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Hello! I'm a current resident of London and have a visitor coming from Chicago. Chicago isn't known for curry and wanted to take my friend some place really authentic. Have had fantastic curry around the city -- my favorites are currently Hot Stuff and Lahore Kabob. Wanted to try something new and haven't been any place worth noting near bricklane particularly interested in getting some recos in that area.

Any help would be much appreciated!

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  1. Search on here for Taayabs and Needoo, streets ahead of Brick Lane! The other place getting lots of attention at the moment is Indian Zing, but that's out in Hammersmith.

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    1. re: helen b

      if you want cheap then Lahore kebab house in whitechapel
      expensive curry has to be benares

      1. re: bopper7

        Benares has been getting some very mixed reviews of late.

    2. i'd go for moti mahal as my expensive option.

      i'm a big fan of kastoori in tooting and for keralan food have always enjoyed rasa in stoke newington (the original veggie one, some of the other branches seem to be more hit and miss on quality although having said this i've not been for a while).

      1. I am a pretty big fan of Punjab on Neal Street. The pumpkin curry is amazing. They also do a dahl made with black urad beans that is spectacular. It's not the most innovative menu but the food is consistently better than anything I've ever had on Brick Lane.

        If your friend is around on Saturdays, take them to Broadway Market in Hackney and get something from the Gujarati stall (I think they are at other markets as well). They have unbelievably good samosas.

        I second the vegetarian Rasa in Stoke Newington (I'm not a vegetarian). I think it's much better than the seafood Rasa on Charlotte street that is also way overpriced.

        And don't knock Chicago curry. Most of the stuff I ever ate on Devon Ave. was better than what I have had on Brick Lane.