Taking over the recently closed-down Vietnamese restaurant District Mot, the new E11 opening is significantly bigger than its cosy E17 sibling, with 90 covers: in fact, it’s one of the biggest restaurant sites in Leytonstone, so SpiceBox will be “going all out to make this a fresh, fun experience for loyal fans and new guests alike”, says founder Grace Regan.
The new dishes are still strictly under wraps, but she promises old favourites won’t be forgotten, and Leytonstoners can look forward to feasting on signatures such as jackfruit jalfrezi, a fiery vegan spin on the curry house classic; ‘shroom keema, a warming rich mince of chopped mushrooms, walnuts, soya, and peas; and red lentil tarka dhal, served with kachumber, pickled pink onions, brinjal chutney, turmeric pickle and crispy onions. And we especially love the thali with cashew and coconut korma, tarka dhal, paratha, pickles and kachumber salad (see pic on our Instagram @londonbelongs).
Mouth watering yet? Many new dishes will also be revealed closer to the launch, including additions to SpiceBox’s weekend brunch menu, joining the likes of ‘The Full Indian’ breakfast and the classic bacon naan, made with all-vegan ‘This Isn’t Bacon’.
Naturally, it’s all about sustainability and reducing waste, with takeaways in a metal tiffin that can be reused time and time again. SpiceBox will also be running deliveries in-house all via electric bike, ensuring a better quality and more sustainable takeaway than third party delivery services.
Can’t wait till autumn, and also can’t be bothered to go up to Hoe Street? In that case, try knocking up the dishes at home, as the SpiceBox: 100 Curry House Favourites Made Vegan (Ebury) has just been published, and there’s also a new range of sauces and condiments.
SpiceBox Leytonstone will open in autumn 2021 at 686 Leytonstone High Road, E11 3AA, @eatspicebox, info here