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Meraz Cafe

#2,608 of 17,217 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Halal
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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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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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1,215 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food is the highlight of this restaurant. The joint itself is at the most basic but comfortable. We shared the veggie appetizer platter, two small veggieeu>jl) lplaces - channa masala, sag also and lamb Biryanni. The waiter also brought out some papadams with chutneys. All yummy and tasty. Service was good, helpful, attentive and knowledgeable.

Thank Joel K
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

I don't live in London anymore but Meraz cafe just popped to mind. I thought I might write as a note to anybody travelling or local to the area. I used to live on Hanbury street where there are millions of options in the brick lane area. In short, this was always the place I came to as it was... More 

Thank Adam K
Adelaide, Australia
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

We ate at Meraz twice a few days apart and on both occasions the food was excellent. Great unhurried service and we highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank ralphwalker747
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Nice Small Restaurant with nice staff. Not as touristic as in brick lane. Good food. When we were here most customers were locals. Always a good sign.

Thank Mark S
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

I get to London 1-2 times per year and continue to visit the Cafe on each trip ever since coming to the Cafe for the first time in 2014. The food continues to be best....great flavor with great spice....the perfect balance! Shamim (the owner) and his staff are continuing to do a great job of consistently offering wonderful great food... More 

1 Thank Rick B
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Very friendly and helpful staff and accommodating for large groups. Lamb chops were amazing! Authentic food and soundtrack. You'll get curried away...

Thank EmTrots
Oxford, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 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.

5 Thank Andrea F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$13 - $24
Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Halal
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
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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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