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Montclair, NJ 07043
October 23, 2011
Brick Lane brings the spirit and flavors of a British curry house to New Jersey at its Montclair location, opened in July. (The first two are in Manhattan.) I can easily see Brick Lane becoming part of our regular rotation for Indian food.
Past the “Mind the Gap” sign next to the door, the minimalist dining room features hardwood tables and some cool “colander” lighting.
British curry shops, originally serving the Bengali immigrants of London’s East End, focus on base sauces with spices added to make a variety of Masalas, Kormas and Vindaloos. Brick Lane offers an impressive list of curries served with lamb, chicken, goat, fish, shrimp, paneer (cheese), tofu or vegetables. There are also meat and breads from the tandoor clay oven. We grabbed some food to go earlier this month, and really enjoyed everything we tasted – a very spicy Madras Curry chicken; a yummy, also spicy, Biryani, rice dish flavored with whole cloves; well-made onion-chickpea fritters; a nicely charred Naan; and some tasty potato “veg. of the day” (Bombay Aloo). The Lunch Special and Lunch Box to go are a steal at $10 each. Follow the links below to read about Brick Lane’s Phaal Curry challenge, which involves the infamous “Ghost Chile.”
Parking on this stretch of Valley Road can be tricky. Try the A&P lot down the block.