One of the BEST places in town to get a Indian.
It is a 10 minute walk from the famous Brick Lane, however it is worth the walk.
Huge meals at an amazing price and it is BYO. (However never fail, there is an off licence right out side)
The rule here, as with the Lahore Kebab House, is "you are not here for the curry, you are here for the starters". The curries are alright, but they're not the point of this place and you can do much better elsewhere.
So make a pass at your palate by ordering the mixed grill (3 lamb chops, 3 sheek kebab, 3 pieces of chicken tikka, 3 pieces of lamb tika, 4 chicken wings), add a tarka dahl, a lamb saag for a little lubrication and a couple of the more interesting naan and you and whomever you are there with will leave very happy and a little heavier.
They are not licensed to sell alcohol, which is great because the off license across the road is very cheap indeedy and there is no charge for corkage or issue with boozage.
This place isn't as well known as the Lahore, despite its better location (almost immediately opposite) and you can get in here when you'll be waiting a very long time at the other place. Try it, you'll like it!
We went here coz Tayyabs had a long wait. It was ok, but not amazing. Both the Paneer tikka masala and the bindi dish was too oily and imbalanced with spices (unlike tayyabs) and the pershawri naan was too "bready". Personally I prefer the pershawri to have a "dessert" rather than a side dish feel to it- may be I am just getting the wrong end of the stick!
The veggie birarni had veggies the size of my fingers in it, especially the carrots and one of the guys pronounced his paneer naan as "like a stuffed crust!"
I've had nicer indians, I will come back but only as a back up.
On a business trip to London, so mostly alone and not knowing too many people here, I thought I could do worse than systematically eat my way down the top-rated Indian restaurants on Yelp.
This is my favorite so far.
No wait; service was prompt and friendly with no frills, much like the overall decor/ambiance.
Appetizers were good; lamb saag and saag paneer were even better (what can I say; I was in a spinach mood). And the peshwari naan rekindled my interest in non-plain naan (most restaurants at least in the US leave me thinking that the stuffed naans add 2% more flavor for double-triple the price; the peshwari naan here had about 200% more flavor).
I'll be back here... maybe even this week.
The food is great. The service is super quick and they let you bring our own booze! How fantastic is that?
The food is also super reasonable. I got a lamb tikka masala and cheese naan for 7 quid. Not too shabby.
Beware though, the food is quite spicy. I ordered a medium and a friend ordered a mild and both of our mouths were on FIRE.
The best Indian food in London's East End bar-none. I've regretted many a visit to Brick Lane, as well as dined at some of the fêted Indian restaurants in the area (Tayyab's, The Lahore House), but Mirch Masala has trumped them all every time.
Now, mind you, don't come here for a nice and refined dinner (actually, I usually just do takeaway) - you're here for the food and the food only, which stands alone on its stellar own. From the saag paneer to the tikka masala to the more obscure assortment of breads (think methi paratha) - the place knows who it's trying to please: those who want complex, spicy, fresh Indian fare.
Even my South Indian friends (who claim they prefer their cuisine far more chili-infused than you'll find in some of India's northern regions) give this place props for being one the best places to eat when they're not whipping up their own gourmet curries at home.
My partner and I moved to Aldgate East and found Mirch Masala after a visit to the oh-so-highly rated Tayyabs left us extremely underwhelmed.
Though some of the dishes we've tried over the course of the last two years have left us unimpressed there are our two staples that we come back to time and time again... the aubergine curry and the chickpea curry. They blow us away every single time we have them and we must have had them about 50 times! These two dishes are worth the visit alone! More recently we've also tried the fish curry which is nice, too.
great. You know these restaurants that are based in hidden places where you reckon they will never work? and then they are always full of locals?
try this rule of thumb, if you see indian people in an indian restaurant, japanesse in a japanessealways worth it.
one of the best indian i have ever been, and i have eaten at many.
naan with green chillies, amazing, tender, hot as hell and yet full of chili flavour. shish was good, again hot, tasty.
curries, great. maybe not very cheap at 6-7 pounds, but, hey, you are not in brick lane anymore where you can get curries for 5 pounds and then play a bit of hide-and-seek with the meat under the sauce.
I asked for jalfrezi, and it was delicious. my friend ate vindaloo and he was pleased as well. service was really really friendly.
we paid less than 20 pounds
The food was disappointing. But there are good reviews for this place.. ??..
Well, maybe the chef was having a bad day.
If you never try, you never know..
There will be no second visit
Mirch Masala has been one of Tooting's most popular Indian restaurants for ages. Its new branch in Whitechapel does not disappoint. The decor is basic but that's not why people go there....all that matters is its great food at cheap prices.
The menu is traditional Indian/Pakistani cuisine. Some of the highlights are Chicken tikkas which are superb and the naan bread is fresh from the oven. The service is polite and quick. Its best to book for an evening table as the place gets pretty jammed by 8ish.
Amazing place. I liked how the menu is separated in two sections vegetarian and non-vegetarian. I am definitely a meat-lover but it's a nice option to have for the grass-eaters. I had the chicken the last time I was there and it was delicious smooth and melting in my mouth. I recommend it.
For some reason, Mirch Masala was highly rated by Lonely Planet as being a tasty, reasonably priced restaurant which is why I came here. Although it was tasty food (I got the lamb something), I ended up spending about 12 pounds for a not-so-filling meal. I'm positive in this neighborhood you can find better Indian food for cheaper. So my search continues, I will not be back.
Love this place! My boyfriend and I were regulars when I used to live across the street. Forget Brick Lane. You will get much nicer food for half the price here. The service is very quick and friendly. It's not a fancy restaurant by any means and there is no ambiance to speak of, but the food more than makes up for it.
Mirch Masala's quality has significantly dropped in recent months and I'm no longer a regular visitor. The branch in Hounslow is still excellent but around here I go to Zaza's instead.
This is as good as curry gets in the East End, maybe in the whole of London. Better than anything I've found on Brick Lane. Staff are courteous, speedy, friendly and attentive. The food is immense. The mixed grill is one of the best things I've eaten anywhere, and the saag paneer is special. Go!
Food was excellent. I thought the menu was quite limited so had to ask for something like a Madras. They brought the starters out at the same time as the main courses which we didn't ask for. It was a bit cold inside so the food cooled too quick. No alcohol so had to have a coke. The toilets were an absolute tramsmash.
It took us some time to find this restaurant but is was absolutely worth it. I had an excellent chicken curry and the best naan i have ever tasted. The service was quick and friendly and the prices were really low, especially for london. If I come back to london again a visit at Mirch Masala is on the top of my list ;-)
A reservation is recommended, we had none and luckily we just got the last available table.
I loved the salted lassi and paneer chilli starter!!!
Will come again when i will visit this area
Excellent value for money, very tasty authentic food, staff with a sense of humour, no queues and you can bring your own bottle! What more do you need?
This place is a great find in Whitechapel. Don't be put off by the red neon flashing restaurant sign, it is a gem. The curry is cheap and the staff are great. The décor is not amazing but the food makes up for it. It gets busy in the evenings but is a good place for a quick bite before heading out for the night.
This place used to be really good and upmarket. Since refurbishment slightly gone downhill. One of the safer options in Whitechapel.
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