immigrants and the Indian cuisine is mostly Bangladeshi. Nowadays, Brick Lane has taken a more artistic and cultural transformation, and was once the home of Tracey Emin. So close to Shoreditch, another artistic hub, Brick lane has now become a more popular place for art students. I did notice a few craft beer and artisan coffee places along the street.
Besides curry places and hipster cafes, this chocolate shop caught my eyes. Actually, let me rephrase. It is not a chocolate shop, but a Cocoa House, known as Dark Sugars.
This is the go-to place for Ghanian cocoa. Dark Sugars also serves cocoa beverage from hot chocolate to something stronger.
Beautifully crafted chocolate sweets and truffles. Take your pick. So many varieties, you are bound to find something you like.
Thus concludes our little adventure to the Brick Lane. I liked the place very much and will be coming back soon. Loved the curry and the atmosphere.
One small advice to you: bring cash before you set out for Brick Lane. There are not that many cash machines around there. If any at all, they charge for cash withdraw. Hope you enjoyed this post and stay warm.