For my birthday last year, my best friend Frankie bought me a Secret Food Tour. Her sister had done one before and said it was amazing, so I was excited for it! She got 2 tickets, so of course I brought Boy along. As if he’d sit at home and wait for me to rave about it when I came back.
The tour was based in Brick Lane, one of the hotspots of Indian food in London. So here’s an exclusive of the tour! YOU’RE WELCOME.
The first stop was Arzu – 55 Brick Lane.
The problem with Brick Lane is there are SO many places, and in each place there are SO many options. So to have a tour telling you exactly where to go and exactly what to do is absolutely amazing.
We were here for the Mixed Pakora and Dhokra. Both surprisingly good.
The next stop was Taj Stores.
This wasn’t an eating stop, but to show us the different spices used in Indian cooking.
Also, if anyone is looking to buy some spices, you can get a lot for very cheap here.
Chilli powder, anyone?
Or some tea?
All this talk about food was getting me hungry, so we hopped over to Eastern Eye Balti House – 63A Brick Lane.
Here you’ll get some wine with your meal. Oh yesssss.
And get shown more spices.
The first thing to arrive was the Aloo Paratha. I was super excited to see this because it reminded me of roti prata which I was obsessed with in Singapore!
A little naan…
Then, all the dishes started pouring out…
Here’s the lowdown – there was Lamb Pathia, Chicken Korai, Channa Masala and Saag Aloo.
Everyone felt bad for me not being able to eat the meat dishes, but honestly they stole so much of the Channa Masala and Saag Aloo that it was clear that my veggie options were the most delicious!
Oh, and some rice. Can’t have curry without your rice!
Before the final stop, we hit up Madhubon (42 Brick Lane) for some Indian sweets for later.
I was absolutely flustered, but it’s the Gulab Jamun and Ladoo that you’re after!
After that, we popped to an off-license to pick up some wine, then headed to Lahore Kebab House, which was BYOB. It’s the only stop not on Brick Lane, just a wee bit of a walk away (2-10 Umberston St, E1 1PY).
Apparently it’s always super busy, and lots of fun for a big group (as BYOB’s usually are!)
Boy and I picked up our favourite cheap and cheerful for the night.
It started off with some house salad.
The first proper dish was the Chilli Paneer.
Then Garlic Naan. I love me some naan.
And a little Chicken Tikka, which I could only look at from a distance!
I think we got Chilli Mogo as well, but for some reason I don’t have a snap of that…
I was absolutely stuffed by this point. But there wasn’t a chance in hell that I wasn’t going to have our sweets that we picked up earlier. Om nom nom nom.
Overall, such a cool thing to do in London. Our tour guides were fantastic, and there was only us and another guy on the tour, so it was super intimate and was really great to chat and get to know them. Something to do with a group of friends!