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Meraz Cafe

#1,648 of 18,005 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
$$
Neighborhood:
Spitalfields
Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi
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56 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL, England
0207 247 6999
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11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: The Meraz philosophy has not changed since 1974, it remains one of respect...
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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  • 64
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  • 29
    Very good
  • 7
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  • 3
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
excellent surprise!

Post mothers day meal and such a find. Off of the tourist trail this place is a find. Plain & simple decor, looked so clean & with food that delights at a price that beggars belief. Strong flavours, delicious. Great service, even the poppadums were that bit nicer. Can't wait to go back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
cantara
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surrey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Turned up, 20:30 on a Saturday night after having booked much earlier in the week and also confirming the booking, to find someone scratching their head trying to work out how to fit 9 people around a table for 4, and then showing.me an empty diary for that night. Needless to say we left very shortly afterwards and found somewhere... More 

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surrey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Post mothers day meal and such a find. Off of the tourist trail this place is a find. Plain & simple decor, looked so clean & with food that delights at a price that beggars belief. Strong flavours, delicious. Great service, even the poppadums were that bit nicer. Can't wait to go back.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Very simple decor but the food was extremely tasty. The menu is very limited I guess its quality over quantity.

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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We, like others, read the rave TA reviews and gave this place a go. We should have taken heed from the empty cafe on a prime Sunday lunchtime bustling with punters around brick lane. I ordered the mixed grill after being told it included a lamb chop, seekh kebabs, tandoori chicken and chicken tikka. It came with all those apart... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

My wife and I went for lunch with two friends who had been going to the Meraz for many years. The focus of the Meraz is food there is not an extensive menu and it does not serve alcohol but what we had was fresh and delicious. With the hundreds of other restaurants in Brick Lane touting for your custom... More 

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Cuckfield, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This is a simple, unpretentious restaurant/cafe. The food is delicious and very good value. As others have said, it is more a cafe than a restaurant. There are not many tables, so be prepared to not get in! I was there on a (late) Friday lunch time and there seemed to be a constant flow of people (many of them... More 

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Glasgow
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3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Really tasty, well priced food. More a cafe than restaurant. Get there early to avoid disappointment as the limited number of tables fill up very quickly. Can't fault it for taste and quality. Highly recommended.

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London UK
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Don't expect anything fancy - just be reassured it's very tasty and very well priced. We came here based on the TA rating and weren't disappointed. A customer put his head out the door to tell us it was actually that good - and it is!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Banir Aloo, Chicken Tikka Bhuna, Pilau Rice & Peshwari Naan all for £14.60 and excellent quality can't be faulted. No alcohol but you can take your own. Simple café style but friendly and clean. Better than anything I've had on brick lane.

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Dolgellau - Wales
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Specially went there following TA reviews. The staff were friendly and the food relatively inexpensive but that is about all the positives I can come up with. Popadoms ok, but the accompanying sauces were so thin and runny that they were practically tasteless. Everything had chilli as the main spice, biryani was spicy hot, but rice was dry and the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 56 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Spitalfields
  • Neighborhood: Spitalfields
  • Phone Number: 0207 247 6999

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 24
  • Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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