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The Meraz Cafe is a Bengali restaurant based in London, UK. It was established way back in 1974, with the goal of serving Indian and Bangladeshi immigrants but is now popular with people of all backgrounds. The Meraz Cafe serves breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and its menu offers starters, main courses, drinks and desserts. It is located in the Brick Lane area of Britain's capital, known to be a centre of multicultural community living, and therefore reflects (in part) the heritage of the people living in its surroundings in its menu, ambience and philosophy. Tables at the Meraz Cafe can be booked via telephone or on the Meraz Cafe website. The food served at the Meraz Cafe is of a traditional Bengali nature. The restaurant claims to have served the same sort of dishes consistently from its foundation in 1974, showing an 'aversion to fads'. 'Handi' dishes dominate the menu: handi is a traditional Bengali form of cooking, in which curries are cooked in a deep, narrow-mouthed clay pot (known as the handi; this is where the name derives from). Other popular dishes include samosas and kebabs, meat and vegetable curries and the Indian staple dish, tarka dal. The biryani also features on the evening menu. The famous Indian drink, the lassi is also served at the Meraz - alcohol is not served but diners are invited to bring their own drinks.