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5.1 /6 Excellent 21 Reviews

The Monsoon

Spitalfields Indian £££ +100
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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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 00:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 00:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 02:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 02:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 02:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 02:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 00:30
The Monsoon, 78 Brick Lane, E1 6RL London

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 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 21 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: delicious
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2 reviews so far 6
12.10.2016 20:59

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.

1 review so far 6
01.09.2016 08:34

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.

1 review so far 6
02.08.2016 07:26

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.

1 review so far 6
08.07.2016 07:37

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.

1 review so far 5
21.03.2017 13:13

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.

1 review so far 6
17.05.2016 10:52

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

1 review so far 5
29.01.2017 08:48

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.

1 review so far 6
02.04.2016 14:13

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.

1 review so far 5
25.02.2017 10:05

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.

19 reviews so far 5
16.10.2016 14:59

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.

2 reviews so far 4
24.04.2017 13:34

Great little restaurant on Brick Lane; the food is well priced and the location is brilliant. The chicken dish I had was lovely - the only downside was that my dining companion ordered a lamb dish, and felt that the lamb had been overcooked (the sauce, however, was lovely). Would definitely visit again!

1 review so far 4
16.03.2016 00:51

The food was tasty and came in good amounts. It is Bangladeshi so not what you might expect of Indian food. We tried what was recommended to us and a couple of our usual dishes. Glad we were adventurous! One note, it is very noisy.

3 reviews so far 5
14.06.2016 12:11

Great Indian on Brick Lane, a place that can become very confusing for finding a decent Indian! Fast service and nice atmosphere. Food was very tasty with huge portions - couldn't even finish it all!

19 reviews so far 3
29.10.2016 18:21

I initially ordered a vegetarian dish which was ok, although a little mild for me, I asked a staff member if I could have something to make it more spicy. He then brought me a totally fresh dish which I enjoyed much more. Excellent service from this member of the team. Lime pickle dip was also very good.

1 review so far 6
27.02.2016 10:20

Excellent curry house. Bring your own and wide choice in the menu. Would recommend, lots of tables too. Had a great time and easy to find

1 review so far 6
10.06.2016 09:21

Really friendly staff and great tasting food. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a quality curry in East London's Brick Lane :)

1 review so far 5
19.04.2017 06:50

Good service and we were very quickly seated but not rushed out of the place. The food itself was great-not too expensive. The restaurant itself was quiet and relaxed. Would recommend.

3 reviews so far 4
12.10.2016 19:19

We went on a weekday evening so the restaurant was fairly quiet but not empty. Restaurant decor is fairly basic. The food was very good but service could have been a little more smiley!

1 review so far 5
31.05.2016 17:20

Very good food in typical surroundings. Good value in this part of London. Service attentative. Needs a bit of a facelift. Best curry on the street!

2 reviews so far 5
15.02.2017 07:51

Delicious and great service. Chicken tikka masala was class and lamb chops were quality. Would definitely recommend going forward. Ice cold cobra topped it off!

1 review so far 4
10.07.2016 09:18

Good food and service , atmosphere could have been better but would recommend . Owner gave complimentary drinks at end of meal which was appreciated