September 08, 2011


Robin Cook, UK's former Foreign Secretary, once deemed Chicken Tikka Masala to be a national dish of Britain because of its popularity and because it exemplifies the multiculturalism of the state. { speech }  So while some better-known traditional British fare such as fish and chips and bangers and mash receive far less love, Indian food finally found a place in British culture... and thank goodness it has because I love me some curry and tandoori!  And what better place to find excellent Indian than on Brick Lane?  (Answer: nowhere).

Brick Lane is literally a brick lane in East London.  It's a fun, eclectic place crowded with local shops and teeny Indian restaurants in fierce competition.  Fierce competition works particularly well for the consumer because it allows for some haggling and other creative bargaining tactics.  Plus, the bigger your group, the better.  So without much trouble, ten law students found themselves at Monsoon after being offered a pretty decent deal (Starter, entree, naan, rice, papadom & chutneys/ sauces, three rounds of alcoholic beverages - all for 10 quid!).  Winning!

Chutneys and sauces


Tandoori Chicken

Sheek Kebab Starter

Mixed Kebab Starter

Samosa Starter

Monsoon Special Chicken

Tandoori Chicken Masala

Overall, everything was adequately spicy, flavorful, and delicious.  Even though you'll likely get good Indian food at any of the Brick Lane establishments, Monsoon has created a decent name for itself.  Plus, it's relatively clean and with good customer service.  You and your party will greatly appreciate.  Enjoy! 

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cuisine: Indian
location: Brick Lane, East London
Tube station(s): Aldgate East, Aldgate 
websites: { M | yelp }
attire: Casual
notes: Bust out your master haggling skills 'cause they'll prove to be useful.

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