East London is the BYOB capital of the capital. Home to Brick Lane and a ton of curry houses, it’s difficult to pick out the best of the bunch as they all claim to be award-winning and “the best on Brick Lane!”. However not all of the finest BYOB restaurants in East London are are curry houses, nor are they all on Brick Lane itself.

So, dodge the annoying mid-street sales pitches and go straight for one of our top picks in 2019 & 2020 (click your fave to skip to chase).


An East London legend

Kicking off proceedings we start with one of the best. Meraz has been on Brick Lane since 1974, no mean feat for any London eatery, let alone a curry house on the competitive Brick Lane strip. Hard to miss – it’s got a lime green front but is generally unassuming-looking indoors. The food here however is anything but unassuming and has become a favourite of ours at BYOB London.

Everything here is great, though we highly recommend checking out the ginger lamb chops and the chicken bhuna. £20 will get you a few dishes and fill you to the brim and corkage is free. With over 40+ years of experience, Meraz still deliver each and every time.


British BYOB BBQ
  • Perfect for parties
  • BYO only in the private dining caboose (shack)
  • Take me there

Caboose is just off Brick Lane (scroll up for the map), it also doesn’t sell curries. They’re a British Smokehouse and they sell all the best things: brisket, burgers, ribs, wings and more.

Caboose operates in 2 ways, they have their hatch where they sell their street food (mains generally range from £6-8) and then they have their caboose. You will want to opt for the Private Dining in the caboose (shack/shed kind of thing) to take advantage of BYOB. Book in the caboose with a group of you and it’s £35 per head (more than your usual BYOB fair you might be thinking) but it really is a great experience, the likes people come – and then stay – in London for.

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Brick Lane Brasserie

Authentic Curry House

You’ll find Brick Lane Brasserie just on the corner of Princelet Street. One of the cosier curry houses on Brick Lane, it’s built a reputation over the years of having fantastic curries and great service. Try and grab a window seat if you can, that way you’ll avoid the slightly cramped seating downstairs, plus you can people-watch if that’s your thing.

Like, many curry houses on the strip, they sales guys on the front will float out a number of different offers when trying to get you through the doors, though you’re generally looking at around £18 each for starters, mains and sides. We recommend you try out the fish curry (if fish is your thing) as it’s highly commended along with with the lentil based Tarka Dal as an accompanying side. Corkage is free and there’s no shortage of off licenses in the area to stock up.


For the chilli lovers

Sheba is located right in the mixer on Brick Lane (next door to Cinnamon who also made the list – they’re next). They serve up a variety of Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani dishes. As well as curries, biryanis and tandoori that you might expect, we highly recommend one of their lamb shanks which has become one of their specialities. The rice comes piled high and corkage is free

If one of you is feeling extra adventurous (and you’ve got nowhere to be tomorrow…) go for the Bollywood Blast, they describe it as “Not for the faint hearted!” and “Recommended only for die hard Chilli Warriors and mad hatters!”. It’s basically a lamb curry cooked in every type of chilli you can think of including naga chilli, mexican chilli, and African chilli. Seriously, consider this a warning.

For £15 per head you can tuck into a set meal deal of a main dish with a rice or naan and poppadom – they are also quite loose with their discount and will often give up to 20% off if you ask nicely.

Cinnamon Brick Lane

Great for groups & value for money

Cinnamon is one of the busiest curry houses on Brick Lane which is always a good sign. The decor is pretty standard (and could probably do with an update) however that won’t deter you from the tasty dishes on offer here. The portions are great (especially with Biryanis). Also, check out the Cinnamon special mixed grill if you’re reading this and you’re undecided and hungry.

Cinnamon do a special offer for £15.95 per person, for that you get a starter, main, rice & naan bread. Make sure you ask for the offer beforehand so they take it into account. If you’re in the mood to barter you can probably haggle them down a few quid too, last time we visited we got the deal for £13. Ideal for big groups, you’ll get an even better deal if there’s a few of you. Corkage is free, so come prepared, there are a number of off licenses nearby to stock up.

Lahore Kebab House

No frills kebab house

Lahore Kebab House is a no frills establishment – lets get this out the way early. Think of it more of a cafe than a restaurant, a cafe that does tasty meat grills, Pakistani curries and (of course) Kebabs. Don’t come here expecting a quiet candlelit dinner, it’s often busy and loud but that’s really part of the appeal.

Lahore Kebab House is one of the best BYOB curry houses in London. It’s a big space, ideal for groups and they have the portion sizes to match. They’re known for the kebabs and meat grills – we highly recommend the seekh kebab. Their lamb chops are only bested by Tayyabs. Their curries are amazing too (check out the lamb curry, it’s delicious). Despite the large space and business, service is great and food comes out super-fast.

Located on Umberston road, the nearest tube stop is Aldgate East. There’s an off license on the corner so you can grab your beer and wine from there. They also take card so no need to faff around grabbing cash beforehand.


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One of the very best
  • Punjabi perfection
  • Expect queues (they’re worth it)
  • Free corkage
  • Take me there

OK, so not technically on Brick Lane, but it’s close enough, Tayyabs is simply one of the best BYOBs in London so it makes the cut. Tayyabs is lively and noisy and the staff there often drop the niceties in place for speed – that’s all part of the experience.

This Punjabi restaurant is famous for it’s delicious curries, fast service and BYOB policy. Split over multiple levels you’ll be surprised at how large Tayyabs is, yet they still fill the place out nearly every weekend due to its reputation. Food here is more towards the spicy side so if that’s not your thing let the waiter know (or ask if you’re unsure). We’ve never had a bad meal here, every curry you opt for is flavoursome and as the recipe has been honed for years. Their lamb chops are legendary, we recommend getting a couple of portions for the table (maybe more as they’ll go quickly, we guarantee).

Tayyabs does not charge a corkage fee so feel free to bring whatever alcoholic beverages you like, there’s a Tesco round the corner to grab supplies.  We definitely recommend booking ahead, especially if you’re in a group. We’ve never been to Tayyabs without there being a queue (even with a booking) so don’t be surprised if you have to wait a little while once you’re there.

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