Aladin Brick Lane

3.8
301 reviews
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Indian
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  • Late-night Find
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Praised by HRH Prince Charles and listed on BBC’s list of ‘The World’s Best Curry Houses’, The Aladin is arguably one of the best curry houses around. Winner of Taste Brick Lane Curry Awards and Winner of Best European Restaurant Awards, the Aladin fails to disappoint.
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DD
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food ever! We smelt the curry from outside and it smelt great, so we decided to give it a try. The curries were fantastic! The way they blend in their spice was amazing. Our waiter Munna recommended great dishes to us. We also got 20% off the total bill, which was such a bargain for a lovely meal. Will be back soon.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We had a 11:15 pm reservation. They took us to a restaurant next door and said that it was the same one. Service was a bit strange. Food was very good. We had onion rice, chicken vindaloo and chicken tikki masala, garlic naan and onion rice. I was irritated that they rushed us out before we were finished eating. They should have told us when they sat us we would be rushed out in 45 mins. Very inexpensive.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Bad service. Food is ok.

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I
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We were not sat in Aladin ( though we booked that place) but in a next door restaurant, as apparently they didn’t have enough sittings. It was terribly noisy, the glasses were dirty, the waiter rude and the bill was counted incorrectly ( they just added around 5 pounds more)

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CH
London
12 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Overall a terrible experience.

Our table of two was joined with another table of four with no space in between, basically cramming as many tables in as they can leaving you with no privacy and practically sitting on each others laps.

The menu on their website & the opentable menu is not the same as the one given in the restaurant - the prices are almost double (dish I ordered was listed as £5.50 but was £9.95 in the restaurant - I would not be surprised if they had a second menu with higher prices to scam those without a deal)

Food was very average - I ordered a side dish and my friend ordered a main dish - both were the same size. But my friend was charged the price for a main but the waiter seemed to think despite it being half the size of a main, that it was indeed a main course.

We had to ask to have this sorted out on the bill which was fine as they corrected the price, however the rest of the bill did not add up to the total. The waiter didn't even bother giving us an explanation as to why this was - he clearly got irritated that we questioned the bill and demanded that we could only pay with one card for the table - I said we wanted to pay separately and was completely dismissed and told 'one card per table only, you'll have to pay each other back'. Very rude.

If you don't book online, other diners seem to be offered some sort of discounts on the door (we could hear this as we were basically sitting on top of each other with other tables)

Would not recommend. Much better options on brick lane with better service.

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k
London
18 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 of us enjoyed a great meal, with great service & a buzzing ambience.
Bring your own booze is an additional bonus.

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was amazing. Loved the food and I can’t wait to go back!

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S
London
19 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Terrible service and very average food.
Expected better than average Indian food in Brick Lane but was very disappointed. Hassle over seating us, very average food virtually thrown at us, then stood over & asked to leave barely 45 minutes after arriving because ‘they needed the table’. Not even good value. Would never return. Avoid.

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Average food and service

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HR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Cheapish and cheerful. Decent casual carry. Enjoyable if you're not expecting anything special.

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SE
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I had a 6.45pm sitting and turned up on time. Upon sitting down my brother and I were pressed to choose our food quickly. We had a starter and main course which were of a satisfactory standard. On finishing our mains the bill arrived with two sweets! I had not asked for the bill and the time between entering the restaurant and the arrival of the bill was only 45 minutes. I refused to be pushed out of the door as my waiter would have liked.
I will not be returning.

Customer service focus was clearly non existent.

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DJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Cracking food. A very good BYOB curry house. Reasonable value and as quick service as you’d like. Don’t be afraid to say you need a couple of minutes as they tried to take the order before I’d even opened the menu! It’s always really busy and loud but it makes a great atmosphere.

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OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly staff! BYOB

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c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food, atmosphere and general experience. Service was good but slightly slow. Good value for London

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very hospitable, friendly staff. Food was of a good standard and came quickly. Good portion sizes for the price.

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j
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute Fantastic Curry House! One of the best in London!!!

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PD
Montreal
23 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good value for your money. The place is a little run down but the cheap food and colourful waitress make it acceptable.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic curry house.. very busy restaurant. Good that we booked in advance and got the 20percent off as well

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great curry, great service all with a very reasonable price.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

loved the butter chicken!!!! We spent 4 nights in london an been at aladins twice - should explain how good it was!

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DZ
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was not very good, tables too close and way too small , could not fit food on table for 4 people

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food!

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A
London
30 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The quality of the food was excellent.

The speed of the service (early afternoon) and the attentiveness of the servers could have been better (getting the order correct, additional items sent to our table that belong to other tables). The restaurant is not child (infant) friendly (chairs or changing rooms).

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h
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantabulous! Mind blowing curry house!! One of the Best in London!!!

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j
Edinburgh
24 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great value - we always find the Aladin to be consistently good.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The restaurant failed to recognise the booking leading to confusion with OpenTable after the event. We were not seated in the main restaurant and were instead moved to another premises a few doors down Brick Lane. The service was inattentive at best (on a Saturday night), but the food was decent when it came. It took a long time for the bill to come and then to pay despite the restaurant being mostly empty by then. The meal was also not that good value (for Brick Lane), coming in at £240 between 8 of us for food only (restaurant is byob).

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KJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 1

Prebooked party of 6 bumped from Aladin to Cinamon basement room next door. Surly, almost rude, humour-lacking waiters. Group of squealing, shrieking American hyena-like women on our adjoining table made the volume in the room unbearable - couldn't wait to pay and go....will never return. Food usual Indian fare, nothing special.

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P
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Curry House. The King of Brick Lane i must say! The curries here were banging and service top class.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good venue indeed. Not upmarket ambience but top quality food and friendly and efficient service. Can understand why its been given the recommendations. Funnily enough, when we recommended it our friends were quick to say yes - it turns out they had been there twice before.

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NM
London
26 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I took my team for the evening. We had a fabulous experience and the cuisine was fantastic, highly recommended.

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HD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Extremely disappointed. The chef's special "Fish blast" for £15 - £18 was just a terribly sweet tikka masala sauce - far too sweet (my friend had the standard chicken tikka masala). The pilau rice and onion rice tasted like a cheap own brand microwave packet rice a student would throw out. Overall, several currys tasted like my friend's chicken tikka masala, whether fish or meat and the sag aloo, dhal and panneer/spinach tasted horrible (boat load of salt). Overall - overpriced rubbish. 8 out of 8 of us couldn't finish our meals.

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CT
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Decent Indian food but frankly, I had a lot better. I think this place is geared towards tourist mainly, not sure how they got such great reviews . I'm a total foodie and I consider myself well versed in Indian cuisine so I maybe expecting too much here but I've been to many Indian restaurants that were better and less expensive.

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p
London
21 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very delicious and our guest really liked it. We will definitely come back.

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KH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly what a curry house should be, great food, attentive staff and always delicious

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MB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here is fantastic and the BYOB policy keeps the meal cheap. Always a great experience!

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DM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We arrived on time for a booked table and after some on-the-pavement consultation between members of staff from Aladin and the restaurant Cinnamon (owned by Aladin) next door we were told our table was in Cinnamon but not ready yet. There is no alcohol licence so we bought wine at a nearby off-licence (recommended by Aladin for a 20% discount) and waited again for a few more minutes before being squeezed in to a table next to the kitchen door. Not ideal but the food was excellent. Service was adequate but the whole atmosphere was manic and one waiter was particularly grumpy with anyone who got in his way. The food was really good but the atmosphere dreadful.

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R
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a quick dinner with a friend after work. Amazing Indian food which caters for gluten free options. Loved that it's BYO with no corkage and 20% off if you book online - such good value! Will definitely be back.

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SW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food! A little boisterous, but good service and friendly staff.

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r
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is the best Indian food I have ever had. If you are wanting Indian and don't mind the spice, stop by here. We had the Pathia, Madras, Vindaloo, and (of course) Phall. From what I am told, most restaurants in London don't sell Phall because it is so spicy. When the waiter served us, he said he was AFRAID of the Phall because it is so spicy! (Pro Tip: Start with the Phall first! and then work your way down the heat scale.)
Beyond the dishes, we had rice and garlic naan. It was delicious. The 2 drawbacks (cons) to the whole experience were: very tight seating space and it is Bring Your Own Alcohol (or they can run out and buy on your behalf, but do not serve there).
Overall, great experience.

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D
London
35 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2016
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was delicious, I definitely think it is one of the best in terms of authenticity and taste !! But do not go there on a Saturday night as it was filled with very drunk diners... At 8pm on a Saturday night, we waited for almost 2 hours for our food, although the food tasted so good, I don't think I will go back again during weekends... it's just not worth the horrid experience with other drunk diners - they were So Loud!!

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