Spitalfields & Banglatown

See also www.bricklanerestaurants.com/ for more detailed information about the many different places to get a curry.

Andaz London (formerly the Great Eastern Hotel)

Andaz London (formerly the Great Eastern Hotel)
40 Liverpool Street
London
EC2M 7QN
tel: 020 7961 1234

Choose from the traditional ‘1901’ Restaurant, Miyako Japanese restaurant, Catch and Champagne bar or speedy ‘Eastway’, all located at this prime hotel immediately next to Liverpool Street and Spitalfields Market.

Aladin Restaurant

Aladin Restaurant
132 Brick Lane
London E1

Tel: 020 7247 8210

Nearest Tube station: Aldgate East

Simple, tasty and exotic Bangladeshi Home style cooking. Pan-fried Bangladeshi fish Batara Bhuna are Aladin's speciality. Aladin was recommended by Prince Charles on LBC radio. London's Time Out and Evening Standard magazines believe Aladin is the restaurant to go to in East London. Vegetarian dishes too. Licensed. Open daily 12noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-12pm.

Arkansas Café

Arkansas Café
107b, Commercial Street
London E1 6BG

Tel: 020 7377 6999

One of the few American style restaurants that is raved about for the quality being as good as it is on the other side of the pond. A must for all meat lovers. Also has been nominated for a “Best American Restaurant” Award by the Tio Pepe Carlton London Restaurant Awards 2004.

Bar Kick

Bar Kick
127 Shoreditch High Street
London, E1 6JE

Tel: 020 7739 8700
Visit: Bar Kick

Newly opened Bar Kick has already distinguished itself as one of the area’s better places to eat, drink and soak up the atmosphere. Renowned for its wide range of beers, spirits and top of the range cocktails, the discerning drinker will be more than satisfied – especially with ‘Happy Hour’ from 4pm – 7pm daily. The concept is original: unique interior spaces coupled with table football on a passionate scale!

Opening times:
Mon – Wed: 12noon to 11pm
Thurs – Sat: 12noon to midnight
Sunday: 12noon to 10.30pm

Nearest tube: Old Street / Liverpool Street

Barcelona Tapas Bar

Barcelona Tapas Bar
Unit 1
Beaufort House
15 St Botolph Street
London EC3A 7DT

Tel: 020 7247 7014
Visit: http://www.barcelona-tapas.com

The very embodiment of Catalan authenticity. Everything from the dim wooden surroundings to the entirely Spanish wine list make this one of the best tapas bars around.

Opening times:
Mon – Sat: 11am to 11pm

Nearest tube: Aldgate East / Liverpool Street.

Black Bull

Black Bull
199 Whitechapel Road
London E1 1DE

Tel: 020 7247 6707

A very decent selection of real ales available from the Nethergate’s brewery range.

Blind Beggar

Blind Beggar
337 Whitechapel Road
London E1 1BU

Tel: 020 7247 6195

This L-shaped bar is now a bit of a student haunt but attracts lots of families during the summer with it’s beer garden and heated conservatory.

Brick Lane Beigel Bake

Brick Lane Beigel Bake
159 Brick Lane
London E1

Tel: 020 7729 0616

Nearest Tube station: Aldgate East

Famous East End beigel shop serving beigels with all sorts of fillings. It is open 24 hours a day and has a take away service.

This is a sophisticated restaurant offering a varied Indian and Bengali menu, in a contemporary setting.

Café Naz

Café Naz
46 -48 Brick Lane
Spitalfields
London E1

Tel: 020 7247 0234

Nearest Tube station: Aldgate East/ Liverpool Street

A contemporary restaurant providing excellent Indian cuisine in an exemplary setting.

Opening times: Monday – Friday: 11.30am-11pm (restaurant food 12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm). Closed on Saturday;  Sunday: 11.30am-5pm.

Cafe Spice Namaste

Cafe Spice Namaste
16 Prescot Street
London E1

Tel: 020 7488 9242

Nearest Tube station: Tower Hill
Nearest DLR station: Tower Gateway

Cafe Spice Namaste has earned its reputation as being a restaurant presenting not only high-class cuisine but offering brilliant service in a vibrant and colourful setting.

Canteen

Canteen
2 Crispin Place
Spitalfields
London, E1 6LA

Tel: 0845 686 1122
Visit: http://www.canteen.co.uk/

Canteen states it is committed to providing ‘honest food, nationally sourced, skilfully prepared and reasonably priced’…and it certainly lives up to its claim. Newly opened, Canteen is busy, lively and vibrant.

Opening times:
Mon – Fri: 11am to 11pm
Sat – Sun: 9am to 11pm

Nearest tube: Liverpool Street

City Limits

City Limits
16 – 18 Brushfield Street
London, E1 6AN

Tel: 020 7377 9877

Looking smart in shades of cream and brown after its recent refurbishment, this stalwart wine bar and restaurant remains ‘excellent’ for both food and service.

Opening times:
Mon – Fri: 11.30am to 3.30pm 5pm to 11pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Giraffe

Giraffe
Unit 1, Crispin Place
Spitalfields
London, E1 6DW

Tel: 020 3116 2000
Visit: http://www.giraffe.net/

Diverse family-friendly menu which encourages diners into a sharing experience with the chance to explore dishes from around the world. Good value family fun!

Opening times:
Mon – Fri: 8am to 11pm
Sat: 9am to 11pm
Sunday: 9am to 10.30pm

Nearest tube: Liverpool Street / Old Street

Jafflong Tandoori

Jafflong Tandoori
161 Brick Lane
Spitalfields
London E1

Tel: 020 7729 7835

Nearest Tube station: Aldgate East/ Liverpool Street

Noted for its Tabaq and all in one dishes prepared with a combination of flair and traditional cooking methods.

Lanes Restaurant & Bar

Lanes Restaurant and Bar
East India House
109 – 117 Middlesex Street
London, E1 7JF

Tel: 020 7247 5050
Visit: http://www.lanesrestaurant.co.uk/

Boasting a coveted AA Rosette, this smart venue now has a new menu, introduced by Head Chef Simon Conboy, previously of Home House, including British influences in the predominantly Modern European menu.

Opening times:
Mon – Fri: 12noon to 3pm 5.30pm to 10pm
Saturday: 5.30pm to 10pm

Nearest tube: Liverpool Street

Las Iguanas

Las Iguanas
No 1 Horner Square
Old Spitalfields Market
London E1 6AA

http://www.iguanas.co.uk/

Las Iguanas restaurant is inspired by authentic regional dishes from Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Argentina. The restaurant serves up a light lunch/early evening express menu, great fiesta menus and imaginative food for children. For those looking for a drink with a difference the Cachaçaria (spirit bar) specializes in traditional Brazilian cocktails made with Las Iguanas Magnifica. Las Iguanas in Old Spitalfields Market opens to the public on 18th July.

Nearest tube: Liverpool Street

Le Taj

Le Taj
134 Brick Lane
Spitalfields E1

Tel: 020 7247 4210

Lebanese Lounge

Lebanese Lounge
50 – 52 Hanbury Street (off Brick Lane)
London
E1 5JL

Tel: 020 7539 9200

Brick Lane’s mostly associated with top-class Indian food. But if you’re in the area, how about treating your taste buds to a Lebanese meal instead? Lebanese Lounge is understated, almost hidden and offers fantastic food ant competitive prices.

Opening times:
Daily, 12noon to 11pm

Nearest tube: Aldgate East or Shoreditch

Les Trois Garçons

Les Trois Garçons
1 Club Row
London E1

Tel: 020 7613 1924
Visit:http://www.lestroisgarcons.com/

The French menu complements the decadence and glamour of this pub conversion on the corner of Bethnal Green Road, with chandeliers, stuffed animals and costume jewellery in every corner.

London Hospital Tavern – Urban Bar

1 London Hospital Tavern – Urban Bar
76 Whitechapel Road
London E1 1BJ

Tel: 020 7247 8978

Nearest tube station: Whitechapel

Open: 12 noon – 12 midnight Sunday to Wednesday. 12 noon - Thursday to Saturday

Live music on Sundays and Wednesdays, Salsa Lessons on Wednesday, DJ’s on Saturday.

This old Victorian pub has been tiger striped and catches your eye from miles away! The lively colourful interior has been nationally recognised for design. Glass display cases hold live snakes and reptiles. The upstairs mosaic “reptile” bar is by award winning artist Rachel Silver. Royal London Hospital staff usually fill the bar, & is home to some of the best DJ’s and an esoteric mix of live musical acts in the upstairs bar.

Loungelover

Loungelover
1 Whitby Street
London
E1 6JU

Tel: 020 7012 1234
Visit: http://www.lestroisgarcons.com/

Bringing glorious camp to a quiet East End backstreet helped Loungelover scoop the Best Design gong at Time Out’s 2004 Eating and Drinking Awards. Undoubtedly one of the trendiest spots in town its gaudy styling and crazy colours mix with top-notch cocktails that never fail to pull in the punters.

Opening times:
Mon – Thurs: 6pm to midnight
Fri: 6pm to 1am
Sat: 7pm to 1am

Nearest tube: Liverpool Street

Meson Los Barilles

Meson Los Barilles
8 Lamb Street
Spitalfields Market
London E1

Tel: 020 7375 3136

This versatile tapas venue in the heart of the market offers a huge choice of interesting, and particularly fishy, tapas for a solitary snack with a glass of sherry at the bar to a blow out Spanish feast with friends in the restaurant.

New Tayyab

New Tayyab
83 Fieldgate Street
Whitechapel
London E1 1JU

Tel: 020 7247 6400

It’s not unusual for there to be a queue for being seated, which is a well deserved testament to the excellent Pakistani cuisine that is served here. Fish and Mango Lassi is recommended by everyone customer who tries it. New Tayyab has been nominated for “Indian Restaurant of the year” Award by the Tio Pepe Carlton London Restaurant Awards 2004.

Preem Restaurant & Balti House

Preem Restaurant & Balti House
118-122 Brick Lane
London E1 6RL

Tel: 020 7247 0397
Fax: 020 7247 3108

Nearest tube/railway station: Liverpool Street

Open: 12pm until late, Monday - Sunday

Restaurant seats 200. Function room available and private parties catered for. Families with children are always welcome. Take away and delivery orders can be made.

Pride of Spitalfields

Pride of Spitalfields
3 Heneage Street
London E1 5LJ

Tel: 020 7247 8933

The clientele are ever-changing throughout the day at this welcoming back-street pub, from business lunches, to mid-afternoon retired men, to the art-house types in the evening. Regular selection of guest ales, and benches outside for the summer.

S & M Café

S & M Café
48 Brushfield Street
London, E1 6AG

Tel: 020 7247 2252

The surroundings are pure 1950s retro with old school, traditional dishes on offer including Cumberland bangers and gammon steak with pineapple. Hailed as ‘the best hangover cure found yet’, this is definitely the place to go if you like your comfort food!

Opening times:
Mon – Fri: 7.30am to 10pm
Saturday: 8.30am to 10pm
Sunday: 8.30am – 7pm

Nearest tube: Liverpool Street / Old Street

Salique's Restaurant

Salique's Restaurant
32 Hanbury Street
London E1

Tel: 020 7377 2137

Nearest Tube station: Aldgate East

Authentic Bangladeshi cuisine. According to London's Time Out magazine, this restaurant's decor, space and quality of food is reminiscent of the Westend, but at Eastend prices. Licensed.

Scarlet Dot

Scarlet Dot
4 Crispin Square
London, E1 6DW

Tel: 020 7375 0880
Visit: http://www.scarletdot.co.uk/

Situated behind Spitalfields Market in a modern complex of restaurants and designer retail stores, it is the first Indian Haute Cuisine restaurant to open in the area. Scarlet Dot brings class and excellent fusion dining together with a modern cocktail bar and an extensive wine list.

Opening times:
Open 7 days a week:
8am to 12noon, breakfast
11am to 3pm, brunch
12noon to 12am, Full menu

Nearest tube: Liverpool Street

Shampan Restaurant

Shampan Restaurant
79 Brick Lane
London E1

Tel: 020 7375 0475

Nearest Tube station: Aldgate East

Voted best newcomer of 1989 by London's Time Out magazine and still going strong, it offers award winning Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine. "The Shampan brings comfort and class to the Brick Lane dining experience"- Fay Maschler of London's Evening Standard. Licensed.

St John Bread and Wine

St John Bread and Wine
94-96 Commercial Street
London E1

Tel: 020 7251 0848

A slightly altered drinking and eating experience, where the key feature for the food being freshly made bread. With bread made all morning, with different menus each day, until lunch, when the bread ovens are used to make braises. This restaurant is also in the running for the “Best of British Fayre” award by the Tio Pepe Carlton of London Restaurant awards.

Strada

88 - 90 Commercial Street
London
E1 6LY

Tel: 020 7247 4117
Fax: 020 7247 9216
Visit: http://www.strada.co.uk/

Open: 12pm - 11pm Monday - Saturday and 12pm - 10.30pm Sunday

Strada is a group of contemporary Italian restaurants serving good quality simple, freshly prepared dishes using the finest seasonal produce available. The menu includes hand stretched pizzas, fresh pastas, risotto and grilled meats and fish dishes. Vegetarians catered for.

Tiffin

Tiffin
165 Cannon Street Road
London E1 2LX

Tel: 020 7702 3832

In an area over-ruled by deep fried takeaways, you’ll find this smart Bollywood-decorated restaurant. You can expect good-sized portions of well above average meals on even the most typical curry. While more interesting dishes are also available, with the same standard.

The Water Poet

9-11 Folgate Street
Spitalfields
London E1 4BX

Tel: 020 7426 0495
Email: info@thewaterpoet.co.uk
Web: http://www.thewaterpoet.co.uk/

Nearest Tube/Rail: Liverpool Street

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 11am-11pm / Sat Midday-11pm / Sun Midday-10.30pm Food served until 6.00pm

The Water Poet is a pub that serves food situated in Spitalfields / Shoreditch and boasts many features including a cavernous bar area, restaurant for 50 people and huge garden. The food is prepared by award winning chefs and the summer garden BBQ was voted top 5 by the Evening Standard. The Water Poet also has a private hire room, pool room and regular comedy club on Thursday evenings.

Vibe Bar

Vibe Bar
Old Truman Brewery
91-95 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL

Tel: 020 7377 2899

Although slightly remote from full time tube stations, this funky bar is never short of customers, and is in the perfect location for an evening drinking session, being on Brick Lane, with it’s innumerable Curry Houses.

For more information on the restaurants in and around Spitalfields and Brick Lane lookout for the Bangla Bites leaflet or visit: bricklanerestaurants.com