Brick Lane - Dubai's Answer To The 'Authentic British Curry'
If you're a fan of decent curry continue reading...
For those of you who don’t know, Brick lane is a street in London famous for its abundance of curry houses.
Dubai's Brick Lane however, is a curry shop in it’s own right nestled deep into Al Barsha (It’s about a block behind Sharaf DG Metro station if you don’t know the area).
Brick Lane is an unassuming little place with a very recognizable name and from what I’ve tried (and it’s safe to say I’ve tried a few) they cook up one of the best butter chickens in town.
The menu advertises the restaurant as an Indian takeaway rather than a sit-in eatery and you get the impression they do most of their business in take aways. The restaurant itself can seat about 15 people. The walls are papered in a British flag motif and the tables and chairs are pretty basic. To be honest it's not the most inspiring of settings for a place that serves up such a good curry.
They offer up an “authentic British curry,” which I suppose is a curry to suit delicate Western taste buds. We tried the butter chicken, the Balti with chicken and for sides we had the peas pilau, the paratha and the garlic naan.
The butter chicken is a mild and creamy dish topped with a touch of butter and cooked in a masala sauce. It was an absolute treat, nicely spiced and cooked well, true comfort food. I've been loving curries lately and this butter chicken has got to be up there with one of my favourites. It was a fabulously tasty dish.
The Balti was good, prepared in the cast iron dish by which it got it's name. Indian five spices were first sauteed in ghee and garlic before the meat was added. It had really good flavour but went a little bit over my spice limit.
The peas pilau and paratha were nice, cooked as you would expect them. The side dish glory was won by the garlic naan, it’s deliciously soft and warm garlicky bread made it the perfect side for the curries.
For the cost of the meal the portions weren’t huge but accompanied with the sides we were very nicely stuffed by the end.
Prices and the boring stuff
The curries cost AED 40 and the sides will set you back about AED 14 each. There's plenty of parking near by or it's a two minute walk from Sharaf DG Metro stop. A hidden gem in terms of taste and flavour.