Vindaloo Vic

Definitive Reviews of London’s Indian Restaurants

Nazrul 8

I would be the first to admit that the cornucopia of Indian restaurants in Brick Lane is seriously under-represented on Vindaloo Vic. But this is because I live some way away in west London (you can probably work out my location by looking at the map of my reviews). But I intend to remedy this shortcoming over the next few years.

Nazrul is typical of the Brick Lane eateries; it hires people to stand outside to lure people inside. This tactic obviously works as – on the night we went – the place was completely full. Also, it claims to be the oldest of the Brick Lane Indian restaurants, dating from 1979. And it’s run by the same management as Aladin (next door at number 132).

If you’re into “new wave” or “modern Indian” cooking, Nazrul is not for you. It’s your regular curry house, with formica tables and functional décor.

Having said that, the whole experience was pretty good. I started with a delicious King Prawn Puri. We then shared a fine Chicken Vindaloo, Chicken Biriani and a couple of “sizzling” tandoor dishes. There is also a small selection of bought-in ice cream desserts.

The standard was high, the service was good and the prices were extremely low.

Time now to work my way along Brick lane and try some of the others.