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 Times

Open now - Closes at 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Curryleaf East
20 City Road, Finsbury Park
London EC1Y 2AJ

Menu Highlights



Tikhi Meethi Gobhi

Batter coated cauliflower florets, tossed with honey & chilli sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds

Chicken Liver Tak-a-Tak

Blend of chicken liver and mince cooked to perfection with a dash of basil

Ajwani Salmon

Ajwani flavoured chunks of salmon, chargrilled in the tandoor


Roomali Roti

Soft, thin bread cooked on dome shaped thick iron plate

Warqui Paratha

A multi layered flaky fine flour bread

Mushroom Pulao

Rice cooked with mushrooms


Gosht Shimla Mirch

Tender pieces of lamb cooked with capsicum, tomato and onion gravy

Lamb Hyderabadi Biryani

Indian dry lamb rice

Stuffed Whole Fish - Cooked in the clay oven

Whole fresh fish of the day stuffed with fish mince marinated in yoghurt and chillies

More about Curryleaf East, London

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.

51 Curryleaf East Reviews

51 Reviews
Waiting time:Very good
Value for money:Good value
Noise levels:Pleasant
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Joyce C.5 months ago · 2 reviews

This is a lovely restaurant that I have been to many times. The food is always consistently good and the service is quick. Highly recommended.

Leblanc I.6 months ago · 1 review

Very good indian restaurant , perfect service , we passée à beautiful evening my husband and me, very class place and very clean , we will come back with pleasure

James F.6 months ago · 1 review

Excellent food and service. Booked a table for 6 and couldn’t fault the venue at all. Pricing pretty decent as well. Everyone complimented how good the food was.

andrew m.6 months ago · 1 review

slight delay to the (pre booked ) table however quality of service and food made up for that issue. thank you - popadum tastic and we will be back!

Angela M.a year ago · 1 review

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.

Mark K.a year ago · 1 review

Always good to try some unusual dishes at Curryleaf East along with the traditional. Quick efficient service although having booked we would have expected a table to be ready for 8 instead of others having to be moved.

Melanie V.2 years ago · 1 review

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.

Martin S.2 years ago · 4 reviews

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.

Joanne F.9 months ago · 1 review

Lovely curry and service however they put £9 service charge on - didn't have any coffee for a liquor coffee and had to plead to have half portions for our kids - when we asked for service charge to be taken they changed from friendly to not as friendly even though gave £5 tip

Shanti T.2 years ago · 2 reviews

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.