Name: The Nazrul
Area: Brick Lane
Address: 130 Brick Lane
London E1 6RU
Phone: 020 7247 2505

Visits to this restaurant ...

1. 27 Feb 2014|2. 23 Feb 2017

Neil (right) is pretending to be sensible for once.

Visit Report

Visit Number: 167 (visit 1 of 2 for this restaurant)
Date of visit: 27 Feb 2014
Cost per head: £26.00 (2 beers)

Serv Amb Beer Start Nan Rice Main Veg VFM Score Comments
Overall 7.5 6.4 6.3 5.8 7.5 6.4 5.6 7.1 6.56
John 6 6 6 2 5 2 2 4 4.0 See John's comments
Alex 8 8 6 5 7 7 8 6.9 See Alex's comments
Jon 8 6 8 9 7 6 8 7.3 See Jon's comments
Neil 9 7 7 8 10 7 7 9 7.8 See Neil's comments
Mark 6 5 8 8 7 5 7 6.7 See Mark's comments
Tim 7 5 5 6 7 8 5 7 6.4 See Tim's comments
Graeme 9 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 6.7 See Graeme's comments

All Comments

John - Cheap, low quality Brick Lane fair. KP purree starter was ok†but the chicken tikka bhuna balti was a disaster.

Alex - Nice busy place and rapid service (especially compared to some of the super slow ones we've had recently).†Bring-own-booze cuts the bills without excessive inconvenience.†Unfortunately my nose wasn't working too well so sense of taste rather blunted and hard to give other than middling numbers!

Jon - It was slightly disconcerting to be shown to our table in the restaurant next door to the one we had booked, but apprarently the Nazrul is a "branch" of the Aladin.† Once settled in, it was a pretty good overall experience.† I went for a reshmi kebab to start, which was fine if unspectacular, and a balti lamb bengol as my main course.† It was nicely spicy, full of flavour and generally very nice.† The veg dishes were ok, although the chana masala looked more like a lumpy tomato soup, but the special rice was very good and the keema nan was also good.† Without a licence, the beer cost was kept down (I ended up taking one of my two bottles home having enjoyed several pints of Truman's Blindside beforehand), and with the 20% discount the per-head cost came in at a very reasonable £21.† I can't quite see how it has won all the awards it claims, but it was certainly one of the better Brick Lane experiences of the past few years.

Neil - Very much a youngsters' curry house and nothing wrong with that apart from making us feel slightly old! Great service, although a tiny bit pushy but I guess that's why we got through the food so quickly and didn't have to wait an hour between courses like so many other establishments recently visited.†Special rice was the best I've come across and everything else of good quality, apart one chewy item in the mixed starter but that was an exception. Stuffed paratha was excellent and the main (Rogan Gosh) was oil-free which made up for being slightly average taste wise. I enjoyed the mixed veg side, of which I think Tim took the remains home, so it must have been good!†This has to make it into the top 6 for next year, especially with the great vfm. Well done Jon, a great find.

Mark - Do they know who we are??? Putting us in the 'branch of' felt like a downgrade but perhaps they decided we fitted in with the young, girly crowd that was in situ. Service a bit pushy and Graeme had to stand his ground to ensure we did not get a mix of dishes and could use the famous finger signals. My Prawn puri starter was very good, the pop's were possible below standard, and my main of Tandoori Chicken a bit burnt making it dry. The mushroom rice was good and a generous portion. Had a few of the veg (over) orders but nothing memorable. Smaller numbers than usual almost meant we could sit together but again we went for the split table option to allow access but meanwhile we ended up with a couple next to me that were placed far too close. Overall it seemed to be ship 'em in, give them pre-prepared dishes if possible, then ship out quick - impersonal. Overall impression was the food was good, place was hip but not the most enjoyable. Good job none of us are old as I can imagine anyone over 60 would have felt right out of place!

Tim - As this place was unlicensed, we stopped off at an off licence on the way, and it meant that I was able to enjoy a wider than normal selection of beer with my meal, at less cost - win-win. The restaurant was fairly full, so the atmosphere was lively, but I thought the music was a bit loud, the lighting too bright and the artwork rather amateurish. There were no tablecloths, practical no doubt, but I felt it gave the place a "cheap end" feel. The mixed starter was a bit unimpressive - the meat pieces were small, and the onion bhaji rather odd - it was rather dry and very dense. Main of lamb tikka sylheti was much better; tasty and good quality meat. Peshwari nan was very sweet, and the chana dhal was somewhat different from usual - it tasted of coconut and was sweet, a bit like tikka masala. Some of the dishes were also rather oily. The final cost was reasonable, though of course it's necessary to add in the cost of beer to make a fair comparison with other places we've visited.

Graeme - This is "the best restaurant in Brick Lane / London / the World", according to their own publicity. It was nowhere near that good; it was just a decent Brick Lane meal for a reasonable price. In fact, to quote a recent football pundit's gaff, it was "average in the extreme". The meat in the Mixed Platter was in fairly small pieces and a bit dry. My Chicken Tikka Rezalla was good but lacked the 'tang' that the menu promised. I thought the service was excellent, esp. very efficient in taking our orders. It was just as well that our King Prawn friend was absent tonight otherwise we may all have been funding a Tandoori King Prawn Blast at £19.95.

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