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Meraz Cafe

56 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL, England (East End / East London)
0207 247 6999
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Ranked #945 of 17,034 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $13 - $24
Cuisines: Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: East End / East London
Description: The Meraz philosophy has not changed since 1974, it remains one of respect for cooking tradition, from which is born a consistency and an aversion to fads that is greatly appreciated by all. A respect for the patron's palate and comfort, innovating and striving to bring the best in service, atmosphere and presentation, and a passion for introducing Handi Cooked Foods to an ever growing audience.Unusual for Brick Lane, Meraz encourages BYOB.
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English first
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Over the years the food in the Brick Lane area has become less and less authentic. I was surprised to find Meraz just off Brick Lane was still serving really delicious and inexpensive food. Dinner for two was less than €25 and the service was charming. As a Muslim run cafe you have to bring your own beer or whatever... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Just off Brick lane this is a real treat, friendly service, great food freshly cooked and easy on the wallet. BYO, they will gladly supply bottle opener

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Having lived in the Brick Lane area for nearly 10 years, it didn't take long to discover that the best Indian food lays off the main drag. Hanbury Street is a Brick Lane side street and the quality of cooking can not be surpassed. Fantastic service and always a warm welcome. No frills food, just great cooking. You're looking at... More

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New York City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

No frills, inexpensive and all about the food and the company. The hospitality here is always warm and welcoming. BYOB. Order the sun-dried spinach for sure.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Good food very reasonably priced. Great service too with very friendly staff. Slightly off the beaten track so well worth hunting out.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Attentive friendly service exceed only by the fresh and vibrant menu. This is value for money eating and well worth seeking out. Oh, bring your own beer and wine though.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Okay there are some great reviews for this gem and they are all justified, but please remember it is a cafe that's serves great restaurant standard food at great prices for London, but don't visit expecting table cloths and soft lighting then give it a bad review. It is what it is, it doesn't purport to be a romantic night... More

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Halesworth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

So pleased I looked up a good place to eat on our recent visit to an exhibition at The Old Truman Brewery. The food at the Meraz Café is beautifully spiced, freshly cooked and excellent value for money with a lovely choice of dishes on the menu not all just typical Indian restaurant favourites!

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Southern California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

We ordered the chicken tikka masala and the chicken korma. The tikka masala was edible, but the korma was like eating a southeast asian coconut milk based dessert. The color was a pale yellow and any taste it may of had was drowned in sugar. Not sure if their curry is consistently sweet, but err on the side of caution... More

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london
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Just ordered a takeaway havinbg decided to walk a bit furtehr as fed up with the other hyped pakistani restaurants in whitechapel and tourist traps on brick lane strip. This is a 30 second walk off brick lane. Place looked very clean and hygienic. I asked for an extra hot chicken achari and a chana masala side. I was so... More

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