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4.3 /6 Very Good 29 Reviews

Curryleaf East

Finsbury Park Indian ££ +100
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About Curryleaf East

Curryleaf East is located in the heart of Islington, just north of the City of London proper, meaning this is a busy spot for connoisseurs of the specialist north Indian cuisine that this restaurant serves. Each dish is distinctive for its aroma, bold colour and evocative flavour, qualities brought to bear in the kitchen by virtue of the chefs’ considerable experience working in top Indian restaurants and hotels. Whether you’re searching for a casual meal or a lavish private dining experience, Curryleaf East’s City Road restaurant is sure to impress.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:30
  • Saturday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday 18:00 - 23:00
Curryleaf East, 20 City Road, EC1Y 2AJ London

Further Information

On the edge of Bunhill Fields down Islington’s City Road, Curryleaf East is a destination for London’s dedicated curry lovers. The cuisine here hails from northern India, so expect a range of Punjabi dishes standing out as highlights from the long list of South Asian delicacies on offer. Newcomers to Curryleaf might like to order one of this specialist Indian restaurant’s set menus, covering a range of price points and a sumptuous set menu that respects the long tradition of vegetarianism in the part of the world from which this ancient cuisine comes from.

Curryleaf East’s a la carte menu opens out onto an extensive range of northern Indian dishes. Ajwani-flavoured salmon chargrilled in the tandoor is a moderately spicy seafood entree, while the highly unusual lamb sula, lamb marinated in Indian rum before being grilled, demonstrates how Curryleaf has established itself as genuinely distinctive Indian restaurant in London. Authentic handi and tawa dishes play a major role here, with the chicken nilgiri korma reprising the use of dark rum as part of a marinade that also makes use of mint, coriander and other Indian spices. This dish is in fact twice-cooked: barbecued first, then simmered in a rich gravy of black pepper, red onion, ginger, paneer and cream. Find Curryleaf East in the southeastern neck of Islington, next to Bunhill Fields, for a truly memorable north Indian dining experience.


29 Reviews

4.3 /6 Very Good 29 Reviews
Service: pleasant
Food: delicious
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
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2 reviews so far 6
30.03.2017 08:22

Very nice meal and good food and I would recommend the Laal Mans which is a speciality lamb dish. Good service and I recommend this restaurant.

4 reviews so far 6
06.02.2017 11:43

New menu which is even better as always very good food, with excellent company to a good location. Overall very good and recommended to all.

1 review so far 6
18.10.2016 08:03

We were a group of 20 people and the service was great. Excellent staff and amazing food as always. This place serves authentic Indian food. The quality and taste are absolutely superb. Will be back soon.

1 review so far 6
23.03.2016 08:47

The food was delicious. Even Indian friends were impressed. This is a good restaurant for vegetarians and at the weekend it tends to be quieter, so is highly recommended.

1 review so far 3
02.04.2017 08:51

Food was tasty & service was good but I ordered a cocktail at the beginning of the evening, it took a while. I ordered a cocktail at the end of the night & I was told that there were no more cocktails being served as they had no one to make them. Bearing in mind it was a Friday night I thought this was a bit poor. The waiter that told me this then said he would have a go & a very good job he did too. The only other issues were that the tables are very small & they add a discretionary service charge to your bill of 12.5%. No matter how good the service & food are, if someone trys to suggest what I should tip they get nothing; very assumptious & a little insulting.

1 review so far 5
10.12.2016 21:28

A very good evening with friends. Lovely food, service was a little slow due to there being a number of Christmas dinner parties in. We had the sharing platters to start and they were very well spiced. The staff were very knowledgable about the food and they were able to make dishes hotter or milder according to what we wanted.

4 reviews so far 6
16.01.2016 15:20

Has to be some of the best food in London. The staff look after you and will even help and recommend dishes. I go here at least twice a month and have done for 7 years and have never had a bad experience. Recommended to all.

2 reviews so far 5
02.11.2016 10:12

Lovely service & food! Would recommend for a weeknight dinner out with friends. Booked last minute but they were more than accommodating for us! Could do with slightly larger tables though as 3 of us didn't order very much & there was little room to spare on a 4 person table.

2 reviews so far 4
09.06.2016 08:29

Very good food. The waiters were helpful, but were hampered by a too long delay for the starter - during the week after work you are hungry! It was a surprise as the restaurant wasn't busy at the time, and the main course came promptly when the restaurant was much busier. Otherwise, would go again.

1 review so far 6
19.02.2016 11:03

I have been going to the Curry Leaf East for many years and it is always excellent. The food is amazing - beautifully cooked and always incredibly tasty. The waiters are attentive and helpful. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 4
13.01.2017 08:56

Food was excellent however despite booking over a week ahead they appeared to have forgotten we were arriving and had to put two tables (a circular and a square one together). Service was ok, however adding a £40 service charge to the bill seemed a little excessive given the whole experience

2 reviews so far 5
20.03.2017 09:54

The atmosphere and staff were very welcoming. The food was fantastic and importantly to me, we were given a good amount of time between courses - we didn't feel rushed at all. Will be making a return visit very shortly.

4 reviews so far 6
18.03.2016 20:13

Another super meal had by the four of us, good company and excellent service and food - what more could you wish for, oh and really good value!!

3 reviews so far 3
11.04.2017 09:36

Food was good, but the overall experience was not so high as the staff started cleaning the fridge next to me in the middle of the meal. Also the bath rooms would need some cleaning, a lot of dirt there, and also the way to the toilet doesn't add to a quality meal.

4 reviews so far 6
26.01.2016 08:24

Another excellent meal. Food, wine and service spot on. Tried different items on the menu again and again not let down. Strongly recommended to all.

2 reviews so far 5
23.10.2016 11:27

Good food in a convenient City location. Busy restaurant with a nice atmosphere and would recommend booking. The menu had a range of traditional dishes plus some chef's specials.

1 review so far 5
06.04.2017 09:03

good food and service. Didn't feel the "curry hangover" that I sometimes get following a really salty cuz. Waiting staff were friendly and helpful. I would recommend this place

1 review so far 5
23.09.2016 09:10

The food was tasty and was spicy enough to still be enjoyable. The atmosphere was conducive to a lunch time meeting. This is our second time there.

1 review so far 5
19.10.2016 08:08

There was plenty of good food and it was all very reasonably priced. It has a nice enough interior and there are friendly enough staff.

1 review so far 4
31.07.2016 22:00

The food quality was not as good as it was a very years ago which was a shame as it was my favourite curry house. The service was fast and efficient

1 review so far 4
15.03.2017 18:19

It's a nice little Indian restaurant, but service is not so good. Staff can be more humble to give delightful experience to its customer. Food quality & taste is yummy.

1 review so far 4
07.07.2016 09:56

Service charge is bit high, Instead of restaurant put service charge by default, it should be decide by Customer, Food quality, Taste and food portion is best as always....

1 review so far 3
02.04.2017 08:39

Thought food was mediocre and the service was rushed and not up to standard and they put 12.5% service on the bill automatically which I don't agree with. Tipping for service should be discretionary. Wouldn't return.

1 review so far 2
08.12.2015 09:22

definitely not the best Indian food i have had.. i asked for chicken tandoori and Naan. the chicken was done like normal chicken and not marinated at all and the naan was very small!!

1 review so far 4
21.12.2016 19:05

Good food, although the waiter wasn't the happiest person that wouldn't put me off going back

1 review so far 1
11.12.2015 18:43

We arrived for our midday booking on Friday 11th December to be rather rudely told by a member of staff to come back at 12;30 as they were cleaning. Given the restaurant smelled strongly of bleach, I don't think we would have wanted to wait and return later. So just left with no intention to ever return.

1 review so far 1
24.05.2016 11:55

the serving staff did not seem interested in serving and the food was not that great as compared to other places offering Indian food. Places like Masala zone are much better with food quality and taste.

1 review so far 1
26.10.2015 09:31

Unfortunately your rating system only goes down to 1! Food extremely disappointing and the staff surly and rude from the get go! Would never go here again.