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Meraz Cafe

#1,506 of 18,039 Restaurants in London
#1,564 of 19,554 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Spitalfields
Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, 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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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 94
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  • 31
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  • 8
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  • 3
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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
unpretentious big on flavour and friendly

Starter, 2 mains, 2 sides naan bread soft drinks. Lovely man serving. Great food. Mixed starter and lamb kahari were the highlights and all for £25.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Rich S
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dacca
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dacca
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Starter, 2 mains, 2 sides naan bread soft drinks. Lovely man serving. Great food. Mixed starter and lamb kahari were the highlights and all for £25.

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1 Thank Rich S
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Great food and not very expensive. Just off the main street a little quieter but worth it. Service was good too. Not as impressive looking as the ones on brick lane but the food makes up for it

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1 Thank Daniel S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Good. Nice. Quite place off brick lane. Food is ok the the kebab Puri took me back to the old brick lane of my childhood. But the service lacked enthusiasm. No smiles no warm welcome. The following white European couple got a very warm welcome. But us a pair of Bengali lads in a Bengali curry house not so. But... More 

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2 Thank Moinal H
Chatham
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

After running the gauntlet of the hawkers on Brick Lane we turned the corner to find this small, unassuming place. Any worries we had were soon dispelled by the warm welcome and arrival of starters. A short menu suggests that the dishes are all cooked from scratch and all our food was of excellent quality - and I'm picky. Please... More 

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3 Thank thereefs
UK
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

We visited this restaurant last night and had a fantastic meal. It was the best Indian food I have eaten in England. Lovely fresh breads, dips and curry. Everything was full of flavour and not greasy. Very friendly service. Our meal for two was just £25.00. The decor is basic and they are not licensed to sell alcohol, but you... More 

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5 Thank SybilF
Exeter, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

We were visiting London from Devon, fancied a curry. Went here on Trip Advisors recommendation as highest ranking Indian around Brick Lane. Service was amazing, the waiters were friendly, chatty and really nice guys. Food was 10/10. My Korma was the best I had ever had, and the Naans and Parata were as good as I had when I was... More 

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6 Thank Camjito
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

In London for a weekend & after getting all the hassle from the many restaurants down Brick Lane & by being amazed at how many were claiming to be voted 'Best in Brick Lane 2015', I decided to turn to trusty TripAdvisor & found this restaurant to be just around the corner. It's a small friendly café come restaurant with... More 

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5 Thank ingodingo
Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

We chose Meraz Cafe based upon other Trip Advisor reviews and was really glad that we visited here! The food was fabulous (the waiter chose for us!) and very reasonably priced and the staff were really friendly. Remember to take your own alcohol along (if you want it) as its not available on the premises. My only negative comment would... More 

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5 Thank RowlanzClan
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This a great affordable curry house - My favourite of East London. I highly recommend as quality for money.

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7 Thank Carnigal
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

I've now become a regular diner there every fortnight. To avoid the standing & loitering over their busy weekends, I now simply e-mail my reservations to info@meraz.co.uk & hey presto, tables booked!! When we turn up, the tables ready, politely greeted & shown to our seats, a nice touch👍🏾. This weekend I went for the Saturday special (Nehari), wow, what... 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: Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Bangladeshi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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