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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Glimpse a Disappearing London


4. Insider’s Tip

The storefront at Kolopata, left, and a Kerala-style dish from Thattukada, right.  

No visit to East London—home to a burgeoning South Asian community—would be complete without a taste of curry. Avoid the Über-touristy Brick Lane and its toned-down flavors in favor of Kolapata (222 Whitechapel Rd., 20-7377-1200) in Whitechapel. Try traditional Bangladeshi foods like koi and rui (two types of freshwater fish served with onion, tomato and green chile), and borhani, a yogurt drink popular at Bengali weddings. Thattukada in East Ham serves some of the best Kerala-style food (think banana fritters and coconut-infused fish curries) in the city.

Published on Aug 27, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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