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  • Post-match curry in Chutneys - London
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This isn’t a tip about a particular restaurant, but about a whole street of them! If you’re looking for a curry at a good price and in a down-to-earth setting, Brick Lane is the place to come. Settled in the past by Jewish immigrants and more recently by the Bangladeshi community, it has become the place to go for cheap and cheerful, reasonably authentic curries. Most of the restaurants are family-run, and as the owners are often Muslim not all sell alcohol, but most will allow you to bring your own beer and conveniently there’s an off-licence halfway along the road.

Competition for business is fierce, and you are likely to be accosted by young men as you walk along the street who are employed by the restaurants to lure in passers-by. On a recent visit we were bribed by an offer of free beer (this was one of the licensed premises) and ended up having a very tasty meal in Chutneys (on the east side about two-thirds of the way along the street). Prices are low for London – you can eat well here for about £15 a head.

And if you want a different picture of Brick Lane before or after your visit, read the novel of the same name by Monica Ali!

Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: There are several nearby tube stations – the website I’ve linked to has a useful sketch map.
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 3
Theme: Indian

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 10, 2008
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