Food / 1 April, 2024 / My Baba

City Spice: A Review Of Brick Lane’s Celebrated Curryhouse

The competition amongst curryhouses in the East End is second to none. Let alone Brick Lane, there are a gaggle of restaurants stretching Commercial Road, Mile End and more, all vying for customers to dine in their esteemed establishment. But of course, within East London, as well as the competition, you have famous restaurants visited by celebrities and have become stalwarts in terms of East-end Indian cuisine.

There’s Tayyab’s on fieldgate street, serving tender lamb chops since 1972. There’s Lahore Kebab House, allegedly frequented by Dame Helen Mirren no less, and more recently City Spice, who have become very popular and famed for bringing diners from the likes of Scotland, Germany and America, just to try their curry. Seeing as my travel trip is nowhere needing a commercial flight to visit a curry house, I hopped in an Uber and was dropped off at Brick Lane, to see what all the fuss was about.

Brick Lane, City Spice

Nestled in the heart of London’s vibrant East End, amidst the bustling streets of Brick Lane, City Spice stands out on the corner, opposite the ever-trendy vintage market, beckoning diners from near and far to experience the rich and diverse flavours of Indian cuisine.

The restaurant

The restaurant exudes an unassuming charm, with its unpretentious facade belying the culinary recipes that await within. Upon entering, I was greeted by the heady aromas of spices and herbs that permeated the air, promising a dining experience that would tantalize my taste buds and transport me to the streets of India. The décor is clean, airy and unpretentious, something many East-end institutions are proud of.

As I settled into my seat, I perused the menu, which boasted an extensive selection of dishes From classic curries to regional specialties, City Spice offers a tantalizing array of options to suit every palate.

What did I eat?

To start my culinary journey, I opted for the iconic onion bhaji—a crispy and flavorful appetizer that set the tone for the meal ahead. The bhaji was expertly spiced and fried to perfection, with a satisfying crunch that gave way to tender, flavorful onions within. For my main course, I couldn’t resist indulging in one of City Spice’s signature dishes—the Gunpowder Chicken. Renowned for its creamy tomato sauce and tender chunks of chicken, this beloved dish did not disappoint. The spiced mincemeat inside the chicken was to die for. The sauce itself was rich and velvety, with just the right balance of sweetness and spice, while the chicken was succulent and perfectly cooked.

As I savoured each mouthful of the fragrant basmati rice and fluffy naan bread that accompanied my meal, I couldn’t help but marvel at the depth and complexity of flavours that permeated every dish, helping to explain the recent hype behind City Spice. From the aromatic spices to the bold and vibrant sauces, each element of the meal was a testament to the skill and expertise of City Spice’s chefs. Like Paro Indian in Covent Garden, City Spice is headed up by executive chef Niaz Caan, and the flavours and quality are demonstrated with such flair.


As I reluctantly bid farewell to City Spice and the culinary delights it had bestowed upon me, I couldn’t help but reflect on the experience with fondness. In a city renowned for its diverse
culinary scene, City Spice stands out as a shining example of Indian cuisine at its finest—a true gem nestled amidst the bustling streets of Brick Lane.

Whether you’re a seasoned curry aficionado or a curious newcomer, a visit to City Spice is a culinary journey not to be missed and once you do dine, it will help you understand why many call City Spice the best Indian Restaurant on Brick Lane.

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