Fora Recommends: Brick Lane’s best restaurants

October 2019

There’s more to Brick Lane than curry houses (although those are, of course, very good). Here’s our pick of the best eateries, including our star-of-the-show Indian restaurant.

  Brick Lane is one of the most drastically changing places in our city. But some things remain the same – it is a haven for flavour. Alongside the houses dedicated to spice and all things nice, you’ll find Mediterranean gems. These five foodie jewels are our top must-eats in the area.   City Spice You can’t work near Brick Lane and not be tempted by a curry once in a while. When something spicy and rich calls your name, we say head to City Spice. It’s an award-winning Indian restaurant that attracts celebrities. Alongside the classic tikkas, bhunas and baltis, you’ll find an admired vegan menu put together with the help of Michelin-starred chef, Rupert Rowley. Blanchette East France and North Africa meet East End London in Blanchette – a bistro run by three brothers, named after their mother. While away afternoons sharing good food and rich wine in a Parisian style abode. It’s one of the only places you can eat duck breast with cherries alongside baba ganoush. Go with an open mind and an empty tummy. Jago Anyone with a love of design will be awestruck by Jago. Just the architecture alone will see you satisfied for hours. Take in the curves and colours with Mediterranean small plates and a cocktail. It’s just off Brick Lane, not far from Commercial Street. Laboratorio Pizza Also close to Commercial Street is the Italian gem, Laboratorio Pizza. It is ‘the home of Napolitan pizza in London’, and we have to agree. The pizza fritta is something of a marvel – toppings are sealed between two layers of pizza and then it’s deep fried. Leave room for pudding so you can have some proper tiramisu. Smokestak If you’re nearer the Shoreditch High Street end, you’ll be within a short walk of Smokestak. This barbecue-restaurant-with-a-difference is a real feasting place. There are lots of small dishes so you can try different plates. Go for the salt beef with beetroot, goats’ cheese and hazelnuts or for something sans meat, try the coal roasted aubergine with red miso and cashews.   While you’re in the area, come along to our Spitalfields workspaces. They’re designed to bring people from ever sphere together, right on the doorstep of Brick Lane’s creative hub.