London, really good Indian curry, any recommendations

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1. Posted by sole (Full Member 208 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

So, London it is, again, really looking forward to that. We'll arrive this upcoming Friday staying until Sunday night, celebrating my boyfriend's 40th birthday. He loves Indian curries so I'm planning on surprising him with a really mean, spicy curry, but I need some recommendations.

We don't want it really upmarket and expensive, but more like the old curry houses that he remembers from Bradford, really authentic, good curry, with lots of good, homemade naan bread.

Some years ago we had an excellent curry with the best naan bread I've ever had, that was in Kilburn, on Kilburn High Rd as far as I remember. Never had a curry in Brick Lane but "rumours" go that Brick Lane is THE place for curries!!

So, hope someone will have a favourite Indian and will share that with me :-)


2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I've been to Brick Lane and it is really very good.

My recommendation is The Monsoon Restaurant at 78 Brick Lane.

Have fun.

3. Posted by sole (Full Member 208 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi James,

Thanks for the rec., I'll check it when we get there. Think I've heard about it before, found their homepage and it looks really good. Might even phone them and get a reservation, make it a nice surprise for my boyfriend.

Thanks again, will let you know next week how it was :-)


4. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Brick Lane is definitely the place in the central area, and they are normally brilliant. if your feeling more adventurous, the Southall area in the West of the city has some wonderful places as well

5. Posted by sole (Full Member 208 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

OK, Rich,
I'm definitely adventurous, so do you have any special restaurant or area within Southall in mind? We might not be able to make it there this time, but then I'll have it in mind for the next time. As far as I can see it'll take us between 45 minutes and 1 hour 15 min. to get from Swiss Cottage to Southall, but it might just be worth it.

Thanks again Rich.


6. Posted by sole (Full Member 208 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

we tried the Monsoon restaurant, it was OK, but don't think we'll go there again. I think it's a bit more "upmarket" compared to a lot of other Brick Lane restaurants, and not a good old-fashioned curry-house as my boyfriend remembers them from Bradford. But it was definitely worth trying and not that expensive either. Guess next time we'll just go have a look and try whichever restaurant looks the most authentic - can be difficult to decide of course ;)

Saturday we had an Indian take-away in the Swiss Cottage area, we'd been touring town all day, were extremely tired and probably had a few pints too much, so we weren't bothered about going out. That was really good as well, so it's been a week-end on Indian food!

Sunday we left for Stansted airport, I'd booked a room at the new Radisson SAS hotel, asked them for an upgrade if possible, which we got. That was terrific, I'd ordered champagne as well as a surprise for my boyfriend, so that was huge success. We happened to meet some of the people from the Olympic flight that went down in Stansted because of a bomb threat, that was quite scary really.

Well, enough for now, and thanks again for your help.