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The Monsoon

Spitalfields · Indian · ££££
Excellent
5.1/6
21 Reviews

About The Monsoon

The Monsoon is an Indian restaurant in London’s East End that has ridden out many a storm. Founded in 2001 by Shams Ud Din, The Monsoon is the epitome of this long-standing Brick Lane community leader and restaurateur’s efforts to bring proper Bangladeshi cuisine (not what has been historically described, self-effacingly, as just Indian cuisine) to the broader London public. A fascinating example of how something we take for granted – food – can be central to crucial debates about cultural authenticity, and simply a great place to enjoy delicious meals and lavish banquets, The Monsoon is a shining light in the Spitalfields and Banglatown dining scene.

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Address

The Monsoon
78 Brick Lane, Spitalfields
London E1 6RL

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 2:30 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 am
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 am

Chef's Choice

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Starters

Aloo Chat

£2.95

Stuffed Mushroom

£3.95

King Prawn Butterfly

£5.50
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Mains

Murghi Makaney

Chicken tikka cooked with yoghurt, fresh cream and special sauce and nuts
£9.95

Monsoon Special Chicken

Chicken breast coocked with chef's special sauce
£10.95

Royal Lamb

Knuckle of lamb cooked with herbs, spices sauce and chillies
£10.95

Further Information

Proprietor Shams Ud Din grew up through the East London ructions of the 1970s and 1980s, observing how the clash of cultures between the wealthy City riches and the relatively marginalised Tower Hamlets community gave birth to a Banglatown renaissance that, to his mind, was a double-edged sword. On the one hand, South Asian culinary culture became widely accepted in London, with the East End and Brick Lane in particular becoming known as a hotspot for those seeking this kind of cuisine. On the other hand, Shams saw the burgeoning restaurant scene catering to a naive understanding of South Asian regional differences, resulting in all these distinct strands and styles being gathered collectively, homogeneously, under the general term Indian.

In response, Shams founded The Monsoon as a restaurant with a mission, determined to serve authentically Bangladeshi cuisine. Let’s get educated. Given Bangladesh’s riverine interior and stunning coastal environment, The Monsoon’s fish dishes are supreme representatives of this restaurant’s distinctive offering. Try the fish katli, shobji fish, or the adrak ki mass. Even more close to this East London South Asian restaurant’s heart are the Bangladeshi specialties, most of which typically involve green chilli, coriander, native spices and the seeds of the Bengali runner bean. Again dominated by seafood, the king prawn gatta, prawn shatkora bhuna and the shatkora mas biran are our picks. Brick Lane loyalists will want to check out the chef’s specials, with colourful dishes laden with giant prawns from the Bay of Bengal cooked in a tandoor and simmered in spicy red masala sauce for the golda chingri londoui. There’s plenty more meat and vegetable delicacies on offer here, and don’t forget that The Monsoon offers some of the most opulent and authentic banqueting events in this crowded corner of Spitalfields’ dining scene.

21 The Monsoon Reviews

"Excellent"6/6
Liz B.a year ago · 2 reviews

Food was delicious, service was attentive but not stifling. We were made to feel welcome and the waiter was very helpful with suggestions. Ambiance was nice and the price was fair.

"Excellent"6/6
Ray H.a year ago · 1 review

Excellent experience. The food was top quality as was the service. The price was also very reasonable given the location. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

"Excellent"6/6
Carl G.a year ago · 1 review

Food and service was first class in an authentic Brick Lane restaurant. Excellent King Prawn Jalfrezi and Vegetable Thali. Didn't rush us out on a busy Friday night too. Highly recommended.

"Excellent"6/6
Natasha T.a year ago · 1 review

Fantastic evening, fantastic meal, great curry, can not fault this place it was delicious. Great service, friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommended that you check out this restaurant.

"Great"5/6
penny r.7 months ago · 1 review

It s a multi levels restaurant so each space is quite intimate, some floors being used for complete parties of about twenty. we were taken up to the third floor which has several smaller tables. The food was excellent and although we knew what to expect was cooked with a different twist so we didn't realize what some dishes were until we tasted them. Service was pretty good too considering them were really busy by 8 so definately worth booking.

"Excellent"6/6
Dave S.a year ago · 1 review

The staff were helpful and friendly. We ended up letting our waiter choose our meal, he knows what the best items are! Everything was super, would recommend Monsoon to anyone wanting to experience Indian hospitality. They even provided a frozen birthday dessert, complete with a candle for our daughter's 19 birthday! Thanks again

"Great"5/6
Bob F.9 months ago · 1 review

Very fast service, extrelly busy on a saturday night. Delicious food throughout. Reasonable price. Wrong main bought out but quickly corrected no problem. Best chicken meat - tender and tasty. Vindaloo sauce a little rich and thick compared to what I am used to but very good heat. Poppadums and Nanns excellent.

"Excellent"6/6
Emma B.2 years ago · 1 review

Delicious and friendly, polite staff. I would come back to this restaurant and I would recommend it. Although we didn't, it is worth noting that some others haggled a bit at the door and got a discount from their bill.

"Great"5/6
Magda S.8 months ago · 1 review

Very good food, nice staff, woul really recommend it. I didn't know any Indian restaurants in brick lane, I knew that there weee plenty of them, so I looked up for one with very good recommendations and found this. And I agree with the rating.

"Great"5/6
Charlotte W.a year ago · 19 reviews

We had a great time here. The food was delicious and portion sizes very good. Staff were wonderful and gave us all after dinner drinks too and magnets which was such a nice touch as we had visitors with us from over seas.

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