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Standard Balti House restaurant facade (2019). Credit: Andrew Walker, Periscope

Standard Balti House

Standard Balti House restaurant was originally established on Hanbury Street in 1989 and moved to its current location on Brick Lane in 1995.

Its owner was born in Sylhet and arrived in the UK at the age of 14 for the purpose of family reunification.  Before becoming a restaurateur, he worked as a tailor in the East End garment industry. Today, he lives in Newham and is one of only a few Bangladeshi freeholders in Brick Lane. He recently leased the unit at 71 Brick Lane to British-born Bangladeshis, who run The Standard Balti House and three other neighbouring restaurants. 

All kitchen and waiting staff at the Standard Balti House are of Bangladeshi heritage and also live in Tower Hamlets.

The restaurant is open 365 days a year. Particularly busy days are Fridays and Saturdays and November and December are always busy months. The Standard Balti House’s most popular dish is chicken karahi. Requests for vegetarian and vegan food are a growing trend.


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