If you are ravenous and in the mood for authentic curry then Brick Lane can be both a blessing and a curse. The sheer number of places laying claim to being the best in London, Britain and the World is just insane. If that’s not enough there are always the touts who try beckoning you in with promises of freebies and high quality food – try and guess which one you’re more likely to get.
We were based at the Hub by Premier Inn hotel right in the middle of Brick Lane so naturally dinner on the saturday evening was going to involve Indian food. Trawling through Tripadvisor and other blog’s featuring reviews of the area it wasn’t easy trying to decide on a venue. Many reviews had come from people that had been lied to by the touts of free drinks and cheap bills. Others praised the world class cuisine coming out of these small restaurants. One such place was Dosa World.
From the outside Dosa World looks like any other eatery on Brick Lane, slightly rough around the edges but with a promising menu specialising in Southern Indian food at a decent price. We entered without reservations but it appeared many patrons here do the same. The service was friendly and menu’s were given straight away. It’s worth noting that the restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol – just in case you fancy a beer.
Being a small restaurant of only around 8 tables means that although it is intimate it’s also very loud once full. The place was very popular with families and couples on our visit and as a result service was quite slow, never a good combination when you’re starving late in the evening.
Luckily all was forgotten once we had a bite of the paneer masala dosa (£10.99/$13.99 US) – holy christ. Paneer is a largely flavourless cheese that needs a good hit of spice and flavour to wake it up. This did it alright. The spicing was perfect with a kind of tomato sauce featuring a kick of chilli. When combined with the generous array of chutneys to go with it transports you to food heaven. Oh yeah, the dosa! Just like a crispy pancake providing the crunchy textural element but for me, it’s all about that filling and those chutneys……in fact all of it, hands down the best Indian food ever.
Biryani (£8.99/$11.44 US) here is good too – again bang on with the spicing. Huge hits of cloves and cardamom with the rice cooked perfectly and the chicken moist. Undoubtedly worth the wait when food is being cooked fresh like this. We had even stopped noticing the draught from the door by this point.
The bill rolled in at £23.46 ($29.86 US) which anywhere in the country is outstanding value nevermind London. This is without doubt some of the best food we have had anywhere, you can include your Michelin places in that statement too. Next time we are around Brick Lane we will endeavor to try out more of its hidden gems but for now, Dosa World leads the way at number one.
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday 1130-2330
Friday – Saturday 1130-2345
Nearest Underground Station: Aldgate East