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Meraz Cafe

#2,383 of 17,073 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
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56 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL, England
0207 247 6999
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am not in London that often but have eaten in Meraz a number of times. It's simple and basic but excellent value. Food tastes good and I have never had a bad experience. Service is welcoming. I genuinely think this is a little gem and cannot be beaten in the area. Not sure the name of the dish but... More 

1 Thank cmart72
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading the reviews on TripAdvisor we decided to seek out Meraz whilst in London on business last week. Having successfully navigated all the touts on Brick Lane it was really refreshing to find a relaxed, friendly and totally unpushy atmosphere waiting for us. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great and unhurried. A nice change from... More 

1 Thank MrsG1405
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely horrible food. Ordered through deliveroo and food was of a horrible cheap quality. The chicken tikka came only with 4 pieces of chicken!! What a joke. My bf thought the food was so horrible that he didn't eat any of it.

3 Thank Andrea F
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I first came to Meraz 2 years ago when I was hungry and overwhelmed from typical brick lane shopping. I always get something with lamb and it's always tender, spicy, and authentic. It's also the cheapest meal I get in London! For my entree, rice, salad, and Coke it was less than £10. I'll always come back to Meraz!

1 Thank Taylor W
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Nice quiet spot just off Brick Lane. Didn't try any of the other bustling places-this was perfect and the food was excellent. Prices were great too. Glad we chose this place of all the restaurants on Brick Lane.

1 Thank Luke H
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

I've lived in Spitalfields for 10 years and had pretty much given up getting a curry around Brick Lane, since they're usually all so awful and the service so pushy. That is until discovered this place through a review on Tripadvisor. It's lovely, so 'un-Brick Lane'. You won't get a korma or jalfrezi here, but you will get a dish... More 

1 Thank hinnerk79
Kent UK
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

Food was amazing. Leave it to the owner to choose the dishes. Remember to bring your own bottle :) Need to get to 100 characters otherwise I cannot submit this ;)

1 Thank UKGe0rge
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

I've been coming to this place for a number of years now and thought it was about time I wrote a review. It is situated just off Brick Lane, which is a good thing as you avoid the chaos and don't have anyone dragging you and waving discount offers in your face. This place caters for lunch which I love... More 

2 Thank stevehackett1
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

Tried this place after looking at the reviews and was not disappointed. It's just off Brick Lane and there were no touts outside. The service was friendly and we saw plenty of people with their BYOB. Both my partner and I chose lamb dishes and I particularly enjoyed my Nehari (currently the Saturday special), a slow-cooked shank in a pleasantly... More 

1 Thank David L
Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

This was my second trip to Meraz, a small cafe on a side street slightly removed from the throngs on Brick Lane.This time I had tandoori chicken, and it did not disappoint. This place is a good value and some of the best South Asian food in the East End. BYOB, so bring your beer / wine or buy from... More 

1 Thank DFWSteve

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$13 - $24
Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani, Bangladeshi
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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 Wedged between the business-minded City of London, expressly trendy Shoreditch, and zestful Whitechapel, the lines between traditional and contemporary beautifully blur in this historic East End nexus.
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