Aromas Restaurant: a firm Forest Gate favourite
Located in the heart of Forest Gate, Aromas is a cosy restaurant run by the Gaire family and specialising in authentic Nepalese and Indian cuisine. Originally from Nepal, the family of five grew up eating fresh food straight from the farms and their motto, “Serve what we eat”, reflects their desire to bring that authenticity and freshness to their dishes.
Aromas is very popular with Forest Gate locals and has also won a Time Out Love London award. “It’s not fancy but friendly, not huge but cosy” is the perfect way to describe this place; it’s an ordinary place with extraordinary food, run by people who have a passion for what they do and who do it well.
With nearly 30 years of experience under his belt, father and Head Chef Annath Gaire began cooking at the age of 24 when he honed his skills in some of Delhi’s top restaurants. He’s also worked as a chef in Thailand, Singapore, Bosnia, Scotland and, of course, now here in East London. The family takes pride in the quality of their food and Annath’s daily trips to market to source the best vegetables, meat and chicken ensure all ingredients are fresh and of the best quality.
Aromas offers an array of traditional Indian curries, including vegan and vegetarian options, as well as their signature Nepalese dishes. They also have a wide range of drinks to complement their food, including Nepalese and Indian beers and Soul Tree, a made-for-curry wine, which comes from Nasik, India, known as ‘The City of Grapes’. As the Aromas family says, “you can stick to your regular French wine (which they do offer) or go exotic.” I say, go exotic.
When not in Lockdown (obviously) Aromas is open for safe, socially distanced dining (reservations are preferred) as well as contactless take away and delivery, and they also offer catering services. If you fancy an authentic, home-made curry in a warm and friendly atmosphere, this place is hard to beat. Namaste!
172 Forest Lane
Forest Gate E7 9BB
OPENING HOURS & DELIVERY
Mon – Sun: 5pm – 11pm (when not in Lockdown)
** Be sure to confirm takeaway and delivery times during Lockdown**
Free, contactless home delivery to Forest Gate, Stratford, West Ham, Wanstead, Manor Park, Leyton, Leytonstone, East Ham and Plaistow.
Images from Aromas’ instagram feed