Brick Lane

British-style curry house in Barsha with take-away speciality 18 Reviews

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We’ve spent years in Dubai dismissing British curry – what annoys us more than the food genre is the very British assumption that it is superior to Indian curry. Brick Lane is the newest British-style curry house to open in this city to put this to the test. The little street-side shack, is quite adorable. More of a takeaway spot, the prices at Brick Lane are as impressive as the variety on offer. Starters to tempt you include the Dhs18 tandoor lamb chops, and buttered prawns stuffed into a massive golden puri.

The prawns do however, closely resemble small shrimp and the marinade offers little heat, but it has a pleasant, sweet flavour. The humble dupiaza (a sweet curry with chunks of banana) is given a twist – here the bananas are pureed and added to the sauce, giving it a vibrant yellow colour and thick, clotted texture. There are also whole lychees thrown into the mix, as well as a hefty helping of sugar. Brick Lane has helped us to start to understand the appeal of British curry: it’s homely, and relatively easy on the stomach. It doesn’t possess the exoticism of its more authentic counterparts, but the fact that it leaves you in your comfort zone is… well, a comfort.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Location: Barsha, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 399 6786
  • Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: ian macleod on 08 Feb ' 14 at 16:13
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

very disappointing, we had 4 different curry dishes and had they not been different colours you would never have known the difference. seems like they used cooking sauce from the jars, very bland, very watery, no way is this similar to british curries. just a rip off using the union jack to bump up the prices

Posted by: aysha on 21 Oct ' 13 at 08:45
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Ridiculous place .... and people are so mannerless

Posted by: Mel on 26 Sep ' 13 at 17:51
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The only thing London about Brick Lane is the prices.
The food was not British Indian cuisine.
The lamb & chicken had clearly been pre-cooked on its own & added to relevant sauce/curry upon order.
Not many lentils in the dhansak & have not had pineapple in it before in UK.
Mean portions.
Slow delivery.
VERY expensive for what it was.
So disappointed - the name gives you expectations that the food does not deliver. Rip off.

Posted by: Emma Graffagnino on 26 Aug ' 13 at 13:11
  • Best for: Family friendly

I had high hopes for this place but was let down. I would not order from here again the Butter Chicken was so sweet and not what you would get in UK , especially as they claim to be a true brit curry place . The food was cold when it arrived and the onion bhajis were very greasy . I have to say i will be going back to Indian restaurant i normally use in motor city who i think serves the best Indian food i have ever tasted.

Posted by: martin on 28 Apr ' 12 at 10:43
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

i have been there however if you want a great british curry the british balti is the best i have been here 20 years so i know a thing about great food unlike jim davison who recomend the ruppy room it put me off indian food for 9 months it was that bad

Posted by: Hannah on 28 Mar ' 12 at 07:12
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Love this curry house, closest that you'll get to a good old British curry!! We have takeaways from here regularly and the food is always very fresh and extremely tasty. The naan breads are soft and doughy, the pilau rice is great and the curry's have the best meat and are full of flavour (compared to alot of curry houses in Dubai that use horrible meat and try and disguise it in a sauce!!). Although its not the prettiest of restaurants and not in the nicest of places, eating in is a nice experience and the staff are very personable and friendly. Our favourite curry house in Dubai!!

Posted by: Sam on 11 Aug ' 11 at 16:45
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Me and my wife are actually in love with this curry house, havent actually been there but get take away at least once a week (normally twice).

If you are an English expat and you are craving the good old Indian take-away then this place literally cannot be beaten!!!!

Posted by: william fernandes on 01 Aug ' 11 at 17:28
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

i would rate this restaurant zero , when i call for a booking in the restaurant the person who answered the call was very adamant, very bad service. better shut the restaurant

Posted by: Not Impressed on 19 Jul ' 11 at 18:17
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Poor food. The Chicken Tikka Masala gravy was very sweet and the chicken was tasteless and dry. Nan bread wasn't much of an improvement.......... Disappointed

Posted by: . on 20 May ' 11 at 11:30
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

LOVE it!!
Best choice for a weekend takeaway. I get slightly disapointed by how long the delivery takes (Such a busy takeaway) But .. the food always makes up for it.

I always dig straight into the naan bread with the chutney tray :D

Posted by: Ben E on 23 Feb ' 11 at 13:08
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

To be fair - I have only have a delivery from this restaurant. Everytime I am craving a british style curry, then the menu comes out of the kitchen drawer. The food is very good, it hits all the notes with it being spicy, sweet and flavoursome. It isn't too heavy either and it all tastes very fresh. The naan breads are a delight - very fluffy and I particularly enjoy the peshwari naan. Trust me Brits, if you like your local curry house in the UK then this will not disapoint.

Posted by: Mike on 04 Oct ' 10 at 11:25
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Certainly not a british curry house. I tried it twice just to see if my first meal was an unlucky choice but second was just as bad. Nan bread the worst I have tasted, spicy dishes are heated up with chilli powder and it is the overpowering taste, all sauce and little meat. Certainly far away from what you would get in Brick Lane in London. There are some good curry spots around in Dubai so cannot understand why someone would want to eat here unless their sense of taste is off!

Posted by: James on 23 May ' 10 at 14:00
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

After reading a few negative reviews on timeout and expat women we tried this place out this weekend to see for ourself and i have to admit the owners havent got it right. This isn't British style Indian food. Infact there are much better normal indian restaurant in dubai. The food was runny and tastless except of sugar, the meat portions where non existant among the runny sauce and we ordered a variety of dishes. The delivery service was dire which they told me would be fast as they had a team of seven drivers. All in all i must say that we have cooked better curries by far from using jars from the local supermarket. Sorry not one we would recommend to anyone who wants a good curry out there. There is another British Balti place we will still prefer to use and its a shame they arent expanding to other areas as it is exactly what they say...BRITISH!! This unfortunatley in our opinion isnt BRITISH style!

Posted by: dan on 09 May ' 10 at 16:07
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

we tried takeaway on Sat nite due to the review in Timeout.
What a disappointment! The food was bland, tasteless with dry meat - except for the sugary sweetness of the curry????? What the????
Is this an english thing?
The bajis & papadoms were oily and bland. the rice was flavorless and dull.
All in all a real let down - there are much better curry joints in dubai.
dont waste your efforts here

Posted by: Janine on 09 May ' 10 at 05:55
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Sorry really wouldn't recommend. As another reviewer put it rightly, bland food and we tried about 4 dishes. Salaam Namaste in Barsha is so much better and tasty!

Posted by: Discerning curry lover on 04 May ' 10 at 07:05
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We found the food to be pretty bland...nothing even remotely close to the curry houses in Brick Lane in the east end of London. Would not recommend this place at all.

Posted by: Brit Curry Lover on 03 May ' 10 at 06:41
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Really good value for money, the poppadums are not that great though and a bit oily.....lovely chicken though ! and the taste is just what it says it is - authentic British curry !!! just great to see this in Dubai and most definitely what we have been missing. There are varying flavours of the same dish however, depending on when you order. Some nicer than others !. The Chicken Tikka Masala could do with always being a slightly bit hotter, so extra green chillies are always a good option !. I had ordered the onion bajies once and they tasted as though they had too much gram flour in, needless to say I haven't ordered again, but hoping it was again just a bad batch I had !.

Overall, well recommended !!! and order it at least once every 2 weeks ! :) It does rock !!!!!

Posted by: Hadda Dodgycurry on 01 May ' 10 at 17:32
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I agree with ordering in and enjoying it from the comfort of your sofa, if you order in the morning, it might get there in time to catch the tail end of Corrie Street. Service slow for unremarkable food. Advice to restaurant, pre-prep your food.

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