Brick Lane Curry House is a quaint little spot in the East Village with a London theme, complete with a huge MIND THE GAP sign, map of London underground and other memorabilia. The lighting was dim, but the seating was comfortable and cozy. We immediately received the free appetizer of thin crispy bread with three sauces. I liked the tomato as well as the sweet dark brown sauce.
First thing I ordered (as I do in every Indian restaurant) was the Mango Lassi, which came with a cherry. The drink was absolutely delicious: Sweet, full of mango flavor, thick consistency, perfectly chilled and completely refreshing.
My friend and I decided on sharing our meal. We were a little limited on what we could order because we both don’t like spicy foods so the waiter suggested the Tandoori jumbo prawns. We also ordered the Chicken Korma Curry and garlic naan. The naan was just okay for me. I normally can eat quite a bit of it, but here only had one quarter of a piece. It came warm, but the bread wasn’t crispy or baked well enough for me and the flavor of garlic was very light to nonexistent. Or perhaps I’ve been spoiled because I’ve had “real” naan when I was in India…
The tandoori jumbo prawn comes in a sizzling black platter and is cooked with vegetables, such as peppers, onion, carrot, lettuce – A salad of sorts. The shrimp was quite good, but there were only 5 of them which was too little for the price we paid. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the light lemon, ginger, garlic, pepper flavor of the shrimp and liked that it was slightly burnt.
The Chicken Korma Curry was wonderful and not spicy at all. Korma is a creamy, almond based gravy with a touch of saffron. All the flavors mingled together beautifully and the chicken was nicely cooked, tender and tasty. I especially liked the sauce with the rice, which came with peas, carrots and cashews.
While we enjoyed the meal, the service was not the best. We decided we were too full for dessert and it felt like the waiter was pushing us to order more throughout the meal. Also, after we ordered the main course, he didn’t come around as much and it took awhile for us to get our check. So, overall the service was lacking and the dishes were a bit overpriced. I would probably not come back to this location, but if I came across one of the more convenient locations, I would get myself a Mango Lassi.
Brick Lane Curry House
306-308 E 6 St + Midtown & Upper East Side locations
New York, NY
Brick Lane Curry House