Top 5 places to have a romantic curry in East London

Posted by on June 28, 2018

With the London’s East End offering everything from famous street markets, amazing street art, Jack the Ripper tours and museums and even pub crawls around Shoreditch that rival the legendary Camden nightlife, going out on a romantic date in East London may not be on the top of every first-time visitor’s list…but it really should be.

With Brick Lane being heralded as the “Curry Capital of the UK,” you can easily find an amazing “mom-and-pop” curry house somewhere in its vicinity. But if you’re looking for somewhere a little more romantic to take someone out on a date, here are some of the many curry restaurants in London’s East End to keep in mind:

  1. Aladin (132 Brick Lane)

(£25 per person – download their menu here).

Not only is this restaurant a Prince Charles favourite, it was even listed as one of the “World’s Best Curry Houses” by the BBC, and many consider it to be the best curry house in East London. The blue lights and darkened rooms make for a perfect romantic setting; plus you have a massive selection of dishes from all over Bangladesh, India and Pakistan to choose from. Be forewarned that alcohol isn’t served here, however, and Saturday nights can get quite busy so make sure you make a reservation beforehand.

  1. Cinnamon Kitchen (9 Devonshire Square)

(£24 for a two-course dinner – click here to see their menu)

With a perfect mix of an “artsy” clientele and fine dining at its finest, at this popular Indian restaurant you can even watch the chef prepare your dinner right before your very own eyes, or lounge in comfy chairs overlooking Devonshire Square while sipping on mint and ginger cocktails. If you have the funds, opt for the £70 “Tasting Menu” option which includes Tandoori-spiced red deer, organic cured salmon, and a dark chocolate parfait with white chocolate ice cream for dessert.

  1. Red Chilli (137 Leman Street)

(Around £25 per person – check out their menu here)

A romantic ambience, decently-priced wines, vegetarian options, massive portions…what more could you want when it comes to finding a romantic curry house in London? Located on the eastern edge of the City of London, the interior boasts everything from dark red curtains, a chrome and red leather bar with blue lighting, plus it’s only a two-minute walk away from the Wilton’s Music Hall, making it the perfect post-performance date spot.

  1. Café Spice Namasté (16 Prescot Street)

(£16 to £20 for a sharing platter, £40 set menus – you can look at their menus here)

Just a 14-minute walk from the Tower of London, this massively-popular Indian restaurant in Whitechapel offers all sorts of traditional dishes from North India, Hyderabad, Goa…you name it. Plus their menu changes with the seasons, so you can keep coming back again and again and experience a new flavourful dish with each visit.

  1. The Empress (141 Leman Street)

(£5 to £6 for starters, £10 to £15 for mains – click here to view their menu)

This family-run restaurant usually hosts themed nights like “Cook Your Own Curry Night” or the “Hottest Dish Night,” and they have an extensive list of wines from all over the world as well. You can pick and choose from a variety of options on their menu (like Phall, Bhuna, Dopiaza, Persian, Biryani, or Balti dishes), although fan-favourites include the onion bhaji, the marinated king prawns, and the chicken tikka masala (obviously).

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