In a nutshell: New vegan curry house for Leytonstone
Summing it all up: SpiceBox, the popular vegan curry house, having opened its first outlet in Walthamstow in 2019, is about to open a second site in autumn, this time in Leytonstone.
Vegan curry fans rejoice, especially if you live in East London. SpiceBox founder Grace Regan is opening a second outlet, following the success of her first in Walthamstow, and it will be just down the road in Leytonstone. And if you’re a fan of the original restaurant (or ever struggled to get a table), the good news is that this one will be even bigger, both in terms of space and menu.
Located on the former premises of Vietnamese restaurant District Mot, the new SpiceBox will have an expanded dinner selection, as well as a jazzed-up weekend brunch. Seating up to 90 people, it’ll be one of Leytonstone’s largest restaurants - so the pressure is on to make this both accessible to new diners as well as rewarding for their loyal followers.
Regulars will be aware of SpiceBox’s commitment to sustainability, having used the tiffin club to receive takeaways in reusable metal tiffin containers, or sourced a delivery from an electric-bike-riding driver (rather than some of the more mainstream delivery services attempting to corner the home-delivery market).
So, what’s on the new bigger and better menu? We can’t actually tell you yet, it’s that secretive. But here’s a sample of some of their current creative spins on curry classics to get you in the mood:
- Jackfruit Jalfrezi: a fiery curry-house classic, but with a vegan twist
- Shroom Keema: a hearty ‘mince’ of chopped mushrooms, peas, soya and walnuts
- Red Lentil Tarka Dhal: kachumber, pickled pink onions, brinjal chutney, turmeric pickle and crispy onions
- ‘The Full Indian’ breakfast
- Bacon naan made with THISä Isn’t Bacon
If you’re still impatient, or live a long way from East London, there’s always Grace's cookbook to tempt you in the meantime: SpiceBox: 100 Curry House Favourites Made Vegan. There will even be a range of sauces and condiments that will deliver nationwide in September, to help you recreate your favourite SpiceBox dishes at home.
More about SpiceBox Leytonstone
Where is it? 686 Leytonstone High Road, London E11 3AA
When does it open? Autumn 2021
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