East London Food & Culture


SpiceBox take over District Một on Leytonstone High Road

A perfect plant-based fit for one of Leytonstone's biggest dining rooms is coming soon

One door closes and, quite literally, another opens: SpiceBox, the award-winning vegan curry house (whose Walthamstow branch we raved about here, and who also supply the food at Leyton Midland’s Gravity Well taproom) is launching its second site proper this autumn.

Taking over the 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).

An array of appetising vegan plates at SpiceBox
Appetising vegan plates at SpiceBox. Photo: PR

Mouth watering yet? Many new dishes will also be revealed at the end of October 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.

And you can even knock 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 opens on Wednesday 27th October at 686 Leytonstone High Road, E11 3AA, @eatspicebox, info here

Article updated 22nd Oct.

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