Indian restaurant, Laksha Bay opened in Wapping Lane on 6th May with a very interesting looking menu.
Fareed Ali, the new owner has completely transformed the old River Spice site.
The restaurant offers a special selection of seafood as well as some original dishes based on traditional Bangladeshi cuisine, but the old favourites are still there too.
Vegetarians are well catered for, all meat is halal and the bar offers an extensive wine list as well as alcohol free beer, lager and lassi.
Laksha Bay’s Indian menu
Laksha Bay has been serving the old River Spice takeaway menu during the seven week refurbishment, but expect something new and very different from Friday […view menu].
The experienced new chef has created his own recipes based on traditional Bangladeshi favourites that include pasta with spicy king prawns and homemade cottage cheese.
Seafood is a Laksha Bay speciality running throughout the menu and there are fresh sardines and many other interesting sounding dishes.
Traditional favourites such as masalas, pasandas and tandoori dishes are all available but made with a brand new recipe.
A takeaway and delivery service is available.
Restaurant owner Fareed Ali is no stranger to the local area.
Fareed’s family are originally from Bangladesh but moved to Brady Street in Whitechapel when he was one and then attended Stepney Green School.
Fareed is an experienced restaurateur and brings in a new chef but you’ll recognise a couple of the friendly waiters from River Spice days as well seeing some new faces.
The finishing touches to the new restaurant were being made when we stopped by. It’s been completely transformed and we can’t wait to see the final result.
Traditional pictures and the new rich browns and reds give the restaurant, which can seat up to 80 a fresh new look and feel.
Review by Tim’s Foodie Blog – July 2011
Tim of Tim’s Foodie Blog says “I and the boys thoroughly recommend it” and has kindly let us share the review from his blog here:
So a few weeks ago we reviewed Laksha Bay’s takeaway offering and last night myself, and mates and curry eaters, Luke, Chunk and David gave the menu a through testing. http://lakshabay.co.uk/
We started with popadoms and dips. The popadoms were good, not greasy and the mango chutney, onion relish and mint and yogurt dips all tip top.
We decided to have five starters and share them. So Chicken Momo, shredded spicy chicken wrapped in bread was fine, as were the lamb samosas. We were less keen on the mushroom chahath which is mushroom, minced meat and deep fried. However, star turns go to an outstanding duck tikka, so tender and fantastically spiced and the classic sheek kebab which was soft and tender. We all commented on the number of sheek kebabs that we had that exploded when a knife touched them they were so dry none of this going on last night.
For mains we shared out: chicken rajeswari, a creamy tomato and onion sauce, pretty nice curry; a lamb katmandu, a little disappointing as it was not as fiery as we were expecting; a duck tamarind, outstanding sweet & sour curry totally delicious the remaining sauce nearly caused falling out it was so good; and chicken hara mirchi a really aromatic curry very green due to the mint and totally scrummy.
Excellent kema and garlic nanns. The saag paneer was ace, the spinich still having texture as did the cheese. Good bengal potatoes and gobi (cauliflower).
Service was swift and efficient. The waiter read back the whole order, always reassuring when your ordering lots.
I and the boys thoroughly recommend it.
Laksha Bay Indian restaurant
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Laksha Bay Indian restaurant
83-85 Wapping Lane
London E1W 2RW
Tel: 020 7481 0777
Opening hours: 12.30pm – 2pm and 5.30pm-11.30pm.
Online bookings will be available on Laksha Bay’s new website soon but until then please call the restaurant directly to reserve a table […view menu].