Standard Balti House

3.5
48 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian
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  • Casual
  • Spicy
  • Group Bookings
The Standard Balti House is popular Indian restaurant in east London located along the capital’s iconic Brick Lane. A curry in Brick Lane is one of the rites of passage towards becoming a true Londoner, and this bustling strip of restaurants is affectionately known as Banglatown. Always busy with hungry Londoners, students, tourists and the local Indian and Bangladeshi community, the Standard Balti House is a great choice for group dining and parties. The dishes are inexpensive and will fill the greediest curry lovers right up to the brim. With its friendly service, great curries and vibrant atmosphere, the Standard Balti House has been open since 1989 and has become a longstanding landmark in this busy neighbourhood.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Indian
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Hours of Operation
Monday-Sunday: 11:30am-12am
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Phone number
020 7247 5855
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Shoreditch High street sation
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout
What 48 People Are Saying
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43% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AL
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service! Would highly recommend!

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RW
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very small portions, poor value for money, and our curry had no taste what so ever. And only 6 pieces of chicken in the curry. Would definately NOT recommend!

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MH
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Staff friendly and efficient but the food is nothing special ☹️

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E
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was not friendly or welcoming at all, horrible ambiance and dirty toilets. Food was good but a shame the rest doesnt match that standard.

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L
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Fish Saag was well received, but the chicken in my Madras tasted just about OK but was hard (=old).

Service was good.

Atmosphere was non-existent as we were the only 2 people in the (large) restaurant for lunch.

Toilets were clean - a good sign, as not always the case in “Indian” restaurants!

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G
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very helpful staff. Thoroughly recommend.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great place in a sea of competitors on Brick Lane .

2nd time there and equally happy with food , service & price .

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j
London
48 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good and reliable, as always. One of the best on Brick Lane.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service, nice and welcoming. Food was lovely. Reasonably priced.

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Munich
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and lovely staff. I really enjoyed the meal with the family.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food with fast and friendly service. Can't wait for my next visit.

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JH
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Standard is a typical Indian curry house in Brick Lane. However, the food is a bit above the norm and is delicious. Ambience is good and I would definitely recommend it.

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B
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First experience with Brick Lane and the wonderful curries of the UK. Solid food with solid service. Would come back in a heartbeat.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great curry. Lots of food and friendly service.

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PR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good but pretty standard curry house fare really. Good value.

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s
London
64 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2015
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Worked well - presentation was better than your average indian in the area, and the food was tasty - can't necessarily call it fine dining, but it served the purpose for a casual work dinner

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a
London
66 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This is a nice Indian with the ability to cater for large groups. The service is efficient and food was tasty and fresh.

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E
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

went here for a birthday lunch before visiting the art of the brick. We arrived early but the staff happily let us sit while we waited. Staff were friendly. Food was great, even for our fussy children.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We went to balti house on a Saturday night, the venue was packed! We had to squeeze onto a table of 4 surround by other tables on all side. Could almost reach across and take food from the table next to us.

Upon arrival the first waiter was attentive and offered ask us how many pompadoms we wanted and had a bit of a joke.

But after that, and showing we were ready to order we waited 30mins to place our order. It was ok as they allowed us to bring in some wine we bought elsewhere.

Food arrived promptly after that and we stayed much later even though we had finished eating. They didn't mind.

All in all, good place for a catch up, just make sure you have plenty to talk about incase they are a little slow in getting to you.

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SW
Edinburgh
9 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our party of 9 arrived v early and were accommodated with no problem. Kids were catered for via the mild dishes on the menu. Food was tasty & just right portion sizes for lunchtime. We were given a 20% discount as we had booked ahead......v generous! Would visit again & would recommend.

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S
London
14 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had a brilliant time at Standard Balti House. The food is presented and tastes outstanding. Has been our favourite Brick Lane restaurant for years and we tried a lot.

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T
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate there and really liked the food, my dining companions agreed. Other people who go there will also probably enjoy the experience. The loos are quite posh. The service was good. The place was full of other people eating the food.

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OT
London
23 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Excellent service, good value. Hard to comment on ambiance as we showed up on a quiet Sunday evening.

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N
London
17 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2014
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good however, service was quite slow even though we were the only people in the restaurant. Great value and a decent place. Will definitely go back again.

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GA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We ate at Standard Baiti House on Monday and went back on Tuesday. Yummm! Saag paneer was truly amazing.

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A
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This restaurant deserves the many good reviews it has . We were not dissappointed.

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PS
London
26 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As the name suggests...nothing special, but standard. Reliable, friendly, enjoyable.

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K
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

right in Brick Lane, a perfect eating place. Good value and good food. Friendly waiters. Nothing fancy but very decent experience!

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LL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2012
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food is fresh, service a little offhand and prices inflated because of the 'standard' (sorry) 20% discount but ask for the set menu which is a starter, main, rice or nan and drink for £15. You can't go wrong! Avoid the korma which is very very sweet. Another main was quite coconutty sweet as well but generally this is a lot of food for the money and most of it is good.

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A
London
21 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2012
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another lovely meal at The Standard Balti house, Brick lane, London.
The food was really really nice & amazing value! As always the waiters always made sure we had everything that we wanted & gave us fast, courteous service! We'll definitely be going back!

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m
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It's hard to know which of the many curry houses on Brick Lane are any good. We were introduced to the Standard by a local and while the outside is fairly unpreposessing it's a cut above some of the street's more lacklustre offerings. There are interesting Sylheti dishes as well as the familiar curries, the staff are lovely and they are able to take into account allergens - dishes made to order unlike some of the more rated establishments in the area. We keep coming back.

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R
London
148 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Standard Balti House was excellent as always - best restaurant on Brick Lane without a doubt. Chicken chat and the dall soup are great starters with Chicken Tikka Vindaloo as the main course of choice - a little cucumber raita to cool it down. Excellent service and a low price tag too - just over £20 per person inc beers and a couple of desserts. Highly recommended!

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S
London
14 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2011
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This Indian restaurant is a gem. The food is amazing but the service is very mediocre. Do yourself a favour. Relish in the culinary delights and look past the service. Your taste buds will be glad you did.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked a table via toptable and which was smooth. The SBH was a recommended choice and I must say the food the brilliant as well as the service. it was quite busy even as one of the largest restaurants on brick lane with a very nice dining atmosphere.

I would definitely recommend anyone to try the Standard Balti House.

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R
London
148 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb meal at Standard Balti House again - it really is the best curry house on Brick Lane. Reliably good every time, excellent service. Highly recommended.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2011
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good restaurant. We were a group of 7 and all enjoyed our food. The food was delicious and the service very friendly. It was also good value and we will go back. We had decided to try every restaurant on Brick Lane week after week but it looks like we won't bother with the other ones. Try their local specialities on the menu, they are worth the price of admission alone!

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B
London
56 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2011
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a £10 5-course at the Standard Balti, Brick Lane. Good, traditional curry.

A little greasy but it didn't pretend to be anything else & it's what I went for! They've got a bar but allow BYO so we grabbed some Kingfishers from one of the many off-licenses. All-in-all a very cheap curry! Staff seemed a little grumpy but they've got loads of annoying Bricklaners to deal with every night so only to be expected!

Reckon I'd probably go back too, perhaps with a larger group.

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k
London
45 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2011
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

All ok, good value but was under impression it was BYO which would have been MUCH better value! Does what it says on the tin - Standard Brick Lane Cuisine.

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a
London
66 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2011
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Good value lunch but small quantity and basic. Drinks expensive.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2011
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The Standard Balti House in Brick Lane does what it says on the tin so to speak. The offer is great value for money and when you consider that you can bring your own drinks its very much worth it. The starters are good and the mains are your standard brick lane fare - oily and good portions.

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