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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 #1,080 of 16,479 restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $13 - $24
Cuisines: Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi
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Dining options: Reservations, 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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86% Recommend
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Nottingham UK
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Went to Meraz cafe Saturday 29th March based on other reviews read on trip advisor. It really didn't disappoint, the food was excellent. I'd consider myself fairly well acquainted with Indians good and bad and this was one of the best i've been to. The menu was fairly low on description, but more often that not it was clear what... More

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

On Brick Lane every other restaurant seems to have a sign saying that it is the best restaurant in Brick Lane. This is very confusing. This may or may not be the best, but was certainly very good. I visited for lunch. I chose the daily special and it was served within 3 minutes. Fantastic. It was a chicken dish... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Going off the reviews I was expecting something much better than what we got on the night. Service was very poor and got the impression that the staff either didn't want us there or just didn't want to be there themselves. Food was okay and a reasonable price. There's no drinks menu (and they don't have a license to serve... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This is our go-to restaurant in Brick Lane. We have been to Meraz Cafe several times now and on every occasion the food has been amazing. There is lots of choice on the menu, including daily specials. There are also a wide variety of tasty vegetarian dishes, many of which I have not found elsewhere. The sag ponir in particular... More

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I placed a takeaway order which I went into the restaurant to collect. I did not eat in the restaurant. However, it looked very clean, very neat and tidy and very nicely and simply decorated. I ordered veg samosa, aloo shami, tikka masala, veg biryani, sukhna nalee saag and a peshwari naan. All of the dishes were cooked beautifully and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Went in based on the reviews, food was spot on and it was really cheap too. A little on the small size but cosy enough to ignore the haphazard seating arrangements.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

My mother and I ate lunch here after reading the reviews on Tripadvisor. It's a very nice little place with great service and delicious food. The entire restaurant, including the washrooms, is immaculately kept. And as compared to the selection in North America, there were some unfamiliar dishes on the menu, which we ordered and were very pleased with. It's... More

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London, England
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Have eaten here twice now and both my wife and I love this simple Indian café; very clean, Ikea like décor, fantastic 'fresh' tasting spicy food. As others have commented, the guy in charge (owner?) is really friendly without being pushy. No license, but will happily supply wine or beer glasses. The food has that 'raw' taste that that I... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We came here based off all the reviews on TripAdvisor and was quite disappointed. Nothing wrong with the food, but certainly not the best Indian I've ever had, and definitely not worth a 4.5 star rating. I'm sure there are better places along Brick Lane

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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

Small, simple decor. Service was very good. Food was excellent. We had lots of fresh salad and yoghurt, as well as interesting spicy food, freshly cooked, that we had not had before in an Indian restaurant. We had the shredded lamb and tandoori king prawns. You need to bring your own alcohol.

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