Anyone who has spent time in London will know of Brick Lane. Located in east London, the cobblestone stretch of road is home to vintage stores, street art and the best subcontinental food you'll find in the city. So when Kiran Bains and Alistair French were developing their new Sydney venue, which would offer a contemporary twist on traditional Indian flavours, they knew where to look for inspiration.
The finished product is their Darlinghurst eatery, which emulates the trendy London area in both name and vibe.
The decor shies away from the stuffy curry houses of yore; exposed brick runs the length of the narrow venue and splashes of graffiti and pendant lighting give the space a trendy feel to match the modern menu.
The kitchen presents traditional Indian flavours in unconventional ways and takes cues from culinary neighbours. Take, for example, tandoori chicken burger spring-rolls, bhaji baos and the naan-mi — Brick Lane's take on a banh-mi featuring pork belly and spiced pate wrapped in roti. Chai and chocolate mousse with fried roti and watermelon granita are among your sweeter choices.
And just like its London cousin, you're able to snag a good food-and-drink deal here, too. We've sung the praises of the epic $50 banquet in the past. By parting with a pineapple, you will enjoy an eight-course feed with bottomless wine and beer.
The deal proved so popular that the restaurant has decided to launch an even cheaper Friday lunch version. For $20, you get your fill of four courses plus a glass of wine or beer. The deal kicks off on Friday, April 6, and dishes will rotate, but expect options to include chicken and vegetable curries, masala tostadas, samosas and the aforementioned burger spring rolls (among a host of others). What a way to welcome the weekend.