Brick Lane beef short rib

If you like Indian food you need to visit Brick Lane

Take everything you know about Indian restaurants and toss it – there’s a new player in town.

Brick Lane steps back from the traditional aluminium and copper bowls and Raj-like decor that have helped Indian eateries to carry themselves happily into the ‘kitsch’ of subcontinental restaurants in Sydney and take a new approach.

With chipped brick, homages to Indian holymen on the walls and contemporary furnishings highlighted by the warm and welcome glow of the Brick Lane logo, the restaurant is a welcome refresh to the subdued Italian venues that command the length of Stanley Street in Darlinghurst.

Its founders, Kiran Bains and Alistair French wanted to remove the heavy, spicy typically Indian vibes of the food that’s served more-or-less in every Indian restaurant outside the country or native England; and did it well.

The menu is testament to just that. Think crispy samosas, fall-off-the-bone lamb shoulder, succulent tuna with all the bells and whistles of a decadent and contemporary take on Indian cuisine.

Brick Lane Lamb Shoulder

Chef Joey Ingram knows what’s going on behind the kitchen, too, working with Kiran to bring her dream to life. His wide and sumptuous range of winter must-eats don’t disappoint as he revitalises something that so many love. His preference for a good roast chicken, a rich Indian curry, seafood (most of Australia’s pristine seafood is at its peak in the cooler months), any kind of crumble or steamed pudding and porridge in the morning with brown sugar is indicative of just that.

See – and more importantly, try – Brick Lane at 75 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst.

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Brick Lane Naan Mi

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