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Eastern Eye Balti House facade (2019). Credit: Andrew Walker, Periscope

Eastern Eye Balti House

Eastern Eye Balti House, which opened in 1992, occupies a corner site at the junction of Brick Lane and the western edge of Princelet Street. The site was once home to a launderette which later became a sari shop.

The restaurant’s second owner, who was also the head chef, was responsible for growing the business after taking over in 1995. He had previously worked as a chef in Leeds, Manchester and Oldham. When he retired in 2017, the restaurant was run for a short period by his sons. Eastern Eye Balti House came under new ownership in 2018.

The current co-owner of Eastern Eye Balti House was born in Sylhet, Bangladesh. He arrived in the UK in 1976 when he was five years old. His family originally settled in Birmingham but, after his father lost his job in the manufacturing sector, the family relocated to Tower Hamlets. He speaks English, Bengali, Punjabi and Urdu.

The restaurant is open 365 days a year and its most popular dishes are chicken tikka masala and butter chicken. Eastern Eye Balti House often accommodates tour groups in the late afternoons. It also operates a takeaway service. All staff are of Bangladeshi heritage and live in Tower Hamlets or Newham.

Like other restaurants on Brick Lane, Eastern Eye Balti House mainly uses local suppliers like Banglatown Cash & Carry and Taj Stores.


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