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Stepping out in London: Yummy curry at Lahore Kebab House

Yummy curry in London? Um, yes please.

Can you believe that I had never tried Indian or Pakistani food before moving to London just over a year ago?  Yeah, me neither.  It seems ridiculous now, but I never dared to sample South Asian cuisine, citing my easily upset stomach and dislike of strong flavours.

Silly girl, I am.

I live in Brick Lane, a trendy area of East London known for its amazing Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Indian cuisine- restaurants proffering these menus line the streets.  It was only a matter of time, then, before I succumbed to curiosity.  I threw caution to the wind and let my tastebuds decide whether or not I was a fan of South Asian food.

Enter Lahore Kebab House.  I ate there once and I was hooked.  I’ve been back about seven or eight times since.

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Located a five minute walk from my London flat, slightly south of Brick Lane, this restaurant, as indicated by the name, specializes in Pakistani food (which, to my untrained eye, looks very similar to Indian food).  The smorgasbord of curries and accompaniments are difficult to choose from, everything is appealing and tasty.

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The restaurant is huge, seating around 500 people, and quite the “sausage factory” if you’ll excuse my crude language.  As the area borders “The City”, London’s financial district, the dinner crowd usually consists of large groups of men in suits, having a curry and a brew.  The restaurant can get loud (when I was there last week a group of semi-drunk finance guys stood up and did a rousing, off-key rendition of Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time”) but the atmosphere is congenial.

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I always order the naan (plain and garlic) and the chicken tikka masala.  The food is fresh, as evidenced by the scalding masala which will burn your tongue if you’re not careful (or too greedy to wait for it to cool a bit before eating).  The food, to put it very simply, is extremely good.

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When my mom came to visit me in London last March, I suggested we come here, for a visit to London is not truly complete until one indulges in a curry in Brick Lane.  She ended up taking Liebling and I out for dinner, which I feel kind of bad about (she was our guest, after all!) but the prices are so reasonable for the amount of food we had that in the end I didn’t really mind.

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Be sure to add this restaurant to your list the next time you’re in London!

Are you a fan of Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi food?

Lahore Kebab House

2-10 Umberston Street

020 7481 9737

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Sharon H
    November 20, 2012 at 3:04 am

    I grew up eating curry but when I lived in Canada fell in love with Thai and their masman curry. Met a family from Kashmir or Kurdish who had big bags of spices in the cupboard, cumin, tumeric etc etc… I had no idea curry was made from these spices! A few years ago I found butter chicken and tikka masala. My hubby loves yellow and green curries and roti..Now I am hungry. For 3 people that bill is cheap!!

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      Oneika
      November 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      I love green curry, it’s my fave!

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    Kat
    November 20, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Brilliant – in my hood and a favourite of ours too! Have you tried Needoo around the corner from you? They do the most amazing Peshwari naans and the meats are amazing.

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      Oneika
      November 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Never been to Needoo but will add it to the list!

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    Chitra Sivasankar Arunagiri
    November 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I think I should head to an Indian Restaurant here in Leeds. You just provoked my taste buds. 😉

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      Oneika
      November 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Glad I was able to convince you.. 🙂

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    Adeola Adebayo
    November 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    A group of men in suits singing Britney Spears! The imagery is hilarious.

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      Oneika
      November 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm

      It was pretty ridiculous! But fun!

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    Andi
    November 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Yuuuuum! And so cheap!!!

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      Oneika
      November 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      I know!

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    Kourtney
    November 21, 2012 at 3:08 am

    I love Indian food and your pictures really make me miss my favorite place to have Indian food in Seoul. I haven’t tried any places in Phoenix yet but I’m pretty sure there has to be at least one good place. You should try Iranian food one day 🙂

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    Christine
    November 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I love Pakistani food. I usually order the grilled meats and fish masala!

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    Stephanie - The Travel Chica
    November 22, 2012 at 1:44 am

    I was so thankful a fellow traveler convinced me to try Indian food for the first time at a restaurant on Brick Lane. No clue what I ate, but it was delicious!

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    Natural Hair
    November 22, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Indian food is one of my favorites. Only Thai is a close second. In Jackson Heights, New York, there are Indian restaurants all over. Jackson Diner is known for its buffet lunch special with masala dosas.

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      Oneika
      November 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      I’ll be in NYC this December- will have to check those places out!

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    Emily in Chile
    November 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Indian food is the best, and I always eat so much of it when we’re in England! There are now a couple of decent places here in Santiago, but nothing compares to our local curry spot near my dad’s house.

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      Oneika
      November 29, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Any good Indian places in Santiago?

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    kami
    November 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

    first time I ate Indian food was in London couple of years ago and it was the best Indian food I’ve had so far! I was crying when eating, it was so hot but so damn good!

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      Oneika
      November 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      haha, you definitely have to watch out for that ‘curry heat’!

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    Fidel
    November 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Whenever I question people about British food being good, they always say, “The traditional Brit food is bland but we count Indian and Pakistani food as our food now, so it’s great.” Your pictures prove why. I love Indian/Nepalese cuisine. I’ve had some pretty good dishes and your pics rival what I’ve seen. That naan bread looks absolutely amazing.
    Nice info Oneika!

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      Oneika
      November 29, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks Fidel! Tastes way better than it looks! I agree that British food leaves a lot to be desired- luckily there is a ton of ethnic food here that I like 🙂

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    Ayngelina
    December 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I wish I had had more time in London, so many places you could have shown me.

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    Koren @ City Gal
    December 10, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Mmmm… This looks delicious! I never really ate Indian food until I lived in London, and I’ve been hooked ever since!

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    Not Just Another Milla
    December 11, 2012 at 9:50 am

    This looks all kind of delicious! On the list…

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